Published On: Thu, Apr 29th, 2021

Line Of Duty star Martin Compston discusses DS Steve Arnott’s love life

Martin Compston has admitted he finds his Line Of Duty character DS Steve Arnott ‘arrogant’ and said ‘nobody can understand’ how he’s had so many romances.

The actor, 36, spoke to the Shrine Of Duty podcast on Wednesday ahead of the last episode this weekend, and amusingly said DS Arnott is ‘the overdressed w****r at work’ so he didn’t get why he managed to attract so many women over the years.

Reflecting on his character, and his love of waistcoats, Martin said: ‘Steve does see himself as Sherlock Holmes, he sees himself as a super detective.

‘He’s the overdressed w****r at work’: Line Of Duty star Martin Compston claimed his character Steve Arnott is ‘arrogant’ while speaking on a podcast on Wednesday

‘[It’s] that idea but also he’s the overdressed w****r at work, he’s the guy in the call centre with a headset on, with the waistcoat, having all the affairs and nobody can understand why, you know?

‘How is he pulling all these birds? It’s just this wee arrogant thing about him, he just thinks he’s a wee bit better.’

Martin went on: ‘I like playing him, he’s a joy to play and the one thing with him, he is an arrogant wee so-and-so but he really cares about his job, that is something Jed [Mercurio, the show’s creator] drives home to us.’

Lothario: Martin added that he doesn't understand how Arnott (pictured with DS Nicola Rogerson, played by Christina Chong) has had so many romances

Lothario: Martin added that he doesn’t understand how Arnott (pictured with DS Nicola Rogerson, played by Christina Chong) has had so many romances 

Flirt: Arnott has enjoyed a multitude of romances since the first season, he has caught the eye of waitress Nadzia Wojcik (Elisa Lasowski)

Oops: He and nurse Claire Tindall (Jeany Spark) also had a fling, and pictures of the pair together led to problems for him at work

Flirt: Arnott has enjoyed a multitude of romances since the first season, he has caught the eye of waitress Nadzia Wojcik (Elisa Lasowski, right) and nurse Claire Tindall (Jeany Spark, right)

DS Arnott has enjoyed a multitude of romances since the first season, including with witnesses and co-workers.

The detective caught the eye of waitress Nadzia Wojcik (Elisa Lasowski) and nurse Claire Tindall (Jeany Spark), with pictures of him with the latter in her bedroom leading to problems at work.

He also had a short-lived romance with DC Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) when she joined AC-12, prior to her death after she was thrown out of a window.

Former flame: Arnott also had a short-lived romance with DC Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine, right) when she joined AC-12, prior to her death after she was thrown out of a window

Former flame: Arnott also had a short-lived romance with DC Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine, right) when she joined AC-12, prior to her death after she was thrown out of a window

Fling: Following Trotman's death, he sparked up a romance with DS Rogerson (pictured) and they shared a few onscreen kisses, however conflicts of interest at work led to their split

Fling: Following Trotman’s death, he sparked up a romance with DS Rogerson (pictured) and they shared a few onscreen kisses, however conflicts of interest at work led to their split

Following Trotman’s death, he sparked up a romance with DS Nicola Rogerson (Christina Chong) and they shared a few onscreen kisses, however conflicts of interest in work led to the pair calling things off. 

In series three, DS Sam Railston (Aiysha Hart) was introduced as Arnott’s girlfriend, and they even enjoy a one year anniversary before she breaks up with him when he’s framed for murder.

However, the couple briefly started up their romance once more in series five and they even shared intimate scenes onscreen but his back injuries forced him to call the night’s activities off early, and he later claims they haven’t got back together. 

Long-term: In series three, DS Sam Railston (Aiysha Hart, pictured) was introduced as Arnott's girlfriend, and they even enjoyed a one year anniversary before she broke up with him

Long-term: In series three, DS Sam Railston (Aiysha Hart, pictured) was introduced as Arnott’s girlfriend, and they even enjoyed a one year anniversary before she broke up with him

Steamy: The couple briefly started up their romance in series five and they even shared intimate scenes onscreen but his back injuries forced him to call the night's activities off early

Steamy: The couple briefly started up their romance in series five and they even shared intimate scenes onscreen but his back injuries forced him to call the night’s activities off early

In series six, Arnott and late John Corbett’s wife Stephanie relaxed on a bed but did not do anything more than sleep side-by-side. 

