Published On: Sat, May 8th, 2021

Martin Compston and Vicky McClure mark joint birthday by sharing loved-snaps with their partners

Line Of Duty’s Martin Compston and Vicky McClure – who share the same birthday and turned 37 and 38 respectively on Saturday – have both marked their big days by sharing Instagram photos with their partners.

Vicky, best known for playing Kate Fleming on the hit BBC show, posed for fans in a leopard print tracksuit alongside her boyfriend Jonny Owen, who donned a flat cap, jeans, and boots.

Meanwhile, Martin – who portrays Steve Arnott – reshared a post from his wife Tianna Flynn, in which the happy couple could be seen laughing during a night out in Las Vegas.

Line Of Duty: Martin Compston and Vicky McClure both marked their birthdays with Instagram photos of their partners (pictured: Vicky in a tracksuit alongside boyfriend Jonny Owen )

Vicky made sure to thank her fans in her kind caption, writing: ‘Well how lucky am I?! Thank you so so much for all the birthday love! I’m so touched by all the messages, donations, cards & gifts.’

The blonde beauty then joked: ‘And whilst I’m clinging on to my 30’s I’m still clinging onto my teenage style!!! @jonathanowen71 looking ready for next TIE!.’

As for Martin, he made sure to add three heart emojis to his post.

Alongside the 2014 photo of herself and her husband giggling while out together, Tianna shared a recent snap of herself and Martin posing up a storm in the snow.

Night out: Martin - who portrays Steve Arnott - regrammed a post from his wife Tianna Flynn, in which the happy couple could be seen laughing during a night out in Las Vegas in 2014

Night out: Martin – who portrays Steve Arnott – regrammed a post from his wife Tianna Flynn, in which the happy couple could be seen laughing during a night out in Las Vegas in 2014

Recent: Alongside the 2014 photo of herself and her husband giggling while out together, Tianna shared a recent snap of herself and Martin posing up a storm in the snow

Recent: Alongside the 2014 photo of herself and her husband giggling while out together, Tianna shared a recent snap of herself and Martin posing up a storm in the snow

She sweetly wrote: ‘How it started in 2014 and how it’s going in 2021!! Thank you for keeping a smile on my face a joy in my heart! Happy birthday my love! Enjoy every bit of it you deserve it!!’

Hours earlier, both Vicky and Martin marked each other’s birthdays with a fun photo of themselves dressed as Wham.

Writing, ‘Have a Wham birthday,’ Martin wore a Choose Love T-shirt as he dressed up as the late George Michael and Vicky wore double denim as Andrew Ridgeley.

Vicky was quick to share the snap on her Instagram Stories.

She also posted a behind the scenes snap of them on the Jonathan Ross show recently, writing: ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY @mrmartincompston.    

Gotta have Faith in AC-12: Martin shared a throwback picture of himself and co-star Vicky McClure dressed as Wham as they celebrated their JOINT birthday on Saturday

Gotta have Faith in AC-12: Martin shared a throwback picture of himself and co-star Vicky McClure dressed as Wham as they celebrated their JOINT birthday on Saturday

Choose Love: Wham's George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley performing in 1984

Choose Love: Wham’s George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley performing in 1984 

‘Sharing my birthday with one of my best mates in the world is nearly as special as getting a promotion before you!!! 

‘Love ya mate! Have a great day dancing in the rain!! Xxx.’ 

Season five saw Kate being promoted over Steve to DI.  

Best pals: Sharing a behind the scenes snap of them on the Jonathan Ross show recently, Vicky, who plays Kate Fleming, wrote: 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY @mrmartincompston'

Best pals: Sharing a behind the scenes snap of them on the Jonathan Ross show recently, Vicky, who plays Kate Fleming, wrote: ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY @mrmartincompston’

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am: The pair star as Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott on Line Of Duty (pictured)

Wham, bam, thank you ma’am: The pair star as Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott on Line Of Duty (pictured)  

Meanwhile, their Line Of Duty co-star Tommy Jessop, who played one-time Gail Vella murder suspect Terry Boyle, took to Twitter to wish them a happy birthday.

He wrote: ‘I actually hear that it’s @Vicky_McClure and @martin_compston’s birthday today apparently. So I want to wish you two people a happy birthday and many happy returns from me. In the words of a certain person called Sir Bruce Forsyth. Keeeeeeep Dancing & smiling. Love From Tommy.

