Born in London in 1956 Stephen Dillane has an extensive portfolio of TV appearances which started way back in 1985 in an episode of the Pierce Brosnan vehicle, Remington Steele. Since then he has featured in all sorts of guest appearances on various TV shows, some more well known than others. The full list can be found here, but looking down it the more famous shows on these shores include stints in Boon, Bullman, Ruther Rendall Mysteries and more recently a couple of episodes of the frankly dreadful Eternal Law as well as appearing alongside Ray Winstone in 44 Inch Chest.
As well as his TV work Stephen is a notable theatre actor Dillane whose roles include Archer in The Beaux’ Stratagem, Prior Walter in Angels in America, Hamlet, Clov in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Uncle Vanya, Henry in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (for which he won a Tony Award in 2000) and a one-man version of Macbeth (2005).
Game of Thrones is not Stephen’s first experience of working with HBO; he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson in the HBO mini-series John Adams (2008).
He has also received a British Television Best Actor Award for his role in The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.
He brings a certain Gravitas to the Role of Stannis Baratheon who is not known for his humour and suffers in popularity because of it.