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Also Known As: Ian Glen Died:
Born: June 24, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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Iain Glen bolted out of the gates as one of British theater's top leading men in the 1990s and essaying an eclectic screen résumé packed with Hollywood genre fare, heartfelt indie dramas and two of the most buzzed-about critical smash television hits of the early 21st Century. A native of Scotland, Glen made a television splash in the U.K. crime drama "The Fear" (ITV, 1988) and won his first Hollywood lead in the historical film "The Mountains of the Moon" (1990). He romanced critics in a flurry of big-ticket Shakespearean productions through the 1990s, as well as high-profiles leads in the stage spectacle "Martin Guerre" and the titillating contemporary theatrical two-hander "The Blue Room" on both the West End and Broadway. He played villain to Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001), beginning a conspicuous run in heel roles, highlighted by a running character in the "Resident Evil" film series. Glen would become a regular denizen of prestige Brit series such as "City of Vice" (Channel 4, 2008), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (BBC/PBS, 2009), "Spooks" (a.k.a. "MI-5") (2002-2011) and the soapy phenomenon "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2009- ) In 2011, he became a familiar face to American TV...

Iain Glen bolted out of the gates as one of British theater's top leading men in the 1990s and essaying an eclectic screen résumé packed with Hollywood genre fare, heartfelt indie dramas and two of the most buzzed-about critical smash television hits of the early 21st Century. A native of Scotland, Glen made a television splash in the U.K. crime drama "The Fear" (ITV, 1988) and won his first Hollywood lead in the historical film "The Mountains of the Moon" (1990). He romanced critics in a flurry of big-ticket Shakespearean productions through the 1990s, as well as high-profiles leads in the stage spectacle "Martin Guerre" and the titillating contemporary theatrical two-hander "The Blue Room" on both the West End and Broadway. He played villain to Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001), beginning a conspicuous run in heel roles, highlighted by a running character in the "Resident Evil" film series. Glen would become a regular denizen of prestige Brit series such as "City of Vice" (Channel 4, 2008), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (BBC/PBS, 2009), "Spooks" (a.k.a. "MI-5") (2002-2011) and the soapy phenomenon "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2009- ) In 2011, he became a familiar face to American TV viewers as a melancholy knight in service of an exiled princess on the HBO sword-and-sorcery hit "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Straddling genres and media, Glenn struck a rare balance as a stage idol in his native country, a character actor in Hollywood and a television actor of scene-stealing gravitas.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
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 Harry Brown (2009)
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 Tara Road (2007)
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 Last Legion, The (2007)
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 Man To Man (2005)
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1988:
First garnered attention as the ruthles gang leader Carl Galton in the British miniseries "The Fear"
1988:
Film debut in "Gorillas in the Mist"
1988:
Had supporting role as the lover of a female politician in David Hare's "Paris By Night"
1990:
Starred as John Hanning Speke in "Mountains on the Moon"
1990:
Received considerable attention for his portrayal of Scottish poet and prison inmate Larry Winters in "Silent Scream"
1991:
Appeared as Hamlet in "Rosencrantz & Guilderstern Are Dead", the film adaptation of Tom Stoppard's play
1991:
Had title role in the British miniseries "Adam Bede" (aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in the USA in 1992)
1994:
Had title role in Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Henry V"
1996:
Starred in title role in the British musical "Martin Guerre"
1998:
Played opposite Helen Mirren in "Painted Lady" (aired on PBS in USA)
1998:
Appeared opposite Nicole Kidman in the London stage production of "The Blue Room"; production transferred to Broadway in November
2000:
Co-starred as an abusive junkie in the black comedy "Beautiful Creatures"
2001:
Played villianous Manfred Powell in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
2003:
Appeared with Anna Paquin in the horror film "Darkness"
2004:
Cast in "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" opposite Milla Jovovich
2007:
Co-starred with Sir Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth in "The Last Legion"
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Education

University of Aberdeen: -
Edinburgh Academy: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1985

Notes

"Glen, in turn, is a seasoned, classically trained theater performer whose declamatory skills only externalize further a quintet of characters who, in Hare's text, tend to announce their every thought, leaving us little to intuit." --From Matt Wolf's review of "The Blue Room" in Daily Variety, September 25, 1998.

"The play is about how sex provokes the most radically different responses in people. Within that evening, it would have appeared coy somehow if at some point we weren't naked. In rehearsal, we never took our clothes off. It was only when we went inside and felt cushioned by the theater, the lighting and the set. And just shook hands and said, 'I'll do it it you do it.' And we did it." --Iain Glen quoted in Time Out New York, December 3-10, 1998.

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wife:
Susannah Harker. Actor. Met c. 1985; acted together in the TV-movie "The Fear" (1988) and on stage; married in 1992; announced separation in January 2002.

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son:
Finlay Glen. Born c. 1996.

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