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Stephen Dillane is an actor in the Television series of Alex Rider on Amazon Prime Video


Early life

Dillane was born in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), and an Australian surgeon father, John Dillane. The eldest of his siblings (his younger brother Richard is also an actor), he grew up in West Wickham, Kent.

At school, Dillane began performing in end-of-term plays and had "a certain facility" for funny accents. He often found himself in women's roles, which he says "wasn’t good for my confused adolescent psyche", but also recalls a part in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead as being particularly memorable, noting that shouting "Fire!" as Rosencrantz while pointing at the audience was "a very thrilling thing to be able to do."

He studied history and politics at the University of Exeter, concentrating on the Russian Revolution, and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. Unhappy in his career, he read one day how actor Trevor Eve gave up architecture for acting; this, along with reading Hamlet and Peter Brook's The Empty Space back-to-back, made him "light up inside somewhere" and spurred him to enter the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at 25. During his early acting career, he was known as Stephen Dillon but reverted to his birth name in the 1990s.


Dillane is an experienced 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.

Dillane also portrayed 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.

He joined the cast of Game of Thrones in 2011 as Stannis Baratheon, a major contender for the throne of the fictional realm of Westeros. While admitting he had not read the books on which the series is based, he commented that the show's appeal was due to "the storytelling, the extraordinary world that’s created and the way it reflects our actual world – a naked, ruthless pursuit of power in all its forms."

In 2012, he also played Rupert Keel, head of the private security agency Byzantium, in the BBC drama series Hunted. The following year he went on to take the male lead, opposite Clémence Poésy, in the crime drama series The Tunnel, an Anglo-French remake of the Scandinavian The Bridge. Dillane, who had not seen the original series, plays Karl Roebuck, the laid-back, experienced British detective to Poésy's humourless French counterpart. His performance won him an International Emmy Award for Best Actor. In a second series in 2016, titled The Tunnel: Sabotage, he reprised his role alongside Poésy for a new case involving a deadly airliner crash in the English Channel.

Besides television, Dillane also starred in the 2012 British independent film Papadopoulos & Sons as successful entrepreneur Harry Papadopoulos, who rediscovers his life after being forced to start again from nothing in the wake of a banking crisis. His son, Frank Dillane, plays his son in the film. That same year he also had roles in the films Zero Dark Thirty and Twenty8k.

Offscreen, the actor in 2014 collaborated with visual artist Tacita Dean for the Sydney Biennale and Carriageworks in a project called Event for a Stage. The work, performed live and later adapted for radio broadcast and film, explored the process of filmmaking and the "concept of artifice on the stage" through a single actor, Dillane. The performance encompassed readings from texts as well as his personal reflections on acting, theatre, and family. 2015 saw Dillane making other brief returns to stage including a reprise of his reading of Four Quartets in London and a one-off appearance in Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree at the National Theatre.

In 2016, besides appearing in the second series of The Tunnel, Dillane returned to the Donmar Warehouse for a revival of Brian Friel's Faith Healer. His performance as Frank, an itinerant Irish healer, was described as "poetic and powerful." In addition, he appeared as artist Graham Sutherland in The Crown, Netflix's TV series about British monarch Elizabeth II. In 2017, Dillane appeared in two biopics, playing Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and writer William Godwin, the father of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, in the film Mary Shelley.

In 2018 he shot the film "The Thin Man" which has since been retitled "The Man In The Hat"  opposite Ciarán Hinds directed by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck.

