Owen Teale (born 20 May 1961) is a Welsh character actor having appeared in many films, including Robin Hood (1991), The Hawk (1993), King Arthur (2004), The Last Legion (2007), Tolkien (2019), and Dream Horse (2020). On television, he has appeared in Doctor Who (1985), David Copperfield (1986), The Thin Blue Line (1995), Ballykissangel (1999), Line of Duty (2012), Stella (2012–2013), A Discovery of Witches (2018–2022), and The Rig (2023).
Teale is known mostly for his role as Ser Alliser Thorne in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones (2011–2016).
Owen Teale was born on 20 May 1961, in North Cornelly, south Wales, son of Roy and Louise Teale. He attended Cynffig Comprehensive School in Kenfig Hill; he was suspended from the school for disciplinary offences, and credits one of the teachers Mr Davis, with awakening his interest in acting. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
In 1984, Teale made his television debut in The Mimosa Boys a film about the Falklands War. in 1985, he appeared in the Doctor Who serial Vengeance on Varos as "Maldak". His film debut was in War Requiem in 1989. He later appeared in Knights of God (1989), Great Expectations (1989), The Fifteen Streets (1989) and Boon (1990) before being cast as Will Scarlet in the 1991 film Robin Hood.
He went on to appear in such series as Dangerfield, Ballykissangel, The Thin Blue Line and the long-running Belonging, and later Spooks and Murphy's Law.
He later appeared as Lophakin in the 1999 adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, opposite Charlotte Rampling as Ranevskaya and Alan Bates as Gayev. He played the infamous Nazi judge Roland Freisler in Conspiracy. He also had parts In Midsomer Murders and Lewis.
In 2005, he played a lead role in Marian, Again, in which he was the abusive husband of Harrison's eponymous character. He also did voice over narration for "Tales from the Green Valley", one of several farm series he has done for the BBC.
In 2006, he appeared in the Torchwood episode "Countrycide". Also in 2006 he had a role in the HBO UK TV movie Tsunami: The Aftermath. In 2007, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Mind's Eye. In the same year, he starred in The Last Legion alongside Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth, and was shot on location in Morocco, Tunisia and Slovakia.
In 2011, Teale appeared as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones, the HBO TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, replacing at short notice Derek Halligan. He reprised this role in Season 4, Season 5, and Season 6.
In 2012, he played Dai in the comedy-drama series Stella, and Robert Holland, the fictional UK Foreign Secretary, in the drama series Kidnap and Ransom. He also played Chief Constable Osborne in the BBC police drama Line of Duty. Between 2018 and 2022. he played Peter Knox in A Discovery of Witches, a series based on the book of the same name by Deborah Harkness.
In 2020, he starred opposite Toni Collette and Damian Lewis in the Wales based sports comedy-drama film Dream Horse.
In 2023, Teale starred as lars Hutton, causing problems on the Kinloch Bravo oil rig in The Rig, in a cast that included Iain Glen, Emily Hampshire, Mark Addy, and Martin Compston.
He has also worked as a voiceover artist for television advertisements.
In 1986, Teale married actress Dilys Watling, with whom he has a son, Ion. They divorced in the mid-1990s. In 2001, he married actress Sylvestra Le Touzel; they have two daughters, Eliza and Grace. He likes to play golf, and was made an honorary member of the Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club.
Teale won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Torvald opposite Janet McTeer in Ibsen's A Doll's House.
|1989||War Requiem||The Unknown Soldier||Derek Jarman|
|1991||Robin Hood||Will Scarlet||John Irvin|
|1993||The Hawk||Ken Marsh||David Hayman|
|1996||Marco Polo: The Missing Chapter||Adolph||Rafi Bukai|
|1999||The Cherry Orchard||Lopahin||Michael Cacoyannis|
|2001||The Search for John Gissing||Giles Hanagan||Mike Binder|
|2004||Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown||Jack Brown||Andrew Gillman|
|King Arthur||Pelagius||Antoine Fuqua|
|2007||The Last Legion||Vatrenus||Doug Lefler|
|2008||Inconceivable||Richard Newman||Mary McGuckian|
|Love Me Forever||Peter Schwarz||Åsa Faringer & Ulf Hultberg|
|2009||It's Alive||Sgt. Perkins||Josef Rusnak|
|2011||Hunky Dory||Davy's Dad||Marc Evans|
|2013||The Fold||Edward Ashton||John Jencks|
|2019||Tolkien||Headmaster Gilson||Dome Karukoski|
|2020||Dream Horse||Brian Vokes||Euros Lyn|
|1985||Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos||Maldak||BBC||2 episodes|
|1986||David Copperfield||Ham Peggotty||BBC||5 episodes|
|1989||The Fifteen Streets||John O'Brien||Part of a collection of small-screen epics based on the best-selling books of Catherine Cookson|
|1995||The Thin Blue Line||Gary||BBC||Season 1, Episode 2 "Fire and Terror"|
|1996||Dangerfield||PC Dave Chapman||BBC||"Scars" series 3, Episode 4|
|1999||Ballykissangel||Connor Devlin||BBC||Season 5|
|2004||Spooks||Robert Morgan||BBC||"Frequently Asked Questions" – Series 3, Episode 9|
|2005||Midsomer Murders||Little Mal Kirby||ITV||"Second Sight" – Series 8, Episode 5|
|2005||Timewatch||Erucius||BBC||Episode: "Murder in Rome"|
|2005||Tales from the Green Valley||narrator||BBC2|
|2006||Torchwood||Evan Sherman||BBC||"Countrycide" – Series 1, Episode 6|
|2007||Inspector Lewis||Nicky Turnbull||ITV||"Old School Ties" – Series 1, Episode 3|
|2011, 2014–2016||Game of Thrones||Alliser Thorne||HBO||Recurring role|
|2012||The Hollow Crown – Henry V||Fluellen||BBC||"Henry V"|
|2012||Kidnap and Ransom||Robert Holland||ITV1||3 episodes|
|2012, 2021||Line of Duty||Chief Inspector/Chief Constable Phillip Osborne||BBC||3 episodes (2012)|
|2012–2013||Stella||Dai Kosh||Sky 1||20 episodes|
|2015||River||CSupt Marcus McDonald||BBC One||6 episodes|
|2017||Pulse||Chad Berger||ABC TV||Recurring role|
|2018–2022||A Discovery of Witches||Peter Knox||Sky 1||18 episodes|
|2021||The Pembrokeshire Murders||Gerard Elias QC||ITV1||3 Part Mini-Series|
|2023||The Rig||Lars Hutton||Amazon Prime Video||6 episodes|
|2023||Wolf||Oliver Anchor-Ferrers||BBC One|
|1996||A Doll's House||Torvald|
|2003||The Dance of Death||Kurt|
|2014||Under Milk Wood||Narrator|||
|2015||The Broken Heart||BASSANES|||
|2016||No Man's Land||Briggs|||
|2022||A Christmas Carol||Ebenezer Scrooge|||