Who is Mark Addy?
Mark Ian Addy was born on 14 January 1964, in York, England, and is an actor, best known for his portrayal of the character King Robert Baratheon during the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. Other notable projects he’s worked on include “Atlantis”, “Still Standing”, and “The Full Monty”.
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The Wealth of MarkAddy
As of early-2020, Mark Addy’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through a successful career in acting since 1987, appearing in various local and Hollywood productions. He’s also known for his work in theatre, as well as for voice acting.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Mark grew up in York, with most of his family hailing from the area – his father worked in the glass industry. Mark attended Nunthorpe Grammar School, where his interest in the performing arts grew, and after matriculating he then enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, completing a three-year program. RADA is one of the most well-known performing arts institutions in the country.
After completing his studies, he made his television debut in the miniseries “The Ritz” which follows the lives of three bouncers who work in a night club, and who must protect their workplace from a rival nightclub owner.
The following year, he was cast in “A Very Peculiar Practice” which aired on BBC for two seasons. Over the next few years he appeared mainly as a guest or occasional character in various popular shows, including “Married… with Children”, “The Syndicate”, “Heartbeat”, and “Peak Practice”. He also made an appearance in the comedy show “Bonkers”.
Continued Television Work and Theatre Projects
Addy gained a bit of attention for his portrayal of Bill Miller in the US sitcom “Still Standing”, which aired for four years on CBS.
The series tells the story of a working-class family living in Chicago – for the show, he had to improvise an American accent, and did so successfully despite not having any training before being cast in the show. He also worked on the second season of “The Thin Blue Line”, alongside Rowan Atkinson, in the show about the endeavors of uniformed police officers in a fictional English town.
While working on these television projects, he concurrently appeared in a few theatre projects, such as the revival of “Donkeys’ Years”, and in an iteration of “Much Ado About Nothing” in which he portrayed Dogberry.
Another notable project he worked on is “Fram”, in which he played Hjalmar Johansen in the story of explorer Fridtjof Nansen in his quest to try and reach the North Pole. The play also showcases his life after the endeavor, as he tries to help the famine-ridden Soviet Union. Other stars of the play included Sian Thomas, Jeff Rawle, and Jasper Britton.
Game of Thrones
In 2011, Mark was cast in one of his most recognized roles as Robert Baratheon in the television adaptation of “Game of Thrones”. The series is based on the George RR Martin series of novels, collectively referred to as “A Song of Ice and Fire”.
The show’s name is taken from the series’ first book “A Game of Thrones”, and is set in a fictional fantasy world, in a continent divided into Seven Kingdoms geographically but unified under one who sits at the Iron Throne. It delves deep into the history of the fantasy world, with political intrigue, and a supernatural threat looming.
He was a part of the show during its first season, portraying the King of the continent Westeros, having won the seat after usurping the previous tyrannical family who held the throne, but his character had to be killed off to set the plot in motion, much like how his character died in the book.
Despite only being a part of the show during its first season, he made a significant impact with many fans of the show still recognizing him from his role. The show didn’t quite end on a good mark, as while it had generally positive reviews during its run, its ending left many of its fans and critics divided. While filming “Game of Thrones”, he admitted that one of the hardest things to learn while shooting was horseback riding. He also complimented how the show’s production was akin to many feature films he’s worked on.
Look forward to seeing you all there! Mx https://t.co/3RZzPWxhKX
— Mark Addy (@MrMarkAddy) July 8, 2019
Career After Game of Thrones
Shortly after exiting, “Game of Thrones”, Addy was cast in the television series “Trollied” as the character Andy. The UK show is set in a fictional supermarket, following the lives of employees who work there. He stayed with the show for two years and then moved on to his next major project “Atlantis” in which he portrays the Greek mythological character, Hercules. The show is inspired by Greek mythology as well as the legends that surround the fictional island of Atlantis. He stayed with the show for two seasons before its cancellation.
He’s also been very active in films, though he took a long break from them during the early-2010s to focus on his television work.
In 2018, he voiced Clyde the Horse in the film “Mary Poppins Returns” which stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. One of his latest projects is the film “Downton Abbey” which was created by the writer of the television series of the same name, Julian Fellowes.
Mark married Kelly Biggs in 1996 and they have three children together. He doesn’t talk a lot about his relationship and his family, preferring to keep a separation between his career and personal endeavors. During his free time, he enjoys going to fan conventions, events, and charity endeavors. He’s also been invited to speak at various educational institutions, even speaking at the University of York commencement, where he was awarded an honorary degree for his achievements.