There’s nowhere more exotic than Northern Ireland!
A few years ago UK audiences wouldn’t have watched a subtitled show. Is it different now because shows like Game of Thrones contain foreign languages as well?
We’re more relaxed about eating foreign food and watching foreign footballers. A Chinese kung fu film is just as likely to be good as an American film, it’s part of our experience of the global village.
You play Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones but you never seem to talk about it. Is there a reason?
I tend not to want to talk to the press all that much. If you play a part like this one in The Tunnel you understand you’ll be obliged to put yourself out there to sell the thing but there are plenty of people on Game of Thrones better qualified and better able to do the chat than I am.
Do you film in Northern Ireland or get to go somewhere more exotic?
There’s nowhere more exotic than Northern Ireland! What are you saying? I like Northern Ireland very much actually but the answer is yes I only film in Northern Ireland. But that’s by no means a trial. It’s a really beautiful part of the world, especially in some of the places we film up on the north coast. It really is special.
Is the setting part of what makes it so successful?
I guess it must be an ingredient. It’s the storytelling, the extraordinary world that’s created and the way it reflects our actual world – a naked, ruthless pursuit of power in all its forms.
Fan forums debate whether Stannis is the moodiest character in Westeros. Could that mean he’s the last man standing?
I don’t know. To be honest I haven’t seen the last series. I’ve only seen series two so I’m not really up on what everybody’s doing, but fom what I have seen Jon Snow is pretty moody. Is moody the right word? Serious, grumpy, bad tempered… There are plenty of those around. Last man standing? Your guess is as good as mine.