Rory McCann

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Rory McCann
Rory McCann SDCC 2014.jpg
Born (1969-04-24) 24 April 1969 (age 45)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Rory McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

McCann was born in Glasgow. Prior to his acting career, he worked as a bridge painter, landscape gardener, and carpenter.[1]


Prior to being an actor Rory was a Forester who studied at the Scottish School of Forestry near Inverness. McCann's first acting role came in an advert for Scott's Porage Oats, dressed in a vest and kilt. He played a disabled personal trainer in the 2002 television comedy drama The Book Group, winning the Scottish BAFTA for the best television performance of 2002. Since then, he has taken television roles as Detective Inspector Stuart Brown in State of Play, Peter the Great in Peter in Paradise, and a priest in the award-winning British comedy drama series Shameless. He made his Hollywood debut in the 2004 film Alexander. In 2007, he appeared as Michael Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. In 2008, he played Moby in The Crew and Atilla the Hun in the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains. He currently portrays Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.[2]

Personal life[edit]

McCann has a younger sister, Sally-Gay McCann, who works on costumes for film and television; he worked alongside her on Alexander and Game of Thrones.[3] McCann is a supporter of the Scottish Green Party, and appeared in its 2007 Scottish Parliament general election broadcast.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Coming Soon Fergus Television film
2000 Pasty Faces Goon
2003 The Devil's Tattoo Eric
2003 Young Adam Sam
2003 Peter in Paradise Peter the Great Television film
2004 Alexander Crateros
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Breca
2006 Sixty Six Policeman
2007 Hot Fuzz Michael "Lurch" Armstrong
2008 The Crew Moby
2009 Solomon Kane McNess
2010 Clash of the Titans Belo
2011 Season of the Witch Soldier Commander Credited as Rory MacCann


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Randall & Hopkirk Bouncer Episode: "Mental Apparition Disorder"
2000 Monarch of the Glen Roger Episode #1.6
2002 London's Burning Keith Episode #14.7
2002–2003 The Book Group Kenny McLeod 12 episodes
2003 State of Play Stuart Brown Episode #1.1
2003 Rockface Adam 6 episodes
2006 Shameless Father Critchon 2 episodes
2008 Heroes and Villains Attila the Hun Episode: "Attila the Hun"
2011 The Jury Derek Hatch 5 episodes
2011–2014 Game of Thrones Sandor "The Hound" Clegane 27 episodes
2015 Banished Marston


  1. ^ McIver, Brian (31 March 2014). "Games of Thrones star Rory McCann on his meteoric rise from carpenter to fantasy TV star". Daily Record (Glasgow: Trinity Mirror). ISSN 0956-8069. OCLC 500344244. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Game of Thrones: Cast". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rory McCann – What I know about women". The Scotsman. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ The Scottish Green Party (11 April 2007). "First Vote Green on the 3rd of May 2007". YouTube. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 

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