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Joan Collins feared Martin Compston was threatening to kill her at NTAs

Joan Collins thought Martin Compston was threatening to kill her at the National Television Awards.

Joan spoke out to Piers Morgan after seeing Martin sat down – after refusing to stand for Simply the Best.

Martin, the Line of Duty star, is a Celtic fan – so refused to stand for the Rangers tune.

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Piers said: “At the end of the dreary show, Dame Joan Collins glided out like a ray of glittering Hollywood sunshine shining out over a sea of dull reality TV plankton, prompting the whole crowd to give her a roaring standing ovation as Tina Turner’s Simply The Best belted out.

“Well, all except one person. Sitting firmly unimpressed in his front row seat was Line Of Duty star Martin Compston, who instead looked furious and performed a sinister throat-cutting sign with his hand.

“The clip soon went viral on Twitter with people aghast at his oddly hostile behaviour towards a beloved national treasure.

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“I found it equally baffling; Compston was in my World XI when I was a manager at Soccer Aid several years and you won’t meet a nicer bloke.”

He said: “Mystery solved: Compston’s throat slashing manoeuvre was because he’s a diehard Celtic fan and Simply The Best is the adopted anthem for their bitter rivals Rangers.

“So, this had nothing to do with Dame Joan, but that might not cut any ice with the great lady who isn’t known for suffering either fools or perceived slights.

“‘Enjoy the NTAs?’ I asked her soon after we sat down at Cambio de Tercio in Chelsea with our other halves.

“‘Well, the standing ovation was a wonderful surprise!’ she exclaimed. ‘But then I looked down and saw this Line Of Duty actor sitting there scowling and cutting his hand across his throat and couldn’t understand why he wanted to kill me!’

“‘That’s a relief,’ Joan chuckled. ‘What does he want?’ I explained the Celtic/Rangers backdrop, sparing Compston a lifetime of Alexis Carrington-style vengeful wrath.”

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