From Aberdeen to Game of Thrones - Iain GlenIain Glen

LLD, 2004
From Aberdeen to Game of Thrones

Iain Glen is a former English student and Honorary Graduate of the University of Aberdeen having been award an LLD in 2004.

The popular actor, who has starred as Ser Jorah Mormont in every season of hit television phenomenon Game of Thrones, credits his time in Aberdeen as the beginning of his successful career.

“The Aberdeen University Drama Society was my introduction to acting, and by the time I left I had just about enough belief to try and give the profession a go,” he said.

On leaving the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1985, having won the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal, Iain immediately rose to prominence with his acclaimed performance as a charismatic gang leader in The Fear for Euston Films. Followed by his multi award winning tour de force as imprisoned Scottish poet Larry Winters in Silent Scream he was set for a rich and varied career. Few actors have managed to maintain a balance between stage and screen and achieved such success in both.

Iain has been described as “the greatest Scottish theatre actor of his generation.” His many award winning performances include Henry V and The Crucible at the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Blue Room in the West End and on Broadway.

More recently he has starred in hit BBC drama Mrs Wilson and lead role in the Irish mystery TV series Jack Taylor.

Iain has continued to support the University by appearing at a number of Celebration of Carols events in London as well as taking part in the Extraordinary Burns Supper in January 2021.