Ian Whyte (actor)

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Ian Stuart Whyte
Ian Whyte 2013.jpg
Ian Whyte 2013
Born (1971-09-17) 17 September 1971 (age 47)
Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Ian Stuart Whyte (born 17 September 1971) is a Welsh actor, stuntman and former professional basketball player.

Career[edit]

Whyte began his career a professional basketball player for the Newcastle Eagles. He also collected 80 caps for the England national team.[1] After his retirement from basketball he began his second career as a stuntman and actor.[2]

Whyte is best known for portraying Predators in the movies Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.[3][4]

Whyte portrayed one of the "Engineer" aliens seen in Ridley Scott's 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus.[5]

In 2010, Whyte played Sheikh Sulieman in Clash of the Titans.[6]

He has portrayed various characters requiring a physically tall actor in the HBO series Game of Thrones, including White Walkers in season 1 and season 2 and a giant in the opening episode of season 3. For these roles he was unrecognisable under make-up and computer effects. In season 2, he also had a speaking role as Ser Gregor Clegane.[7] In season 5 and season 6, Whyte portrayed the giant Wun Wun.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Whyte was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales. He is 7 ft 1 in (216 cm) tall. Whyte is married to Amy,[9] a business development manager for the Gordon Brown Law Firm. They have one son.

Filmography[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Film/Television show Role Notes
2004 Alien vs. Predator Scar
Celtic
Chopper
Elder Predator
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Olympe Maxime with Frances de la Tour
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Wolf
2009 Solomon Kane The Reaper
2009 Dragonball Evolution Oozaru
2010 Outcast The Beast
2010 Clash of the Titans Sheikh Suleiman
2011 Game of Thrones White Walker Season 1, 1 episode
2012 Game of Thrones White Walker, Gregor Clegane Season 2, 4 episodes
2012 Prometheus Last Engineer[5]
2013 Don't Move The Demon Short film
2013 The Beachcomber Cluny Barr
2013 Harrigan Ronnie
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Dongo the Doomed (Giant) Season 34, 3 episodes
2014 Blood Moon Skinwalker
2014 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Prince Duan
2014 Hercules Bessi Warrior Leader
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crusher Roodown, Bollie Prindel Also Peter Mayhew's stunt double
2015–2016 Game of Thrones Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun ("Wun Wun") (Giant) Season 56, 5 episodes
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Moroff
2017 Game of Thrones Two Giant wights Season 7, 2 episodes
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Bollie Prindel

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/sport/other-sport/face-to-face-ian-whyte-4624658
  2. ^ "Former Newcastle Eagles' basketball star Ian Whyte on his life onscreen". northeastlifemag.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Ian Whyte Interview (2) – AvPGalaxy". avpgalaxy.net. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Strange Shapes Interviews Ian Whyte". Strange Shapes. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b "20th Century Fox Official Credits List". Prometheus Full Credits List. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  6. ^ Ford, Coreena (7 March 2010). "Basketball star Ian Whyte nets leading role". chroniclelive.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ian Whyte on Melting the Iron Throne & Becoming The Mountain". flicksandthecity.com. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  8. ^ "We spoke to Game of Thrones giant Wun Wun about his death". The Independent. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Face to Face: Ian Whyte". ChronicleLive. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2015.

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