Martin Compston has proven that he has more than one string to his bow by turning his attention to investing, and opening a private members club in Los Angeles.
The actor, best known for Line of Duty, has become a founding member of swanky venue dubbed The Firm, alongside his wife Tianna.
The whiskey and cigar bar is located in downtown LA and is said to be a 'unique and vibrant private membership club which draws its members from LA’s active professionals'.
Taking to Instagram to announce the news, the Greenock-born actor said: "Me and @tianna_flynn delighted to become founding members/investors in The Firm downtown LA what a spot, chuffed to be a small part of the maestros @thecharleslewvision this is just the beginning."
The Firm opened six weeks ago in LA, as founding member Charles Lew gushed on social media: "Doors now open!!! 'The Firm' private membership club, is our whisky and cigar bar in the Westin Bonaventure that’s been an arduous labor of love and a long time coming."
Charlie gave his Instagram followers a quick tour of the new venue.
The bar looks to have a very homely vibe with red leather chesterfield sofas dotted around the club.
The dimmed lights also give the club a rustic feel – which is helped by the various pieces of art that adorn the dark green walls.
For anyone wishing to join The Firm, there are three membership options, starting at $100 a month – which gives you access to reservations and private events – and going up to $5,00 a month, which will let you enjoy a private liquor locker and exclusive discounts.
The venue's members list is carefully curated, they say, to ensure it keeps its "unique blend of professionals and creatives from law, finance, advertising, entertainment, sports, media, etc".
Although best known for his portrayal of Anti-Corruption Unit detective inspector Steve Arnott in BBC's Line of Duty, Scottish actor Martin most recently appeared in ITV's thriller Our House.
Also starring was Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones. The show aired in March and is still available on the ITV Hub if you missed it.
It tells the story of Fi Lawson (Tuppence Middleton) who comes home to find her husband Bram (Martin Compston) and their children missing. Removal men are busy and there are strangers in their home with paperwork to prove they’ve bought the house!
The drama is based on Louise Candlish’s 2018 novel of the same name, highlights a very real crime, known as property hijacking.
Sometimes the crime has involved people forging documents to transfer their parents’ home into their own name, but often it is a total stranger, impersonating the homeowner in order to sell their home to an unsuspecting buyer.
The crime is prevalent enough that the Land Registry paid out £3.5m in compensation related to 22 separate fraud claims in 2020-2021.
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