Iain Glen

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Iain Glen
Iain Glen.jpg
Iain Glen, July 2012
Born(1961-06-24) 24 June 1961 (age 53)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
EducationUniversity of Aberdeen
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Susannah Harker (1993–2004)
Partner(s)Charlotte Emmerson (since 2005)
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Iain Glen
Iain Glen.jpg
Iain Glen, July 2012
Born(1961-06-24) 24 June 1961 (age 53)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
EducationUniversity of Aberdeen
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Susannah Harker (1993–2004)
Partner(s)Charlotte Emmerson (since 2005)

Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor.[1] Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.

Early life and education[edit]

Iain Glen was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He then trained at RADA in London, where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal.


In 1990, Glen won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Silent Scream. In the same year he was cast as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark in Tom Stoppard's film adaptation of his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.[2] He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in The Blue Room opposite Nicole Kidman.

It was announced in 2009 that Glen would star as Ser Jorah Mormont in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2010, he played the role of Father Octavian, leader of a sect of Clerics who were on a mission against the Weeping Angels in the television series The Time of Angels, a two episode story which formed part of the fifth season of the revived Doctor Who. He appeared in the second series of Downton Abbey, as Sir Richard Carlisle, a tabloid publisher who is a suitor to, and subsequently engaged to, Lady Mary.

In the 2012 BBC drama series Prisoners' Wives, he plays Paul, the husband of Francesca, whose comfortable life comes crashing down when he is imprisoned for drug trafficking. Also in 2012, he starred in a new 4-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko, and with Richard Johnson as Faria, Jane Lapotaire as the aged Haydee, Toby Jones as Danglars, Zubin Varla as Fernand, Paul Rhys as Villefort and Josette Simon as Mercedes. In 2013, he played the lead in the new play Longing.

From 6 December 2013 until early January 2014 Glen starred alongside Richard McCabe in Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic, directed by Lucy Bailey. He had been due to appear in the full run until 22 February 2014.[3] but was forced to withdraw early to recover from illness,[4] with his role taken by his understudy Patrick Cremin and then by William Houston.


Glen is the younger brother of Hamish Glen, theatre director, artistic director of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and formerly artistic director of the Dundee Repertory Theatre.

He was married to Susannah Harker from 1993 to 2004, they have one son, Finlay (born 1994), who is now attending Trinity College, Dublin. His partner is now actress Charlotte Emmerson, and they have two daughters; Mary (born September 2007) and Juliet (born 2012).[5]


1986TaggartScott AdairTV series (1 episode: "Knife Edge")
Screen TwoSailorTV series (3 episodes: 1986–1989)
1988The FearCarl GaltonTV series (5 episodes)
Gorillas in the MistBrendan
Paris by NightWallace Sharp
1990Mountains of the MoonJohn Hanning Speke
Fools of FortuneWilliam Quinton
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadHamlet
Silent ScreamLarry Winters
1991Adam BedeAdam BedeTV film
30 Door KeyJoey
1992Frankie's HouseTim PageTelevision film
Screen OneCmdr PowellTV series (1 episode: "Black and Blue")
1993MissusFather Pietro Salviati, MissusTV film
The Young AmericansEdward Foster
1996Death of a SalesmanBiffTV film
1997Painted LadySebastian StaffordTV film
1998Trial & RetributionDamon MortonTV series (2 episodes)
1999Wives and DaughtersMr. PrestonTV mini-series (4 episodes)
2000The Wyvern MysteryCharles FairfieldTV film
Beautiful CreaturesTony
Glasgow KissStuart MorrisonTV series (6 episodes)
Anchor MeNathan CarterTV film
2001Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderManfred Powell
Gabriel & MeDad
2002impactMarcus HodgeTV film
The Soul KeeperDr. Carl Gustav Jung
2003Song for a Raggy BoyBrother John
Spy SorgeRichard Sorge
carlaDanielTV film
2004Resident Evil: ApocalypseDr. Isaacs
2005Man to ManAlexander Auchinleck
KidnappedAlan BreckTV film
Kingdom of HeavenRichard Coeur de Lion
Tara RoadDanny
Vagabond shoesAlec Murrayshort
2006Small engine repairDoug
2007The Last LegionOrestes
Mrs Ratcliffe's RevolutionFrank Ratcliffe
Resident Evil: ExtinctionDr. Isaacs
The Relief of BelsenJames JohnstonTV film
Starting OverGregor DewhurstTV film
2008City of ViceJohn FieldingTV series (5 episodes)
SlapperRed/Michael Simmonsshort
2009The Diary of Anne FrankOtto FrankTV miniseries (5 episodes)
Law & Order: UKLuke SladeTV series (1 episode: "Unsafe")
The Case of Unfaithful KlaraDenis
Into the StormKing George VITV film
Harry BrownS.I. Childs
Pope JoanVillage Priest
2010Jack Taylor: The GuardsJack TaylorTV film
Doctor WhoFather OctavianTV series (2 episodes)
SpooksVaughan EdwardsTV series (8 episodes)
2011Jack Taylor: The PikemenJack TaylorTV film
Jack Taylor: The Magdalen MartyrsJack TaylorTV film
Strike Back: Project DawnCrawfordTV series (2 episodes)
Downton AbbeySir Richard CarlisleTV series (6 episodes)
The Iron LadyAlfred Roberts
2011 onwardsGame of ThronesSer Jorah MormontTV series (31 episodes, ongoing)
2012Henry IV, Part IIEarl of WarwickTV film
HavenRoland HollowayTV series (Episode 3.6 "Real Estate")
Resident Evil: RetributionDr. IsaacsArchive Footage
2012–2013Prisoners' WivesPaulTV series (10 episodes)
2013Ripper StreetColonel Madoc FaulknerTV series (Episode 5 "The Weight of One Man's Heart")
Kick-Ass 2Uncle Ralph
Jack Taylor: The DramatistJack TaylorTV film
Jack Taylor: The PriestJack TaylorTV film
BorgiaGirolamo SavonarolaTV series (2 episodes)
Agatha Christie's PoirotDr. David WilloughbyTV series (Episode 13.1: "Elephants Can Remember")
2013BreathlessInspector Ronald MulliganTV series (6 episodes)
2014The Red TentJacobTV mini-series (2 episodes)

Selected theatre[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". Berlinale.de. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.oldvictheatre.com/fortunes-fool/
  4. ^ http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/game-of-thrones-star-iain-glen-quits-play-with-mystery-illness-9048803.html
  5. ^ Jan Moir (13 December 2013). Moir, Jan (13 December 2013). "How Lady Mary's ex fell for a VERY fiery blonde: Iain Glen on becoming a pin-up at the age of 52". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992

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