Robert Pugh

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Robert Pugh
Born (1950-10-11) 11 October 1950 (age 72)
Alma materRose Bruford College
Years active1976–present

Robert Pugh (born 11 October 1950) is a Welsh actor, known for his many television appearances, including the role of Craster in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Life and career[edit]

Pugh was born in the Tynte, Mountain Ash early schooling at Ynysboeth school down the road and grew up in Cilfynydd, near Pontypridd. He decided to become an actor after watching From Russia with Love at a cinema in Treforest with a cousin.[citation needed] A few years later he took night courses at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in North London, before being accepted at Rose Bruford College, where he graduated in 1976.[1]

He appeared as Sapper Powell in the 1979 production of Danger UXB , The great Blitz has taken London by surprise. A young Royal Engineer who finds himself posted to a Bomb Disposal Company to combat the hundreds of unexploded bombs in London and he later appeared as Harold Wilson in the 2005 Channel 4 drama Longford and as Hermann Göring in the 2006 BBC drama-documentary Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial.[2] In 2007, he co-starred alongside Genevieve O'Reilly and Geraldine James in the ITV1 drama The Time of Your Life, in which he played a father whose 36-year-old daughter is recovering after an 18-year coma. In his early career, he frequently appeared in Welsh language productions, for example as Edgar Evans in the 1984 TV film Terra Nova, and as a soldier in Karl Francis's Milwr Bychan (1987). Even in more recent years, he has often portrayed Welsh characters, such as Owain Glyndwr in the 2012 BBC adaptation of Henry IV, Part I.[3][4]

In 2010, Pugh appeared as Tony in the two-part Doctor Who story comprising the episodes "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood".[5] He had a supporting role in 2008 in an episode of Torchwood, another BBC Wales production.

In 2011 Pugh became Judge Patrick Coburn in Justice.[6] The following year he joined HBO's Game of Thrones in the recurring role of Craster.[7] In 2013 he portrayed Baron Rivers in The White Queen.[8] Pugh played Jack Reynolds in Doctor Foster,[9] and in 2016 joined the cast of Mr Selfridge as Lord Wynstay, another Welsh character.[10]




  • 2023 - Casualty as Gethin West



  1. ^ "Game of Thrones actor falls for Bermuda". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via
  2. ^ "Mr Nice v Mr Nazi; Robert Pugh reveals why he'd rather play Goering than an affable cop: Nuremberg – Nazis on Trial". Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via
  3. ^ "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Creative casting: Shakespeare featuring Game of Thrones actors". The Bardolator. 24 October 2014. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Bond, Christian (28 August 2015). "19 Game of Thrones Actors Who Appeared on Doctor Who". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Robert Pugh in TV drama Justice". 1 April 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via
  7. ^ "Game of Thrones: Meet Craster (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  8. ^ Harvey, Interview by Chris. "Robert Pugh: 'The White Queen is more interesting than Game of Thrones because it's real'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via
  9. ^ "Meet the cast of Doctor Foster". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Meet the cast of Mr Selfridge series four". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Who narrates the Repair Shop on BBC One?".
  12. ^ "BBC Two - Take a Hike, Series 1, Devon - Helen".

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