Iain Glen

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Iain Glen
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Glen in 2012
Iain Alan Sutherland Glen[1]

(1961-06-24) 24 June 1961 (age 61)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Years active1986–present
(m. 1993; div. 2004)

Charlotte Emmerson
(m. 2017)

Iain Alan Sutherland Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor.[2] Glen is best known for his roles as Dr. Alexander Isaacs/Tyrant in three films of the Resident Evil film series (2004–2016) and as Ser Jorah Mormont in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). Other notable roles include John Hanning Speke in Mountains of the Moon (1990), Larry Winters in Silent Scream (1990) for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor from the Berlin International Film Festival, Manfred Powell in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Brother John in Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), the title role in Jack Taylor (2010–2016), Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey (2011), James Willett in Eye in the Sky (2015), and Bruce Wayne in Titans (2019–present).

Early life and education[edit]

Glen was born on 24 June 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He then trained in acting at the RADA in London ("because it was the only one that was holding auditions at that particular time"),[3] where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal. His older brother is Hamish Glen, artistic director of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and former artistic director of the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[4]


In 1990, Glen won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Silent Scream. In the same year he was cast as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark in Tom Stoppard's film adaptation of his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.[5] He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in The Blue Room opposite Nicole Kidman.

in 2002, Glen starred with Emilia Fox in the Italian-French-British romance-drama film The Soul Keeper directed by Roberto Faenza.

In 2008 Glen was Samson in the BBC Radio 3 production of Samson Agonistes directed by John Tydeman.

It was announced in 2009 that Glen would star as Ser Jorah Mormont in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2010, he played the role of Father Octavian, leader of a sect of clerics who were on a mission against the Weeping Angels in "The Time of Angels" and "Flesh and Stone", a two-episode story which formed part of the fifth season of the revived television series Doctor Who. He appeared in the second series of Downton Abbey, as Sir Richard Carlisle, a tabloid publisher who is a suitor to, and subsequently engaged to, Lady Mary.

From 2010 to the present Glen has played the title character in the Irish TV crime series Jack Taylor adapted from the novels by Ken Bruen.

In the 2012 BBC drama series Prisoners' Wives, he plays Paul, the husband of Francesca, whose comfortable life comes crashing down when he is imprisoned for drug trafficking. Also in 2012, he starred in a new 4-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko. In 2013, he played the lead in the new play Longing.

From 6 December 2013 until early January 2014 Glen starred alongside Richard McCabe in Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic, directed by Lucy Bailey. He had been due to appear in the full run until 22 February 2014[6] but was forced to withdraw early to recover from illness, with his role taken by his understudy Patrick Cremin and then by William Houston who joined the cast about the same time as Glen's departure.[7]

In 2015, Glen provided the voiceover for a Vauxhall Mokka advertisement.

In 2019, it was revealed that Glen would be portraying Bruce Wayne on the DC Universe TV show Titans.[8]


Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont on the set of Game of Thrones
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Paris by Night Wallace Sharp
Gorillas in the Mist Brendan
1990 Mountains of the Moon John Hanning Speke
Silent Scream Larry Winters
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Hamlet
Fools of Fortune William Quinton
1991 30 Door Key Joey
1993 The Young Americans Edward Foster
1998 Mararía Bertrand
2000 Beautiful Creatures Tony
Paranoid Stan
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Manfred Powell
Gabriel & Me Dad
2002 Darkness Mark
The Soul Keeper Dr. Carl Gustav Jung
2003 Song for a Raggy Boy Brother John
Spy Sorge Richard Sorge
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Dr. Alexander Isaacs
2005 Man to Man Alexander Auchinleck
Vagabond Shoes Alec Murray Short film
Tara Road Danny
Kingdom of Heaven Richard Cœur de Lion
2006 Small Engine Repair Doug
2007 The Last Legion Orestes
Resident Evil: Extinction Dr. Alexander Isaacs / Tyrant
Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Frank Ratcliffe
2008 Slapper Red / Michael Simmons Short film
2009 Pope Joan Village Priest
Harry Brown S.I. Childs
The Case of Unfaithful Klara Denis
2011 The Iron Lady Alfred Roberts
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Uncle Ralph
2014 Guy Martin's Spitfire Narrator (voice) Documentary
Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain Narrator (voice) Documentary
2015 The Bad Education Movie Pasco
Eye in the Sky James Willett
2016 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Dr. Alexander Isaacs
Dusty and Me Mickey the Bubble
2017 My Cousin Rachel Nick Kendall
2019 The Flood Philip
The Fabric of You Isaac (voice) Short film
Isabel Colin Short film
2020 The Windermere Children Jock Lawrence
The Racer Sonny
Black Beauty John Manly
2021 What About Love American Ambassador Post-production
Tides Gibson
2022 The Lost Girls Not yet released Hook


