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He plays Detective Inspector Steve Arnott in Line of Duty and is intent on proving his former boss Chief Constable Philip Osborne has links to organised crime.
However, the rival stars of the hit BBC show left the drama on-screen as they took to the golf course on Saturday.
Martin Compston, who stars as DI Arnott, and Owen Teale, who plays Chief Constable Osborne, posed for a snap on the green as episode seven of series six airs tomorrow.
Captioning the snap to his 372,000 Instagram followers, Martin, 36, penned: “Amazing to get on a course on day off with the big fella, no caddy’s of course with Covid [eye emoji].” [sic]
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Meanwhile Welsh actor Owen, 59, stood resting on his golf club for the snap with Martin.
Fans of the gripping police drama could not help but feel uneasy after seeing the on-screen rivals together.
One wrote: “The reaction I had to this picture was totally unreasonable.”
Another said: “My brain can’t compute this photo.”
“This picture feels illegal,” a third penned.
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Martin mentioned that there were “no caddies of course” due to coronavirus restrictions as the job role sees someone carry the bags and clubs of the player along with giving advice.
However, the golfing term also relates to the character of Dot Cottan, who previously worked as a golf caddy for OCG leader Tommy Hunter, and subsequently earned his name as “The Caddy”.
The latest episode of Line of Duty saw research by DC Chloe Bishop uncover that Osborne had links to the corrupt former Detective Chief Inspector Marcus Thurwell along with the death and later coverup of Lawrence Christopher.
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In series one of the BBC series, which aired in 2012, we see armed police shoot the wrong man in a failed counter terrorism raid after mistaking the number on the door.
Osborne demanded that the officers lied in court and claimed the man was acting in an aggressive manner in order to justify the shooting.
However, DI Arnott refused to be part of the cover-up and testified against his former colleagues at the inquest before transferring to AC-12.
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