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This morning was difficult. My youngest girl, who is aged 10 months, woke up just after 5am. Depending on the shape of the night, one of us [Iain Glen or his partner, the actress Charlotte Emmerson] will get up at an ungodly hour with the little one and try and survive until breakfast when the rest of the family appears.

I start my day by getting on my Cannondale bicycle. I’ve been addicted to cycling for two decades. It transformed my opinion of London. You arrive at your destination energised and enthused. You get to see the grandeur of the city and the parks and all these higglety pigglety streets you’d never normally go up.

My other daughter, who is six, has her own bike and we set off together in the morning. I’ll escort her to school and then head into the Old Vic, where we are rehearsing Fortune’s Fool, for around 9.30am. If I could be stuck in one place as an actor it would be a rehearsal room preparing for a theatre piece. I love it.

I don’t bring work home. I really believed as a young actor that work was the most important thing but it feels less important now. Children make you forget about everything else. I love to play tennis. I’ve joined this lovely little club in Dulwich Village, where I live. It’s a great place to spend time. I’ll play maybe two or three times a week with my brother.

My other big thing is music and the guitar. I’ve played since I was 14 years old. I brought this period acoustic Martin in New York when I was doing The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman. I also got a guitar made for me by a luthier in Clapham. There’s nothing more relaxing than just sitting strumming away, especially when filming and you’re idling time away in your caravan.

We’ve just completed filming of season four of Game of Thrones [Glen plays Ser Jorah Mormont]. The scripts for season five have been written and that’s what we’ll be thinking about now. All I’ll say is that there are surprises up ahead. We’ve been doing some very different scenes in season four. We might be entering pastures new. It’s going to be fantastic and I’d say it’s going to be the biggest and the best yet.
My storyline follows a nomadic tribe that travels from place to place, so we are always on the move. The majority of the storyline is filmed in cold, wet Northern Ireland and then I turn up to shoot in Malta, Croatia and Morocco. I really struck lucky with the role. It’s so varied that some of the cast only met for the first time recently when we did a photoshoot for Vanity Fair.

I don’t know exactly what lies in store for my character because I haven’t read the books [George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, on which Game of Thrones is based]. It’s important that this functions as a screenplay and I quite like the surprise of not knowing where it is going.

Working on something of this scale is a constant highlight. It’s a dream job. But if I had to pick one [spoiler alert], then I’d say the culminating scene of the first season when Khal Drogo was burned on the pyre. I approach Emilia [Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen] in the aftermath of the burning embers and the dragons emerge for the first time. All the elements just felt right. It felt like something we’d never done before, as if we’d all realised that this was indeed something special.

December 12th, 2013 Game of Thrones, Television, Theatre admin
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