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Taggart Scott Adair Episode: "Knife Edge"
1986–1989 Screen Two Allan Innes / Sailor / Ray 3 episodes
1988 The Fear Carl Galton 5 episodes
1991 Adam Bede Adam Bede Television film
1992 Frankie's House Tim Page 4 episodes
Screen One Cmdr Powell Episode: "Black and Blue"
1993 Missus Father Pietro Salviati, Missus Television film
1996 Death of a Salesman Biff Television film
1997 Painted Lady Sebastian Stafford 2 episodes
1998 Trial & Retribution Damon Morton 2 episodes
1999 Wives and Daughters Mr. Preston 4 episodes
2000 Glasgow Kiss Stuart Morrison 6 episodes
The Wyvern Mystery Charles Fairfield Television film
Anchor Me Nathan Carter Television film
2002 Impact Marcus Hodge Television film
2003 Carla Daniel Television film
2005 Kidnapped Alan Breck 2 episodes
2007 Starting Over Gregor Dewhurst Television film
The Relief of Belsen James Johnston Television film
2008 City of Vice John Fielding 5 episodes
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Otto Frank 5 episodes
Law & Order: UK Luke Slade Episode: "Unsafe"
Into the Storm King George VI Television film
2010 Doctor Who Father Octavian 2 episodes
Spooks Vaughn Edwards 8 episodes
2010–2016 Jack Taylor Jack Taylor Series of television films
2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn Crawford 2 episodes
Downton Abbey Sir Richard Carlisle 6 episodes
2011–2019 Game of Thrones Ser Jorah Mormont 52 episodes
2012 Haven Roland Holloway Episode: "Real Estate"
Henry IV, Part II Earl of Warwick Episode of The Hollow Crown
2012–2013 Prisoners' Wives Paul 10 episodes
2013 Borgia Girolamo Savonarola 2 episodes
Ripper Street Colonel Madoc Faulkner Episode: "The Weight of One Man's Heart"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Dr. David Willoughby Episode: "Elephants Can Remember"
Breathless Inspector Ronald Mulligan 6 episodes
2014–2017 Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Narrator (voice) 10 episodes
2014 The Red Tent Jacob 2 episodes
2016–2017 Cleverman Jarrod Slade 12 episodes
2016–2019 Delicious Leo 12 episodes
2018 The Sidemen Show Narrator (voice) 7 episodes
Mrs Wilson Alexander "Alec" Wilson 3 episodes
2019 Ice Age: Return of the Mammoth Narrator (voice) Television documentary
2018–present Titans Bruce Wayne / Batman 11 episodes
2021 Reyka Angus Speelman
2022 The Rig Not yet released Magnus MacMillan Main role, upcoming series
TBA Wool Not yet released Dr. Pete Nichols Upcoming series

Selected theatre[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1990 Silver Bear Best Actor Silent Scream Won
1991 Evening Standard British Film Award Best Actor Mountains of the Moon, Fools of Fortune, Silent Scream Won
Ian Charleson Award Special commendation[10] Hamlet Won
1994 Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actor Henry V Nominated
1997 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical Martin Guerre Nominated
1999 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor The Blue Room Nominated
Drama League Award Best Actor The Blue Room Nominated
2007 Whatsonstage.com Award Best Actor The Crucible Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor The Crucible Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
Downton Abbey Won
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated


  1. ^ Morrison, Lennox (28 October 2001). "Gabriel and Me". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  2. ^ Murphy, Mekado (2008). "The New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ Fisher, Mark (23 April 1993). "Out, out damned spotlight". The List. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  4. ^ "10 years at the top for our Artistic Director, Hamish Glen". Belgrade Theatre Coventry. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". Berlinale.de. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  6. ^ Fortune's Fool Archived 9 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine at oldvictheatre.com
  7. ^ "Game of Thrones star Iain Glen quits play with mystery illness". Evening Standard. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  8. ^ Boucher, Geoff (11 April 2019). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Will Portray Bruce Wayne/Batman On 'Titans'".
  9. ^ "Fortune's Fool". Oldvictheatre.com. 4 October 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  10. ^ Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992

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