Patrick Malahide
Malahide in The Paradise 2012
Patrick Gerald Duggan

(1945-03-24) 24 March 1945 (age 78)
Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Years active1969–present
Rosi Wright
(m. 1970)

Patrick Gerald Duggan (born 24 March 1945),[1] known professionally as Patrick Malahide, is a film, television, and theatre actor, author and producer. His acting credits include The New Avengers (1976), ITV Playhouse (1977), The Eagle of the Ninth (1977), Sweeney 2 (1978), Comfort and Joy (1984), The Singing Detective (1986), A Month in the Country (1987), Minder (1979–1988), Middlemarch (1994), The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (1993–1994), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Brideshead Revisited (film) (2008), The Paradise (2012), Luther (2015–2019), Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Game of Thrones (2012–2016), and Mortal Engines (2018), The Protégé (2021), and Liaison (2023).

Early life

Malahide was born in Reading, Berkshire,[1] the son of Irish immigrants; his mother was a cook, and his father secretary of the bursar at The Nautical College of Pangbourne. His education began at St. Anne's Primary School, Caversham, Reading,[2] then at Douai School, Woolhampton, Berkshire.[2] He furthered his education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, studying experimental psychology.[2] Here, he began to develop his skills in acting, after joining the University's Dramatic Society, and making two appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[2]

Acting career

He made his television debut in 1976, in an episode of The Flight of the Heron,[1] then in single episodes of Sutherland's Law,[1] and The New Avengers (1976),[1] and ITV Playhouse (1977).[1] He was then in an adaptation of The Eagle of the Ninth, and his first film was Sweeney 2 in the following year. In 1979, he began a nine-year stint as Detective Sergeant Albert "Cheerful Charlie" Chisholm in the popular TV series Minder.[3]

His television appearances have included playing Alfred Jingle in The Pickwick Papers (1985), he starred in The Singing Detective (1986),[1] Middlemarch (1994),[1] and played Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Roderick Alleyn in a 1993–94 series.[1] His films include Comfort and Joy (1984),[1] A Month in the Country (1987),[1] and Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), alongside Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.[3] In 1999, he made an appearance in the introduction to the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough,[3] alongside Pierce Brosnan as a Swiss banker named Lachaise working in Bilbao. He played Mr. Ryder in Brideshead Revisited (film) (2008).[3]

From 2012 to 2016 portrayed Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, and the father of Theon and Yara, of House Greyjoy, in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.[4] In 2012, He played Lord Glendenning in The Paradise.[3] He was a recurring character in Luther (2015–2019),[3] and appeared in Bridget Jones's Baby (2016).[3]

