30 November 1956 |
Kensington, London, England
|Other names||Stephen Dillon|
|Alma mater||University of Exeter|
Stephen J. Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in The Hours, Game of Thrones, John Adams, and Goal!. He won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing.
Dillane was born in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), and an Australian surgeon father, John Dillane. His younger brother, Richard Dillane, is also an actor. He studied history and political science at the University of Exeter, and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. Unhappy in his career, he read how actor Trevor Eve gave up architecture for acting and was inspired to enter the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. During his early acting career, he was known as Stephen Dillon but reverted to his birth name in the 1990s.
Dillane is a distinguished theatre actor; his notable roles include Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (Royal National Theatre, 1989), Prior Walter in Angels in America (1993), Hamlet (1994), Clov in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1996), Uncle Vanya (1998), Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (for which he won a Tony Award in 2000), The Coast of Utopia (2002), and a one-man version of Macbeth (2005). He has also performed T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets in London and New York City, and was seen in the 2010 Bridge Project's productions of The Tempest and As You Like It.
Onscreen, Dillane may be best known for his portrayal of Horatio in the 1990 film adaptation of Hamlet. He played Michael Henderson in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), a character based on British journalist Michael Nicholson, and the impatient and easily agitated Harker in Spy Game (2001).
Dillane is also known for his portrayal of Leonard Woolf in The Hours (2002), legendary English professional golfer Harry Vardon in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) and Glen Foy in the Goal! trilogy. He also starred in John Adams as Thomas Jefferson. In July 2011, he was cast as Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones. In 2012, he played Rupert Keel, head of the private security company organisation Byzantium, in the television series Hunted.
The same year, Dillane starred in the British independent film Papadopoulos & Sons, in which he plays a successful entrepreneur, Harry Papadopoulos, who rediscovers his life after being forced to start again from nothing following a banking crisis. His real-life son, Frank Dillane, plays his son in the film. In January 2013, it was reported that Dillane had been cast as the male lead in the Sky Atlantic series The Tunnel.
Dillane has two sons with actress Naomi Wirthner: Seamus Dillane and actor Frank Dillane, who is best known for playing the teenage Voldemort in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
|1987||The Secret Garden||Captain Lennox||Television film|
|1996||Two If by Sea||Evan Marsh|
|1997||Welcome to Sarajevo||Michael Henderson|
|1998||Love and Rage||Dr. Croly|
|1998||Kings in Grass Castles||Patsy||Television film|
|2000||Ordinary Decent Criminal||Noel Quigley|
|2001||Spy Game||Charles Harker|
|2001||The Parole Officer||Inspector Burton|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Charlie|
|2002||The Gathering||Simon Kirkman|
|2002||The Hours||Leonard Woolf|
|2005||The Greatest Game Ever Played||Harry Vardon|
|2007||Goal! 2: Living the Dream...||Glen Foy|
|2007||Fugitive Pieces||Jakob Beer|
|2007||Savage Grace||Brooks Baekland|
|2008||The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall||Anthony Hurndall|
|2008||God on Trial||Schmidt||Television film|
|2009||44 Inch Chest||Mal|
|2011||Perfect Sense||Stephen Montgomery|
|2012||Papadopoulos & Sons||Harry Papadopoulos|
|2012||Twenty8k||DCI Edward Stone|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||National Security Adviser|
|1985||Remington Steele||Bradford Galt||Episode: "Steel Searching: Part 1"|
|1988||The One Game||Nicolas Thorne||4 episodes|
|1991||Boon||Paul Lyle||Episode: "Help Me Make It Through the Night"|
|1991||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Philip Blackstock||Episode: "Achilles Heel"|
|2001||The Cazalets||Edward Cazalet||6 episodes|
|2008||John Adams||Thomas Jefferson||6 episodes|
|2012||Hunted||Rupert Keel||8 episodes|
|2012||Secret State||Paul J. Clark||4 episodes|
|2012–present||Game of Thrones||Stannis Baratheon||12 episodes|
|2013||The Tunnel||DCI Karl Roebuck||10 episodes|
|2013||A Touch of Cloth||McCratty||2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2002||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Hours||Nominated|
|2008||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||John Adams||Nominated|
|2008||British Academy Television Award for Best Actor||The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall||Won|
- "Stephen Dillane Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- Matt Wolf (16 April 2000). "Getting Out of the Way of `The Real Thing'". the New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- Hibberd, James (19 July 2011). "'Game of Thrones' casts sorceress Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon". EW.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Radio Times Hunter cast list
- The Hollywood Reporter (11 January 2013). "Papadopoulos & Sons - Palm Springs Review". Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- Munn, Patrick (23 January 2013). "Stephen Dillane & Clémence Poésy Cast As Co-Leads In Sky Atlantic/Canal+ Series ‘The Tunnel’". TVWise. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stephen Dillane.|
- Stephen Dillane at the Internet Movie Database
- Stephen Dillane at the Internet Broadway Database
- RealAudio Interview for Macbeth