Who is Liam Cunningham?
Liam Cunningham is an Irish actor who is best known for his role as Davos Seaworth in the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones, developed by HBO. He is one of the top actors from Ireland.
East Wall, Dublin, Ireland
Cunningham dropped out of school at 15 when he became an electrician. He lived in Zimbabwe for three years at a safari park and then decided to pursue an acting career. He has been married to Colette Cunningham for many years, and they have three kids together.
Cunningham started his career as an electrician but got tired of it and decided to pursue his interest in acting. He started with acting classes and worked first on the local theatre scene, for instance, with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 1992, he debuted in film with a role in Into the West. In 1994, he was in War of the Buttons, followed by A Little Princess in 1995 and Jude in 1996.
Cunningham gained recognition as a character actor thanks to roles in productions like Falling for a Dancer in 1998, RKO 281 in 1999, Shooting the Past in 1999 as well, When the Sky Falls in 2000, and Stranded in 2002. In addition, he earned international recognition with his role in Dog Soldiers in 2002.
He has appeared in The Wind that Shakes the Barley in 2006, Hunger and The Escapist in 2008, The Guard and Black Butterflies in 2011.
Since 2005, the actor started to appear in mainstream Hollywood and British productions, including several blockbusters. He was in The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse in 2004, in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008, Harry Brown in 2009, Clash of the Titans in 2010, and others.
In 2012, he was cast in HBO’s Game of Thrones, appearing as Davos Seaworth starting in the fifth season. Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight or Davos Shorthand, is a former smuggler who is deeply loyal to Stannis Baratheon, who made him a lord but cut off his fingertips as a punishment for smuggling.
In 2013, he appeared on BBC’s Merlin and The Numbers Station, with the latter featuring him in a leading role.
He appeared on Doctor Who in the seventh series in 2013 and on Musketeers in 2015.
In 2020, it was announced that he would be voicing Man-At-Arms in the new Netflix animated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation.
In 2021, Cunningham appeared in Domina, a historical mini-series. He also was in the film The Vault, a Spanish thriller. He is currently filming his next project, titled Last Voyage of the Demeter.
Cunningham was the first choice to become the 8th Doctor for Doctor Who in 1996, but he was vetoed by executives.
The actor appeared in the two highest-grossing Irish films of all time, The Wind That Shakes the Barley at number 2 and 2011’s The Guard at the number 1 position.
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