Iain Glen

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Iain Glen
Iain Glen.jpg
Iain Glen, July 2012
Born (1961-06-24) 24 June 1961 (age 52)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Education University of Aberdeen
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Susannah Harker (1993–2004)
Partner(s) Charlotte Emmerson (2005–present)
Children 3

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 adaptation of his play "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are dead", which won the Golden Lion at the international film festival in Venica, the "Mostra internazionale del cinema di Venezia".[2] He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in The Blue Room opposite Nicole Kidman.

It was announced, on 20 August 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]


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Taggart Scott Adair TV series (1 episode: "Knife Edge")
Screen Two Sailor TV series (3 episodes: 1986-1989)
1988 The Fear Carl Galton TV series (5 episodes)
Gorillas in the Mist Brendan
Paris by Night Wallace Sharp
1990 Mountains of the Moon John Hanning Speke
Fools of Fortune William Quinton
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Hamlet
Silent Scream Larry Winters
1991 Adam Bede Adam Bede TV movie
30 Door Key Joey
1992 Frankie's House Tim Page TV movie
Screen One Cmdr. Powell TV series (1 episode: "Black and Blue")
1993 Missus Father Pietro Salviati, Missus TV movie
The Young Americans Edward Foster
1996 Death of a Salesman Biff TV movie
1997 Painted Lady Sebastian Stafford TV movie
1998 Trial & Retribution Damon Morton TV series (2 episodes)
Mararía Bertrand
1999 Wives and Daughters Mr. Preston TV mini-series (4 episodes)
2000 The Wyvern Mystery Charles Fairfield TV movie
Paranoid Stan
Beautiful Creatures Tony
Glasgow Kiss Stuart Morrison TV series (6 episodes)
Anchor Me Nathan Carter TV movie
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Manfred Powell
Gabriel & Me Dad
2002 impact Marcus Hodge TV movie
The Soul Keeper Dr. Carl Gustav Jung
Darkness Mark
Coronation Street Mick Hopwood TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.5365")
2003 Song for a Raggy Boy Brother John
Spy Sorge Richard Sorge
carla Daniel TV movie
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Dr. Isaacs
2005 Man to Man Alexander Auchinleck
Kidnapped Alan Breck TV movie
Kingdom of Heaven Richard Coeur de Lion
Tara Road Danny
Vagabond shoes Alec Murray short
2006 Small engine repair Doug
2007 The Last Legion Orestes
Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Frank Ratcliffe
Resident Evil: Extinction Dr. Isaacs
The Relief of Belsen James Johnston TV movie
Starting Over Gregor Dewhurst TV movie
2008 City of Vice John Fielding TV series (5 episodes)
Slapper Red/Michael Simmons short
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Otto Frank TV mini Series (5 episodes)
Law & Order: UK Luke Slade TV series (1 episode: "Unsafe")
The Case of Unfaithful Klara Denis
Into the Storm (2009 film) King George VI TV movie
Harry Brown S.I. Childs
Pope Joan Village Priest
2010 Jack Taylor: The Guards Jack Taylor TV movie
Doctor Who Father Octavian TV series (2 episodes)
Spooks Vaughan Edwards TV series (8 episodes)
2011 Jack Taylor: The Pikemen Jack Taylor TV movie
Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs Jack Taylor TV movie
Strike Back: Project Dawn Crawford TV series (2 episodes)
Downton Abbey Sir Richard Carlisle TV series
The Iron Lady Alfred Roberts
2011–present Game of Thrones Ser Jorah Mormont TV series (31 episodes, ongoing)
2012 Henry IV, Part II Earl of Warwick TV movie
Haven Roland Holloway TV Series (Episode 3.6 "Real Estate")
Resident Evil: Retribution Dr. Isaacs Archive Footage
2012–2013 Prisoners' Wives Paul TV Series (10 episodes)
2013 Ripper Street Colonel Madoc Faulkner TV Series (Episode 5 "The Weight of One Man's Heart")
Kick-Ass 2 Uncle Ralph
Jack Taylor: The Dramatist Jack Taylor TV movie
Jack Taylor: The Priest Jack Taylor TV movie
Borgia Girolamo Savonarola TV series (2 episodes)
Agatha Christie's Poirot Dr. David Willoughby TV series (Episode 13.1: "Elephants Can Remember")



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