Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Roger Ashton-Griffiths (born 19 January 1957) is an English character actor, screenwriter and film director.[1] He is best known for his role as Mace Tyrell in HBO series Game of Thrones.

Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Ashton-Griffiths in 2017
Born (1957-01-19) 19 January 1957
Hertfordshire, England
ResidenceLondon, England
Suffolk, England
Alma mater
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Sharmini Thillaimuthu

Life and career

Born in Hertfordshire, Ashton-Griffiths studied at Lancaster University (1975-78), where he was a member of Furness College, and graduated with a BMus. He began his career as a singer with English National Opera at the London Coliseum between 1979 and 1981.

He has appeared in numerous high-profile films, including Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) and The Brothers Grimm (2005), Dreamchild (1985), Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Gene Wilder's Haunted Honeymoon (1986), Roman Polanski's Pirates (1986), Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Mountains of the Moon (1990), Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990), Shadowlands (1993), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), The Wind in the Willows (1996), A Knight's Tale (2001), Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002), Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco (2014) and Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner (2014).

He has also worked extensively in television, including Jack the Ripper, The Odyssey, Merlin, Margaret, The Tudors, Doctor Who, Coronation Street and Father Brown. He portrays Lord Mace Tyrell in Game of Thrones in Season 4, Season 5, and Season 6.[2][3]

Ashton-Griffiths lives in London and Suffolk. He is married to Sharmini Thillaimuthu, a BBC studio manager, with whom he has two children. In 2003, he attained an MA in Fine Art from the University of East London, and in 2016, he attained a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood 1st Coachman
1985 Brazil Priest
1985 Dreamchild Mr. Duckworth
1985 Young Sherlock Holmes Inspector Lestrade
1985 Pirates Moonhead
1985 Plenty Radio Producer
1986 Haunted Honeymoon Francis Jr.
1987 Empire State Punter in Cafe
1989 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Turpin
1989 Seven Minutes Watchman
1990 Mountains of the Moon Lord Cowley
1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Inspector Tarr
1991 King Ralph Royal Photographer
1993 Shadowlands Dr. Monk
1994 The Madness of King George MP
1995 Restoration Mr. Bung
1996 The Portrait of a Lady Bob Bantling
1996 Jude Auctioneer
1996 The Wind in the Willows The Prosecution Counsel
1997 Swept from the Sea Canon Van Stone
1999 You're Dead Cliff Sniffton
2001 A Knight's Tale Old Bishop
2001 Deflation Meditating Man Short film; also writer and director
2002 Gangs of New York P. T. Barnum
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Doctor
2003 What a Girl Wants Lord Orwood
2004 Devil's Gate Eagle
2005 The Brothers Grimm Mayor
2006 Irish Jam Tom Flannery
2008 Mutant Chronicles Science Monk
2009 Bright Star Shopkeeper
2009 Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man Samuel Johnson
2009 Tormented Mr Humpage
2009 Hell's Pavement Daffyd Tudor
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Jonathan Wunch
2011 A Gun for George Mr. Maddock Short film
2013 Summer in February Jory
2014 Grace of Monaco Alfred Hitchcock
2014 Mr. Turner Henry William Pickersgill
2015 The London Firm The Contractor
2015 Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse The Potter
2015 The Lobster Doctor
2017 Breathe Chaplain
2017 Crooked House Gaitskill
2017 The Death of Stalin Musician #1
2018 Christopher Robin Ralph Butterworth
2020 Come Away Smoking Overweight Man Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Young Ones Orgo Episode: "Boring"
1983 The Nation's Health Unknown character Episode: "Acute"
1984 The Secret Servant Ivan 2 episodes
1986 Prospects Eddie 2 episodes
1986 C.A.T.S. Eyes Humbart Episode: "Freezeheat"
1987 Hardwicke House P.E. Teacher Episode: "First Day of Term"
1988 Crossbow Town Crier Episode: "The Citadel"
1988 Jack the Ripper Rodman 2 episodes
1989 Shadow of the Noose William Thompson Episode: "Gun in Hand"
1989 The Bill D.I. Larber Episode: "Time Out"
1990 Grange Hill Walt 4 episodes
1991 Lovejoy Antique Shop Owner Episode: "Montezuma's Revenge"
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sinister German Episode: "Austria, March 1917"
1992 The Life and Times of Henry Pratt Len Arrowsmith 2 episodes
1993 Heidi Churchman Miniseries
1993 The Darling Buds of May Mr. Ramsbottom 2 episodes
1994 Martin Chuzzlewit George Chuzzlewit 2 episodes
1994 The Wimbledon Poisoner Vicar 2 episodes
1995 Go Now Walsh Television film
1995 The Plant Geoff the Producer Television film
1996 Tales from the Crypt Valdemar Tymrak Episode: "Report from the Grave"
1996 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders Gent at Mint
1997 The Odyssey Polites 2 episodes
1997 Ivanhoe Prior Aymer 4 episodes
1997 Cadfael Thomas of Bristol Episode: "St. Peter's Fair"
1998 Merlin Sir Boris Miniseries
1998 The Children of the New Forest Miller Sprigge Miniseries
1998 Vanity Fair King George IV 1 episode
2000 Lady Audley's Secret Dr. Alwyn Mosgrave Television film
2001 As If Shower Man Episode: "Alex's POV"
2001 The Wonderful World of Disney Friar Tuck Episode: "Princess of Thieves"
2001 Micawber Mr. Peck Episode: "Micawber Learns the Truth"
2004 Keen Eddie Glass Eye Gordon Episode: "Citizen Cecil"
2005 Empire Panza 4 episodes
2006 Torchwood Mr Garet Episode: "Random Shoes"
2007 Roman Mysteries Tascius Pomponianus Episode: "The Secrets of Vesuvius"
2007 A Very British Sex Scandal "Khaki" Roberts Television film
2007 Heroes and Villains General Doppet Episode: "Napoleon"
2008 The Passion Syrian Prefect 2 episodes
2008 Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic Lumuel Panter
2009 Margaret John Sergeant Television film
2009 Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant Cardinal Wolsey 3 episodes
2009 The Tudors Sir John Hutton 2 episodes
2010 Accidental Farmer Bill Television film
2011 Little Crackers First Magistrate Episode: "Alan Davies' Little Cracker: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Daytime"
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Robinson Episode: "U-KO'ed"
2014 The Musketeers Elderly Priest Episode: "Friends and Enemies"
2014 This is Jinsy Head of Decency Episode: "Penny's Pendant"
2014 Doctor Who Quayle Episode: "Robot of Sherwood"
2014–15 Coronation Street Neurosurgeon 7 episodes
2014–16 Game of Thrones Mace Tyrell 13 episodes
2015 Doctors Dr. Philip Plumridge Episode: "Are You Kidding Me?"
2016 Father Brown Cardinal Bonipogio Episode: "The Daughter of Autolycus"
2016 Marley's Ghosts Mr. Busby Episode: "Carly"
2017 Taboo Abraham Appleby Episode: "Episode 1"
2017 Quacks Bishop of Lambeth 2 episodes


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