Stephen Dillane

Stephen Dillane

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1956-11-30 (64 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: London, England, UK

50 Movies · 20 TV shows

Biography

Stephen John Dillane (; born 27 March 1957) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Leonard Woolf in the 2002 film The Hours, Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, and Thomas Jefferson in the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, a part which earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination. An experienced stage actor who has been called an "actor's actor", Dillane won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing (2000) and gave critically acclaimed performances in Angels in America (1993), Hamlet (1990), and a one-man Macbeth (2005). His television work has additionally garnered him BAFTA and International Emmy Awards for best actor.

Personal Life

Dillane has two sons with actress-director Naomi Wirthner: Seamus and actor Frank Dillane, who is best known for playing the young Tom Riddle in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Nick Clark on AMC's Fear The Walking Dead.

Early Life

Dillane was born in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), and an Australian surgeon father, John Dillane. The eldest of his siblings (his younger brother Richard is also an actor), he grew up in West Wickham, Kent.At school, Dillane began performing in end-of-term plays and had "a certain facility" for funny accents. He often found himself in women's roles, which he says "wasn’t good for my confused adolescent psyche", but also recalls a part in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead as being particularly memorable, noting that shouting "Fire!" as Rosencrantz while pointing at the audience was "a very thrilling thing to be able to do."He studied history and politics at the University of Exeter, concentrating on the Russian Revolution, and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. Unhappy in his career, he read one day how actor Trevor Eve gave up architecture for acting; this, along with reading Hamlet and Peter Brook's The Empty Space back-to-back, made him "light up inside somewhere" and spurred him to enter the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at 25. During his early acting career, he was known as Stephen Dillon but reverted to his birth name in the 1990s.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 TV show
TV
Vigil

Vigil

2021
The police are in conflict with the Navy and British security services because of the disappearance of a Scottish fishing boat and the death on-board a submarine. A conspiracy that goes to the very he...

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Man In The Hat

The Man In The Hat

2020
The Man In The Hat sets off from Marseilles in a small Fiat 500. On the seat beside him is a framed photograph of an unknown woman. Behind him is a 2CV into which is squeezed Five Bald Men. Why are th...
TV
Alex Rider

Alex Rider

6.17
2020
Alex Rider learns that his uncle Ian was killed in the line of duty as a British spy. The head of The Department wants the normal teen to help investigate his uncle's death. Alex reluctantly assumes a...

2019.

1 Movie
The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman

8
2019
Professor James Murray received over 10,000 entries for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. William Minor.

2018.

2 Movies
Outlaw King

Outlaw King

5.95
2018
After being crowned King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce was forced into exile by the English.
Antigone

Antigone

2018
Dean’s work is characterized by a sense of history, time and place, light quality, and the essence of the film itself. In line with these themes, the project will compose of a two-screen 35 mm film in...

2017.

3 Movies
Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

6.23
2017
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining t...
His Picture In Little

His Picture In Little

2017
A portrait of three actors of different generations who have all portrayed Hamlet: David Warner, Stephen Dillane and Ben Whishaw.
Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

9
2017
The novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" was created as a result of the love affair between the poets.

2016.

2 TV shows
TV
Murder

Murder

2016
There have been three deaths. Three stories are different. Who is telling the truth and who is lying?
TV
The Crown

The Crown

6.71
2016
The inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the sec...

2015.

1 Movie
Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience

Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience

4
2015
The first episode of this IMAX screening takes place entirely at The Wall with the Night's Watch hopelessly outnumbered as they attempt to defend Castle Black from the Wildings and features one of the...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
The Tunnel

The Tunnel

6.5
2013
A serial killer who left the bodies of a French politician and a British prostitute in the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK is the focus of the plot. The "Truth Terrorist" terrorises both coun...

2012.

4 Movies · 4 TV shows
Murder: Joint Enterprise

Murder: Joint Enterprise

2012
A woman is dead in a flat and her sister is barricaded in the bathroom. A man in a bloodstained shirt is pulled over for speeding. What happened to the three when they met that afternoon?
TV
Eternal Law

Eternal Law

2012
In order to help humankind, two angels are sent to Earth.
Papadopoulos & Sons

Papadopoulos & Sons

10
2012
Following his ruin in the banking crisis, a self-made millionaire reluctantly re-unites with his estranged brother to open a fish and chip shop they shared in their youth.
Twenty8K

Twenty8K

2012
A young girl is killed in a hit and run and a teenage boy is killed outside a nightclub. When Deeva Jani returns home to clear her brother of the shooting, she discovers a much deeper conspiracy.
Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

4.33
2012
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. The team was in May of 2011.
TV
A Touch of Cloth

