Dr Martin Compston

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

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Multi award-winning actor Martin Compston was thrust into the limelight in his acting debut in Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen.

Set in Martin’s home town of Greenock, the film was hugely successful, winning an award at Cannes and earning the teenage Martin a Bafta Scotland Best Actor award, British Independent Film Awards Best Newcomer Award and Critics’ Circle Best Newcomer Award and nominations at the Cannes and European film festivals.

Martin went on to serve his apprenticeship in TV, starring in the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen for three years, and in 2006 he acted in Cannes Jury Prize-winner Red Road, which was shot in Glasgow. The same year, he starred alongside Robert Downey Jr, Channing Tatum and Shia LaBeouf in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which won the Jury Prize and Best Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Festival, and garnered Martin a Best Actor Award at the Gijon Film Festival. Two years later he appeared in Doomsday, then joined a stellar cast including Timothy Spall and Jim Broadbent in the football movie The Damned United in 2009.

In 2012 he starred in When the Lights Went Out, appeared in Filth - alongside James McAvoy - and took the title role in The Wee Man. He has also appeared in The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Soulboy and Sister.

Martin has played Anti-Corruption Unit Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in the BBC’s record-breaking and critically acclaimed Line of Duty for four series and, in 2016, he starred as a serial killer in 1950s Lanarkshire in the three-part Scottish television drama series In Plain Sight, alongside Douglas Henshall.

This year, Martin is working on The Aftermath with Alexander Skarsgard and Keira Knightley, and Mary Queen of Scots with Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan.

He is a patron of Inverclyde’s Ardgowan Hospice, which has been offering care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses for 36 years. For the past three years, Martin has organised an annual gala for the charity, raising more than £50,000.

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