Owen Teale

Owen Teale (born 20 May 1961) is a Welsh actor known for his role as Ser Alliser Thorne in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

Owen Teale
Teale in 2014
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Dilys Watling (marriage annulled)


Trained at the Guildford School of Acting, Teale made his television debut in The Mimosa Boys in 1984. in 1985, he appeared in the Doctor Who serial Vengeance on Varos as "Maldak". His film debut was in War Requiem in 1989. He later appeared in Knights of God (1989), Great Expectations (1989), and Boon (1990) before being cast as Will Scarlet in the 1991 film Robin Hood.

He went on to appear in such series as Dangerfield, Ballykissangel, The Thin Blue Line and the long-running Belonging, and later Spooks and Murphy's Law.

He later appeared as Lophakin in the 1999 adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, opposite Charlotte Rampling as Ranevskaya and Alan Bates as Gayev. He played the infamous Nazi judge Roland Freisler in Conspiracy.

In 2005, he played a lead role in Marian, Again, in which he was the abusive husband of Harrison's eponymous character.[1] He also did voice over narration for "Tales from the Green Valley", one of several farm series he has done for the BBC.

In 2006, he appeared in the Torchwood episode "Countrycide".[2] Also in 2006 he had a role in the HBO UK TV movie Tsunami: The Aftermath. In 2007, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Mind's Eye. In the same year, he starred in The Last Legion.[3] In 2011, Teale appeared as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones, the HBO TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, replacing at short notice Derek Halligan.[4] He reprised this role in Season 4, Season 5, and Season 6.[5][6]

In 2012, he played Dai in the comedy-drama series Stella and Robert Holland, the fictional UK Foreign Secretary, in the drama series Kidnap and Ransom.[7] He also played Chief Superintendent Osborne in the BBC police drama Line of Duty.

Personal life

Teale was born in North Cornelly , Glamorgan, Wales. He has been married twice: to Dilys Watling and then to Sylvestra Le Touzel. He has three children. He lived in Hall Drive, North Cornelly and went to school in Cynffig Comprehensive School in Kenfig Hill. Locally he was known as Nigel Teale.


Teale won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Torvald opposite Janet McTeer in Ibsen's A Doll's House.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1989 War Requiem The Unknown Soldier Derek Jarman
1991 Robin Hood Will Scarlet John Irvin
1993 The Hawk Ken Marsh David Hayman
1996 Marco Polo: The Missing Chapter Adolph Rafi Bukai
1999 The Cherry Orchard Lopahin Michael Cacoyannis
2001 The Search for John Gissing Giles Hanagan Mike Binder
2004 Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown Jack Brown Andrew Gillman
King Arthur Pelagius Antoine Fuqua
2007 The Last Legion Vatrenus Doug Lefler
2008 Inconceivable Richard Newman Mary McGuckian
Love Me Forever Peter Schwarz Åsa Faringer & Ulf Hultberg
2009 It's Alive Sgt. Perkins Josef Rusnak
2011 Hunky Dory Davy's Dad Marc Evans
2013 The Fold Edward Ashton John Jencks
2016 Nocturne Murray Konstantinos Frangopoulos
2019 Tolkien Headmaster Gilson Dome Karukoski
2020 Dream Horse Euros Lyn Post-production


Year Title Character Production Notes
1985Doctor Who : Vengeance on VarosMaldakBBC2 episodes
1986David CopperfieldHam PeggottyBBC5 episodes
1989The Fifteen StreetsJohn O'BrienPart of a collection of small-screen epics based on the best-selling books of Catherine Cookson
1995The Thin Blue LineGaryBBCSeason 1, Episode 2 "Fire and Terror"
1999BallykissangelConnor DevlinBBCSeason 5
2001ConspiracyRoland Freisler
2004SpooksRobert MorganBBC"Frequently Asked Questions" – Series 3, Episode 9
2005Midsomer MurdersLittle Mal KirbyITV"Second Sight" – Series 8, Episode 5
2005TimewatchEruciusBBCEpisode: "Murder in Rome"
2006TorchwoodEvan ShermanBBC"Countrycide" – Series 1, Episode 6
2007Inspector LewisNicky TurnbullITV"Old School Ties" – Series 1, Episode 3
2011–2016Game of ThronesAlliser ThorneHBO19 episodes
Recurring role
2012The Hollow CrownHenry VFluellenBBC"Henry V"
2012Kidnap and RansomRobert HollandITV13 episodes
2012Line of DutyCI Phillip OsborneBBC3 episodes
2012–2013StellaDai KoshSky 120 episodes
2015RiverCSupt Marcus McDonaldBBC One6 episodes
2017PulseChad BergerABC TVRecurring role
2018–presentA Discovery of WitchesPeter KnoxSky 18 episodes


1996 A Doll's House Torvald
2003 The Dance of Death Kurt
2013 Passion Play James[8]
2014Under Milk WoodNarrator[9]
2015 The Broken Heart BASSANES[10]
2016No Man's LandBriggs[11]
2016GaslightJack Manningham[12]


  1. "'No more Mr Nice Guy' says Owen Teale". walesonline.co.uk. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. "Torchwood Recap: Season 1, Episode 6: "Countrycide" | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine". slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. "MOVIE REVIEW: The Last Legion - History of the Ancient World". historyoftheancientworld.com. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. Profile, winteriscoming.net; accessed 18 March 2015.
  5. "'Game of Thrones' death: Longtime actor exits with touching interview". ew.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. "Game of Thrones' Owen Teale on Jon Snow, That Hanging Scene, and Why He Didn't Enjoy Playing Ser Alliser". vulture.com. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. "Game Of Thrones' Owen Teale, Helen Baxendale and Trevor Eve cast in ITV's Kidnap and Ransom | Unreality TV". primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. "Owen Teale, Samantha Bond and More Join Zoe Wanamaker in London Passion Play Revival | Broadway Buzz | Theatre.com". www.theatre.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. "INTERVIEW: Game of Thrones star Owen Teale talks to Simon Lockyer about Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood". northdevonjournal.co.uk. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  10. "Shakespeare's Globe". www.shakespearesglobe.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  11. "Odds & Ends: Game of Thrones' Owen Teale Set for Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart's No Man's Land & More". broadway.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  12. "Sparring Game of Thrones actors a highlight of Gaslight: review | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
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