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September 7th, 2017   Posted by admin

Richard Dormer gave up on acting three times before rediscovering his love for the job with a little help from a flaming sword in Game of Thrones, the Northern Irish actor tells Eithne Shortall.

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On entering the Belfast pub where I am meeting Richard Dormer, all eyes turn to me. The staff have been watching the door; they want to know who is here to see the celebrity that arrived a couple of minutes earlier.

“Are you a journalist?” asks the bartender.

“Yes.”

“He’s outside.”

Sitting in the smoking area of the Sunflower pub with a mug of coffee and a packet of cigarettes is the 47-year-old actor who used to pass unnoticed. Then he got a recurring role in Game of Thrones — and his character was given a flaming sword.

“The sword went down a storm with the fans, even though I think they forgot I was in season three way back when,” says Dormer of the initial appearance of his character Beric Dondarrion. “I did have another offer when they asked me to come back. I was almost going to do the other job, but they wrote to me and said, ‘You’re going to be doing great stuff, so choose us’ — and I’m really glad I did. I’m not even on screen that much, but what it’s done for my profile is just exceptional. It’s crazy.”

Before returning to the world’s most popular television show, he was occasionally recognised for being in Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude. “The most recognisable characters I play have beards, and I’m growing this for season eight,” he says of his thick, red-hued facial hair. “If I’m clean-shaven, nobody recognises me. I’m completely anonymous.”

With a lived-in face juxtaposed against perfect white teeth, and wearing a tieless suit with a few shirt buttons undone, Dormer has an aesthetic reminiscent of the morning after an enjoyable awards ceremony. It fits the rugged charm shared by most of his characters, although this will not be immediately evident in his next starring role.

Rellik (“killer” spelled backwards) is a BBC drama about a spate of acid attacks being investigated by a detective who is himself a victim. The story is told backwards, and filming involved Dormer sitting in make-up for two hours each morning as three-quarters of his face was covered in prosthetics. “They would never have given me Rellik if I hadn’t done Fortitude, because they saw I could carry a show,” he says.

Success for Dormer arrived in his forties, and he was always conscious that actors usually make it young or not at all. “If I had this success 20 years ago, I don’t think I’d have been mature enough to handle it. So I think it happened at a time when I was ready. I actually didn’t want it when I was younger. I gave up acting three times, feeling this is the wrong job for me.”

The first time he quit was in his twenties; straight after finishing a West End show, he flew home to his parents in Armagh. “I needed to get away from that intense life, that London life. I didn’t like the entertainment industry, I didn’t want to be part of it and I didn’t want to lose myself. I do think there are some people in this business who shouldn’t be in it; emotionally they’re not strong enough. And I wasn’t back then, so I think it was quite wise to do what I did.

“Then I spent years trying to claw back the years I’d lost. Twice I had to re-establish my career. When I came back with Hurricane,” he says of the hit play about snooker player Alex Higgins that he wrote and starred in at the age of 33, “that made my mark. I was back, but only as a theatre actor. All my life I’d only done theatre.”

Finding his agent changed things.

Dallas Smith, a hot shot in the world of representation, told the actor to refuse theatre jobs for a year and see if any screen work materialised. Dormer recalls thinking that, having entered his forties, he was a bit long in the tooth to suddenly “make it”, but needed to take the gamble if he wanted to make money. “I did it, and eight months later nothing. Then I got Good Vibrations offered to me,” he says of the Northern Irish indie film about the record producer Terri Hooley. “And from then, Game of Thrones, everything, it all just started happening. The gamble paid off.”

Dormer has not done theatre for seven years. He considers himself an emotional actor, someone who lives the part rather than acts it. He does not practise method acting: “What are you going to do if you’re playing a serial killer — go out and kill somebody?” Instead he believes in the character he plays, until part of his psyche is convinced it is real.

You could be standing in a bar and suddenly break down crying

After an intense role he has a therapy session in which he reasserts who he is: I’m Richard Dormer, I’m an actor, etc. “You could be standing in a bar having a conversation and suddenly break down crying. You would know what it was but the other person would be thinking, ‘Jesus Christ, you’re a mental mess,’ and you’re not. It’s just you have all these feelings and they have nowhere to go.”

Dormer wrote six plays, but he has given that up too. There was talk of turning Hurricane into a film — Higgins wanted too much money, however. “Like, he wanted the budget of the film,” says Dormer, and when he said no, so did Higgins. “Which was pretty horrible of him, considering all the years we’d known each other and all the money I’d given him in royalties from the play.”

Dormer has left the Higgins saga behind him — “bigger fish to fry” — but for years he was fascinated by the Belfast snooker player. He puts this down to the commonalities in their lives; both working-class Protestants who left Northern Ireland for England at around the same age. “We were both good at what we did and we both went off the tracks a bit.”

He draws parallels between Higgins’s experience and his own feelings of being a second-class citizen when at Rada, the prestigious London drama school. “I felt I was never good enough. George Best is another one. No matter what success they have they think, ‘I don’t deserve this,’ and that’s because they grew up in Troubles, and every time you heard a Northern Irish accent on TV it was because somebody’s killed somebody and, you know, a lot of negative stuff around being Northern Irish and Protestant in the 1970s and 1980s.”

