Alfie Allen

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Alfie Allen
Alfie Allen by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Allen in July 2017
Born Alfie Allen
(1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 31)
Hammersmith, London, England
Alma mater St John's College
Fine Arts College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Known for Game of Thrones, John Wick
Home town Islington, London, England
Parent(s) Keith Allen
Alison Owen
Relatives Lily Allen (sister)
Kevin Allen (paternal uncle)

Alfie Allen (born 12 September 1986) is an English actor. He is best known for portraying Theon Greyjoy in the HBO series Game of Thrones since 2011.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Allen was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of film producer Alison Owen and Welsh-born actor Keith Allen. His older sister is singer Lily Allen;[3] her song "Alfie" is about him.[4][5][6] He went to Windlesham House School in Sussex, Embley Park School near Romsey, St John's College in Portsmouth and the Fine Arts College in Hampstead, where he studied for his A-levels. He is also a third cousin of British singer Sam Smith.[7]


Allen's first professional appearance was in a one-off Channel 4 comedy, You Are Here in 1998, co-written by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. The same year, Allen and his sister Lily appeared in the 1998 film, Elizabeth, which was produced by their mother.[8]

His early work included small roles in Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, directed by his uncle Kevin Allen, the film Atonement and in BBC1's historical hospital drama, Casualty 1907, as Nobby Clark.[9] Starting in Chichester on 31 January 2008, he took over Daniel Radcliffe's role in a revival of Equus on a nationwide tour.[10]

In April 2009, he co-starred with then partner Jaime Winstone in the music video for "Dust Devil" by Madness.[11] He also had a role in the BBC2 film, Freefall.[8]

Originally auditioning for the role of Jon Snow,[12] Allen came to international attention when he was cast as Theon Greyjoy in the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones in 2011.[2][5][8] He has continued to work in films, appearing in Soulboy, The Kid, Freestyle and Powder in 2010.[5][13][14] In 2012, he starred in the British thriller Confine.[15]

In 2016 Allen filmed a two part documentary for the History Channel titled Football: A Brief History exploring the roots of Association Football and his take on the British game. He is a self-confessed Arsenal fan while his father supports Fulham.[16] Part of the filming took Allen to Scottish football club Rangers. [17]


Allen (middle) with his Game of Thrones co-stars: Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington in November 2009


Year Title Role Notes
1998 You Are Here
1998 Elizabeth Arundel's Son
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Berkhamp on Double Bass
2007 Atonement Danny Hardman
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Kevin Hubble
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl King's Messenger
2009 Freefall Ian
2010 Soulboy Russ Mountjoy
2010 The Kid Dominic
2010 Freestyle Jez
2010 Powder Wheezer
2012 Confine Henry
2014 Plastic Yatesy
2014 John Wick Iosef Tarasov
2016 Pandemic Wheeler
2018 The Predator Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Casualty 1907 Nobby Clark 3 episodes
2011–present Game of Thrones Theon Greyjoy 43 episodes
2016 Close to the Enemy Ringwood 7 episodes
2017 Football: A Brief History Himself 2 episodes, Documentary, History Channel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Notes Ref.
2011 Scream Awards Best Ensemble (shared with the cast) Game of Thrones Nominated [18]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [19]
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [20]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [21]
2015 Empire Awards Empire Hero Award (shared with the cast) Won [22]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [23]
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [24]


  1. ^ "Carice van Houten heads back to Westeros, and new photos from Lokrum and Moneyglass". Watchers on the Wall. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Cast & Crew: Theon Greyjoy". HBO. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lily Allen: "No Thanks!" To Incestuous Game Of Thrones Role Opposite Brother Alfie's Theon". Yahoo. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Barratt, Nick. "Family detective". The Daily Telegraph. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b c Fisher, Alice (5 September 2010). "Alfie Allen: 'I prefer playing baddies'". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Plagenoef, Scott (6 November 2006). "Interview:Lily Allen". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Nick Grimshaw and BBC Sound of winner Sam Smith joke about Lily Alfie's 'big mouth'". New Musical Express. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "With a leading role in the new series of Game of Thrones, Alfie Allen speaks about stepping out the shadow of his famous family". Northampton Chronicle. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Fox, Killian (9 September 2009). "Rising star: Alfie Allen, actor". The Observer. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alfie Allen takes on Equus role". BBC News. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  11. ^ Matchell, Ben (22 April 2012). "Game of Thrones – Alfie Allen: "I want people to know who I am"". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "SoulBoy – Alfie Allen". YouTube. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  14. ^ French, Philip (28 August 2011). "Powder – review". The Observer. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Cooper, Sarah (1 February 2012). "Daisy Lowe, Alfie Allen to star in London thriller Confine". Screen Daily. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "FOOTBALL: A BRIEF HISTORY BY ALFIE ALLEN". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Rangers were delighted to welcome Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen to Ibrox Stadium this week to film an upcoming television project.". Rangers F.C. @ 19 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "2011 SCREAM Awards Nominees and Winners". IAC. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  19. ^ "The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Award. Screen Actors Guild. January 29, 2012. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ And ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead Way". December 11, 2013. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 10, 2014). "SAG Awards Nominations: 'Birdman' & 'Boyhood' Lead Film Side, HBO & 'Modern Family' Rule TV – Full List". Archived from the original on January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Empire Hero Award". Bauer Consumer Media. 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "SAG Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. January 30, 2016. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ Nolfi, Joey (December 14, 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 11, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 

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