Martin Compston plays Ewan Brodie
It's every teenage boy's dream to have more than one woman chasing
after him - but when fantasy becomes reality for Monarch's cheeky chappie
young chef Ewan, he realises finding true love can be a very complicated
He's still going steady with flirty barmaid Zoe (played by
Kari Corbett) from the Ghillie's Rest pub - and, even though
she leads him a merry dance, like the hapless teenager that he is he
can't get enough of her.
However, when Paul's sparky goddaughter Amy (played by Kellyanne
Farquhar) arrives, Ewan is immediately captivated by her.
His head is telling him sophisticated barmaid Zoe is the right girl
for him, but his heart has other ideas. Will he able to resist?
"In one way Ewan can't believe his luck having two girls after him.
Then, on the other hand, he's thinking: 'I've got to make a decision
but I don't have a clue what to do'.
"He's only a young lad, he's certainly never been in this situation
before and to be honest I think he's a bit out of his depth - the poor
wee guy," sympathises Martin, flashing his trademark big grin.
"Zoe has everything he thinks he wants - she's flirty, sexy and quite
grown up - and then along comes Amy who kind of knocks him for six.
Ewan is caught in the middle of both of them and has to try and work
it out for himself.
" It's a cracking wee love triangle. In many ways Amy is the female
equivalent of Ewan - they've got the same personality, she likes to
have a lot of fun and they both know how to get into a lot of trouble.
"But it's a very difficult decision for him to make, because don't
forget Amy is Paul's goddaughter. Ewan is very loyal to the MacDonalds
and he wouldn't want to do anything to upset them."
Meanwhile, Greenock-born Martin - who shot to fame in Ken Loach's
Sweet Sixteen - has nothing but praise for his new co-star Kellyanne
Farquhar, who plays Amy: "It takes a lot to 'out-cheeky' me,
but Kellyanne can do it.
"She's got the cheekiest face I've ever seen and I think it was
Tom Baker who gave the best description of her - he called her 'a little
bundle of dynamite', which is spot on. The energy she brings to the
screen is just incredible."
Having just turned 21 ("I'm getting old, I keep panicking about finding
grey hairs..." he jokes) Martin is planning to spend more time on the
big screen when Monarch finishes.
He has a couple of Hollywood projects in the pipeline and later this
year can be seen in the Scottish horror flick Wild Country, alongside
Despite his film career going from strength to strength, Martin insists
he has spent the happiest days of his life on the Monarch set at Ardverikie
He says: "Ewan is more like me than any of the other characters I've
played. He's just a happy-go-lucky wee guy and I've really loved being
him. I am so happy to be a part of Monarch's grand finale because this
show, the character and the whole cast and crew mean so much to me.
"I've been incredibly lucky as a young actor to work with these
people as, effectively, my apprenticeship."
In particular, Martin heaps praise on his co-stars for making the Monarch
experience so enjoyable.
He says: "I owe such a lot to Lloyd Owen because he really looked out
for me when I got here; Sandy Morton is the nicest man you'll ever met;
Tom Baker is a legend and Susan Hampshire is a friend for life.
"The experiences I've had on this series are better than any drama
school you could ever get into - so hey, God bless Monarch and all who
sail in her."