Patrick George Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, director, screenwriter, and musician. He is best known for his roles in Dead Man's Shoes, Bosque de Sombras, The Bourne Ultimatum, Peaky Blinders, and The Third Day. He will portray King Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon.
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."
- Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon casts first lead role
- The Independent, Paddy Considine interview, 2 April 2022