Mark Ian Addy is an English actor. His roles in British television include Detective Constable Gary Boyle in the sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996) and Hercules in the fantasy drama series Atlantis (2013–2015).

Mark Addy
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Addy in 2006
Mark Ian Addy

York, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1987–present
Kelly Biggs
(m. 1996)

He made his film debut as Dave Horsefall in The Full Monty (1997), earning a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Other notable roles include Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Bill Miller in the CBS sitcom Still Standing (2002–2006) and King Robert Baratheon in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011).[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Addy was born in York, where his family has lived since at least 1910 when his paternal great-grandfather was recorded there. His father, Ian, spent his working life as a glazier at York Minster.[3] Addy was educated at Joseph Rowntree School,[4] and from 1982 to 1984 attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[citation needed]


Addy made his first television appearance in 1987 in The Ritz, followed in 1988 by A Very Peculiar Practice, followed by television performances in shows such as Heartbeat, Band of Gold, Married... with Children, Peak Practice, The Thin Blue Line, Too Much Sun, Sunnyside Farm, Trollied and The Syndicate.

He portrayed Bill Miller (using an improvised American accent) in Still Standing and portrayed Detective Boyle in the second series of the British sitcom The Thin Blue Line. He also appeared on ITV1's comedy drama series Bonkers, and another ITV comedy drama, Bike Squad, in early 2008 as Sergeant John Rook.

For a period from 2009, Addy starred with Fay Ripley in a series of adverts for the relaunched Tesco Clubcard.[5] He portrayed Robert Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones: Addy's audition for the role was, according to showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the best they saw, he being the easiest actor to cast for the show.[6] He portrayed Hercules, one of the main characters in the BBC One fantasy drama series Atlantis, which started airing on 28 September 2013 in the UK. In the BBC television drama New Blood (2016), featuring young detectives from the Serious Fraud Office and the London Police Service, Addy played D.S. Derek Sands.

In film, Addy had a leading role in The Full Monty (1997), and portrayed Fred Flintstone in the 2000 film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. He portrayed Mac McArthur in the 1998 film Jack Frost. In 2001, he portrayed Roland in A Knight's Tale and a butler to Chris Rock's character in the film Down to Earth. In Down to Earth, his character was an American who was pretending to be British.

Addy portrayed David Philby in The Time Machine and made an appearance as the Ship Captain in Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan, and made an appearance as Friar Tuck in Ridley Scott's 2010 film Robin Hood.

In 2018, he portrayed Paltraki in the Doctor Who episode "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos".[7]

In 2019, he appeared in the Downton Abbey movie as Mr. Bakewell, who owns the shop from which Mrs. Patmore buys her supplies; a character who was mentioned in the television series but hadn't yet appeared onscreen.

In 2020, he portrayed DS Stan Jones in the drama White House Farm.


Addy portrayed Kevin Snell in the 2006 revival of Donkeys' Years at the Comedy Theatre in London, and in 2007–08 he has appeared at the National Theatre as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing and as Hjalmar Johansen in Fram. In 2011, he portrayed Vladimir, an NKVD officer, in Collaborators at the National Theatre, which also featured in the National Theatre Live programme, where live performances are broadcast to cinemas around the world. In 2016, Addy appeared in Richard Bean's The Nap at Sheffield Crucible with Jack O'Connell and Ralf Little, directed by Richard Wilson.[8]


On 20 July 2019, Addy was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of York, having given a speech at the Roses Varsity opening ceremony a few months prior.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dark Romances Vol. 2 Sam
1996 Bruised Fruit Angel Short film
Respect Joe Carr Television film
1997 The Heart Surgeon Phil Mycroft
The Full Monty David "Dave" Horsefall Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
1998 Closer Short film
Jack Frost Mac MacArthur
1999 The Last Yellow Frank
The Flint Street Nativity Ass Television film
2000 The Announcement Andy
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Fred Flintstone
Married 2 Malcolm Malcolm
2001 Down to Earth Cisco
A Knight's Tale Roland
2002 The Time Machine David Philby
Heartlands Ron
2003 The Order Thomas Garrett
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Steamer Captain
2008 Bike Squad Sgt. John Rook Television film
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983 John Piggott
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife DI Smythe
Robin Hood Friar Tuck
Barney's Version Detective O'Hearne
2018 The More You Ignore Me Keith
Mary Poppins Returns Clyde the Horse Voice
The Runaways Reith
2019 Downton Abbey Mr. Bakewell