A Touch of Cloth

2012
Hannah plays DI Jack Cloth, who is called in to investigate an apparent series of serial killings alongside his new partner, DC Anne Oldman, described as a "plucky, no-nonsense sidekick". Cloth is dea...
TV
Secret State

Secret State

2012
The relationship between the government, big business and the banks is explored in Secret State.
TV
Hunted

Hunted

6.58
2012
Someone within the private intelligence agency tried to kill her and she wants to find out who did it.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

6.61
2011
Seven noble families are fighting for control of the mythical land. Friction between houses leads to war. There is an ancient evil in the farthest north. The Night's Watch is a military order of misfi...
Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense

5
2011
Susan, a brilliant epidemiologist, falls in love with Michael, a skillful cook, in Glasgow, Scotland, while a mysterious pandemic begins to spread around the world.

2009.

2 Movies
Storm

Storm

2009
Hannah Maynard is a prosecutor at the tribunal for war crimes in former Yugoslavia. If her main witness is telling the truth, the court sends a team to Bosnia.
44 Inch Chest

44 Inch Chest

2009
Colin was shattered by his wife's infidelity and so his friends kidnapped the woman's lover so that he could have revenge.

2008.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall

The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall

2008
After Tom Hurndall is shot in the head in Gaza, his parents Anthony and Jocelyn arrive in Israel wanting to know how it could have happened. They expect sympathy and co-operation from the Israeli auth...
Red Mist

Red Mist

6
2008
A doctor gives drugs to a coma victim. Instead of curing him, it causes a powerful "out-of-body" experience and allows the patient to take revenge on the medical students who caused his condition.
TV
John Adams

John Adams

6
2008
Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through...
God on Trial

God on Trial

2008
In the tradition of arguing with God, prisoners in Auschwitz put God on trial.

2007.

3 Movies
Goal! II: Living the Dream

Goal! II: Living the Dream

4.59
2007
Santiago Munez, a rising star at Real Madrid, found this latest change of fortune the greatest challenge yet - personally as well as professionally. They must compete to be on the team and estranged f...
Fugitive Pieces

Fugitive Pieces

2007
A child escapes from Poland during World War II and heads to Greece before moving to Canada.
Savage Grace

Savage Grace

2007
The relationship between Barbara Baekeland and her only son, Antony, is examined in this examination. Barbara, a lonely social climber unhappily married to the wealthy but remote plastics heir, dotes ...

2006.

1 Movie
Klimt

Klimt

2006
The art of the late 19th and early 20th century was typified by the lavish, sexual paintings of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt.

2005.

3 Movies
The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played

2
2005
Francis Ouimet defeated his golfing hero, Harry Vardon, to win the 1900 US Open Championship.
Goal!

Goal!

5.04
2005
Santiago aspires to be a professional footballer, like millions of kids around the world. He thinks living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles is a dream. An extraordinary turn of events has him try...
Nine Lives

Nine Lives

2005
Nine women who are captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them are resilient.

2004.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
King Arthur

King Arthur

4
2004
The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the ...
Haven

Haven

2004
Two shady businessmen flee to the Cayman Islands to avoid federal prosecution. A British native commits a crime that changes the nation after their escape.
TV
Agatha Christie's Marple

Agatha Christie's Marple

6.11
2004
Miss Jane Marple is an elderly spinster living in a quiet village. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages, Miss Marple often stumbles upon murders she helps solve. Although ...

2002.

2 Movies
The Truth About Charlie

The Truth About Charlie

2002
Her bank account was completely empty when she returned from Paris. A visit to the police headquarters shows that a lot of people are after Charlie's money. The search for the truth is dangerous.
The Hours

The Hours

6.75
2002
Three women are searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place because of their desires and fears. Their stories come together in a moment of shared recogniti...

2001.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Gathering

The Gathering

2001
A young girl from the United States is wandering through England on foot. She was hit by a car on her way to work. The driver of the car called an ambulance. During an examination at the local hospita...
The Parole Officer

The Parole Officer

2001
A police chief framed a parole officer for murder. To prove his innocence, he must convince his former clients to leave the law-abiding lives they are currently living to recover the evidence that wil...
TV
The Cazalets

The Cazalets

2001
The life of a large privileged family in the years to 1937 to 1947 is the subject of The Cazalets. The drama was based on the novels of Elizabeth Jane Howard, and was adapted by the screenwriter Dougl...
Spy Game

Spy Game

4.11
2001
On the day of his retirement, a veteran CIA agent learns that his former protégé has been arrested in China, is sentenced to die the next morning in Beijing, and that the CIA is considering letting th...

