Miltos Yerolemou

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Miltos Yerolemou
Miltos Yerolemou Brussels Comic Con 2018.jpg
Yerolemou at the Brussels Comic Con in 2018
Miltos Yerolemou

London, England
Years active1996–present

Miltos Yerolemou is a British actor best known for his role as Syrio Forel in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

Yerolemou has also made appearances in films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Danish Girl.

Early life and career[edit]

The son of Greek Cypriot parents, Yerolemou was born in London and grew up in the United Kingdom. After his graduation, Yerolemou did not take lessons, but instead learned how to act by stage experience.

From 1997 to 2003 he was a regular on the television series Hububb. In 1998, he had a supporting role in Middleton's Changeling, and in 1999, he took part in a film adaptation of the Shakespeare play The Winter's Tale. It was followed by two extras roles in the documentary Neanderthal. He also appeared in the British series My Family, The West Wittering Affair, and the short film The Public Benefits.

Later career[edit]

Yerolemou with Charles Martinet at Armageddon 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Yerolemou in Nashville in 2017

Yerolemou's first major role was as Syrio Forel in the first season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.[1] In the series, Yerolemou primarily worked with actress Maisie Williams as Arya Stark,[2] and portrayed Syrio Forel, a character also known as "The First Sword of Braavos."[1] Thus most of his scenes involved sword work.[1] Following his appearance in Game of Thrones, Yerolemou was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as the award-winning film The Danish Girl.[3][4][5]

Yerolemou has appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and had a role in a BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.[3]

Yerolemou has also appeared in the BBC One series New Blood and the British-American film Tulip Fever.[6]

Most recently Yerolemou played The Fool in the Talawa Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Manchester co-production of King Lear, with Don Warrington taking on the title role. His performance was very well received, with reviews stating that his "extraordinary despair ... matches [his] brilliant comic timing",[7] that he "manages to provide a key to the entire performance",[8] and "irrepressible".[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Funny Bones Mime
1996 Shakespeare Shorts Porter
1998 Middleton's Changeling Asylum Inmate
2001 Neanderthal Neanderthal
2001 Walking with Beasts Caveman
2002 Black Books Schubert Customer
1997–2003 Hububb Mikey, Paul, Lady Skipton 26 episodes
2003 My Family Spanish policeman
2006 The Only Boy For Me Michael Hardington
2006 The West Wittering Affair Man in therapy
2008 Revealed Actor
2011 The Public Benefits CSA No. 1
2011 Game of Thrones Syrio Forel Season 1
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Stavros Deleted Scene
2014 M.I. High Thalamus
2014 The Boogeyman Lester Billings
2014 Walter Dimitri
2015 Wolf Hall French Nobleman
2015 The Danish Girl Dr. Mai
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Bar Patron
2016 New Blood Menakis 2 episodes
2016 Tulip Fever
2016 The Circuit
2016 Rubicon Azad
2016 Marcella Solicitor
2016 Dark Continents Perro
2019 The Crown Chronos
2021 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Carlo


  1. ^ a b c Ratcliffe, Amy (29 May 2014). "Learning Water Dancing From 'Game of Thrones' Syrio Forel". Nerdist. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  2. ^ McCluskey, Megan (10 June 2016). "Game of Thrones Actor Drops Hint That His Character May Be Returning". Time. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mzimba, Lizo (1 September 2014). "Game of Thrones swordsman joins Star Wars film". BBC News. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Matt (1 September 2014). "Game of Thrones' Miltos Yerolemou Joins Star Wars: Episode VII". Collider. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  5. ^ Newbold, Mark (2 September 2014). "Star Wars Episode 7: What role could Miltos Yerolemou play?". Metro. UK. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Miltos Yerolemou Filmography – British Film Industry". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  7. ^ "King Lear | Words of Colour Productions". 21 April 2016. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Review: King Lear at the Royal Exchange – Exeunt Magazine".
  9. ^ Hickling, Alfred (7 April 2016). "King Lear review – as close to definitive as can be" – via The Guardian.

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