Martin Compston admits filming Line of Duty hungover as ‘no one can tell’

Martin Compston says he has filmed Line Of Duty with a hangover.

The cast often shoot scenes in crime scene suits when their characters are investigating, meaning you can only see their eyes.

And cunning Martin said it is the perfect chance to turn up to work worse for wear.

The actor, who plays Steve Arnott, told the Daily Star Sunday: “We usually have some emotional scenes while we’re in those forensic suits. So you get yourself all worked up and you get all hyped up to break down for the scene. You forget that all anybody can see is your eyes.

“But then you get wise to that. And there have been more than a few times that I’ve been hungover under that suit because no-one can tell anything!”

Line Of Duty’s stars often party together while filming in Belfast.

Fans often used to see Martin, 36, Vicky McClure, 37, and Adrian Dunbar, 62, letting their hair down.

In the past, they have hosted parties at their flats in the city too.

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Martin said: “There was one night while we filmed this series when Adrian cooked a lovely meal. We had a cracking night of it. It went on maybe a bit longer than it should. It was just a laugh and a great time.”

Filming for the new series was thrown into chaos when the pandemic hit last spring. When they resumed seven months on, the cast were frustrated at not being able to have more nights out.

Adrian, who plays Ted Hastings, said: “It was a killer not being able to get out in Belfast. To use a Ted phrase, ‘It ­really tore the arse out of it!’

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“We really like the social aspect of things and getting together and going for a curry. That’s the point where we get to enjoy the success of the series – when we’re all together and we’re rolling along in Belfast.”

In another blow to the cast, some of their favourite pubs have been forced to close for good because of the virus.

It has all made them keener than ever for a boozy night out.

Martin said: “I was getting to the age where I was sneaking out early, but I’ll never take a wrap party for granted again.”

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