Conleth Hill

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Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hill in 2015.
Born Conleth Hill
(1964-11-24) 24 November 1964 (age 50)
Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988-present
Awards Olivier Award for Best Actor
2001 Stones in His Pockets

Conleth Hill (born 24 November 1964) is a Northern Irish film, stage and television actor. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and has received two Tony Award nominations. He is best known for his role as Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones.[1]


Conleth Hill was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.[2]

His siblings are also in the entertainment business. His older brother is a cameraman, his sister is a producer and his younger brother Ronan Hill has won two Emmy Awards for his sound mixing on Game of Thrones.[3]

Hill graduated from the Acting program of Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988.[4]

He maintains a full head of hair when he is on hiatus from Game of Thrones, which he is required to shave during filming.[5]

He has never been married.[6]


Hill made his Broadway debut in Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets.

Hill played German professor Max Staefel in a 2002 television adaptation of Goodbye, Mr Chips (2002). He played "Mum" to Peter Kay's character "Geraldine McQueen" in Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, a spoof on the talent show genre of programmes.

Since April 2011, he has appeared as Lord Varys in the television series Game of Thrones, based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Martin hinted, in a February 2013 post on his website, that he thought Hill would be a good choice to play the title character in a TV show based on Martin's science fiction novel Tuf Voyaging.[7]

Stage productions[edit]


Perrier's Bounty


Date Title Role Author Director Station
25 December 2000 The Man Who Came to Dinner Moss Hart and George S Kaufman
adapted for radio by Marcy Kahan
Ned Chaillet BBC Radio 4
7 November 2002 Tricycles Colin Teevan Toby Swift BBC Radio 3 The Wire
18 February 2004 The Travels of Marco Polo Philip Palmer Toby Swift BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
24 April 2012 The Biggest Issues[8] Jerry Cartwright Annie McCartney Eoin O'Callaghan BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama

Awards and nominations[edit]


  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. ^ Editorial Staff (10 January 2005). "20 Questions With…Conleth Hill". whatsonstage. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ ""Hill's alive with the sound of music"". The Guardian. 12 November 2004. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Guildhall School News" (PDF). Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "'Game of Thrones': Conleth Hill Doesn't Get Recognized". Access Hollywood. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  6. ^ ""Your Favorite “Game Of Thrones” Scene-Stealer Is Stepping Into The Spotlight"". BuzzFeedNews. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Not A Blog - Tuf Returns". Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, The Biggest Issues". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  9. ^ 2008 Tony Award Nominations. The New York Times, 13 May 2008.

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