Art Parkinson

Art Parkinson (born 19 October 2001) is an Irish actor from Moville in Inishowen, County Donegal, in Ulster. He began his professional acting career at the age of seven. He is best known for his role as Rickon Stark on the HBO series Game of Thrones, and Kubo in the film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Art Parkinson
Born (2001-10-19) 19 October 2001 (age 19)
Years active2008–present

Personal lifeEdit

Parkinson was raised in Moville, a seaside village on the Inishowen Peninsula in the north of County Donegal in Ulster, Ireland. His mother, Movania, also an actor, runs a local drama school which Art and his two older brothers, Pearce and Padhraig, attended from a very young age. His two older brothers have also acted in several Irish and British television productions.[1][2]

He is bilingual, having been educated through the Irish language at both primary school level and latterly at Coláiste Chineal Eoghain.[3] He was selected as Ambassador for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia in 2017.[4][5]


Parkinson played the role of 'Young Kenneth' in the movie Freakdog.[6] He also appeared in the Irish horror film Dark Touch.[2] In July 2014, Parkinson was cast in the 2014 American dark fantasy epic action Dracula Untold directed by Gary Shore.[7] On 6 October 2014, Parkinson confirmed that his character and Natalia Tena's character Osha would not be returning for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.[8] Parkinson also starred in the Hollywood movie San Andreas (2015) as Ollie, a ten-year-old boy caught up in a massive earthquake in California.[2]



Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s)
2008 Freakdog Young Kenneth Paddy Breathnach [9]
2013 Dark Touch Peter Marina de Van [10]
2014 The Anomaly Alex Noel Clarke [11]
Shooting for Socrates Tommy James Erskine [12]
Dracula Untold Îngeraș Gary Shore [13]
Love, Rosie Gary Dunne Christian Ditter [14]
2015 San Andreas Ollie Taylor Brad Peyton [15]
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings Kubo Travis Knight Voice [16]
2017 I Kill Giants Dave Anders Walter
Zoo Tom Hall Colin McIvor [17]
2018 The Belly of the Whale Martin Lanks Morgan Bushe


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
Game of Thrones Rickon Stark HBO 14 episodes [18]
2019-2021 The Bay Rob Armstrong ITV 12 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Kubo and the Two Strings Nominated [19]
2017 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Won
Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year Nominated
Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Nominated
2017 Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Nominated


  1. ^ "Art Parkinson ~ Rickon Stark". Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson taking movie and television worlds by storm". Derry Journal. 5 April 2014. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Stark fight for Irish language school to stay". The Sunday Times. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Big Excitement a Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017". Donegal Daily. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia is launched by Star-Studded Line Up". Conradh na Gaeilge. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: DRACULA UNTOLD". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  7. ^ "'Les Miserables,' 'Game of Thrones' Actors Join Universal's 'Dracula' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Art Parkinson Confirms Rickon, Osha Still AWOL". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  9. ^ Hutch, Eleanore (19 March 2014). "ARTistic ability: Young Donegal actor Art Parkinson cast in action flick with The Rock". Evoke. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Dark Touch". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  11. ^ Guy Lodge, "Film Review: 'The Anomaly': Derivative and incomprehensible, Noel Clarke's shoestring sci-fi actioner doesn't live up to its title", Variety, 17 June 2014.
  12. ^ Felperin, Leslie (4 June 2014). "Shooting for Socrates review – football soothes tension in 80s Northern Ireland". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (26 July 2013). "'Les Miserables,' 'Game of Thrones' Actors Join Universal's 'Dracula'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  14. ^ Bradley, Bill (9 May 2016). "'Game of Thrones' Star Art Parkinson Shoots Down Shaggydog Theory". HuffPost. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (14 March 2014). "Young 'Game of Thrones' Actor Joins 'San Andreas'". Variety. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  16. ^ Ford, Rebecca (22 December 2014). "Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara Join Voice Cast for 'Kubo and the Two Strings'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  17. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (11 May 2016). "'Game of Thrones' star to lead family-adventure 'Zoo'". Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Game of Thrones: Cast". HBO. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  19. ^ "'Zootopia' and 'Kubo' Lead Annie Awards Nominations; 'Game of Thrones' and 'Civil War' Land Nods". Collider. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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