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Ian Stuart Whyte (born 17 September 1971) is a Welsh actor, stuntman and former professional basketball player.

Ian Stuart Whyte
Ian Whyte 2013.jpg
Ian Whyte in 2013
Born (1971-09-17) 17 September 1971 (age 48)
Years active2004–present
Height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)


Whyte began his career a professional basketball player for the Newcastle Eagles. He also collected 80 caps for the England national team.[1] After his retirement from basketball he began his second career as a stuntman and actor.[2]

Whyte is best known for portraying Predators in the movies Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.[3]

Whyte portrayed one of the "Engineer" aliens seen in Ridley Scott's 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus.[4]

In 2010, Whyte played Sheikh Sulieman in Clash of the Titans.[5]

He has portrayed various characters requiring a physically tall actor in the HBO series Game of Thrones, including White Walkers in season 1 and season 2 and a giant in the opening episode of season 3. For these roles he was unrecognisable under make-up and computer effects. In season 2, he also had a speaking role as Ser Gregor Clegane.[6] In season 5 and season 6, Whyte portrayed the giant Wun Wun.[7] He later played a giant wight in episode 3 of Season 8.

Personal lifeEdit

Whyte was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales. He is 7 ft 1 in (216 cm) tall.[citation needed] Whyte is married to Amy,[8] a business development manager for the Gordon Brown Law Firm. They have one son.


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Film/Television show Role Notes
2004 Alien vs. Predator Scar
Elder Predator
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Olympe Maxime with Frances de la Tour
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Wolf
2009 Solomon Kane The Reaper
2009 Dragonball Evolution Oozaru
2010 Outcast The Beast
2010 Clash of the Titans Sheikh Suleiman
2011 Game of Thrones White Walker Season 1, 1 episode
2012 Game of Thrones White Walker, Gregor Clegane Season 2, 4 episodes
2012 Prometheus Last Engineer[4]
2013 Don't Move The Demon Short film
2013 The Beachcomber Cluny Barr
2013 Harrigan Ronnie
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Dongo the Doomed (Giant) Season 34, 3 episodes
2014 Blood Moon Skinwalker
2014 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Prince Duan
2014 Hercules Bessi Warrior Leader
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crusher Roodown, Bollie Prindel Also Peter Mayhew's stunt double
2015–2016 Game of Thrones Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun ("Wun Wun") (Giant) Season 56, 5 episodes
2016 Rogue One Moroff
2017 Game of Thrones Two Giant wights Season 7, 2 episodes
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Bollie Prindel


  1. ^ Administrator, journallive. "Face to Face: Ian Whyte - The Journal".
  2. ^ "Former Newcastle Eagles' basketball star Ian Whyte on his life onscreen". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Strange Shapes Interviews Ian Whyte". Strange Shapes. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "20th Century Fox Official Credits List". Prometheus Full Credits List. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  5. ^ Ford, Coreena (7 March 2010). "Basketball star Ian Whyte nets leading role". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Ian Whyte on Melting the Iron Throne & Becoming The Mountain". 24 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  7. ^ "We spoke to Game of Thrones giant Wun Wun about his death". The Independent. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Face to Face: Ian Whyte". ChronicleLive. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2015.

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