Stephen Dillane

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Stephen Dillane
Stephendillane at hatfieldhouse 1.jpg
Born(1956-11-30) 30 November 1956 (age 57)
Kensington, London, England
Other namesStephen Dillon
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Wirthner
RelativesFrank Dillane (son)
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Stephen Dillane
Stephendillane at hatfieldhouse 1.jpg
Born(1956-11-30) 30 November 1956 (age 57)
Kensington, London, England
Other namesStephen Dillon
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Wirthner
RelativesFrank Dillane (son)

Stephen J.[citation needed] Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Leonard Woolf in The Hours, Glen Foy in Goal!, Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones and American politician Thomas Jefferson in the HBO miniseries John Adams, a role which earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. An accomplished theatre actor, he has also won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing.

Early life[edit]

Dillane was born in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), and an Australian surgeon father, Dr. John Dillane.[1][2][3] His younger brother, Richard, is also an actor.

He studied 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 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 in the 1990s.[citation needed]


Dillane is a distinguished theatre actor; his notable roles include Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (Royal National Theatre, 1989), 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 was 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 the 1990 film adaptation of Hamlet. He played Michael Henderson in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), a character based on British journalist Michael Nicholson, and the impatient and easily agitated Harker in Spy Game (2001).

Dillane 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 television series Hunted.[5]

The same year, Dillane starred in the British independent 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 film. In January 2013, it was reported that Dillane had been cast as the male lead in the Sky Atlantic series The Tunnel.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dillane has two sons with actress Naomi Wirthner: Seamus Dillane and actor Frank Dillane, who is best known for playing the teenage Voldemort in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.[1]



1987The Secret GardenCaptain LennoxTelevision film
1996Two If by SeaEvan Marsh
1997Welcome to SarajevoMichael Henderson
1997Déjà VuSean
1998Love and RageDr. Croly
1998FirelightCharles Godwin
1998Kings in Grass CastlesPatsyTelevision film
2000Ordinary Decent CriminalNoel Quigley
2001Spy GameCharles Harker
2001The Parole OfficerInspector Burton
2002The Truth About CharlieCharlie
2002The GatheringSimon Kirkman
2002The HoursLeonard Woolf
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
2008God on TrialSchmidtTelevision film
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"
1988The One GameNicolas Thorne4 episodes
1991BoonPaul LyleEpisode: "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
1991Ruth Rendell MysteriesPhilip BlackstockEpisode: "Achilles Heel"
2001The CazaletsEdward Cazalet6 episodes
2008John AdamsThomas Jefferson
2010Inspector FinchEpisode: "The Secret Affair of Chimneys
2012HuntedRupert Keel8 episodes
2012Secret StatePaul J. Clark4 episodes
2012–presentGame of ThronesStannis Baratheon16 episodes
2013The TunnelDCI Karl Roebuck10 episodes
2013A Touch of ClothMcCratty2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

1998AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television DramaKings in Grass CastlesWon
2000Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a PlayThe Real ThingWon
2000Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a PlayThe Real ThingWon
2002Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe HoursNominated
2008Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieJohn AdamsNominated
2009British Academy Television Award for Best ActorThe Shooting of Thomas HurndallWon


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Dillane Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  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 10 April 2008. 
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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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