It was also implied that he and bent copper DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) also had a fling.

Although he was reluctant to confirm it and hoped to keep it private, their relationship was revealed during her appeal trial and she was acquitted on the basis of their improper romance.

Secret fling: It was also implied that he and bent copper DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes, pictured) also had a fling, and their romance led to her acquittal in court

Secret fling: It was also implied that he and bent copper DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes, pictured) also had a fling, and their romance led to her acquittal in court

DS Steve Arnott’s former flames 

Nadzia Wojcik 

The detective caught the eye of waitress Nadzia Wojcik (Elisa Lasowski) in series one, and the pair enjoyed a flirty exchange while he interviewed her as a witness over an incident involving DCI Anthony Gates (Lennie James).

Claire Tindall

He and the nurse enjoyed a brief romantic encounter in series two, pictures of the pair in a loving embrace landed Arnott in hot water. 

DC Georgia Trotman 

Arnott and DC Trotman met when she joined the AC-12 in series two, however their romance was destined to be short-lived as she was killed when she was thrown out of a window by corrupt cop DC Jeremy Cole (Henry Pettigrew).

DS Nicola Rogerson

Arnott and DS Rogerson (Christina Chong) develop a relationship in series two, but while they shared a few onscreen kisses, conflicts of interest at work led to them to call things off.

DI Lindsay Denton

In season three it was revealed that Arnott had a secret fling with bent copper DI Denton (Keeley Hawes). Although he was reluctant to confirm it and hoped to keep it private, their relationship was revealed during her appeal trial and she was acquitted on the basis of their improper romance.

DS Sam Railston

In series three, DS Railston (Aiysha Hart) was introduced as Arnott’s girlfriend, and they even enjoyed a one year anniversary before she broke up with him when he was framed for murder.

The couple briefly started up their romance in series five and they even shared intimate scenes onscreen but his back injuries forced him to call the night’s activities off early.

The final episode of Line Of Duty is set to take place on Sunday evening and dedicated viewers are hoping to uncover the identify of ‘H’ – the fourth man. 

Elsewhere in the podcast, Martin teased that fans will get some ‘big answers’ during the finale, as he admitted he believes it could be the ‘perfect ending’ to the police drama. 

Martin confessed that while he thinks Sunday’s episode could be the best way to wrap up the ‘story arch’ – he also refused to rule out another series.

Teaser: Elsewhere in the podcast, Martin teased that fans will get some 'big answers' during the finale, as he admitted he believes it could be the 'perfect ending' to the police drama

Teaser: Elsewhere in the podcast, Martin teased that fans will get some ‘big answers’ during the finale, as he admitted he believes it could be the ‘perfect ending’ to the police drama

When quizzed on whether viewers will learn who the illusive ‘H’ is, Martin said: ‘I wouldn’t quite go the Jo Davidson no comment route – but what I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.

‘There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.’

Martin also touched on whether series seven is likely, after show bosses previously claimed they believed the current season would be the last.

Omg! Martin confessed that while he thinks Sunday's episode could be the best way to wrap up the 'story arch' - he also refused to rule out another series

Omg! Martin confessed that while he thinks Sunday’s episode could be the best way to wrap up the ‘story arch’ – he also refused to rule out another series 

He said: ‘We don’t know [if there will be another] – that’s nothing new. Jed always takes time after a series, like a couple of months. 

‘There’s a lot of stuff above my pay grade like analytics and audience scores. He takes the emotion out of it and looks at all that.’

Admitting it could be the ‘perfect ending’, he said: ‘It’s different this year, because we have to look it in terms of, do people want us back? 10 years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.’

‘But then we might go another couple of months and… what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it. Jed will only do it if there’s a story to be told.’

Exciting: Martin said of the finale, 'There's a lot of big answers and it's deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end'

Exciting: Martin said of the finale, ‘There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end’

Elsewhere, during the chat, Martin also discussed filming the 30 minute-long interrogation scene after Jo Davidson [Kelly MacDonald] was arrested last week.

Martin said that there can be high levels of tension during these types of scenes, which he admitted can often descend into fits of laughter.

He said: ‘These big interview scenes, the tension in them is unreal, not just cos of the scene, but thinking ‘can we do this?’ – it’s 30 minutes long – can we get through it?’

He added: ‘Usually day two, after lunch, your mind has gone and you’re on autopilot. The giggles are ready to go as the finish line is in sight, it just takes something to go.

