GAME Of Thrones star Jack Gleeson will forever be remembered as heartless tyrant Joffrey Baratheon in the epic fantasy.
But 10 years on from his debut in the show, the Irish actor, 29, looks very different with long hair and a mustache.
Having spent six years away from acting, Jack returned to work in 2020 on two very different projects: a stage version of novel To Be a Machine and TV comedy series Out of Her Mind.
The former explored the transhumanist movement – the belief and use of technology to further the capabilities of the human body, while the latter was a light-hearted six-parter with comedian Sarah Pascoe.
Jack temporarily ‘retired’ from the industry to focus on other passions but returned reinvigorated as the pandemic was taking hold of the world.
He was much maligned for his role of King Joffrey – a surefire sign he did a great job.
For three seasons fans of the show watched the character become increasingly unhinged and cruel before he died in a gloriously savage poisoning scene.
While the moment was one of the most memorable in its entire history, Jack didn’t rate his performance.
He previously told vulnerability: “I don’t know if there’s a scene where I did my best work, but the final scene I appear in is when Joffrey’s corpse is lying on a plinth in the set and I just got to sleep for the whole day. That was a fun experience.
“They put these ceremonial stones on my eyes. You know when you’re dozing off, and then you wake up and you realize that you were asleep, but you shouldn’t have been, and you kind of … [jolts]? I got like that. That was the one I enjoyed the most. It was also the one I gave my worst performance.”
Embracing the popularity the character has given him, Jack has attended numerous fan conventions over the years.
The latest of which was scheduled for next month in Las Vegas, however, has now been delayed.
Away from the hubbub of those events, Jack keeps a low profile. He said in 2016: “I’ve tried to live as normal a life as possible, almost to an extreme extent. My flat in London where I live alone is really not very lavish.”