Both stars responded with Martin replying: ‘Cheers Tommy!’, while Vicky echoed: ‘Thanks Tommy!!’ 

Birthday wishes: Meanwhile, their Line Of Duty co-star Tommy Jessop, who played one-time Gail Vella murder suspect Terry Boyle, took to Twitter to wish them a happy birthday

Birthday wishes: Meanwhile, their Line Of Duty co-star Tommy Jessop, who played one-time Gail Vella murder suspect Terry Boyle, took to Twitter to wish them a happy birthday

Appreciative: Both stars responded with Martin replying: 'Cheers Tommy!', while Vicky echoed: 'Thanks Tommy!!'

Appreciative: Both stars responded with Martin replying: ‘Cheers Tommy!’, while Vicky echoed: ‘Thanks Tommy!!’

The day before, Vicky offered a glimpse of her life behind the cameras as she enjoyed a celebratory drink with actor Otto Farrant.

She took to Instagram to post a selfie taken outside at the end of filming series two of the Alex Rider TV series. 

The monochrome snap showed Vicky, who portrays Mrs Jones in the Amazon Prime Video show, beaming a grin as she sat opposite Otto, 24, who plays the lead role.

Celebrations: The day before, Vicky grinned alongside Otto Farrant as they enjoyed an al fresco drink after finishing filming for the second season of Alex Rider on Friday

Celebrations: The day before, Vicky grinned alongside Otto Farrant as they enjoyed an al fresco drink after finishing filming for the second season of Alex Rider on Friday

'That's a wrap': The 37-year-old described co-star Otto Farrant as a #true pro super hero' as she celebrated the end of filming

‘That’s a wrap’: The 37-year-old described co-star Otto Farrant as a #true pro super hero’ as she celebrated the end of filming

With weather proving temperamental, the pair opted to wrap up warm to beat the chill, with Vicky wearing a high-collared coat.

Otto was also wrapped up in a thick jacket, featuring a tartan design on the front and black panels across the shoulders.

The Alex Rider TV series, shown on Amazon Prime Video, has been adapted from the series of novels by Anthony Horowitz. 

Vicky portrays the character known as Mrs Jones, who is the handler for teenage spy Alex Rider.  

Kate, is that you? Vicky portrays a character known as Mrs Jones, who is the handler for teenage spy Alex Rider, in the Amazon Prime series (pictured during the first season)

Kate, is that you? Vicky portrays a character known as Mrs Jones, who is the handler for teenage spy Alex Rider, in the Amazon Prime series (pictured during the first season)

On screen: The Alex Rider TV series, shown on Amazon Prime Video, has been adapted from the series of novels by Anthony Horowitz (Vicky is pictured in her role of Mrs Jones)

On screen: The Alex Rider TV series, shown on Amazon Prime Video, has been adapted from the series of novels by Anthony Horowitz (Vicky is pictured in her role of Mrs Jones)

The behind-the-scenes snap comes after Vicky also shared a brief video of herself with Line of Duty co-stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar as they engaged in a singalong while out of character, on Sunday. 

The trio sang in the shady underpass used for clandestine meetings in the show

The graffiti-strewn subway, situated in Belfast, has become something of an iconic landmark among fans, with AC12 meeting there numerous times since the show relocated to Northern Ireland in 2014.

Banter: The behind-the-scenes snap comes after Vicky also shared a brief video of herself with Line of Duty co-stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar as they had a singalong on Sunday

Banter: The behind-the-scenes snap comes after Vicky also shared a brief video of herself with Line of Duty co-stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar as they had a singalong on Sunday

Farewell: Ahead of Line Of Duty's sixth and potentially final series on Sunday, DS Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings were back at the underpass for one last visit

Farewell: Ahead of Line Of Duty’s sixth and potentially final series on Sunday, DS Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings were back at the underpass for one last visit

Captioning the playful clip, which ends with the three stars bursting into laughter, she wrote: ‘Best friends!’  

On the same day, Vicky ramped up the Line of Duty posts as she uploaded a picture from the set of the show.

She shared moving tributes to the show’s die-hard fans as they counted down the hours until the long-awaited series six finale was broadcast.