2000.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Ordinary Decent Criminal

Ordinary Decent Criminal

6
2000
Michael Lynch is a criminal with two wives and a flair for showmanship. He is an embarrassment to the local police, who are determined to bring him down.
TV
Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

2000
Anna Karenina and the Count Vronsky had an affair that could ruin her and her husband. There is a four-part British television adaptation of a novel.
Love & Rage

Love & Rage

2000
A strong and self-assured English woman named Agnes MacDonnell owns a large estate on an island off the west coast of Ireland. A desperate attempt to dominate this charismatic but destructive man is m...
The Darkest Light

The Darkest Light

2000
Farm life in the Yorkshire Dales isn't easy at the best of times, but things are tough for Tom and Sue. The doctors aren't making headway with their leukaemia patient. Catherine befriends the first Hi...

1998.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu

1998
L.A. Dana and Sean fall in love, but Sean is married and Dana is going to marry her business partner.
Firelight

Firelight

1998
In order to pay her father's debt, Elisabeth agreed to have a child with an English man. She gives up the child at birth. She was hired as a governess seven years later. Charles Godwin is the father o...
TV
Kings in Grass Castles

Kings in Grass Castles

1998
The life of an Irish immigrant family in Australia in the 19th century.

1997.

1 Movie
Welcome to Sarajevo

Welcome to Sarajevo

1997
There is a danger zone in the heart of Sarajevo. A British correspondent takes an orphan girl home to London while reporting on an American aid worker who is trying to get children out of the country....

1996.

1 Movie
Two If by Sea

Two If by Sea

1996
Frank O'Brien and his girlfriend, who have been together for seven years, want to put an end to their crazy lifestyle and just do their last job, which is stealing a painting. Frank takes Roz to an is...

1995.

1 Movie
The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd

The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd

1995
D.H is an adaptation of Lawrence's play about a married woman who wishes her husband dead after falling in love with another man. When her wish becomes a nightmare, her life begins to change in unexpe...

1994.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Power and Lovers

Power and Lovers

1994
Nick, an aggressive businessman, is stopped by a group of scientists headed by his brother Tony. The scientists are in the way of big profits for Nick. Sexy, strong women are included in the lives of ...
TV
The Rector's Wife

The Rector's Wife

1994
The novel is dramatized in three parts. A clergyman's wife shocks the church establishment and infuriates her husband by taking a job in a supermarket. She attracts three very different men: a newly-a...

1992.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Hostages

Hostages

1992
Six men were held hostage by religious extremists in Lebanon during the Reagan-Bush era.
Frankie's House

Frankie's House

1992
Tim Page was given a job, a camera, and a trip to Vietnam in 1964 after discovering his vocation as a photographer. He learns the ropes, learns about the war, and then patrols with the troops. He and ...
TV
Frankie's House

Frankie's House

1992
Tim Page was given a job, a camera, and a trip to Vietnam in 1964 after discovering his vocation as a photo journalist. He learns the ropes, learns about the war, and then goes on patrol with the troo...

1991.

1 Movie
Heading Home

Heading Home

1991
The story of a woman who fell in love with two different men in London after World War II.

1990.

1 Movie
Hamlet

Hamlet

6
1990
Claudius killed his father to get the throne, and Hamlet plans to avenge him.

1989.

1 Movie
The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

1989
A woman is confined to a room for weeks by her husband.

1988.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
An Affair in Mind

An Affair in Mind

1988
A young novelist is in love with a married blond beauty. She's too scared to leave her abusive husband and the idea of accidental death comes up. They break off when the writer doesn't go through with...
TV
The One Game

The One Game

1988
The One Game is a four-part 1988 British television drama serial, which was broadcast on ITV from 4 June to 25 June 1988. The film was written by John Brown from a concept by Tony Benet.

1987.

2 Movies
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

4.5
1987
A spoiled English girl living in India in the 19th century is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The lord is a sad old man. She wants to find out why he is so sad and bring joy back to...
Business as Usual

Business as Usual

1987
After seeing her husband fail in fighting a battle to keep his factory open, a manageress loses her job in a disagreement with the manager over sexual harassment of her staff. She accepts the advice o...

1986.

1 Movie
Frankie and Johnnie

Frankie and Johnnie

1986
When two teenagers commit suicide the police and the press assume the motive to be some kind of love pact. But Allan Blakeston, a local reporter, has too many unanswered questions. As he digs deeper i...

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Remington Steele

Remington Steele

6
1982
Potential clients refuse to hire a woman even though Laura Holt is a licensed private detective. Laura invents a male superior named Remington Steele to solve the problem. A former thief and con man, ...

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...
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