Martin Compston shares hilarious response to 'Line of Duty' billboard in Times Square

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: Martin Compston attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 May, 2019 in London, England. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Martin Compston (Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Martin Compston had a hilarious response to seeing his face on a billboard in Times Square.

The Line of Duty star responded to a tweet that showed him as DI Steve Arnott in the BBC drama on a giant advertising hoarding in the iconic New York tourist attraction.

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One Scottish fan tweeted Compston a picture of the billboard in the iconic capital city location with the caption:

“Didn’t expect to see @martin_compston’s puss in Times Square. Big time.”

To which Greenock-born Compston replied:

“Probably less chance of a c**k and b***s drawn on me like my first ever billboard at Barr’s cottage Greenock, but equally a proud moment.”

Barr’s Cottage is a small area in the Scottish county of Inverclyde.

Fans are often left gobsmacked by Compston’s real-life Scottish accent after disguising to play the English-accented Arnott.

Martin Compston performs a very different accent when he portrays DI Steve Arnott on 'Line of Duty'. (Steffan Hill/BBC)
Martin Compston performs a very different accent when he portrays DI Steve Arnott on Line of Duty. (BBC)

The billboard comes as the newest series of the BBC drama became available for US fans to watch on streaming platform Britbox.

The tweet was met with equally humorous responses with one tweeting:

“Possibly the first time in history that Barr’s Cottage has been mentioned in the same context as Times Square. Let’s hope it isn’t the last.”

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 30/03/2021 - Programme Name: Line of Duty S6 - TX: n/a - Episode: Line Of Duty - Ep 3 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  DI Steve Arnott (MARTIN COMPSTON) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Steffan Hill
Compston as Steve Arnott (BBC)

With another seeing Compston’s response as a challenge, tweeting: “*books flight to New York with abseiling kit and spray paint*”

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