May. 8th, 1984
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Martin Compston (born 8 May 1984) is a Scottish actor and former professional footballer. He is perhaps most notable for his role as Liam in Sweet Sixteen, and for his role as Ewan Brodie in Monarch of the Glen.
Biography Compston was born and brought up in Greenock, Inverclyde, and attended St. Columba's High School in neighbouring Gourock. A youth footballer, after leaving school he signed for local professional team Greenock Morton.
Compston made two appearances for Morton at the end of the 2001–2002 season, in which the 'Ton were relegated from the Scottish Football League First Division. In both matches he appeared as a substitute, and both times Morton lost 4–0, to Alloa Athletic and Queen of the South.
Having never acted before, he successfully auditioned for the lead role in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, which was being filmed locally. The film's success at the Cannes Film Festival gave him instant celebrity status in Scotland. His subsequent film career was comparatively low key as he wanted to "serve his apprenticeship" with a regular role in the BBC TV drama serial Monarch of the Glen. He has starred in three recent films:
[ul][li]A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Jury Prize and Best Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Festival) with Robert Downey, Jr.;[/li][li]Red Road (Jury Prize at Cannes) shot in Scotland with Kate Dickie and Tony Curran for which he has been nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Scottish Baftas;[/li][li]True North with Peter Mullan and Gary Lewis for which he has been nominated for Best Actor, British Independent Film Awards.[/li][/ul] He also will star in upcoming titles Soulboy as Joe McCain and horror film the The 4th Reich as Pte. Newman.
More recently Martin made a cameo appearance in small budget webseries 'Night is Day'. He also reportedly auditioned for the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek film, but the role ultimately went to Simon Pegg.
His next role was in the 2010 film Soulboy.
He appeared in The View's music video for "Grace".
His next major role will be in the 2012 film Piggy, starring alongside Paul Anderson and directed by Kieron Hawkes.
- Obtained As and Bs in his exam results in school.
- Left school at the end of his fifth year in High School to be signed by Greenock Morton Football Club.
- At 17, Martin was playing Division II soccer (football) in a Scottish high school and had never acted until being discovered by director 'Ken Loach' (qv), who cast him as the lead in _Sweet Sixteen (2002/I)_ (qv).
- _Sweet Sixteen (2002/I)_ (qv) was his first film and was critically acclaimed at the 2002 Cannes Festival in France.
- Attended St. Columba's High School Gourock, Inverclyde (a part of Renfrewshire).
- Played professional football (soccer) for Greenock Morton in Scotland.
- Fought with the local council to have _Sweet Sixteen (2002/I)_ (qv) reduced to a certificate 15 in his area for the teenagers to learn from Liam's mistakes. The battle was successful.
- His favourite actress is 'Sharon Stone (I)' (qv).
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