Conleth Hill

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Conleth Hill
Born (1964-11-24) 24 November 1964 (age 50)
Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor

Conleth Hill (born 24 November 1964) is a Northern Irish film, stage and television actor. He is best known for his role as Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones since Season 1, a role he will continue to play in Season 5.[1]

Early life[edit]

Conleth Hill was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.[2]


Hill made his Broadway debut in Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets.

Hill played German professor Max Staefel in a television adaptation of Goodbye, Mr Chips (2002). He played "Mum" to Peter Kay's character "Geraldine McQueen" in Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, a spoof on the talent show genre of programmes.

Since April 2011, he has appeared as Lord Varys in the tv series Game of Thrones, based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Martin hinted, in a February 2013 post on his website, that he thought Hill would be a good choice to play the title character in a TV show based on Martin's science fiction novel Tuf Voyaging.[3]

Stage productions[edit]



Date Title Role Author Director Station
25 December 2000 The Man Who Came to Dinner Moss Hart and George S Kaufman
adapted for radio by Marcy Kahan
Ned Chaillet BBC Radio 4
7 November 2002 Tricycles Colin Teevan Toby Swift BBC Radio 3 The Wire
18 February 2004 The Travels of Marco Polo Philip Palmer Toby Swift BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
24 April 2012 The Biggest Issues[4] Jerry Cartwright Annie McCartney Eoin O'Callaghan BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Oliviers, for Stones in His Pockets, and for The Producers
  • Irish Times, for Stones in His Pockets
  • Critics' Circle, for Stones in His Pockets
  • 2001 Drama Desk, Special Award, Stones in His Pockets
  • Theatre League, for Stones in His Pockets
  • Whatsonstage, for Stones in His Pockets
  • Dora Awards, for Stones in His Pockets
  • 2001 Tony Award nomination, for Stones in His Pockets
  • 2008 Tony Award nomination, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, The Seafarer[5]
  • 2008 Drama Desk, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, The Seafarer


  1. ^ "Carice van Houten heads back to Westeros, and new photos from Lokrum and Moneyglass". Watchers On The Wall. August 19, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Editorial Staff (10 January 2005). "20 Questions With…Conleth Hill". whatsonstage. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Not A Blog - Tuf Returns". Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, The Biggest Issues". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  5. ^ 2008 Tony Award Nominations. The New York Times, 13 May 2008.

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