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Thrones' Liam relishes bad guy role

GAME of Thrones star Liam Cunningham is stepping out of his comfort zone to play the devil in his latest role.

And the Dublin actor said he wouldn't have it any other way, as he gets a kick out of playing bad guys.

The 52-year-old, who portrays former smuggler Ser Davos Seaworth in the smash-hit drama, said it is more interesting to get your teeth into an evil role.

"I play the devil in my new film, Let Us Prey, so it's pretty much as bad as you can get," Cunningham told the Herald.

"I have played a few bad guy roles before and they seem to think its suits me for some reason.

"Davos is probably one of the decent souls in the Game of Thrones, so that's different, but it's still very enjoyable."

Cunningham, who has been attending premieres of the fourth series of the drama around the world, was back in Dublin last week for a special preview screening.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley star said he knew that he was on to a winner with Game of Thrones before joining the cast in 2012.

"I knew it was going to be good because I know how to read a script after this many years," he said.


"But I had no idea it was going to turn into a phenomenon.

"I think people like it because it's a show that's written by grown-ups for grown-ups."

While he has made his name as one of Dublin's best-known film and TV actors, Cunningham said that his dishevelled appearance allows him to lead a relatively quiet life when he returns home.

"After filming I usually shave off my beard and put on my glasses so nobody cares or knows who I am," he said.

He added that he was very proud of the Irish involvement in Game of Thrones, which includes actors Michael McElhatton and Jack Gleeson.