Anyone who watches HBO series Game of Thrones — and lets face it, who doesn’t? — will likely agree that the charismatic and charming Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, is one of the show’s best characters.
Although his Game of Thrones part sees him with a distinctly British accent, Dinklage is actually an American.
He has made a mint from starring in the seriously popular HBO series since 2011 and his net worth is now recorded at $10 million dollars, while he commanded up to $150,000 per episode (but we think he deserved even more).
Dinklage’s first big role was in 2003 in The Station Agent, and he’s starred in myriad films and theatre plays since then.
He has also won some real prestigious accolades during his career, which brings us back to his role in GoT over the past five years, which has led him to win two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Dinklage was born in New Jersey to a retired insurance salesman and a music teacher, with his heritage tragic back to Ireland, England and Germany.
He first had a taste of acting success while at school after playing in a production called The Velveteen Rabbit. Dinklage played the lead role, and was spurred on to view it as a career option judging the crowds response - which he enjoyed.
One of Dinklage’s distinctive characteristics is his physicality. He was born with a form of dwarfism, which detracts nothing from the man’s big personality and his ability to do a fantastic job in the roles he plays on stage or in front of the camera.
Peter Dinklage once said: ‘I was opposed to doing TV for a long time because I thought the quality of writing wasn't very strong, as opposed to film, but there's been a shift in term of the quality of scripts. HBO has attracted a tremendous amount of great writing talent.’
He does claim to have a soft spot for stage work, and says that he tries to land a spot on stage at least once a year. He has such a soft spot in fact, that he even married a theatre director, Erica Schmidt.
The couple have been married since 2005 and they have a daughter who was born five years ago and they live in New York.
‘I spend my nights just sitting and reading a book and drinking my tea and walking my dog. That's about as exciting as my life gets.’
Despite all of the money and fame that Dinklage has, his evenings sound pretty far from glamorous, but he’s surely much more relatable to the general public as a result, no doubt.