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Patrick George Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, director, screenwriter, and musician. He is best known for his roles as Richard in Dead Man's Shoes, Norman in Bosque de Sombras, Simon Ross in The Bourne Ultimatum, Father Hughes in Peaky Blinders, and Mr. Martin in The Third Day. He portrayed King Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon.[1]


Patrick George Considine, born to an Anglo-Irish family in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire on 5 September 1973, grew up with his siblings in a council estate in Winshill. He attended Abbot Beyne Senior School and Burton College, and studied at the University of Brighton. In April 2011, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. In 2013, he was diagnosed with Irlen syndrome (a photosensitivity disorder).

Considine has appeared in films such as 24 Hour Party People, Cinderella Man, Stoned, Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Submarine, Blitz, Tyrannosaur, Now Is Good, The World's End, The Double, Child 44, Macbeth, The Girl with All the Gifts, The Death of Stalin and How to Build a Girl and television series such as Red Riding, Peaky Blinders, Informer, The Outsider, and The Third Day.

House of the Dragon[]

On 5 October 2020, it was announced that Considine would be portraying Viserys I Targaryen in Season 1 of House of the Dragon. He was the first casting that was publicly announced.

On 2 April 2022, in an interview with The Independent, Considine spoke for the first time on how he approached the role:

"When I played Viserys Targaryen, I just played my mum, you know. That's what I played – my mother" (Interviewer Question: was she a powerful individual?) "It wasn’t so much that, really. She was just an anchor for me. I loved her very much. But she was a woman who became very, very sick. She had diabetes. She lost sight in both of her eyes. And she lost both of her legs. She was in a terrible, terrible state. But I think she hid inside her illness, and that made it worse for her. And it was a lot for us and everyone around to care for her, whereas she needed to care for herself, too. And that's what this character does, eventually, you know...he becomes very sick and hides in his illness."
"But what this character does have is my mother's passion and love for the people that are close to him. You know, when he meets his grandchildren – and it doesn't [usually] happen in Game of Thrones – he picks them up, and kisses them, and holds them, and it's like, it's bringing that aspect of love to what could be a very stiff character. It's breathing some humanity [into him]. I just used my mum as the template."[2]

George R.R. Martin is very impressed by Considine, stating that his performance gives Viserys's show character a tragic majesty that the book character never quite achieved.[3]



House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen

Other work[]


Year Film Role Notes
1999 A Room for Romeo Brass Morell
2000 Last Resort Alfie
Born Romantic Ray
2001 Happy Now? Glen Marcus
The Martins Hatfield Recorder Editor
2002 24 Hour Party People Rob Gretton
Close Your Eyes Elliot Spruggs
My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 Him Short film
Bouncer Knife Man Short film
2003 In America Johnny
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Richard Also writer
My Summer of Love Phil
2005 Cinderella Man Mike Wilson
Stoned Frank Thorogood
2006 Bosque de Sombras Norman
Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
This Is England N/A Uncredited writer
2007 Hot Fuzz DS Andy Wainwright
The Bourne Ultimatum Simon Ross
Dog Altogether N/A Short film; writer/director
2009 The Cry of the Owl Robert Forrester
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Le Donk
2010 Submarine Graham T. Purvis
2011 Blitz Sgt. Porter Nash
Tyrannosaur N/A Writer/director
2012 Girl on a Bicycle Derek
The Bourne Legacy Simon Ross Uncredited; archive footage
Now Is Good Father
2013 The World's End Steven Prince
The Double Jack as PT Kommander Uncredited
2014 Honour Bounty Hunter
Pride Dai Donovan
2015 Child 44 Vladimir Malevich
Miss You Already Jago
Macbeth Banquo
2016 The Girl with All the Gifts Sergeant Eddie Parks
2017 The Death of Stalin Comrade Andreyev
Journeyman Matty Burton Writer/director
Funny Cow Angus
2019 How to Build a Girl Pat Morrigan
2021 Wolf The Zookeeper
TBA Heads of State Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 My Zinc Bed Paul Peplow Television film
Pu-239 Timofey Berezin
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 Peter Hunter
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House Detective Inspector Jack Whicher
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane
2014 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond the Pale
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: 'Til Death Do Us Part
2016 Peaky Blinders Father John Hughes 4 episodes
2018 Informer Gabe Waters Miniseries
2020 The Outsider Claude Bolton/The Outsider Miniseries; 10 episodes
The Third Day Mr. Martin Miniseries; 6 episodes


Year Title Role Venue
2017 The Ferryman Quinn Carney Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre. London.
2018 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. New York.

Music videos[]

Year Artist Title Notes
2003 Coldplay "God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
Moloko "Familiar Feeling"
2006 Arctic Monkeys "Leave Before the Lights Come On" Also writer

See also[]