Clive Mantle, 62, has reflected on his time playing Lord Greatjon Umber in season one of Game of Thrones and candidly opened up about being unable to enjoy certain parts of the filming experience. The actor revealed he struggled to cope with chilling “minus 22” temperatures while working on location for the HBO drama in Belfast and admitted he was slightly envious of his co-stars who had the opportunity to film in warmer places for the series.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Clive explained he sees his time on the series as more enjoyable in “hindsight”.
He said: “I sort of enjoy it more now in hindsight than I did at the time.
“The only reason I didn’t enjoy it at the time was because it was minus 22 in Belfast as we were filming the end of the first series and I had just come back from Everest.
“Minus 15 was the coldest it got up near Everest base camp and it was minus 22 in Belfast, so it was colder there.”
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He jokingly added: “Everyone would just go, ‘Oh another actor complaining about how cold they are’, but it really was cold!”
The former Casualty star went on to admit the Game of Thrones cast were all stunned by the “phenomenon” the show turned into.
Clive continued: “None of us knew that it was going to be the phenomenon that it turned into.
“You always enter into these projects with the best intentions, the best will in the world, and put all your efforts in and hope it’s good and for once every ounce of all that energy that went into the series realised itself on screen and turned it into the magnificent series that it is.
“So it’s lovely to be part of that but not the most comfortable process to film.”
Although the actor is proud of the successful series, he admitted to having one regret about his role.
He added: “I sort of wish I’d got a part in the Dothraki element of the series where they were filming in lovely places like Malta.
“I’m certainly more drawn to the warmer weather than the colder weather.”
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Elsewhere, Clive spoke out about why he decided to leave his role as Dr Mike Barratt in BBC medical drama Casualty and sister show Holby City.
The soap star appeared in 82 episodes of the show before leaving the soap in 1996. He then returned to reprise his role in Holby City from 1999 to 2001.
Clive he decided to leave the soap behind when his storylines were being “repeated”, with one particular plot about Jehovah’s Witnesses being used three times.
He said: “What I did get upset about was the storylines kept coming round.
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“I think in five years in Casualty I did the storyline about Jehovah’s Witnesses not having blood transfusions three times and you go, ‘Hang on there must be something else, there must be another storyline.’
“So that’s why I sort of left when they were repeating stories quite often.”
However, the actor admitted the repetitive nature of the show is probably accurate in reflecting the nature of Accident and Emergency departments.
He explained: “But the very nature of an accident and emergency department, the same injuries, the same kind of things come in day after day, so it is a repetitive process working in an A&E department, but as an actor I wanted to do different things.”
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