Personal life

Dillane has two sons with actress-director Naomi Wirthner: Seamus and actor Frank Dillane, who is best known for playing the young Tom Riddle in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Nick Clark on AMC's Fear The Walking Dead.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Business as Usual Mr. Dunlop
1990 Hamlet Horatio
1996 Two If by Sea Evan Marsh Alternate title: Stolen Hearts
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Michael Henderson (Lead role)
1997 Firelight Charles Godwin
1997 Déjà Vu Sean (Lead role)
1998 Love and Rage Dr. Croly
1999 The Darkest Light Tom (Lead role)
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Noel Quigley
2001 Spy Game Charles Harker
2001 The Parole Officer Inspector Burton
2002 The Truth About Charlie Charlie
2002 The Hours Leonard Woolf
2003 The Gathering Simon Kirkman
2004 King Arthur Merlin
2004 Haven Mr. Allen
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Harry Vardon
2005 Goal! Glen Foy
2005 Nine Lives Martin
2006 Klimt Secretary
2007 Goal! 2: Living the Dream... Glen Foy
2007 Fugitive Pieces Jakob Beer (Lead role)
2007 Savage Grace Brooks Baekeland
2008 Freakdog Doctor Harris Original title: Red Mist
2009 44 Inch Chest Mal
2009 Storm Keith Haywood
2011 Perfect Sense Stephen Montgomery
2012 Papadopoulos & Sons Harry Papadopoulos (Lead role)
2012 Twenty8k DCI Edward Stone
2012 Zero Dark Thirty National Security Adviser
2017 Darkest Hour Lord Halifax
2017 Mary Shelley William Godwin
2018 Outlaw King Edward I of England
2019 The Professor and the Madman Dr. Richard Brayne
2020 "The Man In The Hat" The Damp Man


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Remington Steele Bradford Galt Episode: "Steel Searching: Part 1"
1986 Coronation Street Mark Siddall Episode: "#1.2624"
1987 The Secret Garden Captain Lennox Television film
1988 The One Game Nicholas Thorne
1988 Christabel Peter Bielenberg
1988 The Face of Trespass Gray Harston Television film; alternate title: An Affair in Mind
1989 The Yellow Wallpaper John Television film
1991 Boon Paul Lyle Episode: "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
1991 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Philip Blackstock Episode: "Achilles Heel"
1991 Heading Home Leonard Meopham Television film
1992 Frankie's House Antony Strickland Television film
1992 Hostages Chris Pearson Television film
1993 Soldier Soldier Captain Mike Davidson Episode: "Hard Knocks"
1994 The Rector's Wife Jonathan Byrne 3 episodes
1995 The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd Mr. Blackmore Play for television
1998 Kings in Grass Castles Patsy Television film
2000 Anna Karenina Karenin
2001 The Cazalets Edward Cazalet
2008 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 6 episodes
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Anthony Hurndall Television film
2008 God on Trial Schmidt Television film
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Inspector Finch Episode: "The Secret of Chimneys"
2012 Eternal Law Carl 2 episodes
2012 Hunted Rupert Keel
2012 Secret State Paul J. Clark
2012 Murder: Joint Enterprise Arlo Raglin Television single drama
2012–15 Game of Thrones Stannis Baratheon 24 episodes
2013 A Touch of Cloth Macratty 2 episodes
2013–17 The Tunnel Karl Roebuck 24 episodes
2016 The Crown Graham Sutherland Episode: "Assassins"
2020 Alex Rider Alan Blunt Main role

Stage (Select Work)

Title Year Role Venue
1989 The Beaux' Stratagem Archer Royal National Theatre
1990 'Long Day's Journey into Night' Edmund Tyrone Royal National Theatre
1993–94 'Angels in America' Prior Walter Royal National Theatre
1994–95 Hamlet Prince Hamlet International Tour and Gielgud Theatre
1996 Endgame Clov Donmar Warehouse
1998 Uncle Vanya Vanya Young Vic Theatre
1999–2000 The Real Thing Henry Donmar, West End, Broadway
2002 The Coast of Utopia Alexander Herzen Royal National Theatre
2004–06 Macbeth Various Almeida Theatre, Various
2010 As You Like It Jaques Tour including Old Vic and Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Tempest Prospero
2010–11 The Master Builder Halvard Solness Almeida Theatre
2016 Faith Healer Francis Hardy Donmar Warehouse
2019 When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other Man Royal National Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
1995 Richard Burton Shakespeare Globe Award Hamlet Won
1998 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Kings in Grass Castles Won
1999 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor The Real Thing Won
2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor The Real Thing Nominated
2000 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play The Real Thing Won
2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play The Real Thing Nominated
2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play The Real Thing Won
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Hours Nominated
2004 London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year The Hours Nominated
2006 Helpmann Awards for Best Actor in a Play Macbeth Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie John Adams Nominated
2009 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Won
2010 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble 44 Inch Chest Won
2014 Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Male Actor The Tunnel Nominated
2014 International Emmy Award for Best Actor The Tunnel Won
2017 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Actor Faith Healer Won
2019 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for Best Actor How It Is: Part One Nominated



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