Murray McArthur

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Murray McArthur
Murray McArthur 2015.jpg
Born (1966-05-04) 4 May 1966 (age 51)
Honiton, Devon, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Murray McArthur (born 4 May 1966) is a British stage, television and film actor. The son of a mushroom farmer, of Scottish parentage and red-haired, he often plays Scottish roles. He attended King's School, Ottery St Mary, received a BA (Joint Hons) degree in English and Drama at Loughborough University and went on to study acting at the Drama Studio London. He has appeared in many stage-plays in British regional theatres and on London's West End[1] (including the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe). Much of his stage work has taken him overseas (Ahmanson Theatre,[2] Los Angeles & Panasonic Globe Theatre, Tokyo). His performance as Joe Gargery in Great Expectations at the Gate Theatre, Dublin was described by Irish Independent critic Bruce Arnold:[3] "Emphasis on the heart-warming relationship between Pip and Joe Gargery is a crucial part of the story, and the blacksmith, played by Murray McArthur in the best performance of the evening, achieves this".

His most notable film role was in The Last Legion where he played a member of The Ninth Legion stranded in Britain after the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Murray appeared as Hasten,[4] the Viking who breaks the Doctor's sonic sunglasses,[5] in episode The Girl Who Died[6][7] of Doctor Who.[8]

McArthur portrayed a Wildling chieftain in the fifth season episode Hardhome[9] of the HBO series Game of Thrones. His character returned in the sixth season episode The Broken Man[10] with the character name Dim Dalba. He speaks for the Wildlings of The Gift when asked by Jon Snow (character), Tormund Giantsbane, Sansa Stark and Davos Seaworth to join them in the battle against the forces of Ramsay Bolton.

He will shortly be seen as Boudica's warlord, Egus, in the docudrama Barbarians Rising; which tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from the perspective of the barbarian rebel leaders. Murray has also provided the voice for the Farmer in the new Netflix/BBC animated Watership Down (miniseries).

Personal life[edit]

McArthur was born and brought up in Devon, England, where he attended King's School in Ottery St Mary. He was a member of the Devon County Youth Theatre. Married to Geraldine with two children, Orla and Freya, he lives in South East London.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Director Producer
2001 Endgame Det. Const. Kenny Gary Wicks Various Films Ltd
2005 Finding Neverland Stagehand Marc Forster Miramax
2005 Keeping Mum Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies Niall Johnson Summit Entertainment
2008 Made of Honor Donald Paul Weiland Columbia Pictures
2007 The Last Legion Tertius Doug Lefler Dino De Laurentiis Company
2009 A Congregation of Ghosts George Treddinick Mark Collicott Whitechapel Films

Television[edit]

Year Series Episode Role Director Producer
1994 EastEnders Episode 950 P.C. Baines Jo Johnson BBC
1994 Stanley's Dragon TV Movie Soldier Gerry Poulson Granada Television
1995 The Famous Five (1990s TV series) Five Fall into Adventure Red Tower Michael Kerrigan Tyne Tees Television & Zenith North
1996 Tales from the Crypt Escape George Heathcote Peter MacDonald (director) HBO
1996 Black Hearts in Battersea TV Series Boatswain Morgan David Bell BBC
1997 Aquila The Eagle Has Landed Policeman David Bell BBC
1998 Human Bomb TV Movie Kessler Anthony Page Griffin
1999 Taggart Bloodlines Alan Buchanan Alan Macmillan STV Productions
2000 Heartbeat The Fool on the Hill Charlie Osborne Paul Walker Yorkshire Television
2000 Burnside Exposed: Parts 1 & 2 DC McVeagh Bruce MacDonald Thames Television
2002 Falling Apart TV Movie Gareth Brian Hill (director) Century Films
2006 The Complete Guide to Parenting Episode #1.1 Mr. Franklin Mandie Fletcher Talkback Thames
2006 Doctors A Very Important Date Al Burgess Fred Aidroos BBC
2006 Friends and Crocodiles TV Movie Soup Man 1 Stephen Poliakoff BBC
2006 Foyle's War The French Drop Private Knox Gavin Millar ITV
2007 Murphy's Law Episode #5.2 Terry Westgate Colm McCarthy (director) Tiger Aspect Productions
2007 The Bill Assault on Sun Hill Sgt. Michael Brindley Darcia Martin Talkback Thames
2008 John Adams Unite or Die The Magistrate Tom Hooper HBO
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford (TV series) Episode #1.2 Bailiff Griggs Charles Palmer (director) BBC
2008 Summerhill (TV series) TV Movie Fire Officer Sibton Jon East Tiger Aspect Productions
2009 Casualty Palimpsest Roy Hyde Alan Grint BBC
2015 Doctor Who The Girl Who Died Hasten Edward Bazalgette BBC
2015 Game of Thrones Hardhome Dim Dalba Miguel Sapochnik HBO
2016 Barbarians Rising Episode: "Revenge" Egus Simon George October Films Limited & History Channel
2016 Game of Thrones The Broken Man Dim Dalba Mark Mylod HBO
2016 Watership Down (miniseries) Episode #1.2 Farmer Noam Murro Netflix & BBC

Stage[edit]

Year Play Role Director Producer
1993 On The Piste Chris Baxter Neil Sissons Hull Truck Theatre
1994 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Philip Joseph National Theatre Studios
1995 Great Expectations Bentley Drummle John Durnin Northcott Theatre
1995 Abigail's Party Tony Tim Carroll Northcott Theatre
1996 The Grapes of Wrath (play) Noah Joad John Durnin Northcott Theatre
1996 A Doll's House Anthony Page Thelma Holt & Playhouse Theatre
1997 An Enemy of the People Engstrand Sir Trevor Nunn Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre & Ahmanson Theatre
1997 Peter Pan Great Big Little Panther John Caird (director) Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre
2002 King Lear Barry Kyle Shakespeare's Globe & Panasonic Globe Theatre
2008 Great Expectations Joe Gargery Alan Stanford Gate Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGuinness, Frank (10 September 1996). "PlayographyIreland". Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Hofler, Robert (24 July 1998). "Review: ‘An Enemy of the People’". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Bruce (29 November 2007). "Festive fare for all the family lives up to the greatest of expectations". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Times, Radio (12 October 2015). "Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 5 The Girl Who Died". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Claire, Planet (18 October 2015). "The Girl Who Died". planetclaire.tv. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  6. ^ BBC Media Centre (30 March 2015). "Doctor Who reveals Maisie Williams as guest star", BBC, Retrieved on 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ Variety (30 March 2015). "Game of Thrones’ Actress Maisie Williams to Guest Star on ‘Doctor Who’", Variety (magazine), Retrieved on 30 March 2015.
  8. ^ White, James (30 March 2015). "Maisie Williams Scores Doctor Who Guest Spot". Empire (film magazine). Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (31 May 2015). "‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5, Episode 8 Review: "Hardhome"". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Broken Man - Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 7". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved Jun 5, 2016. 

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