15 Facts About Iain Glen


Iain Alan Sutherland Glen was born on 24 June 1961 and is a Scottish actor.


An accomplished stage actor, Glen has acted in a wide array of theatre including playing the titular roles in Shakespeare productions like Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry V He received three Laurence Olivier Award nominations for his performances in the original production of the musical Martin Guerre, the West End production of The Blue Room and the 2006 West End revival of The Crucible, portraying John Proctor.


Iain Glen then trained in acting at the RADA in London, where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal.


In 1990, Iain Glen won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Silent Scream.


In 1998, Iain Glen was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Blue Room starring opposite Nicole Kidman.


In 2002, Iain Glen starred with Emilia Fox in the Italian-French-British romance-drama film The Soul Keeper directed by Roberto Faenza.


In 2008 Iain Glen was Samson in the BBC Radio 3 production of Samson Agonistes directed by John Tydeman.


In 2009, It was announced that Iain Glen had joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones, starring as Ser Jorah Mormont a knight in exile from Westeros, who becomes adviser to Daenerys Targaryen when she joins the Dothraki.


Iain Glen appeared in the second series of Downton Abbey, as Sir Richard Carlisle, a tabloid publisher who is a suitor to, and subsequently engaged to, Lady Mary.


From 2010 to 2016 Iain Glen played the title character in the Irish TV crime series Jack Taylor adapted from the novels by Ken Bruen, and set in Galway, Ireland.


From December 2013 until early January 2014, Iain Glen starred alongside Richard McCabe in Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic, directed by Lucy Bailey.


Iain Glen had been due to appear in the full run until late February 2014 but was forced to withdraw early to recover from illness, with his role taken by his understudy Patrick Cremin and then by William Houston who joined the cast about the same time as Glen's departure.


In 2019, it was revealed that Iain Glen would be portraying Bruce Wayne on the DC Universe TV show Titans.


In 2023, Iain Glen starred as Magnus MacMillan, in charge of the Kinloch Bravo oil rig in The Rig, in a cast that included Emily Hampshire, Martin Compston and Mark Addy.


Iain Glen plays Leonard in upcoming Belgian film The Last Front, a story about a broken man who takes a stand during the First World War.