GREENOCK actor Martin Compston is the latest Scottish star to say ‘cheers!’ to an unusual accolade.

Tennent’s launched their ‘Golden Can Award’ in January this year to celebrate people who have made significant contributions to Scottish culture.

Previous winners include author Irvine Welsh, former ‘Dr Who’ star Karen Gillan and the band Franz Ferdinand.

Now the Sweet Sixteen and Line of Duty star has joined the hall of fame as he prepares to appear in Mary Queen of Scots, a £180 million film where he plays the Earl of Bothwell alongside Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronin.

Martin raised a can to Tennent’s for recognising him as part of their continuing ‘Here to Serve’ campaign.

He said: “I’m genuinely delighted to receive this from Tennent’s — a Scottish cultural icon in itself — and it’s an honour to be in beside some total legends like Irvine Welsh.

“I dedicate this to everyone I’ve ever had a pint or a can of TL with, too many to mention.”

Alan McGarrie, head of UK brand marketing at Tennent’s, said the Golden Can is all about paying tribute to the great and good of Scottish culture.

He said: “Martin has been consistently smashing it for over a decade, so we thought he’d make a fantastic addition to the Golden Can hall of fame.

"We’re all big fans of Martin’s work and have been following his career since Sweet Sixteen, a truly classic piece of Scottish cinema.”