The Scot plays a chef torn between his wife played by Emilia Fox and his ex played by Dawn French in a triangle as complex as some of his dishes.

He is best known for starring in a series famously associated with lots of sex and violence.

Playing one of the most fearsome warriors in Game of Thrones, Iain Glen has seen plenty of the latter, but little of the former.

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Iain said: “I did one scene where I was making love surrounded by the most wonderful titbits and morsels and dips. And I really did think, ‘Am I actually being paid to do this?’

“Eating and sex are the bases of life. We all need to eat to survive and we all need to procreate. They’re both quite base urges. And often, dating and love and sex and affection revolve around eating and drinking and dining.

“But I wouldn’t say being flirty and sensuous necessarily comes naturally to me.

“What isn’t easy is when they just make you do gratuitous love-making, but this wasn’t like that. This was all about sensuous pleasure.”

Iain said of Delicious: “I was sent the script and was told that Dawn and Emilia were attached to it, and I had a window where it would be possible to do it before the new season of Game of Thrones. So it was a perfect fit.

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But the Scots star is redressing the balance in a sexy drama series in which he is caught in a love triangle with Dawn French and Emilia Fox.

Glen, 55, plays chef and foodie impresario Leo, who is torn between his wife (Fox) and his ex (French) in Sky 1’s Delicious, launched on the satellite channel this week.

Now best known as Game of Thrones’ fearless fighter Jorah Mormont, he is delighted with the change of pace.

Iain said: “I did one scene where I was making love surrounded by the most wonderful titbits and morsels and dips. And I really did think, ‘Am I actually being paid to do this?’

“Eating and sex are the bases of life. We all need to eat to survive and we all need to procreate. They’re both quite base urges. And often, dating and love and sex and affection revolve around eating and drinking and dining.

“But I wouldn’t say being flirty and sensuous necessarily comes naturally to me.

“What isn’t easy is when they just make you do gratuitous love-making, but this wasn’t like that. This was all about sensuous pleasure.”

Iain said of Delicious: “I was sent the script and was told that Dawn and Emilia were attached to it, and I had a window where it would be possible to do it before the new season of Game of Thrones. So it was a perfect fit.

“I loved the scripts. They were quite unusual, very funny but also very perceptive about human nature and all its foibles. It was very accurate on relationships and it was overwhelmingly funny.

“It’s really about the minutiae of modern relationships between men and women and family, and how people fall in and out of love.

“And then there was the lovely thing that I was an admirer of Dawn and had worked with Emilia before, so that made it even more appealing.”

Chemistry was vital to the success of the show and, fortunately, the lead actors all got on like a house on fire.

Iain said: “They’re both easy-going, lovely people. Emilia’s very focused on the story and getting it right, but she’s easy-going in between scenes.

“Dawn is very kind-hearted and has a sweet temperament. And, of course, is garrulous and funny and lovely to have around.

“I had a bedroom scene with her and you do feel terribly exposed in those situations. But we looked after each other very well and it was fine.”

He added: “Dawn is a gorgeous lady. She is very altruistic, and very interested in others. She is very, very kind. I liked her very much and we got on very quickly.”

Before Game of Thrones took him to a stellar level of exposure, Edinburgh-born and RADA-trained Iain built a reputation as one of the country’s most versatile actors.

He excelled in both romantic leads and villainous turns, as well as starring in an incredibly diverse body of high end theatre, including The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman.

He said: “I think I have always been fairly lucky in not being hugely typecast.

“Part of that is coming down from Scotland. When I first came down, people couldn’t place me as being posh or working class and that meant I played across the classes and the regions.

“But Game of Thrones has just served as wonderful exposure and I am being offered more things, especially from abroad, the States and Europe.

“It’s a tough old business and you need flexibility. You can’t get buried away for too long.”

Iain also appeared in series two of Downton Abbey and helped reinvent Scots romantic drama with BBC Scotland’s 2000 series Glasgow Kiss, in which he co-starred with Sharon Small. His movies included Tomb Raider and Resident Evil: Extinction.

These days, he picks his parts – including Delicious, which was shot in Cornwall earlier this year, and the Helen Mirren thriller Eye in the Sky – to fit in with his young family and his breaks from Game of Thrones.

However, he is aware that situation will soon end, with only 15 episodes left of Thrones over two final series.

Iain admitted: “It’s been a wonderful luxury to know that Thrones has been coming round each year.

“I’ve been more determined and brave enough in the last decade to make myself unavailable so I can have holidays with the family.

“We have a lovely house in France we love to go to.

“It’s fairly unusual for as long as I have been doing it to know you have that piece of work coming round each time.”

And what can we expect from that particular piece of work next year?

He teased: “The scripts are the best seven they have ever written.

“You have a strong sense of things accelerating forwards, with story and surprises in this seven hours of what I think will be the best Game of Thrones there has been.”

 

Source: Daily Record

December 28th, 2016 Delicious, The Fear admin
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