Amazon has finally unveiled the anticipated Alex Rider TV series and Stephen Dillane is amongst its exceptional cast. Let’s explore his character and previous roles.
Back in the year 2000, children were treated to the fourth instalment of the franchise often credited for getting kids back into books, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
On the other hand, it’s also the year that a new literary phenomenon was born.
Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker introduced readers to the exciting and dangerous world of teen spy Alex Rider and fans were soon eager for more.
Throughout the 2000s it gained acclaim, with many critics and general readers hailing it as James Bond for a younger generation. It was hardly surprising that it earned a film adaptation in 2006, but unexpectedly, it failed to take off into a franchise.
Now, it’s been adapted for TV by Guy Burt with Otto Farrant in the lead, joined by an ensemble of great talents…
Amazon: Alex Rider casts Stephen Dillane
Throughout the Alex Rider series, Stephen Dillane reprises the role of Alan Blunt.
The 63-year-old actor was brilliantly cast, with the likes of Bill Nighy having previously portrayed him in the 2006 film Stormbreaker starring Alex Pettyfer.
Exploring Alan’s character in respect to the novels, he is the chief executive of the Special Operations division of MI6, appearing in all of the novels up until the ninth, titled Scorpia Rising.
He’s an incredibly methodical and calculated individual, devoted to the job at all costs.
Stephen does a terrific job of bringing depth to the author’s creation, but where exactly have we witnessed his talents before?
Stephen Dillane: Previous roles
According to IMDb, he first appeared on screens way back in a 1985 episode of Remington Steele (he played Bradford Galt).
A year later he briefly starred as Mark Siddall in an episode of Coronation Street.
Over the decades he’s landed a wealth of great parts on television, with such highlights including Game of Thrones (Stannis Baratheon), The Tunnel (Karl Roebuck), Secret State (Paul J. Clark), John Adams (Thomas Jefferson) and Hunted (Rupert Keel).
Other TV work includes The Crown (Graham Sutherland), Eternal Law (Carl) and The Cazalets (Edward Cazalet).
On the other hand, he boasts some brilliant film credits too, having tackled parts in the likes of 2017’s Darkest Hour (Viscount Halifax), The Hours (Leonard Woolf), Mary Shelley (Mr. Godwin), Zero Dark Thirty (National Security Advisor), 44 Inch Vest (Mal), Goal! The Dream Begins (Glen Foy) and 2004’s King Arthur (Merlin).
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