Owen Teale
Teale in 2014
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 63)
Alma materGuildford School of Acting
Years active1984–present
  • (m. 1986, divorced)
  • (m. 2001)

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 best known known for his role as Ser Alliser Thorne in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones (2011–2016).

Early life

Owen Teale was born on 20 May 1961,[1] in North Cornelly, south Wales, son of Roy and Louise Teale.[2] He attended Cynffig Comprehensive School in Kenfig Hill;[1] he was suspended from the school for disciplinary offences,[1] and credits one of the teachers Mr Davis, with awakening his interest in acting.[1] He trained at the Guildford School of Acting.[1]


Teale in Whitehall, London, England in 2013

In 1984, Teale made his television debut in The Mimosa Boys[1] a film about the Falklands War.[1] In 1985, he appeared in the Doctor Who serial Vengeance on Varos as the dis-loyal guard Maldak who helps Peri escape. 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.[3][4]

He went on to appear in such series as Dangerfield, Ballykissangel,[1] The Thin Blue Line and the long-running Belonging, and later Spooks and Murphy's Law.[1][3]

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.[3]

In 2005, he played a lead role in Marian, Again, in which he was the abusive husband of Harrison's eponymous character.[5] He also did voice over narration for "Tales from the Green Valley", one of several farm series he has done for the BBC.[3]

In 2006, he appeared in the Torchwood episode "Countrycide".[6] 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[7] alongside Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth,[5] and was shot on location in Morocco, Tunisia and Slovakia.[5]

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.[8] He reprised this role in Season 4, Season 5, and Season 6.[9][10]

In 2012, he played Dai in the comedy-drama series Stella,[2] and Robert Holland, the fictional UK Foreign Secretary, in the drama series Kidnap and Ransom.[11] 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,[3] 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.[2]

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.[12]

He has also worked as a voiceover artist for television advertisements.[13]

Personal life

In 1986, Teale married actress Dilys Watling, with whom he has a son, Ion.[14] They divorced in the mid-1990s.[15] In 2001, he married actress Sylvestra Le Touzel;[15] they have two daughters, Eliza and Grace.[5] He likes to play golf, and was made an honorary member of the Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club.[5]


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.[1][16]



Year Title Role Director Notes
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
2016 Nocturne Murray Konstantinos Frangopoulos
2019 Tolkien Headmaster Gilson Dome Karukoski
2020 Dream Horse Brian Vokes Euros Lyn


Year Title Character Production Notes
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
2001 Conspiracy Roland Freisler
2004 Island at War PC Wilf Jonas
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
19 episodes
2012 The Hollow CrownHenry 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
2016 Houdini & Doyle Professor Havensling
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


Year Production Role Ref.
1996 A Doll's House Torvald
2003 The Dance of Death Kurt
2008 Macbeth Macbeth
2013 Passion Play James [17]
2014 Under Milk Wood Narrator [18]
2015 The Broken Heart BASSANES [19]
2016 No Man's Land Briggs [20]
2016 Gaslight Jack Manningham [21]
2022 A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge [22]
2023 [23]


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