End of an era: Vicky and Martin Compston shared moving tributes to the show's fans as they counted down the hours until series six's finale was broadcast

End of an era: Vicky and Martin Compston shared moving tributes to the show’s fans as they counted down the hours until series six’s finale was broadcast

Line Of Duty finale: How the viewing figures compare 

2021

Line Of Duty finale, May 2 (BBC One) 12.8 million

Prince Philip’s funeral, April 17 (ITV & BBC One) 13.6 million 

Harry and Meghan with Oprah Winfrey, March 8 (ITV) 11.7 million 

2020

Boris Johnson lockdown announcement, March 23 (BBC One) 14.5 million

Queen’s address to the nation, April 5 (BBC One) 14 million

Boris Johnson’s second address to the nation, May 10 (BBC One) 18.7 million

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, November 15 (ITV) 12.1 million

2019

Gavin And Stacey Christmas special (BBC One) 17.1 million viewers  

2012

Closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (BBC One) 24.5 million

2010

The X Factor (ITV) 17.7 million

1995

Princess Diana interview with Martin Bashir (BBC One) 23 million

1966

The 1966 World Cup final (BBC and ITV joint broadcast) 32.3 million viewers

 

Vicky shared an image alongside Martin and their co-star Adrian Dunbar, who plays Superintendant Hastings on the show, and a snap of their knitted counterparts. 

She wrote: ‘Happy Line Of Duty day! Please excuse the slightly over emotional post but it’s been quite a surreal time!

‘The audience support has been unreal, the creativity of merchandise, the artwork, ground-breaking viewing figures and the hype!!

‘It’s not lose on me how lucky I am to be a part of Line Of Duty, not just because of the success of the show, but the lifelong friendships we’ve all gained.

‘We have such a talented and caring crew, a huge part of its success is down to them. Our amazing guest star Kelly MacDonald! Shalom, Perry, Anna, Tommy, Rose, Greg, Anneika, Nigel, Ace, Liza, Amy to name just a few of the incredible cast in series six!

‘Belfast, our LOD home. Thanks for Craic as always. Honestly, I can’t thank you all enough for your love & dedication to the show.

‘Raising my brew to you Jed Mercurio! The epitome of honesty & integrity. @MrMartinCompston & Adrian I love you’s 29! Now… let’s wrap this up.’

It comes as Line Of Duty fans across the nation were left ‘fuming’ as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close on Sunday and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked.

Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’, who had been colluding with the organised crime group (OCG), was none other than DSU Ian Buckells.

It saw the words ‘fuming’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘underwhelming’ all trend on social media in the aftermath of the show.

And the disbelief it could be him was compounded by the way he was only caught because of his repeated mis-spelling of the word ‘definitely’ – hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind. 

Emotional: Vicky, who plays DI Kate Fleming, fuelled fans' concerns that the series could be coming to an end in a lengthy Twitter post on Sunday

Emotional: Vicky, who plays DI Kate Fleming, fuelled fans’ concerns that the series could be coming to an end in a lengthy Twitter post on Sunday

The detective – widely thought until Sunday to have been just a bungling stooge – was first introduced to viewers in series one as the SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton.

He later went on to become Detective Chief Inspector in series four before being promoted once more to Detective Superintendent in this final series.  

Sharing their disappointment on the revelation, one disgruntled Line of Duty fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Can’t believe I watched six seasons of line of Duty for Ian Buckells, the most pointless character to be the fourth man. Fuming.’

All over: It comes as Line Of Duty fans across the nation were left ‘fuming’ as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close on Sunday and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally unmasked

While another viewer added: ‘I’m fuming, can’t believe I waited this long for Ian Buckells to run the roost.’ 

And while the finale tied up many unresolved storylines, there were still some gaping plot holes and storylines left unanswered.

The sixth series of the Jed Mercurio creation also saw DI Steve Arnott, played by actor Martin, finally called in for a meeting with Occupational Health, who noted that while he had not broken the law through his excessive painkiller use, he would have to surrender his firearms licence.

Really?! Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive 'fourth man' was none other than DSU Ian Buckells

Really?! Seasoned fans took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’ was none other than DSU Ian Buckells

Oh dear:  The disbelief it could be him was compounded by the way he was only caught because of his repeated mis-spelling of the word 'definitely' - hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind

Oh dear:  The disbelief it could be him was compounded by the way he was only caught because of his repeated mis-spelling of the word ‘definitely’ – hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind

However, the 60-minute episode’s end failed to offer any resolution on whether the team of DI Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings would return, ending on the revelation that the team has ‘never been weaker.’ 

