Martin Compston (born 8 May 1984) is a Scottish actor. He is perhaps most notable for his role as Liam in Sweet Sixteen, and for his role as Ewan Brodie in Monarch of the Glen.
Compston was born and brought up in Greenock, Inverclyde, and attended St. Columba's High School in neighbouring Gourock. A youth footballer, after leaving school he signed for local professional team Greenock Morton.
Compston made two appearances for Morton at the end of the 2001–2002 season, in which the club were relegated from the Scottish Football League First Division. In both matches he appeared as a substitute, and both times Morton lost 4–0, to Alloa Athletic and Queen of the South.
Having never acted before, he successfully auditioned for the lead role in Ken Loach's 'Sweet Sixteen', which was being filmed locally. The film's success at the Cannes Film Festival gave him instant celebrity status in Scotland. His subsequent film career was comparatively low key as he wanted to "serve his apprenticeship" with a regular role in the BBC TV drama serial Monarch of the Glen.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Jury Prize and Best Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Festival) with Robert Downey Jr.;
Red Road (Jury Prize at Cannes) shot in Scotland with Kate Dickie and Tony Curran for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Scottish Baftas;
True North with Peter Mullan and Gary Lewis for which he was nominated for Best Actor, British Independent Film Awards.
More recently Martin made a cameo appearance in small budget webseries 'Night is Day'. He also reportedly auditioned for the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek film, but the role ultimately went to Simon Pegg.
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Wild Country (2005)
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Red Road (2006)
True North (2007)
Night is Day (2007)
The Damned United (2009)
Gemma kidnaps Alice (2009)
Monarch of the Glen (Series 5-7, 2003-2005)
Torchwood (series 2, 2008) The Conehead