Martin Compston continues to stay busy outside Line of Duty. The actor will star in ITV‘s upcoming drama Our House, according to a press release from the British broadcaster; no U.S. network has been announced yet.
Our House is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Louise Candlish. Similar to Compston’s role in BBC One’s The Nest, he’ll once again play the spouse of the main protagonist with a dark secret.
The title refers to the house that Fiona Lawson (portrayed by Downton Abbey alum Florence Middleton) used to live in with her husband Bram (Compston) and their two children. The marriage has since fallen apart, leaving Fiona and Bram estranged—and when Fiona arrives home to discover someone else moving into the home, she knows her only hope for answers lies with her now-missing spouse.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the cast of ITV’s Our House in the role of Bram,” Compston said in the release. “The scripts are genuinely thrilling, packed with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I’m excited to bring them to the screen.”
He’ll be joined by Buket Komer (Honour) as Bram’s new love interest Wendy, while Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Silk) plays Toby, with whom Fiona has also begun a new relationship. Simon Ashdown (Funland) is writing the adaptation.
Compston continues to be a revelation as dedicated police investigator Steve Arnott in BBC One’s Line of Duty, which aired its sixth series earlier this year. He’s also working steadily outside of it; he recently starred not only in The Nest but in the mystery Traces (which is returning for a second series), and is one of the leads in The Rig, a supernatural thriller coming soon to Amazon that was filming in March.
It’s no surprise that he’s in demand, given both the depth of his talent and his versatility; he’s particularly found a niche playing characters who are generally relatable people, but have some kind of complication or dark side that threatens their present and future. Our House seems like another one of those parts—and by casting Martin Compston, the creative team has given immediate credibility and charisma to Bram, a character who could just as easily be a one-dimensional villain.
Since ITV owns a stake in streaming service BritBox, American fans will just have to hope that the series comes to BritBox after its ITV premiere.
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