Conleth Hill

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Conleth Hill
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Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill

(1964-11-24) 24 November 1964 (age 54)
Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
Years active1988–present
AwardsOlivier Award for Best Actor
2001: Stones in His Pockets

Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill (born 24 November 1964) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards and received two Tony Award nominations. He is best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).[1]

Early life[edit]

Conleth Hill was born in Ballycastle in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.[2] He has an older brother who works as a cameraman, a sister who is a producer, and a younger brother, Ronan, who is a sound engineer who has won four Emmy Awards for his sound mixing on Game of Thrones.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Conleth Hill graduated from St MacNissi's College, Garron Tower and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's acting programme in 1988.[9]


Hill made his Broadway debut in Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets. For his work in the Canadian production of the play he received a Dora Mavor Moore Award.[10] He played the German professor Max Staefel in a 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.[citation needed] He also played the role of Edward Darby in the television series Suits.

From 2011 to 2019, Hill appeared as Varys in the television series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. 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.[11] He appeared in Series 2 episode 2 of Peter Kay's Car Share as Elsie, the drunk deli counter supervisor.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

When not filming Game of Thrones, Hill maintains a full head of hair, which he is required to shave during filming.[12]



Year(s) Film Character Notes
2009 Whatever Works Brockman
Perrier's Bounty Russ
2011 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Bernard Sugden
The Shore Paddy Short film
2012 Whole Lotta Sole Barber
Keith Lemon: The Film Delivery Man
2014 Serena Dr. Chaney
2015 A Patch of Fog Sandy Duffy
2018 The Isle Douglas Innis
2019 Official Secrets Roger Alton
TBA Here Are the Young Men Post-production


Year(s) Series Character Notes
1988 Boon Second Pupil Episode: "Honourable Service"
1988–1995 Casualty Theo/Rob 2 episodes
1990 Medics Liam McGuinness Episode: "Niall"
1992 Screen One Neil Episode: "Trust Me"
1992–1994 Blue Heaven Roache 7 episodes
1993 The Bill Michael White Episode: "Hard Evidence"
1995 Crown Prosecutor Neville Osborn
2000 Meaningful Sex Carl TV short
2002 Goodbye Mr. Chips Max Staefel TV movie
2007 The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle Jared 6 episodes
2008 Britain's Got the Pop Factor Geraldine's Mum Reality show parody by Peter Kay
2011–2019 Game of Thrones Varys 46 episodes
2013 Suits Edward Darby 6 episodes
2014 Inside No. 9 Stevie Episode: "Tom & Gerri"
2015 Foyle's War Sir Ian Woodhead Episode: "Elise"
Arthur & George Sergeant Upton 3 episodes
2017 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Reverend Anthony Huxley Episode: "Playing With Fire"
Peter Kay's Car Share Elsie Series 2, Episode 2
2018 Dave Allen at Peace John Tynan O'Mahony
12 Monkeys Interpol Agent Bonham 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes Ref.
2012 Game of Thrones Varys Based on the TV series of the same name


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[13] Jerry Cartwright Annie McCartney Eoin O'Callaghan BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama


Stage productions[edit]

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. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Ronan Hill wins his third Emmy award for work on Game of Thrones". The Irish News. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Interview: Ronan Hill, Game of Thrones production sound mixer". Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Ronan Hill |". Television Academy. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Emmy Award success for local Game of Thrones sound crew". BBC News. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Third consecutive CAS Award for Game of Thrones Sound Mixer Ronan Hill |". The Irish Film & Television Network. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Ronan Hill wins fourth consecutive Cinema Audio Society award". Archived from the original on 27 February 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Guildhall School News" (PDF). Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Billy Budd sails to six Dora wins". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Not A Blog – Tuf Returns". Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "'Game of Thrones': Conleth Hill Doesn't Get Recognized". Access Hollywood. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Afternoon Drama, The Biggest Issues". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Buy Direct from The Theatre". Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  15. ^ 2008 Tony Award Nominations. The New York Times, 13 May 2008.

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