Game of Thrones star Michael McElhatton opens up about time on set: “I lasted longer than most”

The Irish actor appeared in five series of the show

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Michael on set

Irish actor Michael McElhatton has opened up about his time on the set of Game of Thrones, admitting he’s delighted to have lasted as long as he did.

The show is notorious for killing off characters at the most unexpected opportunity, however Michael managed to survive a whole five series.

The Dubliner joined the cast as Roose Bolton in the second season, and went on to feature as a series regular for four years.

Michael’s character Roose was killed by his son Ramsay in the sixth series, but while the Terenure native was thrilled to have made it that far, had a feeling it was coming.

Speaking exclusively to VIP Magazine, Michael said, “I had a good run, and lasted longer than most. You’re always prepared!”

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He became a fan favourite

The actor was delighted for his former colleagues over the weekend, as they took home three gongs at the Emmy’s.

The Game of Thrones cast and crew had a lot to celebrate, as not only did they win big, but they also broke a record for the most Emmy’s ever won by a fictional series.

Michael couldn’t have been happier about the news, and said, “It’s fantastic! It’s record breaking! I wish them well.”

Since his departure on the show, the Dubliner has been keeping himself incredibly busy, between movies and tv shows. Michael is currently working on a new tv series in the Czech Republic, which will be a first of it’s kind for the National Geographic.

He's very much in demand
He’s very much in demand

He told VIP Magazine, “I’ve got a tv series in Prague at the moment about Einstein. I’m doing that for the next five months. That’s going to be for Hulu, it’ll be for National Geographic, their first tv series. I hope it’ll be good.”

As well as that, the Irish star recently filmed The Siege of Jadotville alongside Jamie Dornan, which was released in selected cinemas around Ireland yesterday, and will be available on Netflix from Friday, October 7. 

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