Iain Glen

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Iain Glen
Iain Glen.jpg
Glen in July 2012
Born (1961-06-24) 24 June 1961 (age 54)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education University of Aberdeen
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Susannah Harker (1993–2004)
Partner(s) Charlotte Emmerson (since 2005)
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 film adaptation of his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.[2] He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in The Blue Room opposite Nicole Kidman.

It was announced in 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 Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone, a two episode story which formed part of the fifth season of the revived television series 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). His partner is now actress Charlotte Emmerson, and they have two daughters; Mary (born September 2007) and Juliet (born 2012).[5]


Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Paris by Night Wallace Sharp
Gorillas in the Mist Brendan
1990 Mountains of the Moon John Hanning Speke
Silent Scream Larry Winters
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Hamlet
Fools of Fortune William Quinton
1991 Adam Bede Adam Bede TV film
1992 30 Door Key Joey
1993 Missus Father Pietro Salviati, Missus TV film
1996 Death of a Salesman Biff TV film
The Young Americans Edward Foster
1999 Mararía Bertrand
2000 The Wyvern Mystery Charles Fairfield TV film
Anchor Me Nathan Carter TV film
Glasgow Kiss Stuart Morrison TV series (6 episodes)
Beautiful Creatures Tony
Paranoid Stan
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Manfred Powell
Gabriel & Me Dad
2002 impact Marcus Hodge TV film
Darkness Mark
The Soul Keeper Dr. Carl Gustav Jung
2003 Song for a Raggy Boy Brother John
carla Daniel TV film
Spy Sorge Richard Sorge
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Dr. Isaacs
2005 Man to Man Alexander Auchinleck
Vagabond shoes Alec Murray short
Tara Road Danny
Kingdom of Heaven Richard Coeur de Lion
2006 Small engine repair Doug
2007 The Last Legion Orestes
Starting Over Gregor Dewhurst TV film
The Relief of Belsen James Johnston TV film
Resident Evil: Extinction Dr. Sam Isaacs/Tyrant
Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Frank Ratcliffe
2008 Slapper Red/Michael Simmons short
2009 Pope Joan Village Priest
Harry Brown S.I. Childs
Into the Storm King George VI TV film
The Case of Unfaithful Klara Denis
2010 Jack Taylor: The Guards Jack Taylor TV film
2011 Jack Taylor: The Pikemen Jack Taylor TV film
Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs Jack Taylor TV film
The Iron Lady Alfred Roberts
2012 Henry IV, Part II Earl of Warwick TV film
Resident Evil: Retribution Dr. Isaacs Archive footage
2013 Borgia Girolamo Savonarola TV series (2 episodes)
Jack Taylor: The Priest Jack Taylor TV film
Jack Taylor: The Dramatist Jack Taylor TV film
Jack Taylor: Shot Down Jack Taylor TV film
2013 Kick-ass 2 Uncle Ralph
2014 Guy Martin's Spitfire Narrator
2015 Eye in the Sky James Willett


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Taggart Scott Adair TV series (1 episode: "Knife Edge")
1986-1989 Screen Two Sailor TV series (3 episodes: 1986–1989)
1988 The Fear Carl Galton TV series (5 episodes)
1992 Frankie's House Tim Page Television film
Screen One Cmdr Powell TV series (1 episode: "Black and Blue")
1997 Painted Lady Sebastian Stafford TV film
1998 Trial & Retribution Damon Morton TV series (2 episodes)
1999 Wives and Daughters Mr. Preston TV mini-series (4 episodes)
2005 Kidnapped Alan Breck TV film
2008 City of Vice John Fielding TV series (5 episodes)
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Otto Frank TV miniseries (5 episodes)
Law & Order: UK Luke Slade TV series (1 episode: "Unsafe")
2010 Doctor Who Father Octavian TV series (2 episodes)
Spooks Vaughn Edwards TV series (8 episodes)
2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn Crawford TV series (2 episodes)
Downton Abbey Sir Richard Carlisle TV series (6 episodes)
2011–present Game of Thrones Ser Jorah Mormont TV series (major role)
2012 Haven Roland Holloway TV series (Episode 3.6 "Real Estate")
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")
Agatha Christie's Poirot Dr. David Willoughby TV series (Episode 13.1: "Elephants Can Remember")
Breathless Inspector Ronald Mulligan TV series (6 episodes)
2014 The Red Tent Jacob TV mini-series (2 episodes)

Selected theatre[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". Berlinale.de. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.oldvictheatre.com/fortunes-fool/
  4. ^ http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/game-of-thrones-star-iain-glen-quits-play-with-mystery-illness-9048803.html
  5. ^ Jan Moir (13 December 2013). Moir, Jan (13 December 2013). "How Lady Mary's ex fell for a VERY fiery blonde: Iain Glen on becoming a pin-up at the age of 52". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992

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