Iwan Rheon

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Iwan Rheon
Iwan Rheon
Born (1985-05-13) 13 May 1985 (age 29)
Carmarthen, Wales
Occupation Actor, singer and guitarist
Years active 2002–present

Iwan Rheon (born 13 May 1985) is an Olivier Award-winning Welsh stage, film and television actor, singer, guitar player and a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is best known for his roles as Simon Bellamy in E4's Misfits and Ramsay Bolton in HBO's Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Born in Carmarthen, to Einir and Rheon Thomas, he has an older brother named Aled. The family moved to Cardiff when he was five years old.[1] Rheon attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf where he began acting in school drama productions at age 17. He was later "spotted" at a National Eisteddfod of Wales, before studying at LAMDA.[1] His first language is Welsh.[2]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

At age 17 Rheon joined Welsh language soap Pobol Y Cwm, in which he played Macsen White, but he later left to train at LAMDA.[1] His first notable stage part came in Eight Miles High, which was staged in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

Later in 2008 he was cast as the haunted Moritz Stiefel in the London production of the Tony Award-winning rock-musical, Spring Awakening.[1] He played this role from January 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith, and continued when the show was transferred to the Novello Theatre, until it closed in May 2009, five months earlier than planned. He earned a What's on Stage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, which was eventually won by Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). For his performance he won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical at the 2010 Olivier Awards.[1]

Immediately after Spring Awakening, Rheon was cast in the E4 channel's Misfits, a BAFTA winning programme, a show described by 247 Magazine as "a mix of Skins and Heroes". He plays nervous, shy Simon Bellamy who gains the superpower of invisibility and precognition in season 3.[3] On 20 December 2011, Rheon announced via Twitter that he had left the show, along with fellow cast member Antonia Thomas.[4]

In 2011 he also appeared in the final episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In 2011, he was nominated for a Golden Nymph in the "Outstanding Actor – Drama Series" category for his role in Misfits as Simon Bellamy.[5] Rheon also made two guest appearances as the character Ben Theodore in Simon Amstell's comedy Grandma's House.[3]

In early 2012, Rheon filmed the crime heist drama Wasteland (titled "The Rise" in some markets) with Luke Treadaway and Matthew Lewis and in spring 2012, he began shooting Alberto Arvelo's Libertador with Edgar Ramirez in Venezuela and Spain. He plays Daniel O'Leary to Ramirez's Simon Bolivar. In May 2012, it was announced that he had signed on to David Leon's gritty drama Driven.

He portrays Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Ash Weston in the ITV sitcom Vicious with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.

In 2013, Rheon played a lead role in Darkside, Tom Stoppard's radio drama based on Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon.[6]

Music[edit]

Songwriting and singing since the age of 16, he was lead singer in The Convictions until leaving the band to pursue his acting career. In 2010, he recorded his first solo work, Tongue Tied EP, at RAK Studios in London,[7] produced by Jonathan Quarmby and Kevin Bacon.[8] A 4 track release with acoustic guitar and voice, the EP was released digitally in June 2010. He returned to RAK Studios, in April 2011, to record his second EP Changing Times, again produced by Quarmby and Bacon, with the addition of 3 backing musicians. Changing Times was released on 10 October 2011.[9]

On 7 April 2013, Rheon released his third EP Bang!Bang! and on 9 April 2013, released the music video for the title track.

Filmography[edit]

Roles in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 Pobol y Cwm Macsen White
2009–2011 Misfits Simon Bellamy Lead, 21 Episodes
2010 Coming Up Luka Television program
Short film: "I Don't Care";
later included in Boys On Film: Cruel Britannia, a 2012 collection of short films.
2010–2012 Grandma's House Ben Theodore 2 episodes
2011 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Lewis
2011 Resistance George
2011 Wild Bill Pill
2012 Back of Beyond, TheThe Back of Beyond Petesy Short film
2012 Wasteland Dempsey
2013— Game of Thrones Ramsay Snow/Bolton Originally credited as "Boy"
2013 Libertador Daniel O'Leary
2013— Vicious Ash Weston
2013 Darkside The Boy Radio play based on the Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side of the Moon.
2014 Residue Jonas Sci-fi/thriller film from Utopia director Alex Garcia Lopez
2014 Our Girl Smurf Five-part military drama series starring Lacey Turner

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ben Bryant (11 May 2010). "Iwan Rheon Interview". Buzz. 
  2. ^ "Misfits:Iwan Rheon plays Simon". Channel4.com. 
  3. ^ a b Keith Watson (9 November 2010). "Misfits' Iwan Rheon: ‘If I were invisible, I’d spy on David Cameron.’". Metro. 
  4. ^ "Thanks for all the comments and support. I'm so grateful for the opportunity that MisFits gave me and all the fun that i had with the cast... http://fb.me/Uy1VCt2W". Iwan Rheon, via Twitter. 20 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Awards for Iwan Rheon". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Pink Floyd album inspires Sir Tom Stoppard radio play". BBC. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Live Music". The Bedford. 29 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "BACON & QUARMBY". Alan Cowderoy Management. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Iwan Rheon". The Monto. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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