For Glaswe­gian ac­tor Daniel Port­man, best known for his role as the loyal Po­drick Payne in Game of Thrones, those in a po­si­tion of in­flu­ence have a duty to share their be­liefs

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Get­ting to know Game of Thrones ac­tor, Daniel Port­man, and his be­liefs

Be­ing the son of an ac­tor I un­der­stood how the in­dus­try worked. But I didn’t want to be an ac­tor when I was young – I wanted to be a foot­baller, rugby player or rock­star. Then when I was 17 I au­di­tioned for a film and got the job. I fell in love with act­ing and have been very lucky ever since. I had a bit of an ad­van­tage in terms of ex­pec­ta­tions and I was ex­posed to scripts, plays and films that kids wouldn’t be watch­ing un­less their par­ents were in­volved in the in­dus­try.

Though it is a fan­tasy show, Game of Thrones is, at times, very re­al­is­tic. The pol­i­tics and the cor­rup­tion, con­niv­ing and back­stab­bing is rem­i­nis­cent of our so­ci­ety. The ruth­less­ness is hu­man in terms of how peo­ple re­act to war and op­pres­sion.

I have been play­ing Po­drick for six years. He is so well-liked be­cause he is such a good guy. Pod is self­less and hon­ourable. He sticks out like a sore thumb in amongst the other char­ac­ters who are all mo­ti­vated by power and greed, but he’s just a guy who wants to help peo­ple. Also he’s a bit clumsy and a bit funny and he trips over a lot – that is very en­dear­ing in a show filled with beau­ti­ful, pow­er­ful, smart and dan­ger­ous char­ac­ters.

I look a lot dif­fer­ent from how I do in the show. I’ve got longer hair and a beard so if any­body spots me then they’re usu­ally big, big fans of the show. When I’m in Lon­don it hap­pens sev­eral times a day now, but peo­ple are al­ways nice.

My old man (fel­low ac­tor Ron Donachie) and I have a great re­la­tion­ship. My par­ents are the clos­est peo­ple in the world to me. My dad was also cast in Game of Thrones, but our char­ac­ters never over­lapped. We have dif­fer­ent sur­names and so they didn’t know we were re­lated when I au­di­tioned.

I’m a true Glaswe­gian. Of course I think Glas­gow is the cen­tre of the uni­verse and the great­est place on earth. How­ever, a close sec­ond is the is­land of Iona. My mum and Gran both went there on hol­i­days as chil­dren so my fam­ily have been vis­it­ing Iona for about 50 or 60 years. It’s prob­a­bly my favourite place in the whole world, it is par­adise.

Any­body with any sort of fol­low­ing has a duty to stand up and start talk­ing about what they be­lieve in. I feel like I’ve been given the chance to do it and I use my Twit­ter and In­sta­gram to talk about things that are im­por­tant to me. The great thing about so­cial me­dia is that any­one can ex­press their view or tell a story. We don’t have to rely on bi­ased me­dia sources any­more.

I am a Laphroaig man. I like my peaty Islay whiskies. I drink beer as well, but whisky is my night­cap. My friends and I some­times meet up and have a whisky night. We’ll drink a few dif­fer­ent whiskies and com­pare them, then usu­ally end up get­ting quite drunk.

Eng­land de­served to win the Six Na­tions this year. They’ve been play­ing great rugby for a lit­tle while now. But I was im­pressed with the Scot­land team, they are a great side and it’s good we’re now start­ing to get the re­sults. I hope we can give South Africa and the All Blacks a bit of a run for their money in the next World Cup.

A big part of my heart is still in Scot­land. I live in North Lon­don now but still try to go up to Glas­gow every six weeks or so. I have a lot of friends and fam­ily up there. I would like to see Scot­land given a chance to be­come ev­ery­thing it can over the next few years.

Sea­son 7 of Game of Thrones will re­turn to Sky At­lantic on 17 July

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