Stephen Dillane

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Stephen Dillane
Stephendillane at hatfieldhouse 1.jpg
BornStephen J. Dillane
(1956-11-30) 30 November 1956 (age 56)
Kensington, London, England
Other namesStephen Dillon
Years active1985–present
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Stephen Dillane
Stephendillane at hatfieldhouse 1.jpg
BornStephen J. Dillane
(1956-11-30) 30 November 1956 (age 56)
Kensington, London, England
Other namesStephen Dillon
Years active1985–present

Stephen J. Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is an English actor. He won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing. He currently portrays Stannis Baratheon on the HBO original series Game of Thrones. He is best known for his roles in The Hours, Game of Thrones, John Adams, and Goal!.

His most recent film work was in the British independent feature film Papadopoulos & Sons.

Early life[edit]

Dillane was born in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), and an Australian surgeon father, John Dillane.[1][2][3] His younger brother, Richard Dillane, is also an actor. He read history and political science at the University of Exeter and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. Unhappy in his career, he read how actor Trevor Eve gave up architecture for acting and was thus inspired to enter the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. During his early acting career he was known as Stephen Dillon but reverted to his birth name of Stephen Dillane in the 1990s.


Dillane is a distinguished theatre actor and his notable roles include Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (Royal National Theatre, 1989; spelled Stephen Dillon on the poster), Prior Walter in Angels in America (1993), Hamlet (1994), Clov in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1996), Uncle Vanya (1998), Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (for which he won a Tony Award in 2000), The Coast of Utopia (2002), and a one-man version of Macbeth (2005). He has also performed T.S. Eliot's 'Four Quartets' in London and New York City, and is soon to be seen in the 2010 Bridge Project's productions of 'The Tempest' and 'As You Like It'.

Onscreen, Dillane may be best known for his portrayal of Horatio in Franco Zefferelli's film adaptation of Hamlet, with Mel Gibson in the title role. He played Michael Henderson in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), a character based on British journalist Michael Nicholson, and the impatient and easily agitated Redford foil Harker in Spy Game (2001).

He is also known for his portrayal of Leonard Woolf in The Hours (2002), legendary English professional golfer Harry Vardon in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) and Glen Foy in the Goal! trilogy. He also starred in John Adams as Thomas Jefferson. In July 2011, he was cast as Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones.[4] In 2012, he played 'Rupert Keel', head of the private security company organisation 'Byzantium' in the British-American TV co-production, Hunted.[5]

The same year, Stephen Dillane also starred in British independent feature film Papadopoulos & Sons in which he plays a successful entrepreneur, Harry Papadopoulos, who rediscovers his life after being forced to start again from nothing following a banking crisis.[6] His real-life son Frank Dillane plays his son in the movie.

On 23 January 2013, it was reported that Dillane had been cast as the male lead in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ series The Tunnel.[7]

Personal life[edit]

His sons, with actress Naomi Wirthner (a fellow student at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), are actor Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), ("Papadopoulos & Sons") and Seamus Dillane.[1]



1996Two If by SeaEvan Marsh
1997Welcome to SarajevoMichael Henderson
1997Déjà VuSean
1998Love and RageDr. Croly
1998FirelightCharles Godwin
2000Ordinary Decent CriminalNoel Quigley
2001Spy GameCharles Harker
2001The Parole OfficerInspector Burton
2002The Truth About CharlieCharlie
2002The GatheringSimon Kirkman
2002The HoursLeonard Wolfe
2004King ArthurMerlin
2004HavenMr. Allen
2005The Greatest Game Ever PlayedHarry Vardon
2005Goal!Glen Foy
2005Nine LivesMartin
2007Goal! 2: Living the Dream...Glen Foy
2007Fugitive PiecesJakob Beer
2007Savage GraceBrooks Baekland
2008The Shooting of Thomas HurndallAnthony Hurndall
200944 Inch ChestMal
2009StormKeith Haywood
2011Perfect SenseStephen Montgomery
2012Papadopoulos & SonsHarry Papadopoulos
2012Twenty8kDCI Edward Stone
2012Zero Dark ThirtyNational Security Adviser


1985Remington SteeleBradford GaltEpisode: "Steel Searching: Part 1"
1987The Secret GardenCaptain LennoxTV movie
1988The One GameNicolas Thorne4 episodes
1991BoonPaul LyleEpisode: "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
1991Ruth Rendell MysteriesPhilip BlackstockEpisode: "Achilles Heel"
1998Kings in Grass CastlesPatsyTV movie
2001The CazaletsEdward Cazalet6 episodes
2008John AdamsThomas Jefferson6 episodes
2008God on TrialSchmidtTV movie
2012HuntedRupert Keel8 episodes
2012Secret StatePaul J. Clark4 episodes
2012–2013Game of ThronesStannis Baratheon12 episodes
2013The TunnelDCI Karl Roebuck10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Won—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Dillane Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ Matt Wolf (16 April 2000). "Getting Out of the Way of `The Real Thing'". the New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
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  4. ^ Hibberd, James (19 July 2011). "'Game of Thrones' casts sorceress Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Radio Times Hunter cast list
  6. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (11 January 2013). "Papadopoulos & Sons - Palm Springs Review". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Munn, Patrick (23 January 2013). "Stephen Dillane & Clémence Poésy Cast As Co-Leads In Sky Atlantic/Canal+ Series ‘The Tunnel’". TVWise. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 

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