skip navigation
Stephen Dillane

Stephen Dillane

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

The Truth About Charlie... In love, sometimes things are not as they seem. Thandie Newton and Mark Wahlberg... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Spy Game DVD Who spies on the spy when the spy needs spying? Robert Redford and Brad Pitt... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Hamlet (1990) DVD Mel Gibson and Glenn Close team up in a classic adaptation of the Shakespearean... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Klimt DVD John Malkovich offers up a startlingly nuanced performance as Austrian painter... more info $26.98was $26.98 Buy Now

Anna Karenina (2000) DVD Noted British actress Helen McCrory assumes the role of Leo Tolstoy's titular... more info $29.95was $29.95 Buy Now

Goal! The Dream Begins DVD In great sports movie tradition, "Goal! The Dream Begins" (2005) follows Mexican... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Stephen Delaney, Stephen Dillon Died:
Born: November 30, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, journalist

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Stephen Dillane seemingly emerged from nowhere and garnered strong critical notices in Michael Winterbottom's superb "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997). Despite the presence of such higher profile co-stars as Woody Harrelson, Emily Lloyd and Marisa Tomei, the thin actor with the prominent widow's peak was the solid center of this based-on-fact story. As a British TV journalist covering the fighting in Bosnia, Dillane offered a powerful but understated performance.

Stephen Dillane seemingly emerged from nowhere and garnered strong critical notices in Michael Winterbottom's superb "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997). Despite the presence of such higher profile co-stars as Woody Harrelson, Emily Lloyd and Marisa Tomei, the thin actor with the prominent widow's peak was the solid center of this based-on-fact story. As a British TV journalist covering the fighting in Bosnia, Dillane offered a powerful but understated performance.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Twenty8k (2013)
2.
3.
4.
 Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
5.
 Perfect Sense (2011)
6.
 44 Inch Chest (2010)
7.
 Storm (2009)
8.
 Red Mist (2009)
9.
 Goal! 2 (2008)
10.
 Fugitive Pieces (2007)
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Raised in Kent, England
:
Worked for three years as journalist after university
:
Enrolled in drama school
1987:
Early TV credit, acted in the Halmark Hall of Fame production of "The Secret Garden" (billed as Stephen Dillon)
1987:
Film debut, "Business as Usual" (billed as Stephen Dillon)
:
Adopted stage name Stephen Dillane in the late 1980s
1989:
Achieved prominence in London for his stage performance in Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa"
1990:
First feature credit as Stephen Dillane, "Hamlet"; played Horatio to Mel Gibson's Melancholy Dane
1993:
Co-starred in the HBO Showcase production of "Hostages"
1994:
Starred as "Hamlet" at the National Theatre
1997:
Breakthrough screen role in "Welcome to Sarajevo"
1998:
Had the lead in the Irish/Australian miniseries "Kings in Grass Castles"
1998:
Starred in "Firelight" as a 19th-century man who hires a woman to bear his child
1999:
Returned to the London stage in a revival of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"; transferred to Broadway in spring 2000
2000:
Starred in British TV adaptation of "Anna Karenina" (Channel 4); Paul Rhys also featured
2001:
Reteamed with Rhys as co-stars in the BBC miniseries "The Cazelet Chronicles"
2001:
Played a slightly sinister CIA official in "Spy Game"
2002:
Returned to the London stage in "Life After George"
2002:
Cast in featured role as Leonard Woolf in "The Hours"
2002:
Had supporting role in "The Truth About Charlie"
2002:
Co-starred with Christina Ricci and Ioan Gruffudd in "The Gathering"
2004:
Cast as Merlin opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in "King Arthur"
2005:
Portrayed reigning champion Harry Vardon in Bill Paxton's golf drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
2005:
Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives," a series of vignettes directed by Rodrigo GarcĂ­a
2006:
Played a British football (soccer) scout in Danny Cannon's "Goal! The Dream Begins"
2006:
Cast as a British investment banker in "Haven"
2007:
Co-starred in Raoul Ruiz's film "Klimt" about the late Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (John Malkovich)
2008:
Portrayed Thomas Jefferson in the HBO miniseries "John Adams"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Suppoting Actor in a Miniseries or TV-Movie
2012:
Joined the cast of HBO's "Game of Thrones" as Stannis Baratheon
2012:
Played the National Security Advisor in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

University of Exeter: -
University of Exeter: -
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: - 1982 - 1984

Notes

"I did meet Michael Nicholson [the journalist whose book 'Natasha's Story' served as the basis for 'Welcome to Sarajevo'] but I kept him at arms length because I didn't want to identify with him personally. I think what he did was extraordinary. But if you got too involved in this character's personal crisis you'd lose the wider picture." --Stephen Dillane to Empire, December 1997.

"I find it really hard to go on a film and live out that life for eight, nine weeks, and then go home and be a daddy and do the washing up and mend the toilet and all those things. Other people might find it simple, but I find it very hard." --Dillane to Empire, December 1997.

"Once you're offered things, I don't think it's extraordinary to be able to do them; I think it's extraordinary to be offered them." --Stephen Dillane on his newfound fame, quoted in the London Times, November 19, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Naomi Wirthner. Actor.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Frank Dillane. Born c. 1989; mother, Naomi Wirthner; appeared in "Welcome to Sarajevo".

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute