The actor, 34, who plays Steve Arnott in the BBC’s hit crime drama Line of Duty, used his official Twitter account to warn his 163,000 followers about an internet hoaxer attempting to deceive female fans on Instagram. He shared a picture of a profile which featured pictures of him and the bio: The official of Martin Compston.” “Hey troops this stuff is usually harmless but this fake account apparently been messaging a lot of my female followers for details,” he tweeted. “Obviously not me thanks for people getting in touch to give me a heads up.”
One fan replied to let Martin know she had received messages from the fake account.
She shared a screenshot of the chat, in which the profile claiming to be the actor could be seen saying: “Hi there thanks or your support and encouragement to me (Martin Compton).
“I just thought it’s a great idea to have a nice conversation with my fans here. We’re you from?”(sic)
The fan told the real Martin lightheartedly: “Aah, so you’re not grateful for my support and encouragement? Don’t tell me you can spell ‘where’ properly too…”
Many fans also made jokes referencing Line of Duty, with one saying: “Reg 15 for him fella!”
“AC-12 is on the case,” another quipped, as one Twitter used joked: “It’s Scott Brown’s fault.”
Martin also shared the warning with his 50,000 followers on his official Instagram page.
Many of his fans on the photo-sharing site were also grateful for the information, with one saying: “Thanks got a new messages this morning.”
“I was so excited for a sec oil I realised it wasn’t you,” another admitted, while a third wrote: “Thankfully I ignored it.”
Line of Duty fans are currently getting wrapped up in season five of the tense drama from Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio, 53.
Last night, the second instalment of the fifth series aired on BBC One, but some viewers spotted a major loophole.
With speculation surrounding whether undercover officer John Corbett (played by Stephen Graham) is a bad guy or a good guy, fans took to Twitter to point out a problem after the episode appeared to hint at the latter being true.
After the police units were ambushed by the gang under the instruction of John, with lots of gunshots and chaos, there were miraculously no casualties.
Fans flooded to Twitter to point to the lack of casualties as reason to believe the undercover police officer is still good, with one tweeting: “It feels like Corbett is corrupt but still trying to do his job in some kind of weird way?”
“Maybe John’s not bent after all,” another said. “Zero casualties from that incident.”
“No casualties is SUSPICIOUS to me John,” a third chipped in.
Line of Duty continues Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.