Martin Compston reveals his mother-in-law took him to a GUN range for their first meeting

‘She’s quite scary’: Martin Compston reveals his mother-in-law took him to a GUN range for their first meeting to show him how ‘proficient’ she is

Martin Compston has revealed that his mother-in-law took him to a gun range the first time they met to show him how ‘proficient’ she is with the weapons.

The Scottish actor, 38, admitted that although he ‘loves’ his wife Tianna Chanel Flynn’s mother Sissy, she can be ‘quite scary’ as he detailed their ‘intimidating’ first meeting.

He spoke about the encounter with his Line Of Duty co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar on his podcast Restless Natives, which he hosts with his best pal Gordon Smart.

'I love her, but she's quite scary!': Martin Compston has revealed that his mother-in-law took him to a gun range the first time they met to show him how 'proficient' she is with the weapons

‘I love her, but she’s quite scary!’: Martin Compston has revealed that his mother-in-law took him to a gun range the first time they met to show him how ‘proficient’ she is with the weapons

‘I love her, but she’s quite scary. The first time I met her she took me to the gun range and showed me just how proficient she is with her own guns,’ he explained.

‘They ask ‘do you want a hire gun?’ She’s like, ‘no, I’ve got them with me’. And she’s just blasting these targets.’

Journalist Gordon, 42, who Martin has known for 15 years, asked if it was like Meet the Fockers, referring to the comedy where Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) meets his terrifying father-in-law Jack Byrnes (Robert de Niro).

To which Martin replied: ‘It was and I don’t like guns. Really don’t, that was just intimidating.

Tense: The Scottish actor (pictured with his wife Tianna), 38, admitted that although he 'loves' his wife Tianna Chanel Flynn's mother Sissy, she can be 'quite scary'

Tense: The Scottish actor (pictured with his wife Tianna), 38, admitted that although he ‘loves’ his wife Tianna Chanel Flynn’s mother Sissy, she can be ‘quite scary’

‘I started to shoot sort of, I don’t know what you call it, gangster style like sideways and she did not take that! But I love her dearly, I’m very lucky to have a wonderful mother in law.’

Martin tied the knot with his wife Tianna in 2016 at Martin’s family chapel in Greenock, Scotland, before a party at Mar Hall in Renfrewshire. 

They welcomed their first child in 2020 and Martin splits his time between Scotland and their Las Vegas home, which is down the road from Tianna’s mother’s house.

The star – famed for his portrayal of DI Steve Arnott in Line of Duty – also detailed the time he met legendary comedian Billy Connolly.

Relationship: Martin tied the knot with his wife Tianna (pictured in September 2021) in 2016 at Martin's family chapel in Greenock, Scotland, before a party at Mar Hall in Renfrewshire

Relationship: Martin tied the knot with his wife Tianna (pictured in September 2021) in 2016 at Martin’s family chapel in Greenock, Scotland, before a party at Mar Hall in Renfrewshire

He said he met the Scottish funnyman, 79, when he was playing real-life serial killer Peter Manuel for ITV drama In Plain Sight, saying he was told that Billy wanted ‘a word’ with him about the role.

Speaking on the podcast, he said the star spoke to him about growing up at the time when Manuel was arrested, adding that Billy was very welcoming and took a playful selfie for him to send to his mother Liz as a joke.

He said: ‘I was at Celtic Park and it was just a bizarre thing. I’d kind of met him briefly at things but he’s got that many people around him you know, because he’s such an icon.

‘And because I’ve had a small taste of that, I don’t like bothering people. But I was playing Peter Manuel, the serial killer and the guy who was with Billy said “oh Billy wants a wee word with you because he grew up in that time”.

Career: The star is famed for his portrayal of DI Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, alongside Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming

Career: The star is famed for his portrayal of DI Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, alongside Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming 

‘You forget, when he was growing up in Glasgow, this guy was terrorising it and so he was just talking to me about it. 

‘He did this amazing thing, because the first time I’d met him my mum, God bless her – my mum’s got this terrible hard habit of shutting her eyes when she gets a photo taken. 

‘I’ve got her photos with Ewan McGregor, Billy Connolly, and in every one she’s got her eyes shut. 

‘And I told Billy “I’ve got a picture of you and my mum from ages ago” and he said “get your phone up and shut your eyes” and then we took it and sent it to my mum.’

Celebrity encounter: The star also detailed meeting comedian Billy Connolly on the podcast, saying he wanted to speak to him about his role as real-life serial killer Peter Manuel (pictured)

Celebrity encounter: The star also detailed meeting comedian Billy Connolly on the podcast, saying he wanted to speak to him about his role as real-life serial killer Peter Manuel (pictured)

Elsewhere, Martin is currently filming scenes for forthcoming show Mayflies in rural Ayrshire, south-west Scotland.

He takes a lead role as Jimmy in the new drama and will star alongside Tony Curran, cast as Jimmy’s childhood friend Tully. 

The show, an adaptation of author Andrew O’Hagan’s critically acclaimed 2020 novel, is described as an ‘intimate and devastating portrait of male friendship’ as two best friends are reunited by tragedy 30-years after the ‘climax of their youth’.

Set against the backdrop of 1980s Britain, it will see Martin portray one of two young men who forge a close bond over their shared love of music, film and rebellion.

Friendly: But he said Billy (pictured in February 2013) was very welcoming and took a playful selfie with him which he could send to his mother Liz as a joke

Friendly: But he said Billy (pictured in February 2013) was very welcoming and took a playful selfie with him which he could send to his mother Liz as a joke

Key cultural moments, among them Manchester’s burgeoning late ’80s and early ’90s indie scene, will be highlighted as the two friends make a shared vow to live life on their own individual terms.

But three decades later their bond becomes strained when Jimmy’s old friend calls with some devastating news ‘that will test their friendship, love and loyalty to the limit’.

The show will also star Ashley Jensen – best known for her performances in Ricky Gervais comedies Extras and After Life – in a yet to be announced role, and will be developed by Scottish production company Synchronicity Films for the BBC.

A synopsis for the show reads: ‘Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphoria and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.’

Speaking about the forthcoming TV adaptation, novelist Andrew O’Hagan said: ‘For a while now, I’ve admired the work of Synchronicity Films — Scottish in its bones and international in complexion — and it’s a thrill to see them bringing Mayflies to BBC One.

‘The story is a very personal one to me, and it’s amazing to see the characters come to life in Andrea Gibb’s wonderful adaptation. 

‘Director Peter Mackie Burns has a singular vision, and I look forward to seeing what he makes of the Ayrshire landscape and the emotional reality of this story.’

Mayflies will air on BBC One, BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer at a yet to be confirmed date in 2023.

New venture: Elsewhere, Martin (pictured in March) is currently filming scenes for forthcoming show Mayflies in rural Ayrshire, south-west Scotland

New venture: Elsewhere, Martin (pictured in March) is currently filming scenes for forthcoming show Mayflies in rural Ayrshire, south-west Scotland

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