Sir Davos Mervault? Surely the name sounds familiar. Imagine three dragons, their mother Daenerys and a country devastated by a mad rush for the Iron Throne? Have you got it? Liam Cunningham has become inseparable from the character he played on screen for several seasons in the Game of Thrones series.
Dublin native Liam Cunningham was born in June 1961 to a sibling group of five children. After starting out as an electrician in Ireland and then in Zimbabwe, where he lived for three years, he turned to film. The actor was in charge of the castings and made a series of films from 1992 onwards.
In 2006, he signed in particular for two films in which he shared the poster with actor Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto and The Wind is rising – which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes the same year). In 2008, he starred in The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and then in Hunger versus Michael Fassbender. In 2010, he joined the cast of Clash of the Titans, which also included Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
Liam has also had minor roles in a number of British series, including the television series Merlin and Doctor Who. In 2012 he joined the Game of Thrones team in its second season. The actor tells how enthusiastically he welcomed the proposition:
They told me: “There are dragons. I said, “That’s as far as I go.”
On the occasion of the Game of Thrones exhibition organised in September 2015 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, Liam Cunningham once again confided in an interview about his recurring role as Sir Davos and the possible end of this world-renowned series:
I’d like to be there till the end. But those bastards will probably kill me first. Look what they did to Ned Stark!
One thing’s for sure: Liam Cunningham will have trained us for years and years, up and down the mountain. Let’s wish him as much success (and fewer deaths in the dozen) in his next roles!