Iain Alan Sutherland Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor. He has appeared as Dr. Alexander Isaacs/Tyrant in three films of the Resident Evil film series (2004–2016) and as Jorah Mormont in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019). Other notable film and television roles include John Hanning Speke in Mountains of the Moon (1990), Larry Winters in Silent Scream (1990) for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival, Manfred Powell in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Brother John in Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), the title role in Jack Taylor (2010–2016), Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey (2011), James Willett in Eye in the Sky (2015), and Bruce Wayne in Titans (2019–2021).
Iain Alan Sutherland Glen
24 June 1961
(m. 1993; div. 2004)
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.
Early life and education edit
Glen was born on 24 June 1961 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 in acting at the RADA in London, due to it being the only one holding auditions at that moment. He graduated in 1985 with an Acting (RADA Diploma), having won the Bancroft Gold Medal. His older brother is Hamish Glen, artistic director of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and former artistic director of the Dundee Repertory Theatre.
Glen's big screen debut came in the 1988 film Paris by Night alongside Charlotte Rampling and Michael Gambon. The same year he appeared in Gorillas in the Mist with Sigourney Weaver. 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. In 1998, Glen was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Blue Room starring opposite Nicole Kidman.
in 2002, Glen starred with Emilia Fox in the Italian-French-British romance-drama film The Soul Keeper directed by Roberto Faenza. In 2008 Glen was Samson in the BBC Radio 3 production of Samson Agonistes directed by John Tydeman.
In 2008, Glen starred as John Feilding in the British TV mini-series City of Vice. Iain McDiarmid plays Henry Feilding (author of the novel Tom Jones) who along with his brother, John, started London's first professional police.
In 2009, it was announced that 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 (played by Emilia Clarke) when she joins the Dothraki.
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 (played by Matt Smith). 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.
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 four-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko.
From 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 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 2023, 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. The same year he starred as William Carr in Operation Napoleon, a thriller directed by Óskar Þór Axelsson and based on Arnaldur Indriðason's best selling book of the same name.
|†||Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1988||Paris by Night||Wallace Sharp|
|Gorillas in the Mist||Brendan|
|1990||Mountains of the Moon||John Hanning Speke|
|Silent Scream||Larry Winters|||
|Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead||Hamlet|
|Fools of Fortune||William Quinton|
|1993||The Young Americans||Edward Foster|
|2001||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider||Manfred Powell|
|Gabriel & Me||Dad|
|The Soul Keeper||Dr. Carl Gustav Jung|||
|2003||Song for a Raggy Boy||Brother John|
|Spy Sorge||Richard Sorge|
|2004||Resident Evil: Apocalypse||Dr. Alexander Isaacs|
|2005||Man to Man||Alexander Auchinleck|
|Vagabond Shoes||Alec Murray||Short film|
|Kingdom of Heaven||Richard Cœur de Lion|
|2006||Small Engine Repair||Doug|
|2007||The Last Legion||Orestes|
|Resident Evil: Extinction||Dr. Alexander Isaacs / Tyrant|
|Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution||Frank Ratcliffe|
|2008||Slapper||Red / Michael Simmons||Short film|
|2009||Pope Joan||Village Priest|
|Harry Brown||S.I. Childs|
|The Case of Unfaithful Klara||Denis|
|2011||The Iron Lady||Alfred Roberts|
|2013||Kick-Ass 2||Uncle Ralph|
|2014||Guy Martin's Spitfire||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|2015||The Bad Education Movie||Pasco|
|Eye in the Sky||James Willett|
|2016||Resident Evil: The Final Chapter||Dr. Alexander Isaacs|
|Dusty and Me||Mickey the Bubble|
|2017||My Cousin Rachel||Nick Kendall|
|The Fabric of You||Isaac (voice)||Short film|
|2020||The Windermere Children||Jock Lawrence|
|Black Beauty||John Manly|
|2022||The Lost Girls||Hook|
|2023||Operation Napoleon||William Carr|
|TBA||What About Love †||American Ambassador||Post-production|
|TBA||The Last Front †||Leonard||Post-production|
|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|
|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|
|The Wyvern Mystery||Charles Fairfield||Television film|
|Anchor Me||Nathan Carter||Television film|
|2002||Impact||Marcus Hodge||Television film|
|2005||Kidnapped||Alan Breck||2 episodes|
|2007||Starting Over||Gregor Dewhurst||Television film|
|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|
|Law & Order: UK||Luke Slade||Episode: "Unsafe"|
|Into the Storm||King George VI||Television film|
|2010||Doctor Who||Father Octavian||2 episodes |
|Spooks||Vaughn Edwards||8 episodes|
|2010–2016||Jack Taylor||Jack Taylor||Series of television films|
