Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has joked he’s in ‘dire need of a haircut’ and has ‘a few lockdown pounds to lose’ before filming on the BBC police drama resumes.
The actor, 36, who has played lead character DS Steve Arnott for almost a decade, said he is desperate to return to the show so he can get a much-needed trim.
The TV star explained the cast have a ‘definite date that we’re working towards’ to get back on set and they’re hoping to have the forthcoming sixth season shot before Christmas.
Eager: Line of Duty star Martin Compston said he is desperate to return to the show so he can get a much-needed haircut
Appearing on The One Show on Monday evening, he said: ‘Well, I’m in dire need of a haircut and I’ve also got a few lockdown pounds I need to lose before we get back.
‘We’ve got a definite date that we’re working towards but there’s no point announcing it because the situation’s so fluid,
‘It can change daily, so hopefully we can get it done before Christmas.’
The Scottish star said the new pandemic filming measures will make things on set ‘completely different’ but he is eager to start again.
Honest: The actor, 36, told the One Show on Monday he also wants to shed some lockdown weight before taking to the role again
Hiatus: The Scottish star said the new pandemic filming measures will make things on set ‘completely different’ but he is eager to start again
Discussing necessary alterations in order to keep the film studio coronavirus-safe, he explained: ‘I think there will be changes.
‘I mean there’s going to massive changes off camera just because of the protocols and the social distancing, how many people can be on set, no congregating, people off-camera wearing masks. It’s going to be a completely different feel.
Martin also teased storylines for the upcoming sixth series, which saw filming halted in March because of Covid-19, as he insisted that ‘the scripts are so good!’
He said: ‘In terms of the changes… we really wouldn’t want to compromise the scripts, the scripts are so good, and people are so loyal to the show, there would be no point coming back if we’re going to compromise quality.’
The show’s writers are notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to storylines, and so when quizzed about whether there is, as rumoured, a ‘massive bombshell’ at the end of episode four, Martin teased: ‘Well there’s a few before that as well…
‘But just because I don’t have script five, there’s a big, big question at the end of [episode] four.’
When asked, Martin confessed that he’s not watched any of the Line Of Duty re-runs which are currently being aired on BBC at the moment.
Nope! Appearing on The One Show, the actor admitted that although season one is being the rerun on BBC One at the moment, he can’t bring himself to re-watch early episodes
He revealed: ‘Well no, because I have a fear of those woolly cardigans that Jed put me in for the first series. No, it’s hard watching yourself back, and for me it’s the fear…
‘Because there was a big fear of going into such a high profile job, and doing a different accent and being up against these wonderful actors, so it would be hard to watch it back.
‘But I have some great memories of it, I’ve never laughed so much on a job as I did on series one.
‘We were a very close bunch very quickly and had some great nights out, but in terms of filming it’s being about ten years now so it’s been a long time.’
Earlier this month Line of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio revealed bosses are hoping that series six will be wrapped by the end of this year.
The acclaimed writer revealed that BBC bosses are currently working to get production back up and running again, with the hope that a sixth series could air in 2021.
Filming for Line of Duty was suspended back in March at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with fans eagerly awaiting the next series as they hope to finally learn the identity of the elusive ‘H.’