Daniel Portman

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Daniel Portman
Portman at the 2018 German Comic Con
Daniel Porter

(1992-02-13) 13 February 1992 (age 31)
Glasgow, Scotland
EducationShawlands Academy
Reid Kerr College
Years active2010–present
ParentRon Donachie

Daniel Porter (born 13 February 1992), known professionally as Daniel Portman, is a Scottish actor. He is best known for playing the role of Podrick Payne in the television series Game of Thrones (2012–2019). He has since appeared as Stuart in the Black Mirror episode "Loch Henry" (2023).

Early life[edit]

Portman is the son of actor Ron Donachie and Fiona Biggar, and has a sister Naomi. He was born in Glasgow and grew up in Strathbungo on the city's Southside. He attended Shawlands Academy, where he played rugby and was named Head Boy.[1] He then pursued a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Acting at Reid Kerr College in Paisley.[2]


Portman has been acting since he was 16 years old. His first role was in 2010's Outcast, in which he starred as Paul. This was followed by a role in popular Scottish soap opera River City.[3] His second film role was a small part in Scottish comedy The Angels' Share. It was announced on 24 August 2011 that he was cast as Podrick Payne in the award-winning HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.[4] He portrayed this role from the second season to the final season.[5][6] He contributed vocals to a version of the track "Jenny's Song" that featured in the episode "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Outcast Paul
2012 The Angels' Share Sniper's pal
2015 Wasteland 26: Six Tales of Generation Y Ted
2016 The Journey Frank
The Last Supper Delivery guy Short
2018 In the Cloud Max Kavinsky
2019 Robert the Bruce Aonghus Óg of Islay


Year Title Role Notes
2011 River City Darren
2012–2019 Game of Thrones Podrick Payne 35 episodes
2021 Vigil Chief Petty Officer Gary Walsh Miniseries
2022 The Control Room Anthony Miniseries
2022 Karen Pirie Colin Duff (young)
2023 Black Mirror Stuart Episode: "Loch Henry"


  1. ^ Callan, Isaac (20 May 2019). "The fate of Glasgow's Game of Thrones character has been confirmed". Glasgow Live. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  2. ^ "My Favourite Holiday Daniel Portman". 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  3. ^ "US acting star passes on drama tips". Paisley Daily Express. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Daniel Portman cast as Podrick Payne in Game of Thrones". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Game of Thrones season 5 filming kicks into high gear in Belfast". Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ Miller, Matt (22 April 2019). "Game of Thrones Fan Favorite Daniel Portman Has Big Pod Energy". Esquire. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ Pearce, Tilly (24 April 2019). "Game of Thrones' Podrick thanks fans for praising singing voice in Jenny's Song". Metro. Retrieved 8 May 2022.

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