‘Adrian had a bit of a brain freeze – but animal themed – and when he was on a rant at Kelly, he says a bunch of racist thugs, but it comes out as a slugs.’

‘There was a mountain of evidence, but he said there’s a mountain of elephants coming at you. And we were just like, what is going on?

‘One of them happened and everyone’s averting their eyes and pinching their own legs under the table, trying not to laugh. The slugs one, everyone just lost it.’

Coming back: Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H

Coming back: Line Of Duty will be back on Sunday night and fans are eager to find out whether AC-12 will finally crack the case on the elusive H

‘That’s the horrible thing about the giggles, once you start, there’s no way back.’

Martin’s character, who is known for his love of waistcoats, also touched on whose idea it was to dress Steve in the signature garment. 

He said: ‘It was me who decided it, in the first series Jed wanted Steve wearing a lot of layers so he looked a bit different.

‘But in the second series I thought about it and Steve does see himself as Sherlock Holmes, but also – he’s the overdressed w****er at work.

Trailer: In a teaser released on Monday, viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and that 'definately' misspelling

Trailer: In a teaser released on Monday, viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and that ‘definately’ misspelling

‘He’s the guy in the call centre with the headset and waistcoat having all the office affairs, but nobody can understand why he’s pulling all these birds.

‘There’s that wee arrogance to him, that he thinks he’s a bit better, I love him and playing him, and he is a wee arrogant so and so, but he really cares about his job.’

The chat comes days after a new trailer for Line Of Duty’s finale was released, only serving to heighten speculation around the identity of ‘H’. 

AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: 'All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man'

AC-12: The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man’

Fall from grace: The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs

Fall from grace: The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs

Scary: She ends up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three

Scary: She ends up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three

Clue: A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously- will this be the clue AC-12 needs?

Clue: A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously- will this be the clue AC-12 needs? 

Viewers can be certain of an action-packed finale episode complete with a police standoff, the return of balaclava men and the discovery of a written note with THAT ‘definately’ misspelling. 

The trailer starts off with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who is facing imminent retirement, state: ‘All of these suspicious deaths were orchestrated by one officer in particular, H. The fourth man.’

Hastings’ powerful words went alongside flashbacks of the deaths of solicitor Jimmy Lakewell, police officer Lisa Patel, journalist Gail Vella and former Detective Inspector Marcus Thurwell- whom fans believe is still alive.  

Drama: It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars speed down the road, while armed officers close in on a residential area and Hastings briefs his team

Drama: It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars speed down the road, while armed officers close in on a residential area and Hastings briefs his team

Shootout: And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves

Shootout: And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves

Crime: The police board shows AC-12's work so far; with DI Dot Cottan, Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton, Gill Biggeloe and OCG members including Lisa McQueen and Tommy Hunter

Crime: The police board shows AC-12’s work so far; with DI Dot Cottan, Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton, Gill Biggeloe and OCG members including Lisa McQueen and Tommy Hunter

The trailer then shows acting Superintendent Jo Davidson (Kelly MacDonald) leaving the high-security prison in handcuffs, only to end up alone in a van with a corrupt prison officer who previously injured Lindsay Denton in series three. 

Jo says: ‘What’s going on?’, before the camera flashes a sinister look from the prison officer.

A handwritten note is also teased in the trailer, with the word definite misspelt to mirror what viewers have seen previously.

A huge clue of the identity of H began to emerge in series five, when the OCG communicated with ‘H’ through a computer.

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice H spelling definitely as ‘definately’, and this misspelling has been repeated in subsequent episodes.

Corrupt? Partricia Carmichael will also return after her suspicious behaviour during the interview on the last episode

Corrupt? Partricia Carmichael will also return after her suspicious behaviour during the interview on the last episode 

Will this handwritten report be the breakthrough AC-12 need to close in on ‘the fourth man’?   

It certainly seems Hastings and his team are on to something as police cars sped down the road, with armed officers closing in on a residential area during the trailer. 

The Superintendent briefs DI Kate Fleming, DI Steve Arnott and DC Chloe Bishop as they arrive at the scene.

Hastings says: ‘AFO’s will secure the suspect down’, while the words ‘Every investigation has led to this… H’.   

And it only gets more dramatic as balaclava men jump out of vehicles armed with guns themselves. 

