Who is Conleth Hill?
Conleth Hill is an actor born in Northern Ireland. He is best known for his role as Varys in Game of Thrones. He is also an accomplished actor on the stage and has earned many nominations and awards for his work in theatre, where he has appeared in many different productions. He has earned two Olivier Awards early in his career in 2001 and 2005.
Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
Conleth Hill has three siblings in the entertainment industry. His sister is a producer, and his brothers are a cameraman and a sound engineer, respectively.
Hill debuted on stage in 2000 in Stones in His Pockets, a Broadway production, which earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award and also more recognition, such as the first Olivier Award for Best Actor.
In 2002, he was in Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
In 2008, he appeared in the spoof titled Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, which parodied talent shows. He also appeared on the show Suits.
In 2011, he was cast as Varys in Game of Thrones. The character is a former slave eunuch who has a network of spies and is called the master of whisperers, which refers to his status as a spymaster. The character was popular with audiences thanks to his mysterious motivations and access to secrets of other important players. Varys puts on a facade of someone humble and harmless, but he is also known as the Spider and feared by many because of his knowledge and mysterious spymaster network.
Other notorious film roles include Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Whole Lotta Sole, Serena, A Patch of Fog, Offical Secrets, Herself, Here Are the Young Men, To Olivia, and Infinitum: Subject Unknown.
In regards to TV work, Hill debuted in 1988 with a role in Boon. Other notorious roles include Inside No. 9, Foyle’s War, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Peter Kay’s Car Share, 12 Monkeys, Dublin Murders, Vienna Blood, and Doc Martin.
He is set to appear in the upcoming 2022 release titled Magpie Murders.
Between 2000 and 2017, the actor appeared in several BBC radio productions and radio plays.
The actor has received two Olivier Awards for Best Actor for 2001’s Stones in His Pockets and 2005’s The Producers. The awards were for his theatre work and were highly appreciated by Hill.
The actor was hinted at as the perfect casting choice for a possible adaptation of G.R.R. Martin’s series Tuf Voyaging, playing the titular character.
His brother Ronan Hill was nominated for the Emmies for his work with the sound on Game of Thrones and who also won the award for this project.
Thanks to his effective performance full of nuance and meaning, the actor distinguishes himself and has received significant praise for his character. Varys was intriguing for the audiences of Game of Thrones and perceived as an enigmatic but powerful figure.
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