Jack Gleeson's cruel King Joffrey is named best TV villain
The sadistic boy king, played by actor Jack Gleeson in Game of Thrones, has been named the best villain on TV by Rolling Stone magazine.
The series has become compulsive viewing for millions of fans around the world with incest, nudity, and graphic violence all featuring in its latest record-breaking run.
Playing the character of evil King Joffrey Baratheon - killed off in the latest series - modest Cork actor Gleeson previously announced he had decided to bow out of acting completely to further his studies.
Rolling Stone wrote: "Played to insufferable perfection by Jack Gleeson, a publicity-shy language scholar who's already retired from acting at the tender age of 22, King Joffrey Baratheon was the best villain currently on television".
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