Kate opens the police van, brandishes her gun and shouts: ‘armed police’ before the screen fades to black.   

Action: The snaps, which are thought to be depicting the seventh episode of the series, show a stoney-faced Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) getting out his police car

Action: The snaps, which are thought to be depicting the seventh episode of the series, show a stoney-faced Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) getting out his police car

Intriguing: Another snap shows Hastings pointedly walking out of the front gates of Decker Avenue Police Station, where Jimmy Lakewell was taken before withdrawing his cooperation with AC-12

Intriguing: Another snap shows Hastings pointedly walking out of the front gates of Decker Avenue Police Station, where Jimmy Lakewell was taken before withdrawing his cooperation with AC-12

The newly-released trailer for the finale showed Kate wearing the same grey turtleneck jumper as she is seen wearing in the on-set snaps, while it teases at the return of the balaclava men and shows DCI Jo Davidson handcuffed in prison.   

Viewers were stunned on Sunday night when it appeared James Nesbitt’s character was killed off before he even appeared on screen – but some are convinced it was a cover-up.

Towards the end of the nail-biting penultimate episode, Guardia Civil police officers stormed Marcus Thurwell’s Spanish home, while the AC-12 team watched via video link.

When the law enforcement officers entered the home, they were met by two bodies, and a Spanish captain turned to the camera and identified one as ‘Senor Thurwell’. 

While many viewers expressed surprise an actor of Nesbitt’s calibre was denied even a scene, some were left convinced Thurwell was in fact the Spanish AFO leading the raid on his home.

Showdown? Other images show Kate (centre) and Steve (right) speak to Hastings, leaving fans asking if the duo confront the AC-12 boss about the £50,000 given to John Corbett's widow Steph

Showdown? Other images show Kate (centre) and Steve (right) speak to Hastings, leaving fans asking if the duo confront the AC-12 boss about the £50,000 given to John Corbett’s widow Steph

Under pressure: Hastings, who has already become exasperated as time is running out before he's forced into retirement and AC-12 is disbanded, is seen looking concerned in the images

Under pressure: Hastings, who has already become exasperated as time is running out before he’s forced into retirement and AC-12 is disbanded, is seen looking concerned in the images

One tweeted: ‘Is it just me or was one of those Spanish “police officers” Thurwell? I’m sure it was him.’

Another wrote: ‘Exactly what I was thinking? Nice job if James Nesbitt only got paid for a few photos so I suspect that Marcus Thurwell is 100% alive.’

And one commented: ‘Is this Marcus Thurwell or have they just found the Spanish Jimmy Nesbitt to play the part?’ – sharing a series of screenshots to illustrate the likeness.

AC-12 were looking into the retired former detective chief inspector after SI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) learned that Gail Vella – the journalist who was murdered – had been looking into the death of Lawrence Christopher while in police custody – a case Thurwell was in charge of.

Ready to go: Hastings, who is up against the clock before AC-12 is disbanded, is also seen getting out of a police car as things heat up during the series

Ready to go: Hastings, who is up against the clock before AC-12 is disbanded, is also seen getting out of a police car as things heat up during the series

Link: A dramatic trailer for the BBC drama's finale showed Kate wearing the same grey turtleneck jumper as she is seen wearing in the on-set snaps (pictured)

Link: A dramatic trailer for the BBC drama’s finale showed Kate wearing the same grey turtleneck jumper as she is seen wearing in the on-set snaps (pictured)

Thurwell also has links to Darren Hunter, the son of former organised crime group boss Tommy Hunter.

The OCG also murdered Oliver Stephens-Lloyd before he had an opportunity to give evidence about sexual abuse at Sands View Boys’ Home, with Superintendent Ted Hastings convinced Thurwell is connected to the killing and the abuse cover-up. 

When Thurwell was found ‘dead’, Hastings was visibly exasperated – with time running out for him to solve the mystery before his impending retirement. 

Elsewhere in the episode, viewers learned PC Ryan Pilkington met a grizzly end, after working as an inside man in the Murder Investigation Team (MIT) for the Organised Crime Group (OCG). 