Dormer’s wife, Cork-born Rachel O’Riordan, is artistic director of a theatre in Cardiff. He declines to say how they divide their time geographically, but he owns a house in Belfast. He spends most of the year in London, or wherever he is shooting. Currently that means Northern Ireland, and then Iceland, for Fortitude’s third season. “That’s me working until next June,” grins the actor, delighted to be proof that life does begin at 40.

 

Source: The Sunday Times


September 7th, 2017   Posted by admin

Richard has appeared in a number of magazines to promote Game of Thrones and Rellik. Some i have some I don’t so please contact me here  if you are able to help with those i don’t have. Credit will always be given.

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September 7th, 2017   Posted by admin

Rellik starts on Monday 11th September on BBC 1  at 9pm.

The BBC have been showing the trailer this week which looks absolutely amazing. You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com

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September 6th, 2017   Posted by admin

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August 31st, 2017   Posted by admin

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The trailer has started showing on BBC1 for the new drama Rellik which looks amazing. It will be aired next month. I have added this fantastic new promotional image to the gallery here.


August 31st, 2017   Posted by admin

BROTHERHOOD WITHOUT BANJOS This is our latest hit "Anthem over season seven end". On Guitar #iainglen ! On the ukulele #richarddormer, and choir Mr. #rorymccann and myself! Our new album is called: "What will fate bring us???" #brotherhoodwithoutbanjos #throwbackthuresday #got7 #behindthescenes

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August 30th, 2017   Posted by admin

If you like Luther, The Missing and Line of Duty, this should grab you.

The last time we saw Richard Dormer tackle a villain was when his character in Game of Thrones, Lord Beric Dondarrion, was igniting his sword to take on the army of the dead, but in his new show, Dormer is using a different approach to confront evil.

As mentioned previously, we’re keeping a close eye on Rellik because the premise sounds very interesting. Basically, the new BBC drama will tell the story of a serial killer in reverse.

If that’s not enough to pique your interest then you’ll be delighted to know that the creators of The Missing, Harry and Jack Williams, are the minds behind this one.

Rellik (killer spelled backwards) aims to flip the serial killer genre on its head. What makes a serial killer? Or the cop who is compelled to relentlessly track them down? What are the events that form a person into the human being they will become – killer or cop?

Unlike other TV dramas, Rellik starts with the killer being caught but this six-part case is far from closed.

As the drama moves backwards in time, we get to see that not everything is clear-cut regarding the crime itself and the killer.

Rellik airs on BBC 1 on 11th September and here’s the gripping trailer below.

Source: Joe.co.uk


August 19th, 2017   Posted by admin

I have added 3 HQ episode stills from Game of Thrones Series 7 episode 6 to the gallery.

   

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May 19th, 2017   Posted by admin

The new thriller series has been created by the writers of cult hits The Missing and Liar.

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EVERYBODY loves a thriller – and now the BBC have recruited the team behind The Missing and Liar for their latest show, Rellik

So what is Rellik about? Who’s in it and when is it on air?

Here’s everything you need to know…

What is Rellik about?

Rellik – killer spelled backwards – tells the story of a serial killed in reverse.

Starting from when the killer is caught, the thriller will go backwards in time to the very beginning of his killing spree.

Gabriel Markham – a disfigured detective – is propelled in an obsessive hunt for the serial killer who literally left a mark on him both physically and mentally.

Elaine, Gabriel’s partner, is drawn into the investigation after being bright but eager to please.

The search for the killer provides the backbone of the story.

Harry and Jack Williams, the writers and producers of the show, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the BBC again and to be partnering with Cinemax for the first time.

“Rellik is a dark thriller tonally very different to anything we’ve done before and we’re looking forward to bringing it to the screen.

ho has joined the cast of Rellik?

Richard Dormer (Gabriel Markham)

Richard Dormer will be taking on the role of leading man in the new series.

He is most known for his role in Game of Thrones as Lord Beric Dondarrion, but has also been part of the cast on SkyOne’s Fortitude.

The 47-year-old has previously starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in TV movie My Boy Jack, as well as films including Mrs Henderson Presents and The Escapist.

Jodi Balfour (Elaine)

Jodi is a South African actress who has previously been part of the case in TV series’ Bomb Girls, Quarry and The Best Laid Plans.

This film could potentially be her breakout role as she becomes the quirky and hard-working Elaine.

Rosalind Eleazar (Christine)

Most recently, Rosalind has stared alongside Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters in the hard-hitting drama, National Treasure.

The story followed a fictional story of a famous TV star being accused of rape – and was loosely based on the Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris scandals.

She is also set to star in an upcoming Hulu series, Harlots – which depicts life inside a brothel in 18th century London.

When can I watch Rellik on the BBC?

A date for the series is yet to be announced – but filming was announced as commencing from March 17 onwards.

The show will run for six hour-long episodes.

Any missed episodes will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer shortly after the episode airs on TV.

Source: The Sun


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Character: Beric Dondarrion
  Status: Series 7 aired on Sky Atlantic July/Aug 2017
 


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  Status: Airs on BBC1 Sept 11 at 9pm 2017
 


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Character: Sheriff Dan Andersen
  Status: Series 2 DVD available to buy fromn amazon
 


THE MUSKETEERS
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  Status: Available on DVD via amazon
 


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  Status: Available on DVD via amazon
 

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