Patrick Malahide in The Paradise 2012

In 2018, He portrayed Magnus Crome in the Mortal Engines.[5][6] In 2021, he starred as Vohl in the Martin Campbell directed action film The Protégé, alongside Maggie Q, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson.[3] In 2023, he played the role of Alison's father Jack Rowdy, in Liaison, in a cast that included Vincent Cassel, Eva Green and Peter Mullan.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 The New Avengers George Episode: "Gnaws"
1977 The Eagle of the Ninth Cradoc Episode: "Frontier Fort"
1978 Sweeney 2 Major Conway
1978 The Standard Colin Anderson 13 episodes
1978 The Sweeney Mason Episode: "Drag Act"
1978 The Professionals 1st Security Man Episode: "Fall Girl"
1979–1988 Minder Detective Sergeant Albert 'Charlie' Chisholm 24 episodes
1981 Dear Enemy Dr. Robin "Sandy" MacRae 7 episodes
1983 The Black Adder Guy of Glastonbury Episode: "The Black Seal"
1984 Comfort and Joy Colin
1984 The Killing Fields Morgan
1985 The Pickwick Papers Alfred Jingle 8 episodes
1986 Screen Two John Carter Episode: "The Russian Soldier"
1986 The Singing Detective Mark Binney / Finney / Raymond 6 episodes
1987 A Month in the Country Reverend Keach
1987 Our Geoff Geoff TV movie
1988 News at Twelve Arthur Starkey 6 episodes
1988 The One Game Magnus TV serial, 4 episodes
1988 The Franchise Affair Robert Blair 6 episodes
1990 Inspector Morse Jeremy Boynton Episode: "Driven to Distraction"
1990 December Bride Rev. Edwin Sorleyson
1991 Lovejoy Sir Hugo Carey-Holden Episode: "The Italian Venus"
1991 Children of the North Colonel Mailer 4 episodes
1992 Performance Dr. Rank Episode: "A Doll's House"
1992 The Blackheath Poisonings Robert Dangerfield 3 episodes
1993–1994 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Roderick Alleyn 8 episodes
1994 Middlemarch Rev. Edward Casaubon 4 episodes
1994 A Man of No Importance Inspector Carson
1995 Two Deaths George Bucsan
1995 Kidnapped Ebenezer TV movie
1995 Cutthroat Island Governor Ainslee
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight Leland Perkins
1997 The Beautician and the Beast Leonid Kleist
1997 'Til There Was You Timo
1997 Deacon Brodie Bailie Creech TV movie
1998 US Marshals DSS Director Bertrum Lamb
1998 The Wonderful World of Disney Georg Duckwitz Episode: "Miracle at Midnight"
1998 Heaven Dr. Melrose
1998 Nova John Harrison Episode: "Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude"
1999 Captain Jack Mr. Lancing
1999 The World Is Not Enough Lachaise
1999 All the King's Men Capt. Claude Howlett TV movie
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Commissioner Daly
2000 Fortress 2: Re-Entry Prison Director Peter Teller
2000 Billy Elliot Principal
2000 Quills Delbené
2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Colonel Barge
2001 Victoria & Albert Sir John Conroy TV series
2002 The Abduction Club Sir Myles
2002 The Final Curtain Dr. Colworth
2002 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Ralston TV movie
2003 In Search of the Brontes Patrick Brontë TV movie
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Sir Montague Depleach Episode: "Five Little Pigs"
2004 EuroTrip Arthur Frommer
2004 Amnesia D.I. Brennan 2 episodes
2004 The Rocket Post Charles Ilford
2005 Sahara Ambassador Polidori
2005 Extras Minister Episode: "Samuel L Jackson"
2005 Friends and Crocodiles Anders TV movie
2005 Elizabeth I Sir Francis Walsingham 2 episodes
2006 New Tricks Chopper Hadley Episode: "Diamond Geezers"
2006 Like Minds Headmaster
2007 Five Days John Poole 5 episodes
2008 Brideshead Revisited Mr Ryder
2008 The 39 Steps Professor Fisher TV movie
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Richard TV movie
2009 Into the Storm Major-General Bernard Montgomery TV movie
2009 Survivors Mr Landry 3 episodes
2010 National Theatre Live: Hamlet Claudius
2012 Endeavour Richard Lovell Episode: "Pilot"
2012 The Paradise Lord Glendenning 8 episodes
2012 Hunted Jack Turner 8 episodes
2012–2016 Game of Thrones Lord Balon Greyjoy 4 episodes
2014 New Worlds John Francis 2 episodes
2015–2016 Indian Summers Lord Willingdon 10 episodes
2015–2019 Luther George Cornelius 6 episodes
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby George Wilkins
2018 Mortal Engines Magnus Crome
2021 The Protégé Vohl
2023 Liaison Jack Rowdy


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Patrick Malahide Biography (1945–)". Film Reference. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Gregory-Hansley, Sherry (2004). "Patrick Malahide Biography". Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Patrick Malahide Credits". Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones - Balon Greyjoy, played by Patrick Malahide". Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  5. ^ "'Mortal Engines': 47 Things to Know From the Set of the Peter Jackson-Produced Film". Collider. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' Adds Trio (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 October 2018.