Trouble ahead? The images have left people questioning whether Kate (above) and Steve are going to confront Hastings about the mysterious wad of cash given to Steph

Curious: The images have left people wondering what the trio (above, Vicky McClure on set) are doing at Decker Avenue Police Station

Trouble ahead? The images have left people questioning whether Kate and Steve are going to confront Hastings about the mysterious wad of cash given to Steph, and wondering what the trio are doing at Decker Avenue Police Station

Determined: In snaps taken on set, Hastings appeared to be hard at work ahead of his forced retirement as he was seen getting out of a police car looking determined

Determined: In snaps taken on set, Hastings appeared to be hard at work ahead of his forced retirement as he was seen getting out of a police car looking determined 

After being lured to a lonely car park by DCI Jo Davidson during the previous episode, Kate was met by armed officer Ryan who said he planned to kill her as he held up his gun and aimed it at her.

The episode ended as two gun shots sounded, before the new episode revealed that Ryan had been shot twice in the chest, with Kate and Jo fleeing the scene in a Thelma and Louise-inspired fashion.

When DI Steve Arnott arrived with the AC-12 unit they discovered that Kate and Jo had gone on the run and Ryan was dead. 

DCS Patricia Carmichael could be heard telling officers that the duo were considered to be ‘armed and dangerous’ and sent out an order for their address.

Theory: Fans were stunned on Sunday night when it appeared James Nesbitt's character was killed off before he even appeared on screen - but some are convinced it was a cover-up

Theory: Fans were stunned on Sunday night when it appeared James Nesbitt’s character was killed off before he even appeared on screen – but some are convinced it was a cover-up

Some fans believe the Spanish captain was Thurwell in disguise

Towards the end of the nail-biting penultimate episode, Guardia Civil police officers stormed Marcus Thurwell's Spanish home, while the AC-12 team watched via video link. They found Thurwell's body

Towards the end of the penultimate episode, Guardia Civil police officers stormed Marcus Thurwell’s Spanish home, while the AC-12 team watched via video link. They found Thurwell’s body (right) – but some fans believe the Spanish captain was Thurwell in disguise (left)

Despite the gripping hunt for Jo and Kate which commenced, fans were overjoyed that one of their favourite characters had survived.

Elsewhere during the new episode, fans were left convinced that Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael is the fourth man after Sunday’s episode.

The officer, played by Anna Maxwell Martin, placed herself at the centre of the action as she ordered Kate Fleming to  be arrested following the shootout and then tried to shut down Ted Hastings’ questions during a very intense interview of Jo.

Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message during the ‘puzzling’ interview – which also saw Jo discover her paternity despite offering more ‘no comments’ than answers – based on how often she tapped her pen.

This Morse code theory popped up during Arnott’s questioning of Davidson, specifically when he tried to get information about Gail Vella’s laptop and computer.   

Although Davidson remained tight-lipped, Carmichael did seem to start sweating a little as she tapped her pen four times and took a sip of water.

Interesting: While many viewers expressed surprise that an actor of Nesbitt's calibre was denied even a scene, some were left convinced that Thurwell was in fact the Spanish AFO

Interesting: While many viewers expressed surprise that an actor of Nesbitt’s calibre was denied even a scene, some were left convinced that Thurwell was in fact the Spanish AFO

She's alive! Line Of Duty ended on a tense cliffhanger last week after gunshots were fired as DI Kate Fleming and bent copper Ryan Pilkington held up their weapons

She’s alive! Line Of Duty ended on a tense cliffhanger last week after gunshots were fired as DI Kate Fleming and bent copper Ryan Pilkington held up their weapons

Morse Code is an alphabet that spells out words or messages using a series of short and long sounds, with the officer appearing to make four taps and spell out H.

Carmichael again set alarm bells ringing when she cut off Hastings at the end of the interview following his knockout question about Osborne being H.

Cutting off the AC-12 head’s question, she declared that Davidson was being charged with ‘perverting course of justice and misfeasance in public office’.

The Line Of Duty series six finale airs on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm.

Cliffhanger: After being lured to a lonely car park by DCI Jo Davidson (pictured) [Kelly MacDonald] during the previous episode, Kate [Vicky McClure] was met by armed officer Ryan

Cliffhanger: After being lured to a lonely car park by DCI Jo Davidson (pictured) [Kelly MacDonald] during the previous episode, Kate [Vicky McClure] was met by armed officer Ryan

Man down: The episode ended as two gun shots sounded, before the new episode revealed that Ryan had been shot twice in the chest

Man down: The episode ended as two gun shots sounded, before the new episode revealed that Ryan had been shot twice in the chest 

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