|2011||Strike Back: Project Dawn||Crawford||2 episodes|
|Downton Abbey ||Sir Richard Carlisle||6 episodes|
|2011–2019||Game of Thrones ||Ser Jorah Mormont||52 episodes|
|2012||Haven||Roland Holloway||Episode: "Real Estate"|
|Henry IV, Part II||Earl of Warwick||Episode of The Hollow Crown|
|2012–2013||Prisoners' Wives||Paul||10 episodes |
|2013||Borgia||Girolamo Savonarola||2 episodes|
|Ripper Street||Colonel Madoc Faulkner||Episode: "The Weight of One Man's Heart"|
|Agatha Christie's Poirot||Dr. David Willoughby||Episode: "Elephants Can Remember"|
|Breathless||Inspector Ronald Mulligan||6 episodes|
|2014–2017||Autopsy: The Last Hours of...||Narrator (voice)||10 episodes|
|2014||The Red Tent||Jacob||2 episodes|
|2016–2017||Cleverman||Jarrod Slade||12 episodes|
|2018||The Sidemen Show||Narrator (voice)||7 episodes|
|Mrs Wilson||Alexander "Alec" Wilson||3 episodes|
|2019||Ice Age: Return of the Mammoth||Narrator (voice)||Television documentary|
|2019–2021||Titans||Bruce Wayne||11 episodes|
|2021–present||Reyka||Angus Speelman||8 episodes|
|2023||The Rig||Magnus MacMillan ||6 episodes|
|2023||Silo||Dr. Pete Nichols||2 episodes|
|2023||Castlevania: Nocturne||Juste Belmont (voice)||2 episodes|
Selected theatre edit
- Edward II, Royal Exchange, Manchester 1986
- The Man Who Had All the Luck Bristol Old Vic 1990
- Hamlet, Bristol Old Vic, 1991
- Macbeth (1993)
- Henry V (1995)
- Martin Guerre (1996–1997)
- The Blue Room (1998) 
- A Streetcar Named Desire (2002)
- Hedda Gabler (2005)
- The Crucible (2006)
- Scenes of a Marriage (2008)
- Wallenstein (2009, Minerva Theatre, Chichester) – title role
- Separate Tables (2009) – roles of Mr Martin and Major Pollock – Chichester Festival Theatre
- Ghosts (2010) – also directed
- Uncle Vanya, The Print Room, 2012 – title role
- Fortune's Fool, The Old Vic, 2013
- The Seagull
- King Lear
- She Stoops to Conquer
- Small Engine Repair
- The Recruiting Officer
- Love From A Stranger
Awards and nominations edit
- Morrison, Lennox (28 October 2001). "Gabriel and Me". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
- Murphy, Mekado (2008). "The New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
- Fisher, Mark (23 April 1993). "Out, out damned spotlight". The List. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
- "RADA Student & graduate profiles - Iain Glen". rada.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
- "10 years at the top for our Artistic Director, Hamish Glen". Belgrade Theatre Coventry. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
- "41st Berlin International Film Festival – Prizes & Honours 1991". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Archived from the original on 23 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
- "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". Berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "1999 Olivier Nominees Announced; Many To Reach Broadway". playbill.com. 14 January 1999.
- "The Soul Keeper". variety.com. 21 January 2003.
- "John Milton season on Radio 3 - Drama On 3: Samson Agonistes". bbc.co.uk. 20 November 2008.
- "Game of Thrones Cast and Characters". hbo.com. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
- "The Time of Angels - Doctor Who Series 5 Episode 4 of 13". bbc.co.uk. 7 March 2014.
- "Flesh and Stone - Doctor Who Series 5 Episode 5 of 13". bbc.co.uk. 7 March 2014.
- "The 20 most despicable characters in Downton Abbey history, ranked". sbs.com.au. 18 April 2016.
- Robinson, Joanna (27 March 2017). "Iain Glen's Jack Taylor Is the Perfect Fix for Your Game of Thrones Withdrawal". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
- "Game of Thrones actor plays hard-case private investigator Jack Taylor". The New Zealand Herald. 31 March 2017. Archived from the original on 12 February 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "Prisoners' Wives returns to BBC One". bbc.co.uk. 21 December 2012.
- "Radio 4 - Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
- "Fortune's Fool; Middlemarch – review". theguardian.com. 5 January 2014.
- "Fortunes Fool". Archived from the original on 9 October 2013.
- "Game of Thrones star Iain Glen quits play with mystery illness". Evening Standard. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Boucher, Geoff (11 April 2019). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Will Portray Bruce Wayne/Batman On 'Titans'".
- "Meet the cast of The Rig". radiotimes.com. 6 January 2023.
- Leo Barraclough; Elsa Keslassy (2 February 2023). "Beta Cinema Sells Thriller 'Operation Napoleon,' Starring Iain Glen, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, to Key Territories (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
- De Wilde, Bas (25 August 2022). "Kortrijk wordt decor voor oorlogsfilm "The Last Front"". VRT NWS (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 28 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
- "Taormina International Film Festival (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 7 August 2023.
- "Fortune's Fool". Oldvictheatre.com. 4 October 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
- Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992
- "Iain Glen | Actor, Producer, Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved 7 August 2023.