Martin Compston loved the fact that his American-born wife had no idea of his British TV fame when they first met.
The Line of Duty actor met Tianna Chanel Flynn in the bar of a Los Angeles hotel in 2013 and they married three years later.
Compston told The Telegraph that Flynn "had no scooby" who he was when they met, due to the lack of fame he had in the States at the time.
The Scot's most famous telly role as anti-corruption detective Steve Arnott had only debuted on British TV in 2012 and the show was yet to reach the level of global appeal it has today.
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"It really helped that she just liked me for me," said Compston of their first meeting.
He added: "With actors, we're all self-conscious and paranoid. I liked the fact that she had no scooby who I was.
"We just had a laugh, exchanged numbers and went on dates.
"She's the biggest support in my life, the person I talk to most for advice. She's the person to tell me to shut up and stop overthinking things."
Compston and Flynn welcomed their first child — a son named Brodie — in 2019 and now split their time between Las Vegas in the USA and his hometown of Greenock in Scotland.
Compston has portrayed DI Steve Arnott in all six series of Line of Duty to date, including the controversial finale of the latest series, which revealed the identity of the criminal kingpin known as H or The Fourth Man.
The revelation divided fans, with some comparing it to the infamously disappointing Game of Thrones finale, and Compston isn't sure whether the show will return.
He said in April: “Jed [Mercurio, the show's creator] always takes time after a series, he always takes a couple of months.
“There is a lot of stuff that’s way beyond my pay grade — the data, the figures, the analytics, audience scores, all that. I think he likes to take the emotion out of it and sit down and look at all that.”
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