Iain Glen

Iain Glen

Glen in July 2012
Born (1961-06-24) 24 June 1961
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality British
Education Edinburgh Academy
University of Aberdeen
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Susannah Harker
(m. 1993; div. 2004)
Partner(s) Charlotte Emmerson (since 2005)
Children 3

Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor.[1] Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones. Other notable roles include Jack Taylor and Cleverman.

Early life and education

Iain Glen was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He then trained at RADA in London, where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal.


In 1990, Glen won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Silent Scream. In the same year he was cast as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark in Tom Stoppard's film adaptation of his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.[2] He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in The Blue Room opposite Nicole Kidman.

It was announced in 2009 that Glen would star as Ser Jorah Mormont in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2010, he played the role of Father Octavian, leader of a sect of clerics who were on a mission against the Weeping Angels in "The Time of Angels" and "Flesh and Stone", a two-episode story which formed part of the fifth season of the revived television series Doctor Who. He 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 the present Glen has played the title character in the Irish TV crime series Jack Taylor adapted from the novels by Ken Bruen.

In the 2012 BBC drama series Prisoners' Wives, he plays Paul, the husband of Francesca, whose comfortable life comes crashing down when he is imprisoned for drug trafficking. Also in 2012, he starred in a new 4-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko. In 2013, he played the lead in the new play Longing.

From 6 December 2013 until early January 2014 Glen starred alongside Richard McCabe in Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic, directed by Lucy Bailey. He had been due to appear in the full run until 22 February 2014[3] 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.[4]

In 2015, Glen provided the voiceover for a Vauxhall Mokka advertisement.


Glen is the younger brother of Hamish Glen, theatre director, artistic director of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and formerly artistic director of the Dundee Repertory Theatre.

He was married to Susannah Harker from 1993 to 2004, they have one son, Finlay (born 1994). His partner is now actress Charlotte Emmerson, and they have two daughters; Mary (born September 2007) and Juliet (born 2012).[5]


Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont on the set of Game of Thrones


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Paris by Night Wallace Sharp
1988 Gorillas in the Mist Brendan
1990 Mountains of the Moon John Hanning Speke
1990 Silent Scream Larry Winters
1990 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Hamlet
1990 Fools of Fortune William Quinton
1992 30 Door Key Joey
1993 The Young Americans Edward Foster
1999 Mararía Bertrand
2000 Beautiful Creatures Tony
2000 Paranoid Stan
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Manfred Powell
2001 Gabriel & Me Dad
2002 Darkness Mark
2002 The Soul Keeper Dr. Carl Gustav Jung
2003 Song for a Raggy Boy Brother John
2003 Spy Sorge Richard Sorge
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Dr. Sam Isaacs
2005 Man to Man Alexander Auchinleck
2005 Vagabond Shoes Alec Murray Short film
2005 Tara Road Danny
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Richard Cœur de Lion
2006 Small Engine Repair Doug
2007 The Last Legion Orestes
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Dr. Sam Isaacs / Tyrant
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Frank Ratcliffe
2008 Slapper Red/Michael Simmons Short film
2009 Pope Joan Village Priest
2009 Harry Brown S.I. Childs
2009 The Case of Unfaithful Klara Denis
2011 The Iron Lady Alfred Roberts
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Uncle Ralph
2014 Guy Martin's Spitfire Narrator Documentary
2014 Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain Narrator Documentary
2015 The Bad Education Movie Pasco
2015 Eye in the Sky James Willett
2016 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Dr. Alexander Isaacs
2017 Dusty and Me Mickey the Bubble Post-production
2017 What About Love American Ambassador Post-production
2017 My Cousin Rachel TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Taggart Scott Adair Episode: "Knife Edge"
1986–1989 Screen Two Allan Innes / Sailor / Ray 3 episodes
1988 The Fear Carl Galton 5 episodes
1991 Adam Bede Adam Bede Television film
1992 Frankie's House Tim Page 4 episodes
1992 Screen One Cmdr Powell Episode: "Black and Blue"
1993 Missus Father Pietro Salviati, Missus Television film
1996 Death of a Salesman Biff Television film
1997 Painted Lady Sebastian Stafford 2 episodes
1998 Trial & Retribution Damon Morton 2 episodes
1999 Wives and Daughters Mr. Preston 4 episodes
2000 Glasgow Kiss Stuart Morrison 6 episodes
2000 The Wyvern Mystery Charles Fairfield Television film
2000 Anchor Me Nathan Carter Television film
2002 Impact Marcus Hodge Television film
2003 Carla Daniel Television film
2005 Kidnapped Alan Breck 2 episodes
2007 Starting Over Gregor Dewhurst Television film
2007 The Relief of Belsen James Johnston Television film
2008 City of Vice John Fielding 5 episodes
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Otto Frank 5 episodes
2009 Law & Order: UK Luke Slade Episode: "Unsafe"
2009 Into the Storm King George VI Television film
2010 Doctor Who Father Octavian 2 episodes
2010 Spooks Vaughn Edwards 8 episodes
2010 Jack Taylor: The Guards Jack Taylor Series 1, episode 1
2011 Jack Taylor: The Pikemen Jack Taylor Series 1, episode 2
2011 Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs Jack Taylor Series 1, episode 3
2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn Crawford 2 episodes
2011 Downton Abbey Sir Richard Carlisle 6 episodes
2011present Game of Thrones Ser Jorah Mormont 42 episodes
2012 Haven Roland Holloway Episode: "Real Estate"
2012 Henry IV, Part II Earl of Warwick Television film
2012–2013 Prisoners' Wives Paul 10 episodes
2013 Jack Taylor: The Priest Jack Taylor Series 2, episode 1 (also co-producer)
2013 Jack Taylor: The Dramatist Jack Taylor Series 2, episode 2 (also co-producer)
2013 Jack Taylor: Shot Down Jack Taylor Series 2, episode 3
2013 Borgia Girolamo Savonarola 2 episodes
2013 Ripper Street Colonel Madoc Faulkner Episode: "The Weight of One Man's Heart"
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Dr. David Willoughby Episode: "Elephants Can Remember"
2013 Breathless Inspector Ronald Mulligan 6 episodes
2014–2015 Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Narrator 9 episodes
2014 The Red Tent Jacob 2 episodes
2016 Jack Taylor: Blood Cross Jack Taylor Series 3, episode 1
2016 Jack Taylor: Headstone Jack Taylor Series 3, episode 2
2016 Jack Taylor: Purgatory Jack Taylor Series 3, episode 3
2016–present Cleverman Jarrod Slade

Selected theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Title Award Category Result
1990 Silent Scream Silver Bear Best Actor Won
1991 Mountains of the Moon, Fools of Fortune, Silent Scream Evening Standard British Film Award Best Actor Won
Hamlet Ian Charleson Award Special commendation[7] Won
1994 Henry V Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actor Nominated
1997 Martin Guerre Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
1999 The Blue Room Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor Nominated
Drama League Award Best Actor Nominated
2007 The Crucible Whatsonstage.com Award Best Actor Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor Nominated
2012 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Nominated
Downton Abbey Won
2014 Game of Thrones Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Nominated


  1. The New York Times
  2. "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". Berlinale.de. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  3. Fortune's Fool at oldvictheatre.com
  4. "Game of Thrones star Iain Glen quits play with mystery illness". Evening Standard. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. Jan Moir (13 December 2013). Moir, Jan (13 December 2013). "How Lady Mary's ex fell for a VERY fiery blonde: Iain Glen on becoming a pin-up at the age of 52". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  6. http://www.oldvictheatre.com/fortunes-fool/
  7. Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992
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