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Iwan Rheon

Iwan Rheon

Iwan Rheon (/ˈreɪɒn/, Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɪuan ˈr̥ɛɔn]; born 13 May 1985) is a Welsh actor, singer, and musician. He is known for his portrayals of Simon Bellamy in E4's Misfits and Ramsay Bolton in HBO's Game of Thrones, as well as playing Mick Mars in the 2019 movieThe Dirt based on Mötley Crüe. He has also acted in Vicious, Riviera and Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon
Born(1985-05-13)13 May 1985
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • Actor
  • singer
  • musician
Years active2002–2004; 2008–present
Partner(s)Zoë Grisedale
Musical career
  • Indie folk
  • acoustic rock
  • Vocals
  • guitar

Early life

Iwan Rheon was born on 13 May 1985[1] in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. He is the son of Einir and Rheon Tomos.[2] He speaks Welsh as his first language. When he was five years old, his family moved to Cardiff.[3] He attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, where he began acting in school drama productions at age 17. He was later spotted at a National Eisteddfod of Wales, before studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[3]



Rheon at the 2017 Con of Thrones in Nashville, Tennessee

Rheon at the 2017 Con of Thrones in Nashville, Tennessee

At age 17, Rheon joined Welsh language soap Pobol Y Cwm, in which he originated the role of Macsen White, but later left to train at LAMDA.[3] His first notable stage part came in Eight Miles High, which was staged in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

Also in 2008, he was cast as the haunted Moritz Stiefel in the London production of the Tony Award-winning rock-musical, Spring Awakening.[3] He played this role from January 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith and continued when the show was transferred to the Novello Theatre, until it closed in May 2009, five months earlier than planned. He earned a What's on Stage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, which was eventually won by Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). For his performance he won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical at the 2010 Olivier Awards.[3]

Immediately after Spring Awakening, Rheon was cast in the E4 channel's Misfits, a BAFTA winning programme that was described by 247 Magazine as "a mix of Skins and Heroes". He plays nervous, shy Simon Bellamy, who gains the superpower of invisibility and precognition in season 3.[4] On 20 December 2011, Rheon announced via Twitter that he had left the show, along with fellow cast member Antonia Thomas.[5]

In 2011, he also appeared in the final episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In 2011, he was nominated for a Golden Nymph in the "Outstanding Actor – Drama Series" category for his role in Misfits. Rheon also made two guest appearances as the character Ben Theodore in Simon Amstell's comedy Grandma's House.[4]

In early 2012, Rheon filmed the crime heist drama The Rise. In spring 2012, he began shooting Libertador in Venezuela and Spain. He plays Daniel O'Leary. In May 2012, it was announced that he had signed on to the gritty drama Driven.

In 2013, Rheon was cast as the villainous psychopath Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In the DVD commentary for the series' third season, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss mentioned that Rheon previously auditioned for the role of Jon Snow in the first season, but lost to Kit Harington, with whom Rheon maintains a close friendship. He portrayed Ash Weston in the ITV sitcom Vicious from 2013 until 2016.

In 2013, Rheon played a lead role in the philosophical radio play, Darkside, based on the themes of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album.[6]

In September 2014, Rheon joined the cast of BBC One's Our Girl as Dylan "Smurf" Smith. In 2017, it was announced that Rheon had been cast in ABC's Inhumans series.[7]

Rheon played Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars in the 2019 film The Dirt.[8]


Songwriting and singing since the age of 16, Rheon was lead singer in The Convictions until leaving the band to pursue his acting career. In 2010, he recorded his first solo work, Tongue Tied EP, at RAK Studios in London,[9] produced by Jonathan Quarmby and Kevin Bacon.[10] The EP, a four track release with acoustic guitar and voice, was released digitally in June 2010.

He returned to RAK Studios, in April 2011, to record his second EP Changing Times, again produced by Quarmby and Bacon, with the addition of three backing musicians. Changing Times was released on 10 October 2011.[11]

On 7 April 2013, Rheon released his third EP Bang! Bang! and on 9 April 2013, released the music video for the title track.

Rheon recorded his first album, Dinard, at RAK Studios in London and Tŷ Cerdd Studios in Wales. The album was released in April 2015 and produced by James Clarke and Jim Unwin. A "self-funded collection of emotive folk-pop songs recorded over several years"[12], the album's title refers to Dinard, a town in Brittany, France, where Rheon met his girlfriend Zoë Grisedale.[13] Music journalist Neil McCormick described the album as "an absorbing collection of moody, introspective songs, all written by Rheon, who plays acoustic guitar with a deft touch and sings in an expressive, gritty voice".[14]

Personal life

Rheon is fluent in Welsh and English, with the former being his first language.[15] His older brother, Aled, is a musician; the two performed together on the 2015 single "Rhodd".[16] Rheon lives in London with Zoë Grisedale, and the couple have one child born August 2018.[17]



Wild BillPill
The Back of Beyond
PetesyShort film
The Rise (known as Wasteland in North America)Dempsey
2013LibertadorDaniel O'Leary
2015Mermaid's SongRandall
2016Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1S.U.M.1
2017Daisy WintersDoug
2018Hurricane (known as Mission of Honor in the U.S.)Jan Zumbach
2019Berlin, I Love YouGregSegment: "Embassy"
2019The DirtMick Mars
2019FourHitmanShort film
TBAThe Toll


2002–2004Pobol y CwmMacsen White
2009–2011MisfitsSimon Bellamy21 episodes
2010Coming UpLuka1 episode
2010–2012Grandma's HouseBen Theodore2 episodes
2011Secret Diary of a Call GirlLewis1 episode
2013–2016Game of ThronesRamsay Bolton20 episodes
2013–2016ViciousAsh Weston14 episodes
2014Our GirlDylan "Smurf" Smith5 episodes
2014Under Milk WoodEvans the Death1 episode
2015ResidueJonas Flak3 episodes
2016The Green HollowSam Knight
2017Urban MythsAdolf Hitler1 episode
2017RivieraAdam Clios10 episodes
2017InhumansMaximus8 episodes
2017Family GuyGeorge Harrison, John Lennon, Ring Announcer (voices)Episode: "Petey IV"
2019PTSD: The War in My HeadNarrator


2008Eight Miles HighAlRoyal Court Theatre, Liverpool
2009Spring AwakeningMoritz StiefelLyric Hammersmith
2010The Devil Inside HimHuw ProsserNational Theatre Wales
2011Remembrance DayLyoshaRoyal Court Theatre
2018FoxfinderWilliam BloorAmbassadors Theatre


2013DarksideThe BoyVoice


2018Wizards and RobotsNarratorPrologue

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2014–2015Game of ThronesRamsay SnowBased on the TV series of the same name



  • 2010: Tongue Tied EP

  • 2011: Changing Times EP

  • 2013: Bang, Bang! EP

Studio albums

  • 2015: Dinard

Awards and nominations

2010Laurence Olivier AwardLaurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a MusicalWonSpring Awakening[3]
2011Golden Nymph AwardsOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesNominatedMisfits
2012SFX AwardsBest ActorNominated
2014Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominatedGame of Thrones[18][19]
2015IGN AwardsBest TV VillainNominated[20]
IGN People's Choice AwardBest TV VillainNominated[20]
2016Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated[21]


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