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Continental
1987 The Ritz Episode: "Monday"
1988 A Very Peculiar Practice Mal Prentis 2 episodes
1990 The Bill Matthew Holden
1992 Married... with Children Lower Uncton Local
1994 Between the Lines PC Episode: "Unknown Soldier"
1995 Band of Gold DC Sherrington 3 episodes
1995 Peak Practice Alec Kitson Episode: "A Normal Life"
1995 Ghostbusters of East Finchley DC Newley 2 episodes
1995–1996 Heartbeat Norman Greengrass 2 episodes
1996 Out of the Blue Robbo Episode: "2.6"
1996 The Thin Blue Line D.C. Boyle 7 episodes
1997 Sunnyside Farm Ken Sunnyside TV series
2000 Too Much Sun Nigel Conway 6 episodes
2002–2006 Still Standing Bill Miller 88 episodes
2007 Bonkers Tony Barker 6 episodes
2010 National Theatre Live Squire Max Harkaway Episode: "London Assurance"
2011 Game of Thrones Robert Baratheon Main cast; 7 episodes (series 1)
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011 Great Expectations Pumblechook
2011–2013 Trollied Andy
2013 The Syndicate Alan
2013–2015 Atlantis Hercules 25 episodes
2014 Remember Me Rob Fairholme 3 episodes
2016 Jericho Earl Bamford
2016 New Blood DS Derek Sands
2016 Borderline Himself
2016 Young Hyacinth Daddy
2018 Doctor Who Paltraki Episode: "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"
2019 Vera Tony Briggs Episode: "Cuckoo"
2020 White House Farm DS Stan Jones 6 Episodes
2020 Moving On Josh Episode: "Man of Steel"[11]
2020 The Salisbury Poisonings Ross Cassidy TV series[12]
2021 Hansel and Gretel: After Ever After Englebert Television film[13]

Other appearancesEdit


Year Play Role Theatre
2011 Collaborators Valdimir National Theatre
2016 The Nap Bobby Spokes Crucible Theatre
2019 Hangmen Harry Wade Atlantic Theatre Company
2020 Hangmen Harry Wade Golden Theatre

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Daelin Proudmoore
2020 Chivalry 2 Narrator Trailer only


  1. ^ "Mark Addy". Rotten Tomatoes. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Film - Actor in a Supporting Role in 1998". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ Bilton, Richard (21 October 2010). "From grinding poverty to Hollywood in three generations". BBC News. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  4. ^ Newsroom, The (22 April 2010). "MARK ADDY: 'I'm not excited by Hollywood stars. We're all doing the same gig in the end'". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  5. ^ Thomas, Joe (12 May 2009). The strategy behind the Tesco Clubcard relaunch,; retrieved 27 July 2009.
  6. ^ Walsh, Michael (12 March 2017). "What We Learned From Game Of Thrones' SXSW Panel, and What It Might Mean". Nerdist Industries. Archived from the original on 2 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  7. ^ Doctor Who Magazine #532 Page 46
  8. ^ "Richard Bean's THE NAP, Starring Jack O'Connell, Begins Tonight at the Crucible". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Honorary graduates for 2019 announced". University of York.
  10. ^ "Game of Thrones star will be at York University tournament". York Press.
  11. ^ Writer: Andrew Lynch; Director: Reece Dinsdale; Producers: Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy (4 March 2020). "Man of Steel". Moving On. BBC. BBC One.
  12. ^ "Meet the cast of The Salisbury Poisonings". Radio Times. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Hansel and Gretel: After Ever After – Release date, cast, plot and news". Retrieved 25 November 2021.

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