1. He is best known for his roles as Leonard Woolf in the 2002 film The Hours, Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, and American politician Thomas Jefferson in the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, a part which earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination.
2. His television work has additionally garnered him BAFTA and International Emmy awards for best actor.
3. Dillane was born in Kensington, London to an English mother, Bridget , he grew up in West Wickham, Kent.
4. At school Dillane began performing in end-of-term plays and had “a certain facility” for funny accents.
5. He studied history and politics at the University of Exeter, concentrating on the Russian Revolution, and afterward became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser.
6. Dillane is also known for his portrayal of Leonard Woolf in The Hours and Glen Foy in the Goal! trilogy.
7. Besides television, Dillane also starred in the 2012 British independent film Papadopoulos & Sons as successful entrepreneur Harry Papadopoulos, who rediscovers his life after being forced to start again from nothing in the wake of a banking crisis.
8. His son, Frank Dillane, plays his son in the film. That same year he also had roles in the films Zero Dark Thirty and Twenty8k.
9. Offscreen, the actor in 2014 collaborated with visual artist Tacita Dean for the Sydney Biennale and Carriageworks in a project called Event for a Stage.