Liam Cunningham

Active - 1981 - Present  |   Born - Jun 2, 1961 in Dublin, Ireland  |   Genres - Drama, Action, Adventure

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Irish actor Liam Cunningham has spent much of his career on stage, but also occasionally appears on television and in feature films. He made his movie debut with a small role in Mike Newell's charming Irish fantasy Into the West (1993). He has since played supporting roles in productions such as War of the Buttons (1994) and Michael Winterbottom's Jude (1996). Before entering drama school in the 1980s, Cunningham had been an electrician. He started out on the Irish stage and then embarked upon a U.S. tour with a travelling Irish troupe. Cunningham's other stage credits include stints with the Passion Machine theater company and London's Royal Court Theatre. His television credits include guest-starring roles on such British series as Cracker.

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  • Worked as an electrician for 11 years; three of those years were spent in Zimbabwe at a safari park, overseeing its electrical equipment.
  • Decided he needed a career change when he moved back to Dublin; took up acting after seeing an ad in the Irish Times for the Oscar Theatre School.
  • Auditioned at acting school with Col. Kurtz's speech from the end of Apocalypse Now.
  • Professional stage debut came in 1989 in The Lament for Arthur Cleary; he traveled with the show throughout Ireland and on its U.S. tour.
  • Had never been inside of a London theater until 1990 when he starred in the two-hander Goodnight Siobhan.
  • Screen debut came in 1992's Into the West.
  • Has appeared in a variety of movies, including War Horse, Clash of the Titans and First Knight, but is best known to U.S. audiences for his portrayal of Davos Seaworth on Game of Thrones.