Iain Glen! This shockingly handsome and impressively talented Scottish actor was included in our roundup of Game of Thrones hotties. However, I barely touched on his frock flick resume in that post, and since then, I’m shocked by just how many projects he’s turned up in — and how many older films and TV series included him. Let’s appreciate Mr. Glen!
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
British explorers “discover” the source of the Nile. Glen plays real-life English explorer and British Indian Army officer John Hanning Speke.
As Hamlet in this film, based on a play, that fleshes out (ha ha) two minor characters from the Shakespeare play.
Fools of Fortune (1990)
A Protestant family is caught up in the conflict between the British Army and the IRA during the Irish War of Independence. Glen plays “Willie Quinton.”
Wives and Daughters (1999)
In what is (to me) the first of his many hot yet creepy roles, Glen plays Mr. Preston, who lurks around ominously holding “something” over Cynthia.
The Wyvern Mystery (2000)
As “Charles” in this TV movie adaptation of a Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1869 “sensation” (pre-melodrama, pre-Gothic) novel.
The Soul Keeper (2002)
A film loosely based on the life of Russian psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein, including her arelationship with Carl Jung (Glen).
Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Set in late 1930s Irelandat a cruel Irish reformatory. Glen plays the sadistic priest who runs the place.
Spy Sorge (2003)
A Japanese film about real-life German spy Richard Sorge (Glen), who worked for the Soviet Army in Japan.
A BBC adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, which is set just after the Scottish Jacobite Rising of 1745. Glen plays real-life soldier Alan Breck Stewart.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Glen plays Richard the Lionheart, king of England, in this story set in Jerusalem during the Crusades.
Man to Man (2005)
Set in 1860, two Victorian scientists working in Africa begin to doubt their mission. Glen plays “Alexander Auchinleck.”
The Last Legion (2007)
An action movie that combines real history (Romans in Britain) with legend (King Arthur). Glen plays Roman general/politician Orestes.
The Relief of Belsen (2007)
A TV movie about the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp by the British army in 1945. You know I want to watch this!
City of Vice (2008)
Real-life author Henry Fielding and his brother John (Glen) battle to create a police force in 18th century Britain. Sarah hated it!
Into the Storm (2009)
As King George VI in this Churchill-focused World War II drama.
Pope Joan (2009)
An adaptation of a novel about a legendary (i.e. probably not real) medieval female pope. Glen plays Joan’s father.
The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)
Glen plays Otto Frank, father of famed diarist Anne, whose family must go into hiding in World War II Amsterdam.
Downton Abbey (2011)
As Sir Richard Carlisle, new money newspaper magnate who tries to blackmail Mary into marrying him.
Glen plays the Earl of Warwick in this Shakespeare adaptation.
As Dominican friar Savonarola, famous for leading the Bonfire of the Vanities in Renaissance Florence.
Set in a 1960s hospital, staff are performing secret abortions.
Poirot: Elephants Can Remember (2013)
As Dr. David Willoughby in this episode of the 1930s-set Agatha Christie murder mystery series.
Ripper Street (2013)
Glen plays “Colonel Madoc Faulkner” in one episode of this TV series set in just-post-Jack-the-Ripper London.
The Red Tent (2014)
As Jacob in some #BiblicalShit
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Glen is the godfather to the main character of this 1840s-set suspenseful drama.
Mrs. Wilson (2018)
Once again, if you haven’t seen this based-on-a-true-story account of a 1960s widow who discovers her deceased husband (Glen) is not all he seemed — WATCH IT!!
The Windermere Children (2020)
A story about the real-life camp set up care for and help integrate child survivors of the Holocaust. Glen plays “Jock Lawrence.”
Okay, ASIDE FROM GAME OF THRONES, what’s your favorite Iain Glen frock flick role?