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      Ian McElhinney

      Ian McElhinney

      Highest Rated: 95% Hamlet (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 23% Leap Year (2010)

      Birthday: Aug 19, 1948

      Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

      Ian McElhinney was a prominent British film and TV actor who became well known to American audiences for playing Barristan Selmy on fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" (HBO 2011- ). Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1948, McElhinney did not begin acting professionally until he was well into his 30s with small roles in British films like "Angel" (1982), "Anne Devlin" (1984), and "A Prayer for the Dying" (1987). By the early '90s, McElhinney started adding television roles to his growing list of screen credits, and started nabbing recurring roles on shows like "Hearts and Minds" (Channel 4, 1995), "Wokenwell" (ITV, 1997), and "Maisie Raine" (BBC1, 1998-99), a short-lived British cop show. McElhinney's prolific TV career continued into the 2000s, with hefty roles on shows like the medical drama "The Clinic" (RTÉ One, 2003-09), as well as Irish drama "Single-Handed" (RTÉ One, 2007-10). By the 2010s, McElhinney had racked up dozens of credits on various British films and TV shows, but was a relatively unknown actor in the United States, despite appearing in American films such as "Leap Year" (2010) and the historical TV drama "The Tudors" (Showtime 2007-2010). However, McElhinney would become more prominent to American audiences when he landed the role of the respected warrior Barristan Selmy on HBO's hit fantasy series, "Game of Thrones." Although the sprawling cast of "Game of Thrones" numbered in the hundreds, McElhinney was one of the few cast members to appear in most episodes of the series until his character's unexpected death in the midst of the show's fifth season.

      Highest rated movies

      Hamlet poster
      Hamlet
      Bad Day for the Cut poster
      Bad Day for the Cut
      The Playboys poster
      The Playboys
      Zoo poster Zoo Omagh poster
      Omagh
      A Patch of Fog poster A Patch of Fog Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant poster
      Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant
      The Journey poster The Journey

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave Allen at Peace Unknown (Character) - 2018
      88% 63% Zoo Mr. Shawcross (Character) - 2017
      92% 73% Bad Day for the Cut Eamon (Character) - 2017
      68% 64% The Journey Rory McBride (Character) $152.5K 2016
      29% 40% Sacrifice D.I. McKie (Character) - 2016
      81% 65% A Patch of Fog Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 0% An Old-Fashioned Christmas Sean (Character) - 2010
      23% 47% Leap Year Priest (Character) $25.9M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Make It New John John (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 53% Triage Ivan (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Skip (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 67% The Front Line Mikey (Character) - 2006
      88% 79% Omagh Stanley McCombe (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Tears Padraig McFadden (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mapmaker Inspector Devlin (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Durango Vestor McCarthy (Character) - 1999
      53% 73% A Love Divided Reverend Hamilton (Character) - 1999
      80% 89% Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant Captain Hammond (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touch and Go Clive Bevan (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 25% This Is the Sea Da Stokes (Character) - 1997
      95% 89% Hamlet Barnardo (Character) $4.4M 1996
      60% 88% Small Faces Uncle Andrew (Character) $160.7K 1995
      No Score Yet 39% Blind Justice Father Malone (Character) - 1994
      92% 54% The Playboys Joe Cassidy (Character) $4.9M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You, Me & Marley Reggie Devine (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grasscutter Brian Devlin (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reefer and the Model Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The End of the World Man Architecht (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anne Devlin Maj Sirr (Character) - 1984

      TV

      Credit
      79% 78% The Outlaws John Sr (Character) 2021-2022
      99% 93% Derry Girls Granda Joe (Character) 2018-2019 2022
      76% 90% The Split Ronnie (Character) 2020 2022
      83% 74% Bloodlands Adam Corry (Character) 2021
      60% 60% The Deceived Hugh (Character) 2020
      80% 69% Krypton Val-El (Character) 2018-2019
      No Score Yet 100% Silent Witness Pat Walsh (Character) 2019
      91% 84% Mrs Wilson Father Timothy (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kat & Alfie: Redwater Lance Byrne (Character) 2017
      40% 85% Rebellion Edward Butler (Character) 2016
      89% 85% Game of Thrones Barristan Selmy (Guest Star) 2011 2013-2015
      94% 90% Ripper Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Tears Padraig McFadden (Character) 2002