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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Iain Glen

Famous For:
Resident Evil, Jack Taylor, Mountains of the Moon
Networth:
$3 Million
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
Famous Years:
1986 - Present
Birthdate:
June 24, 1961
Iain Glen



  Famous For:
Resident Evil, Jack Taylor, Mountains of the Moon

  Networth:
$3 Million


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Some actors are able to make entire careers out of playing supporting characters that leave a mark on a production, even if you don’t know the actor’s name all that well. One actor that’s been around the scene for more than 30 years now is Iain Glen, and while you might not recognize the name at first, you’ve most likely seen him in several films or television shows. That’s because he’s been part of some major franchises that include “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey”, just to name a few, and the award winner is far from finished in his career.


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Like several of the actors on “Game of Thrones”, Glen comes from Scotland where he was born in the city of Edinburgh on June 24, 1961. Glen had been classically trained as an actor from a young age, attending the University of Aberdeen to take drama classes. From there, he moved to England where he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where he was a standout student and learning from some of the best. Along with many of the graduates from the Academy, Glen was ready to get his start on screen shortly thereafter.

In 1986, Glen made his debut in an episode of the television series “Taggart”, and for the remainder of the decade had recurring roles on “Screen Two” and “The Fear”. He also made his film debut during this time, appearing in two films in 1988 with “Paris by Night” and “Gorillas in the Mist”. Glen then kicked off the 1990s with several films that included “Fools of Fortune” and “Mountains of the Moon”, but would appear in just three films between 1991 and the end of the decade, capping it off with “Mararia”.

Glen had filled this time with several television roles that included a handful of small screen films and guest appearances on shows such as “Wives and Daughters”, “Painted Lady” and “Frankie’s House”. He had also returned to theater for a good portion of the mid 1990s before getting back into the swing of things in the early 2000s. The new millennium started off with some notable roles such as “Beautiful Creatures” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, adding several more TV films during this time.

“Tomb Raider” wasn’t the only video game film franchise that Glen found himself in, either, joining the “Resident Evil” series in 2004’s “Apocalypse”. He returned for “Extinction” a few years later, and had other 2000s films such as “Kingdom of Heaven”, “Harry Brown” and “The Last Legion”. After making several more guest appearances on television, Glen added in the title role of “Jack Taylor”, a character that’s had several TV movies during the 2010s. Shortly after landing this role, Glen became part of a very notable television series.

In 2011, Glen joined the cast of the initial season of “Game of Thrones” when he was cast as Jorah Mormont, a mercenary knight that had once ruled Bear Island and was the son of the popular Jeor. Jorah spends his time traveling and working jobs for whoever’s willing to pay the most amount of money with his skills as a knight. When we’re first introduced to Jorah, he’s working for Daenerys Targaryen, whom he becomes closely associated with. Not many characters make it through all of the seasons, but Jorah was still alive when heading into the eighth and final one.

Like many that have worked on “Game of Thrones”, Glen is hoping that his character does live through the series finale. “I definitely want to hang in there, yeah, but I think everyone does,” he said. “But even if I’m (up) for the chop very shortly I would feel like I did pretty good. I survived pretty long...The story is going toward a conclusion. There’s no sense of treading water. You have storylines colliding. And the evolving drama and relationships are as good as they have ever been. It definitely feels like the beginning of the endgame.”

To say that Glen has been busy in this decade would be an understatement as “Game of Thrones” is simply one of many productions that he’s taken part in. On television alone, Glen has had more than a dozen roles since 2011, which includes several extended roles on shows such as “Prisoners’ Wives”, “Delicious” and “Mrs Wilson”. He also lends his voice to multiple programs thanks to his signature voice, having narrated several times. He picked up two regular roles in 2016, as well, appearing in both “Cleverman” and “Delicious”.

As for his recent film career, Glen has been part of films such as the Academy Award winning “The Iron Lady” and “Kick-Ass 2” shortly after “Game of Thrones”. Since then, he’s had roles in “The Bad Education Movie”, “Eye in the Sky” and “My Cousin Rachel”. Glen returned to the “Resident Evil” series one last time in 2016, starring in “The Final Chapter”. Coming up, Glen has several more film roles that includes “The Flood”.

While “Game of Thrones” is the most recognizable part of his career to this point, Glen has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. “For me, success has never been about visibility or a recognition but the ability to have done enough to choose the parts you take,” he said. “When I get to my sixties and seventies, it would be nice not to need to work - I know too many actors for whom life is very hard.” Because of his extensive run, it’s likely that Glen will be able to one day enjoy retired life instead of working that late into his life.

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