Josef Altin

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Josef Altin
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Altin at Collectormania in 2012
Yusuf Altın

(1983-02-12) 12 February 1983 (age 36)
London, England
Other namesYousef Altin
Years active1999–present

Josef Altin (born as Yusuf Altın; 12 February 1983) is an English TV series and film actor who had the role of Pypar in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. Other notable performances is his role as Ekrem in Eastern Promises and his roles in The Bill, Peep Show, and Casualty. He starred in D.C. Moore's hit play The Empire at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Altin also played the role of Darren in Him & Her, a BBC TV series.

Life and career[edit]

Altin was born in London, to a Turkish family. His first appearance in a television series was his role as Garry in the drama series Psychos. His first appearance on a major British television series came in 2004 when he played a machine strimmer in Blackpool. Over the years, Altin has appeared on The Bill several times in different roles; from 2006–2007 he played Jay Henderson, and in 2009 he played Peter Balmaine. After his appearance on The Bill he became a somewhat sought after actor and received many more roles over the coming years, performing in both television series and films multiple times a year.

In 2007, Altin appeared in two films, the first of which being Boy A, where he played Bully, and what is perhaps the biggest budget film he has starred in, Eastern Promises, where he played Ekrem.[1]

He has also appeared in other big television series including Peep Show, Doctors, Robin Hood, Casualty, Little Miss Jocelyn, New Tricks, Being Human, Misfits and Law & Order: UK.

Altin also plays the role of Pypar, commonly called Pyp, in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.[2][3]

2015 saw Altin starring in two films Narcopolis and Child 44.[4] In 2016, Atlin starred in the short film, 'I Dream of Zombies'.[5]

On television, in 2017 Altin appeared in the E4 sitcom, Chewing Gum, as Ryan,[6] and portrayed Prince Rasselas, a young molly boy who plies his trade on the streets of Covent Garden, in the Hulu Original, Harlots.[7] In 2018, Altin played Willem Van Burgen, a disturbed paedophile suffering from syphilis, who comes from a wealthy family, suspected of being the serial killer of boys in the TNT period drama, The Alienist.[8]


Film and Television
Year Film or Series Role Notes
1999 Psychos Garry Episode #1.5
2000 Esther Kahn Samuel as a child
2001 My Other Wheelchair Is a Porsche Ron Short
2002 Dirty Pretty Things Sweatshop Boy
2002 Babyfather Eric's Friend Episode #2.7
2004 Blackpool Machine Strimmer Episode #1.2
2004–2009 The Bill Multiple Character Seven episodes
2005 Gypo Michael
2005 Murphy's Law Phillip Ep #3.2
2005 Stoned Bill Wyman
2005 The Golden Hour Robert Episode #1.4
2005 Peep Show Mugger No. 1 Episode #3.1
2006 Doctors Liam Aitkin Episode #7.168
2006 Soundproof Stee
2006 Robin Hood Benedict Giddens Episode #1.1
2006 Pulling Skinzo Episode #1.6
2006–2009 Casualty Multiple Characters Three episodes
2007 What Goes Around (short) Cola Short
2007 Ruby Blue Frankie
2007 Eastern Promises Ekrem
2007 Boy A Bully
2007 The Omid Djalili Show Episode #1.2
2008 Little Miss Jocelyn Bully Episode #2.1
Episode #2.3
2008 West 10 LDN Ratty
2008 10 Days to War Young Lad Episode #1.5
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Zubin
2008 New Tricks Steve Pearson Episode #5.7
2008 God on Trial Issac
2008 No Heroics Robber Episode #1.1
2009 M.I.High Kranky Episode #3.1
2009 Tender Ross Short
2009 Being Human Billy Episode #1.5
Episode #1.6
2009 The Young Victoria Edward Oxford
2009 Beautiful People Ricky Episode #2.4
2009–2011 Misfits Gary Episode #1.1
Episode 3.4
2010 The Pizza Miracle Paesano Short
2010 Baby Emit Short
2010 Law & Order: UK Ray Cole Episode #3.2
2010 Reggie Perrin Young Boss Episode #2.1
2011 Albatross Dave
2011–2012 Him & Her Darren Episode 2.4
Episode 3.3
Game of Thrones Pypar Recurring character, 13 episodes
2012 Comes a Bright Day Clegg
2012 A Mother's Son Sean Christie Episode #1.1
Episode #1.2
2012 Les Misérables Convict 2
2012 Now Is Good Jake
2013 Holby City Alex Jules S15E33
Back From the Dead
2013 Dreck Ambro Trader
2013 By Any Means Jason Turner
2013 Vendetta Rob
2013 Hummingbird Pizza Delivery Guy
2014 A Long Way Down Matty
2014 The Hooligan Factory Weasel
2015 River Christopher Riley Episodes 1,2
2015 Narcopolis Ambro Dealer
2015 Child 44 Alexander
2016 Peaky Blinders Stefan Episode #3.5
2017 Chewing Gum Ryan
2017 Harlots Prince Rasselas
2018 The Alienist Silver Smile / Willem Van Burgen Three episodes
2018 Tomb Raider Bruce
2018 Les Misérables Claquesous 1 episode

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ "Movie Review – Eastern Promises". 29 July 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Game of Thrones with Josef Altin". 22 February 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Josef Altin – Game of Thrones | Interview | April 2014 - Hit The Floor". 7 April 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Child 44, Breathe, & Narcopolis with Josef Altin". 30 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Naylor, Mary (17 April 2016). "Zomcom shot in Reading stars Game of Thrones' Pyp". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ Spence-Adofo, Verona (12 February 2017). "CHEWING GUM SERIES 2 FINALE – EXCELLENT (WITH A FEW ISSUES…)". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Meet the cast of Harlots".Radio Times, 18 May 2017.
  8. ^ "'The Alienist': Revealing the Murderer's Identity Early Is the Show's First Killer Move". IndieWire, 19 February 2018,

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