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Stephen Dillane

Stephen Dillane
Born (1956-11-30) 30 November 1956
Kensington, London, England
Other names Stephen Dillon
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Naomi Wirthner
Relatives Frank Dillane (son)

Stephen J. Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Leonard Woolf in The Hours, Glen Foy in Goal!, Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones and American politician Thomas Jefferson in the HBO miniseries John Adams, a role which earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. An accomplished theatre actor, he has also won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing.

Early life

Dillane was born in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), and an Australian surgeon father, Dr. John Dillane.[1][2][3] His younger brother, Richard, is also an actor.

He studied history and political science at the University of Exeter, and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. Unhappy in his career, he read how actor Trevor Eve gave up architecture for acting and was inspired to enter the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. During his early acting career, he was known as Stephen Dillon but reverted to his birth name in the 1990s.


Dillane is a distinguished theatre actor; his notable roles include Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (Royal National Theatre, 1989), Prior Walter in Angels in America (1993), Hamlet (1994), Clov in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1996), Uncle Vanya (1998), Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (for which he won a Tony Award in 2000), The Coast of Utopia (2002), and a one-man version of Macbeth (2005). He has also performed T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets in London and New York City, and was seen in the 2010 Bridge Project's productions of The Tempest and As You Like It.

Onscreen, Dillane may be best known for his portrayal of Horatio in the 1990 film adaptation of Hamlet. He played Michael Henderson in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), a character based on British journalist Michael Nicholson, and the impatient and easily agitated Harker in Spy Game (2001).

Dillane is also known for his portrayal of Hunted.[5]

The same year, Dillane starred in the British independent film Papadopoulos & Sons, in which he plays a successful entrepreneur, Harry Papadopoulos, who rediscovers his life after being forced to start again from nothing following a banking crisis.[6] His real-life son, Frank Dillane, plays his son in the film. In January 2013, it was reported that Dillane had been cast as the male lead in the Sky Atlantic series The Tunnel.[7]

Personal life

Dillane has two sons with actress Naomi Wirthner: Seamus Dillane and actor Frank Dillane, who is best known for playing the teenage Voldemort in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Secret Garden Captain Lennox Television film
1990 Hamlet Horatio
1996 Two If by Sea Evan Marsh
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Michael Henderson
1997 Déjà Vu Sean
1998 Love and Rage Dr. Croly
1998 Firelight Charles Godwin
1998 Kings in Grass Castles Patsy Television film
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Noel Quigley
2001 Spy Game Charles Harker
2001 The Parole Officer Inspector Burton
2002 The Truth About Charlie Charlie
2002 The Gathering Simon Kirkman
2002 The Hours Leonard Woolf
2004 King Arthur Merlin
2004 Haven Mr. Allen
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Harry Vardon
2005 Goal! Glen Foy
2005 Nine Lives Martin
2007 Goal! 2: Living the Dream... Glen Foy
2007 Fugitive Pieces Jakob Beer
2007 Savage Grace Brooks Baekland
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Anthony Hurndall
2008 God on Trial Schmidt Television film
2009 44 Inch Chest Mal
2009 Storm Keith Haywood
2011 Perfect Sense Stephen Montgomery
2012 Papadopoulos & Sons Harry Papadopoulos
2012 Twenty8k DCI Edward Stone
2012 Zero Dark Thirty National Security Adviser


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Remington Steele Bradford Galt Episode: "Steel Searching: Part 1"
1988 The One Game Nicolas Thorne 4 episodes
1991 Boon Paul Lyle Episode: "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
1991 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Philip Blackstock Episode: "Achilles Heel"
2001 The Cazalets Edward Cazalet 6 episodes
2008 John Adams Thomas Jefferson
2010 Inspector Finch Episode: "The Secret Affair of Chimneys
2012 Hunted Rupert Keel 8 episodes
2012 Secret State Paul J. Clark 4 episodes
2012–present Game of Thrones Stannis Baratheon 16 episodes
2013 The Tunnel DCI Karl Roebuck 10 episodes
2013 A Touch of Cloth McCratty 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
1998 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Kings in Grass Castles Won
2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play The Real Thing Won
2000 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play The Real Thing Won
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Hours Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie John Adams Nominated
2009 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Won
2014 International Emmy Award for Best Actor The Tunnel Won


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Dillane Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  2. ^ Matt Wolf (16 April 2000). "'"Getting Out of the Way of 'The Real Thing. the New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (19 July 2011). Game of Thrones' casts sorceress Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon"'".  
  5. ^ Radio Times Hunter cast list
  6. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (11 January 2013). "Papadopoulos & Sons – Palm Springs Review". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Munn, Patrick (23 January 2013). "'"Stephen Dillane & Clémence Poésy Cast As Co-Leads in Sky Atlantic/Canal+ Series 'The Tunnel. TVWise. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 

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