Owen Teale

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Owen Teale
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 55)
Bridgend, Wales
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Dilys Watling (marriage dissolved); 1 son
Sylvestra Le Touzel
(2001–present); 2 daughters

Owen Teale (born 20 May 1961) is a Welsh actor best known for his role as Ser Alliser Thorne in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.


Trained at the Guildford School of Acting, Teale made his television debut in The Mimosa Boys in 1984. in 1985, he appeared in the Doctor Who serial Vengeance on Varos as "Maldak". His film debut was in War Requiem in 1989. He later appeared in Knights of God (1989), Great Expectations (1989), and Boon (1990) before being cast as Will Scarlet in the 1991 film Robin Hood.

He went on to appear in such series as Dangerfield, Ballykissangel, The Thin Blue Line and the long-running Belonging, and later Spooks and Murphy's Law.

He later appeared as Lophakin in the 1999 adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, opposite Charlotte Rampling as Ranevskaya and Alan Bates as Gayev. He played the infamous Nazi judge Roland Freisler in Conspiracy.

In 2005, he played a lead role in Marian, Again, in which he was the abusive husband of Harrison's eponymous character.[1]

In 2006 he appeared in the Torchwood episode "Countrycide".[2] Also in 2006 he had a role in the HBO UK TV movie Tsunami: The Aftermath. In 2007, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Mind's Eye. In the same year, he starred in The Last Legion.[3] In 2011, Teale appeared as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones, the HBO TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, replacing at short notice Derek Halligan.[4] He reprised this role in Season 4, Season 5, and Season 6.[5][6]

In 2012, he played Dai in the comedy-drama series Stella and Robert Holland, the fictional UK Foreign Secretary, in the drama series Kidnap and Ransom.[7] He also played as a PSupt in the BBC police drama Line of Duty.

Personal life[edit]

Teale has been married twice: to Dilys Watling and then to Sylvestra Le Touzel. He has three children.


Teale won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Torvald opposite Janet McTeer in Ibsen's A Doll's House.



Year Title Character
1991 Robin Hood Will Scarlet
1999 The Cherry Orchard Lophakin
2001 Conspiracy Roland Freisler
2004 King Arthur Pelagius
2011 Act of Memory Father


Year Title Character Production Notes
1985 Doctor Who : "Vengeance on Varos" Maldak BBC 2 Episodes
1986 David Copperfield Ham Peggotty BBC 5 Episodes
1989 The Fifteen Streets Part of a collection of small-screen epics based on the best-selling books of Catherine Cookson
1995 The Thin Blue Line Gary BBC Season 1, Episode 2 "Fire and Terror"
1999 Ballykissangel Connor Devlin BBC Season 5
2004 Spooks Robert Morgan BBC "Frequently Asked Questions" – Series 3, Episode 9
2005 Midsomer Murders Little Mal Kirby ITV "Second Sight" – Series 8, Episode 5
2006 Torchwood Evan Sherman BBC "Countrycide" – Series 1, Episode 6
2007 Inspector Lewis Nicky Turnbull ITV "Old School Ties" – Series 1, Episode 2
2011–2016 Game of Thrones Alliser Thorne HBO 19 episodes
Recurring Role
2012 The Hollow CrownHenry V Fluellen BBC "Henry V"
2012 Kidnap and Ransom Robert Holland ITV1 3 Episodes
2012 Line of Duty CSupt Phillip Osborne BBC 3 Episodes
2012–2013 Stella Dai Kosh Sky 1 20 Episodes
2015 River PSupt Marcus McDonald BBC One 6 Episodes


Year Production Role
2016 No Man's Land Briggs[8]
2016 Gas Light Jack Manningham[9]
2015 The Broken Heart BASSANES[10]
2014 Under Milk Wood Narrator[11]
2013 Passion Play James[12]
1996 A Doll's House Torvald


  1. ^ "'No more Mr Nice Guy' says Owen Teale". walesonline.co.uk. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Torchwood Recap: Season 1, Episode 6: "Countrycide" | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine". slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: The Last Legion - History of the Ancient World". historyoftheancientworld.com. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Profile, winteriscoming.net; accessed 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ "'Game of Thrones' death: Longtime actor exits with touching interview". ew.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Game of Thrones' Owen Teale on Jon Snow, That Hanging Scene, and Why He Didn't Enjoy Playing Ser Alliser". vulture.com. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Game Of Thrones' Owen Teale, Helen Baxendale and Trevor Eve cast in ITV's Kidnap and Ransom | Unreality TV". primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Odds & Ends: Game of Thrones' Owen Teale Set for Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart's No Man's Land & More". broadway.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sparring Game of Thrones actors a highlight of Gaslight: review | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Shakespeare's Globe". www.shakespearesglobe.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "INTERVIEW: Game of Thrones star Owen Teale talks to Simon Lockyer about Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood". northdevonjournal.co.uk. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Owen Teale, Samantha Bond and More Join Zoe Wanamaker in London Passion Play Revival | Broadway Buzz | Theatre.com". www.theatre.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 

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