Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill (born 24 November 1964) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards and received two Tony Award nominations. He is best known for his role as Lord Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).
Hill at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International
Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill
24 November 1964
Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
|Awards||Olivier Award for Best Actor|
2001: Stones in His Pockets
Conleth Hill was born in Ballycastle in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He has an older brother who works as a cameraman, a sister who is a producer, and a younger brother, Ronan, who is a sound engineer who has won four Emmy Awards for his sound mixing on Game of Thrones.
Hill made his Broadway debut in Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets. For his work in the Canadian production of the play he received a Dora Mavor Moore Award. He played the German professor Max Staefel in a television adaptation of Goodbye, Mr Chips (2002). He played "Mum" to Peter Kay's character, Geraldine McQueen, in Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, a spoof on the talent show genre of programmes. He also played the role of Edward Darby in the television series Suits.
From 2011 to 2019, Hill appeared as Varys in the television series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin hinted, in a February 2013 post on his website, that he thought Hill would be a good choice to play the title character in a TV show based on Martin's science fiction novel Tuf Voyaging. He appeared in Series 2 episode 2 of Peter Kay's Car Share as Elsie, the drunk deli counter supervisor.
When on hiatus from Game of Thrones, Hill maintains a full head of hair, which he is required to shave during filming.
|2011||Salmon Fishing in the Yemen||Bernard Sugden|
|The Shore||Paddy||Short film|
|2012||Whole Lotta Sole||Barber|
|Keith Lemon: The Film||Delivery Man|
|2015||A Patch of Fog||Sandy Duffy|
|2018||The Isle||Douglas Innis|
|2019||Official Secrets||Roger Alton|
|TBA||Here Are the Young Men||Post-production|
|1988||Boon||Second Pupil||Episode: "Honourable Service"|
|1990||Medics||Liam McGuinness||Episode: "Niall"|
|1992||Screen One||Neil||Episode: "Trust Me"|
|1992–1994||Blue Heaven||Roache||7 episodes|
|1993||The Bill||Michael White||Episode: "Hard Evidence"|
|1995||Crown Prosecutor||Neville Osborn|
|2000||Meaningful Sex||Carl||TV short|
|2002||Goodbye Mr. Chips||Max Staefel||TV movie|
|2007||The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle||Jared||6 episodes|
|2008||Britain's Got the Pop Factor||Geraldine's Mum||Reality show parody by Peter Kay|
|2011–2019||Game of Thrones||Varys||46 episodes|
|2013||Suits||Edward Darby||6 episodes|
|2014||Inside No. 9||Stevie||Episode: "Tom & Gerri"|
|2015||Foyle's War||Sir Ian Woodhead||Episode: "Elise"|
|Arthur & George||Sergeant Upton||3 episodes|
|2017||Stan Lee's Lucky Man||Reverend Anthony Huxley||Episode: "Playing With Fire"|
|Peter Kay's Car Share||Elsie||Series 2, Episode 2|
|2018||Dave Allen at Peace||John Tynan O'Mahony|
|12 Monkeys||Interpol Agent Bonham||2 episodes|
|2012||Game of Thrones||Varys||Based on the TV series of the same name|
|25 December 2000||The Man Who Came to Dinner||Moss Hart and George S Kaufman
adapted for radio by Marcy Kahan
|Ned Chaillet||BBC Radio 4|
|7 November 2002||Tricycles||Colin Teevan||Toby Swift||BBC Radio 3 The Wire|
|18 February 2004||The Travels of Marco Polo||Philip Palmer||Toby Swift||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|24 April 2012||The Biggest Issues||Jerry Cartwright||Annie McCartney||Eoin O'Callaghan||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama|
- Uncle Vanya as Uncle Vanya, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- All's Well that Ends Well as Parolles, National Theatre (London) (2009)
- Philistines as Teterev, National Theatre (London) (2007)
- The Producers as Roger DeBris, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (London)
- The Seafarer, as Ivan Curry, National Theatre (London); Booth Theatre (New York)
- Democracy, National Theatre (London)
- Stones in His Pockets, Lyric Theatre (Belfast); Gaiety Theatre (Dublin); Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh); Tricycle, New Ambassadors, Duke of York's (London); Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto); Golden Theater, (New York)
- Shoot the Crow, Trafalgar Studios (London); Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester)
- Endgame, Prime Cut Productions (Belfast)
- After Darwin, Prime Cut Productions (Dublin and Belfast)
- The Chance, Prime Cut Productions (Belfast)
- Criminal Genius, Prime Cut Productions (Belfast)
- The Suicide, Communicado (Scotland)
- Tall Tales, Communicado (Scotland)
- Playboy of the Western World, Communicado (Scotland)
- Juno and the Paycock, Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh)
- Shining Souls, Old Vic (London)
- School for Wives, Arts Theatre (Belfast)
- Too Late to Talk to Billy, Arts Theatre (Belfast)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Arts Theatre (Belfast)
- Northern Star, Field Day/Tinderbox
- Conversations on a Homecoming, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- Waiting for Godot, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- A Whistle in the Dark, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- Little Shop of Horrors, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- The Iceman Cometh, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- The Importance of Being Earnest, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- Christmas Eve Can Kill You, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- Playboy of the Western World, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyric Theatre (Belfast)
- The Cherry Orchard, as Lopakhim, National Theatre, London, 2011
- Quartermaine's Terms, as Henry, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 2013
- Macbeth, as Macbeth, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, 2016
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as George, Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 2017
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Olivier Awards, for Stones in His Pockets and The Producers
- Irish Times award, for Stones in His Pockets
- Critics' Circle award, for Stones in His Pockets
- 2001 Drama Desk Award, Special Award, for Stones in His Pockets
- Theatre League award, for Stones in His Pockets
- Whatsonstage award, for Stones in His Pockets
- Dora Awards, for Stones in His Pockets
- 2001 Tony Award nomination, Best Actor in a Play, for Stones in His Pockets
- 2008 Tony Award nomination, Best Featured Actor in a Play, for The Seafarer
- 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, for The Seafarer
- 2011–2016 nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones
- "Carice van Houten heads back to Westeros, and new photos from Lokrum and Moneyglass". Watchers on the Wall. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- Editorial Staff (10 January 2005). "20 Questions With…Conleth Hill". whatsonstage. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
- "Ronan Hill wins his third Emmy award for work on Game of Thrones". The Irish News. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "Interview: Ronan Hill, Game of Thrones production sound mixer". audiomediainternational.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Ronan Hill |". Television Academy. emmys.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Emmy Award success for local Game of Thrones sound crew". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Third consecutive CAS Award for Game of Thrones Sound Mixer Ronan Hill |". iftn.ie. The Irish Film & Television Network. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Ronan Hill wins fourth consecutive Cinema Audio Society award". northernirelandscreen.co.uk. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "Guildhall School News" (PDF). Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- "Billy Budd sails to six Dora wins". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "Not A Blog – Tuf Returns". livejournal.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
- "'Game of Thrones': Conleth Hill Doesn't Get Recognized". Access Hollywood. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
- "BBC Radio 4 – Afternoon Drama, The Biggest Issues". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
- "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Buy Direct from The Theatre". Atgtickets.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- 2008 Tony Award Nominations. The New York Times, 13 May 2008.