The mystery surrounding the identity of ‘H’ has been up for speculation since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016, and detectives at the anti-corruption unit discovered there were four officers working within the force who had links to the underground criminal network.   

Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio defended the BBC police drama after droves of fans slammed the ‘disappointing’ series six finale.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the writer, 55, responded to critics in an impassioned post and said that it is ‘impossible’ to satisfy all viewers’ expectations.

It is over? The 60-minute episode's end failed to offer any resolution on whether the team of DI Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings would return, ending on the revelation that the team has 'never been weaker'

It is over? The 60-minute episode’s end failed to offer any resolution on whether the team of DI Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings would return, ending on the revelation that the team has ‘never been weaker’ 

An eye-watering 12.8million viewers tuned in to watch Line Of Duty’s sixth season conclude on Sunday night with a 56.2% share – recording the network’s highest ever overnight rating, yet some disappointed fans were left with unanswered questions.

Responding to the fan backlash over the finale, Jed admitted that the episode ‘divided social media opinion’ yet he found a ‘a far less extreme picture’ when taking in the audience research.

He tweeted: ‘1. No one disputes the Line of Duty finale divided social media opinion but the audience research so far shows a far less extreme picture. 

‘We knew a ‘down’ ending would rate less favourably with some viewers, however all 7 episodes varied by under 10% on average viewer score…’

Hitting back: Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio defended the police drama after droves of fans slammed the 'disappointing' series six finale on Sunday night (pictured 2019)

Hitting back: Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio defended the police drama after droves of fans slammed the ‘disappointing’ series six finale on Sunday night (pictured 2019)

'Impossible': Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the writer, 55, responded to critics in an impassioned post and said that it is 'impossible' to satisfy all viewers' expectations (Line Of Duty stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar pictured in show still)

‘Impossible’: Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the writer, 55, responded to critics in an impassioned post and said that it is ‘impossible’ to satisfy all viewers’ expectations (Line Of Duty stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar pictured in show still) 

Jed continued: ‘2. The research determines the episode ratings based on randomly polling viewers, rather than sites like imdb where scores can be skewed by users strongly motivated to register their immediate anger/adulation …

‘3. 1000 random viewers submitted scores from 1-10 which have been used to calculate the Appreciation Index (AI) as a score out of 100. The AI for the ‘down’ finale was only 7 points below the next lowest in Season 6 (Ep 1) …’ 

Jed concluded with: ‘4/4 These figures won’t stop the debate, of course, nor should they – that’s still all part of the experience of shared TV viewing. Thanks again for watching.’

Line Of Duty fans across the nation were left 'fuming' as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close on Sunday and the mysterious so-called fourth man was unmasked as DSU Ian Buckells

Anticipated: Given the show’s record-breaking viewership, fans hoped that the finale would answer all their burning questions, including the identity of the elusive ‘H’

Despite the backlash, Sunday’s season finale proved to be a ratings hit for the BBC, with 12.8 million viewers tuning in for the broadcast.

The huge and impressive numbers comfortably beating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which drew 11.4 viewers when it aired in March.  

BBC bosses are yet to confirm whether the show will return, despite an average of 13 millions viewers tuning in for the latest series, which faced multiple delays due to the Covid pandemic.  

MOTHER OF GOD! WAS THAT IT? VIEWERS LEFT ‘FUMING’ AFTER MINOR CHARACTER BUCKELLS IS UNVEILED AS THE FOURTH MAN… 

Line of Duty fans across the nation were left underwhelmed and disappointed by the identity of mysterious antagonist ‘H’.

Loyal viewers took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive ‘fourth man’.

But the revelation the bent copper colluding with the organised crime groups (OCGs), was actually DSI Ian Buckells infuriated many seasoned Line Of Duty fans.

It saw the words ‘fuming’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘underwhelming’ all trend on social media in the aftermath of the show.

And the disbelief it could be him was compounded by the way he was only caught because of his repeated mis-spelling of the word ‘definitely’ – hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind.

The detective – widely thought until last night to have been just a bungling stooge – was first introduced to viewers in series one as the SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton.

He later went on to become Detective Chief Inspector in series four before being promoted once more to Detective Superintendent in this final series. 

Sharing their disappointment on the revelation, one disgruntled Line of Duty fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Can’t believe I watched six seasons of line of Duty for Ian Buckells, the most pointless character to be the fourth man. Fuming.’

While another viewer added: ‘Buckells, the most pointless character’.

 

 

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