Ian Beattie

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Ian Beattie
Beattie in 2015
Born (1965-03-03) 3 March 1965 (age 58)
EducationMethodist College Belfast
Queen's University Belfast
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1989–present

Ian Beattie (born 3 March 1965) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He is best known for playing Antigonus in the film Alexander (2004) and Ser Meryn Trant in the television series Game of Thrones (2011–2015).


Beattie’s start in acting began at an early age, when he used to tour Northern Ireland in a circus with his father.[1] His most notable role is Ser Meryn Trant in five seasons of the HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones.[2][3][4] He has also appeared in numerous other television and film projects, including Antigonus in Oliver Stone's Alexander,[5] Beorhtwulf of Mercia in an episode of History Channel's Vikings[6] and Showtime's The Tudors.[7]

On stage, he starred in the play Demented by playwright Gary Mitchell at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Space Truckers Trooper
2004 Alexander Antigonus
2007 Closing the Ring Seamus McCarty
2010 Mo Michael Stone TV film
2011 Brendan Smyth: Betrayal of Trust Brendan Smyth TV film
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Awards host
2013 Starred Up Officer Johnson
2016 The Truth Commissioner Beckett
2016 The Journey Gerry Adams
2017 Papillon Toussaint
2018 Blackbird Nick Film released in 2022
2018 Viking Destiny Kirkwood
2022 Ann Diarmuid


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Hanging Gale Brian Sweeney
2006 Killinaskully Father Bob Gilmartin Episode: 'The Sports Day'
2009 The Tudors Sergeant
2011–2015 Game of Thrones Ser Meryn Trant 17 episodes
2014 Line of Duty Bob 3 episodes
2014 37 Days Tsar Nicholas II
2014 Number2s McCoubrey[9] 6 episodes
2015 Vikings King Brihtwulf Episode: 'Mercenary'
2016 Barbarians Rising Quinctilius Varus[10] 2 episodes
2017 Doctor Who Jackdaw
2017 8 Days That Made Rome Emperor Constantine Episode: The Rebirth of Rome
2017 Tennison Dr. Martin Episode 1
2018 Quantico Titus Walker Episode: Ghosts


  1. ^ "Spoilers, Barbarians, and the Circus: Ian Beattie". universityobserver. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Game of Thrones: 21 characters we love to hate". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. ^ Debnath, Neela (26 October 2015). "Game of Thrones star Ian Beattie says playing paedophile Ser Meryn Trant was 'horrible'". express.co.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones' Ian Beattie on Arya's Revenge, and That Horrific Scene". vulture.com. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. ^ Cornah, Joel (13 May 2016). "Ser Meryn Trant - Ian Beattie Interview - Sci-fi and Fantasy Network". scififantasynetwork.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Young Ian Beattie joins the cast of Vikings!". Universal Artists Twitter feed. 25 July 2014.
  7. ^ "The Tudors - what time is it on TV? Episode 5 Series 3 cast list and preview". RadioTimes. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. ^ Rutherford, Adrian (12 May 2014). "Gary Mitchell: 'Working-class Protestant boys aren't judged on brains'". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Number2s - McCoubrey". BBC.
  10. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Alums Star in New Series 'Barbarians Rising': See Exclusive Photos". ew.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.

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