Line of Duty's Martin Compston opens up about his dramatic stunt on new show The Rig

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Line of Duty star Martin Compston has talked about being set on fire for a scene in his new show, The Rig.

The new series, which streams on Amazon Prime Video, follows a crew on an oil rig in the North Sea, with a mysterious fog rolling in and cutting off communications with the mainland.

Martin, best known for his role as Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, spoke about his role in the supernatural thriller, and referenced a scene in which things got heated – literally!

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“It was one of my more interesting days at work. A lot of the time as actors we’re sitting around drinking tea so I like to get a bit physical when I can,” he told GQ. “At first, I thought it was amazing, I was on fire and I couldn’t feel a thing and then all of a sudden it’s getting a wee bit hot.

“[That] was apparently not supposed to happen but I kept going because nobody said cut,” he continued. “You just assume everything is going to be okay. As soon as they realised something was up, they came over with the blankets and fire extinguishers. I was alright, my back got a bit of a tan, but what other job in the world would you be able to do that?”

Starring alongside Compston in The Rig is Emily Hampshire, Iain Glen and Mark Bonnar, with the first season consisting of six episodes; the series was created and written by David Macpherson.

Martin recently teased the possibility of a seventh season for Line of Duty, revealing that he had sat down with co-stars and creator Jed Mercurio about further episodes.

“Me, Jed, Vicky [McClure] and Adrian [Dunbar] had a sit-down and a big conversation last year just to see if we all honestly wanted to go again,” he explained.

“It is definitely on the table. That talk was in April and from then nothing's changed. All we've said is that we'd be up for doing one more at some point but none of us have signed on.”

The Rig is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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