1. Rory McCann is a Scottish actor and musician, best known for portraying Sandor Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
2. Before becoming an actor, McCann was a painter who studied at the Scottish School of Forestry near Inverness.
3. Since then, he has taken television roles as Detective Inspector Stuart Brown in State of Play, Peter the Great in Peter in Paradise, and a priest in the award-winning British comedy drama series Shameless.
4. He made his Hollywood debut in the 2004 film Alexander, which required the actors to go through a boot-camp in the African desert, and included shooting in Thailand, Morocco as well as a London studio. In 2007, he appeared as Michael “Lurch” Armstrong in Hot Fuzz.
5. In 2008, he played Moby in The Crew and Atilla the Hun in the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains.
6. McCann portrays Sandor “The Hound” Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
7. Current projects include a BBC TV Series by writer Jimmy McGovern called Banished, set in Australia in the 18th century. McCann plays a blacksmith named Marston.
8. In 1990, McCann broke multiple bones in a near-fatal rock climbing accident in Yorkshire.
9. McCann is the former frontman of a defunct band called Thundersoup.