Line of Duty’s Martin Compston takes highball lesson from Johnnie Walker Princes Street

Line of Duty actor Martin Compston has sampled a taste of what’s in store at Johnnie Walker Princes Street ahead of its planned opening this summer.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:15 pm
With the opening of Johnnie Walker Prices Street moving ever closer, Scottish actor, Martin Compston took a highball lesson from Johnnie Walker Brand Ambassador, Ali Reynolds.

The Scottish actor took a highball lesson from Johnnie Walker Brand Ambassador, Ali Reynolds which is hosted on the multi million pound whisky attraction’s Instagram page.

He gave viewers an insight of what they can expect on the upcoming series of the cop drama set to premiere on BBC One on Sunday, including a character played by fellow Scot Kelly Macdonald.

He said: “A huge part of the show’s success has been these amazing guest stars, like Lenny James, Danny Mays, Keely Hawes and Thandi Newton. This year, personally, is the most excited I’ve been because Kelly Macdonald is a Scottish icon.

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“She’s been in Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire is one of my favourite shows of all time and she had her own Disney Pixar film in Brave. She’s pretty much done it all.

“It was a joy having her and I’ve actually just watched the first episode and she does an amazing job.”

The show has established Compston – through his cockney character Steve Arnott – as one of the best-known actors in the country and he added: “It just seems to get bigger and bigger every year. It’s become a juggernaut and that’s a bit terrifying because you don’t want to let the fans down.”

Martin revealed that he will be returning home to Scotland and Edinburgh this year for his next job, which could coincide with the opening of Johnnie Walker Princes Street.

He saw the images that were released last month, showing views of Edinburgh Castle from the visitor experience’s rooftop bar and said: “I can’t wait. I am going to be filming in Edinburgh for four months over the summer. We’ve got a cast assembling from across the world and I am thinking about sitting in that rooftop bar, looking at the castle with a cocktail.

“There aren’t many places you’ll be able to sit with a cocktail, looking at a castle perched on top of a volcano.”

To create one of Johnnie Walker’s signature highballs, follow the recipes below.

The new Johnnie Walker Princes Street visitor experience will open in summer 2021 and those interested can visit for more information or to register for updates.

Johnnie Walker Highball Recipes

Garden of Scotland

50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label

25ml elderflower cordial

Fever Tree soda water


- Fill glass with ice. Pour over 50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label. To the glass add 25ml elderflower cordial and top with Fever Tree soda water. Stir and garnish with mint.

Fire and Spice

50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label

Fever Tree ginger ale

Orange slice

- Fill glass with ice. Add 50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label and top with Fever Tree ginger ale. Garnish with orange slice.

Speyside Highball

50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label

Top with Coca Cola Signature Smoky

- Fill glass with ice. Add 50ml Johnnie Walker Black Label and top with Coca Cola Signature Smoky.