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Iain Glen



A handsome supporting player whose occasional leap into the lead has resulted in some interestingly varied performances, actor Iain Glen has appeared in everything from low-budget indies to high-profile Hollywood blockbusters -- frequently holding his own opposite such screen heavies as Harvey Keitel (The Young Americans) and Billy Connolly (Gabriel & Me). A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, who studied at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Aberdeen before honing his craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the talented Shakespearian actor would go on to impress audiences in such stage works as Macbeth and Henry V. In 1985, the ascending stage talent made a successful transition to the screen with a small role in an episode of the popular U.K. mystery series Taggart, and after making the leap to the big screen with a supporting role in the 1987 feature Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Glen returned to television the next year for a role in the series The Fear. In the years that followed, Glen's big-screen career gained notable momentum thanks to solid performances in Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), with his early years coming to a peak when he took home a Best Actor award from the Berlin International Film Festival for his turn as a convicted killer in the 1990 film Silent Scream. That same year, Glen also received accolades for his portrayal of real-life explorer Lt. John Hanning Speke in Mountains of the Moon, though the remainder of the decade would find him sticking mainly to U.K. television (occasionally taking the lead, as in 1992's Frankie's House).



Following an endearing turn as a sports reporter whose one-night fling leads him to come to terms with his tragic past in Glasgow Kiss, Glen received notable international exposure with a high-profile role opposite Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Though Glen's shattering performance as a father suffering terminal lung cancer in the drama Gabriel & Me (screenwriter Lee Hall's follow-up to Billy Elliot) ultimately failed to gel with audiences, Glen's horrific turn as a seemingly possessed father in Darkness offered the talented actor at his manic best. By this point, Glen seemed to be growing increasingly comfortable alternating between more independent-minded features and more large-scale productions, taking the role of noted psychiatrist Carl Jung in the 2003 romantic drama The Soul Keeper before taking a more epic turn as an anthropologist who hunts and captures pygmies in order to study them and prove a link between man and ape in 2005's Man to Man. He appeared in Ridley Scott's epic Kingdom of Heaven, as well as Resident Evil: Extinction. In 2008 he had a major part in a retelling of The Diary of Anne Frank for the BBC, and followed that up with a part in the Michael Caine vehicle Harry Brown. In 2011 he acted in the Oscar winning biopic The Iron Lady.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet My Cousin Rachel
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • Dr. Alexander Isaacs
2017
95% Eye In The Sky
  • James Willett
2016
31% Kick-Ass 2
  • Uncle Ralph
2013
31% Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Dr. Isaacs
2012
51% The Iron Lady
  • Alfred Roberts
2012
64% Harry Brown
  • S.I. Childs
2010
No Score Yet Pope Joan
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Il Caso Dell'infedele Klara (The Case of Unfaithful Klara)
  • Denis
2009
No Score Yet Man To Man
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Into the Storm
  • King George VI
2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic
  • Otto Frank
2008
No Score Yet City of Vice
  • Actor
2008
80% Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution
  • Actor
2007
22% Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Dr. Isaacs
2007
16% The Last Legion
  • Orestes
2007
86% Small Engine Repair
  • Doug
2007
No Score Yet The Relief of Belsen
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Alan Breck
2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Richard Coeur de Lion
2005
No Score Yet Man to Man
  • Alexander Auchinleck
2005
No Score Yet Tara Road
  • Danny
2005
4% Darkness
  • Mark
2004
21% Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Dr. Isaacs
2004
67% Song for a Raggy Boy
  • Brother John
2003
No Score Yet Prendimi l'anima (The Soul Keeper)
  • Carl Gustav Jung
2002
No Score Yet Mararia
  • Bertrand
2002
No Score Yet Gabriel & Me
  • Dad
2001
20% Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
  • Manfred
2001
37% Beautiful Creatures
  • Tony
2001
No Score Yet The Wyvern Mystery
  • Charles Fairfield
2000
No Score Yet Paranoid
  • Stan
2000
No Score Yet Mararia
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Painted Lady
  • Actor
1998
33% The Young Americans
  • Foster
1993
No Score Yet Adam Bede
  • Adam Bede
1992
No Score Yet 30 Door Key
  • Actor
1991
64% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Hamlet
1991
No Score Yet Fools of Fortune
  • Willie Quinton
1990
69% Mountains of the Moon
  • John Hanning Speke
1990
82% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
  • Brendan
1988
No Score Yet Paris by Night
  • Wallace Sharp
1988
No Score Yet Blood Hunt
  • Actor
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Downton Abbey
2010
  • Sir Richard Carlisle
75% The Red Tent
2014
  • Jacob
91% Cleverman
2016
  • Jarrod Slade
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Warwick
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
  • Vaughn Edwards
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Otto Frank Alan Breck Mr. Preston Insp. Ronald Mulligan Sir Richard Carlisle
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Sir Richard Carlisle
88% Doctor Who
2006-2016
  • Father Octavian
86% Breathless
2013
  • Insp. Ronald Mulligan
95% Game of Thrones
2011-2016
  • Jorah Mormont Beric Dondarrion

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