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Richard Dormer is a Northern Irish actor, playwright and screenwriter. He was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. After to being accepted to the Royal College of Art Richard accepted a scholarship at the RADA school of acting in London. After living and working in London, he returned to Northern Ireland. He lives in Belfast and is married to director Rachel O’Riordan.

In 2004 Richard won the Irish Times Best Actor Award for his performance in Frank McGuinness’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and in 2005 completed a season with Sir Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal and performed Bath in the George Bernard Shaw play, You Can Never Tell, William Shakespeare’s,Much Ado About Nothing, Noël Coward’s play, Private Lives, and in a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Since, Dormer has written a number of plays including The Half and Gentleman’s Tea Drinking Society which were produced through Belfast’s Ransom theatre company. He has also provided the voices for over twenty BBC Radio 4 plays, documentaries and advertising campaigns.

Following a run of film castings playing secondary characters, he was cast as the lead in the 2012 Good Vibrations which tells the story of Northern Ireland personality and punk rock visionary Terri Hooley. The film premièred at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded ‘best film’ at the Galway film awards. 2012 also saw Dormer taking over the role of Lord Beric Dondarrion, known as the “Lightning Lord”, the leader of the “Brotherhood Without Banners” for Season 3 of HBO series Game of Thrones.

Birth Place: Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK on 1969-11-11
Known For: Acting

Good Vibrations
The story of music legend Terri Hooley, a key figure in Belfast’s punk rock scene. Hooley founded the Good Vibrations store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.
Release Date: 2012-05-31
Role: Terri Hooley

11 Minutes
The lives of urbanites intertwine in a world where anything can happen at any time.
Release Date: 2015-09-02
Role: Reżyser Richard Martin

Brendan Smyth: Betrayal of Trust
The true story of the notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth, and how one family in Belfast, aided by journalist Chris Moore, uncovered the true extent of the clerical abuse scandal.
Release Date: 2011-03-13
Role: Chris Moore

SLR is a short thriller about a man obsessed with “voyeur pornography”. When he makes a shocking discovery online, he is forced onto the trail of an anonymous photographer known only by his user name of ANORAK.
Release Date: 2013-07-13
Role: Mr. Verma

Shooting for Socrates
Set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup, Shooting for Socrates tells the story of a momentous time in Northern Ireland’s football history through the eyes of players, fans and the media. The film also follows the lives of passionate football supporter Arthur and his son Tommy from East Belfast. The lead up to a momentous day in the life of a young boy (his 10th birthday) mirrors the build up to the big day for the Northern Ireland football team as they play the greatest match of their lives.
Release Date: 2014-07-11
Role: Arthur

2020-2021: The Watch (TV Series)
Role: Sam Vimes

2020: Cobra (TV Series)
Role: Fraser Walker

2017: Rellik (TV Series)
Role: DCI Gabriel Markham

2016: The Musketeers (TV Series Guest Role)
Role: Christophe
Episode: Brothers in Arms

2015-2018: Fortitude (TV Series)
Role: Dan Anderssen

2015: We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story (TV Movie)
Role: David Croft

2014: Lily’s Driftwood Bay (TV Series Guest Role)
Role: Dad
Episode: Stop! Watch
Episode: Stop That Pudding! (Voice only)

2013-2019: Game of Thrones (TV Series)
Role: Beric Dondarrion

2013: Stumpy’s Brae (TV Short)
Role: Narrator

2013: Wodehouse in Exile (TV Movie)
Role: Werner Plack

2012: Hunted (TV Series Guest Role)
Role: Lewis Conroy
Episode: Ambassadors
Episode: Kismet

2011: Hidden (TV Mini-Series)
Role: Frank Hanna

2011: Justice (TV Mini-Series)
Role: George
Episode: Last Call for Love
Episode:The Secret’s Out

2011: Brendan Smyth: Betrayal of Trust (TV Movie)
Role: Chris Moore

2010: An Crisis (TV Series Guest Role)
Role: Kyle Baird
Episode: #1.2

2009: Scapegoat (TV Movie)
Role: Narrator

2009: Best: His Mother’s Son (TV Movie)
Role: Ad Director

2008: Last Man Hanging (TV Movie)
Role: James Brown

2007: My Boy Jack (TV Movie)
Role: Corporal John O’Leary

2003: Holy Cross (TV Movie)
Role: Seamus

1993: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series Guest Role)
Role:Young Civilian
Episode: Ireland, April 1916

1992: Soldier Soldier (TV Series Guest Role)
Role: Cpl David Lutchens
Episode: A Man’s Life

1992: Accentuate the Positive (TV Short)
Role: David

1991: Casualty (TV Series Guest Role)
Role: Rick Tomlinson
Episode: The Last Word