Line Of Duty’s return in jeopardy as main character is picked up for star role in an thriller

Line Of Duty’s eagerly-awaited return is in jeopardy as a main character is picked up to star in big money thriller

Line Of Duty’s eagerly-awaited return is in jeopardy as main character Martin Compston has been picked up for a big money thriller.

The 38-year-old British actor, who has starred in the hit BBC series since its launch in 2012, has also starred in various series’ since his character Detective Inspector Steve Arnott hit the screens of the UK.

One of which has included Prime Video’s The Rig – and now the bosses have signed him up for a second season.

His role in the US show is as Fulmer Hamilton, one of a group of workers on a remote Scottish oil rig.

The colleagues are set to make their return to the mainland when a mysterious fog ‘enshrouds them’ and ‘supernatural forces take hold’.

Jeopardy: Line Of Duty’s eagerly-awaited return is in jeopardy as main character Martin Compston has been picked up for a big money thriller

Hit show: The 38-year-old British actor, who has starred in the hit BBC series since its launch in 2012, has also starred in various series' since his character Detective Inspector Steve Arnott hit the screens of the UK

Hit show: The 38-year-old British actor, who has starred in the hit BBC series since its launch in 2012, has also starred in various series’ since his character Detective Inspector Steve Arnott hit the screens of the UK

New role: One of which has included Prime Video's The Rig - and now the bosses have signed him up for a second season.

New role: One of which has included Prime Video’s The Rig – and now the bosses have signed him up for a second season.

Since its launch in January this year, the series has been a hit with fans, and has reportedly a huge drive for fans of Martin’s across the pond.

But the role throws a spanner in the works for Line Of Duty fans as he needs to film for The Rig during the summer.

It was reported in December that Line of Duty is reportedly set to return with an explosive climax to the series, with bosses reportedly considering screening it over Christmas.

A source told The Sun: ‘The Rig was a massive success for Prime Video, second only to Lord Of The Rings in terms of the millions who watched it around the world.

‘Crucially, the show seemed to find a vast audience in the States, which provides Martin with the chance to raise his profile on the other side of the Atlantic and potentially carve out a career over there.

‘It would also benefit him personally as he already has a house in the US with his American wife, Tianna Flynn, and their three-year-old son.’

MailOnline has contacted Martin Compston’s representatives and the BBC.

Fans were unfortunately ‘disappointed’ by the cop show’s season six finale last year.

Reprising role: His role in the US show is as Fulmer Hamilton, one of a group of workers on a remote Scottish oil rig. The colleagues are set to make their return to the mainland when a mysterious fog 'enshrouds them' and 'supernatural forces take hold'

Reprising role: His role in the US show is as Fulmer Hamilton, one of a group of workers on a remote Scottish oil rig. The colleagues are set to make their return to the mainland when a mysterious fog ‘enshrouds them’ and ‘supernatural forces take hold’

Star: It was reported in December that Line of Duty is reportedly set to return with an explosive climax to the series, with bosses reportedly considering screening it over Christmas

Star: It was reported in December that Line of Duty is reportedly set to return with an explosive climax to the series, with bosses reportedly considering screening it over Christmas

Fans: Martin, Adrian Dunbar (centre) and Vicky McClure (right) are all said to be reprising their roles for a three-part BBC special which could be transmitted as soon as Christmas 2023

Fans: Martin, Adrian Dunbar (centre) and Vicky McClure (right) are all said to be reprising their roles for a three-part BBC special which could be transmitted as soon as Christmas 2023

Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin are all said to be reprising their roles for a three-part BBC special which could be transmitted as soon as Christmas 2023. 

An insider told The Sun in December: ‘Viewers weren’t satisfied with the ending of series six and were crying out for a more sensational conclusion — now [writer] Jed [Mercurio] can deliver that. 

‘The question is whether the person we were led to believe was H really is the villain that AC-12 has been hunting or if it was another nemesis.

 ‘The fact that they’re looking at taking the unusual step of making three episodes rather than the usual six or seven is a reflection of just how special this is for the show.’

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