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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 May 1985Carmarthen, Wales, UK
Nicknames Wales
Iwanny
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Iwan Rheon (born 13 May 1985) is a Welsh actor, singer and musician, best known for portraying Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Simon Bellamy in the E4 series Misfits and Ash Weston in the ITV sitcom Vicious.

Rheon was born in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. When he was five years old, his family moved to Cardiff. He attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf where he began acting in school drama productions at age 17. He was later spotted at a National Eisteddfod of Wales, before studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

At age 17, Rheon joined Welsh language soap Pobol Y Cwm, in which he originated the role of Macsen White, but later left to train at LAMDA. His first notable stage part came in Eight Miles High, which was staged in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

Also in 2008, he was cast as the haunted Moritz Stiefel in the London production of the Tony Award-winning rock-musical, Spring Awakening. He played this role from January 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith and continued when the show was transferred to the Novello Theatre, until it closed in May 2009, five months earlier than planned. He earned a What's on Stage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, which was eventually won by Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). For his performance he won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical at the 2010 Olivier Awards. Immediately after Spring Awakening, Rheon was cast in the E4 channel's Misfits, a BAFTA winning program that was described by 247 Magazine as "a mix of Skins and Heroes". He plays nervous, shy Simon Bellamy, who gains the superpower of invisibility and precognition in season 3. On 20 December 2011, Rheon announced via Twitter that he had left the show, along with fellow cast member Antonia Thomas.

In 2011 he also appeared in the final episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In 2011, he was nominated for a Golden Nymph in the "Outstanding Actor - Drama Series" category for his role in Misfits as Simon Bellamy. Rheon also made two guest appearances as the character Ben Theodore in Simon Amstell's comedy Grandma's House.

In early 2012, Rheon filmed the crime heist drama The Rise. In spring 2012, he began shooting Libertador in Venezuela and Spain. He plays Daniel O'Leary. In May 2012, it was announced that he had signed on to the gritty drama Driven.

In 2013, Rheon was cast as the villainous psychopath Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In the DVD commentary for the series' third season, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss mentioned that Rheon previously auditioned for the role of Jon Snow in the first season, but lost to Kit Harington, with whom Rheon maintains a close friendship. Due to the vile nature of Bolton's character Rheon said that Bolton deserved his gruesome death in the series, in which he was eaten alive by dogs. He also portrays Ash Weston in the ITV sitcom Vicious.

In 2013, Rheon played a lead role in the philosophical radio play, Darkside, based on the themes of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album.

In September 2014, Rheon joined the cast of BBC One's Our Girl as Dylan "Smurf" Smith.

Songwriting and singing since the age of 16, Rheon was lead singer in The Convictions until leaving the band to pursue his acting career. In 2010, he recorded his first solo work, Tongue Tied EP, at RAK Studios in London, produced by Jonathan Quarmby and Kevin Bacon. The EP, a four track release with acoustic guitar and voice, was released digitally in June 2010.

He returned to RAK Studios, in April 2011, to record his second EP Changing Times, again produced by Quarmby and Bacon, with the addition of three backing musicians. Changing Times was released on 10 October 2011.

On 7 April 2013, Rheon released his third EP Bang! Bang! and on 9 April 2013, released the music video for the title track.

Rheon recorded his first album Dinard at RAK Studios in London and Ty Cerdd Studios in Wales. The album was released in April 2015.

Rheon is fluent in Welsh and English, with the former being his first language. His older brother, Aled is a musician; the two performed together on the 2015 single "Rhodd".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Akram Braham

Trade Mark (2)

Athletic physique
Striking blue eyes

Trivia (22)

Played Moritz Stiefel in the London tour of Spring Awakening from January 2009 to May 2009.
Won "Best supporting performance in a Musical or Entertainment" Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for his role in Spring Awakening.
Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
An accomplished singer/songwriter. He was the frontman and lyricist of The Convictions from 2003 to 2008, until he left to pursue an acting career. In 2010, he released his first solo EP, 'Tongue Tied;' and in 2011, he released his second EP, 'Changing Times.' In April 2013, he released his third EP, 'Bang! Bang!' and the title track's music video.
He's bilingual, speaking both Welsh and English fluently.
Began acting at the age of 17.
Plays the piano, guitar, and bass guitar.
Good friends with his former Misfits co-stars, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Antonia Thomas, who regularly attend his music performances.
Cites Radiohead and Oasis as musical influences.
His singing voice is baritone (bottom G to Top Ab).
He is dyslexic.
Working on his first full-length album.
Still good friends with his Spring Awakening co-stars, Aneurin Barnard and Lucy May Barker.
Played in a punk band at age 15.
Both he and his Spring Awakening co-star Aneurin Barnard applied to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision song contest in 2002. Neither he or Aneurin made it, but both later went on to win Olivier awards.
His name is a Welsh variant of "John." His former Misfits co-stars would call him "Iwanny," thus calling him a variant of "Johnny.".
Was a wedding singer with the band "Classic Soul Dogs" circa 2003/04.
Was one of the finalists for the role of Jon Snow, on Game of Thrones, before Kit Harington received it. Though he was remembered when the show runners started casting for the role of Ramsay Snow, a couple of years later.
Friends with "Game of Thrones" co-star Alfie Allen.
Released his first album "Dinard" on January 26, 2015.
Won "Best Featured Actor in a Musical or Entertainment" Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for his role in Spring Awakening.
Originated the role of Moritz Stiefel in the London West End production of the hit musical Spring Awakening.

Personal Quotes (7)

I wasn't, you know, Mr Popular. I was somewhere in the middle ground. I was quite alternative, the things I liked to do. Skateboarding, at the time. Playing in a band as opposed to playing in the rugby team. You know, that kind of thing.
I must come across as this terrible neurotic case with issues, I keep getting cast that way.
When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a rock star, not an actor. It means I can do what I want on my own terms.
I've always been into music like from a very young age, and I've always played guitar and written songs and all that - and I love it, but the way it's all turned out in my life...the acting's sort of taken the leading role if you like. So it's turned out like that...which I quite like because it means I can do the music in my spare time and write and record stuff. And if anyone wants to listen to it that's great. It's very much a no pressure thing.
I don't really feel that famous. I think I lead quite a normal life with the occasional something a bit different. I like getting on the train and normal stuff like doing the dishes, because you can so easily lose your mind in this world where everything's done for you, you get picked up, driven to things, given stuff for free and all that madness.
[on leaving Misfits] I think I wanted to do something else. At the end of the second series it was different because I wasn't obliged anymore contractually. I went to the producers and asked "What are you going to do, where is my character going?" I think I already had in my mind that I'd do one more series and leave because although I love it and I'm grateful for the opportunity it's given me. I'm going to have to do something else: new challenges and all that malarkey.
I'm still secretly a bit of a punk. Love The Clash and a bit of the Pistols. I guess as I've got older I've chilled out a bit. But, my teenage angst is still stirring somewhere!

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