Fast Facts

  • After a successful stage career, began taking small television roles in the late 1980s.
  • Made his Broadway debut in Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
  • Won Olivier Awards for The Producers and the London production of Stones in His Pockets.
  • Played Geraldine McQueen's bed-bound mother in comedian Peter Kay's X Factor spoof Britain's Got the Pop Factor.
  • Known for being a chameleonic performer, he shaved his head for the role of eunuch Lord Varys in HBO's Game of Thrones.
  • Is a fan of Manchester United soccer club.
  • Still lives in his childhood hometown of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

Awards

  • 2001, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee

College

  • Attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England

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Details

  • Birth Place: Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
  • Birthday: November 24, 1964, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor
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