GAME of Thrones actor Andrew Dunbar died suddenly at his Belfast home on Christmas Eve, it emerged today.
The Sun reports that the extra, aged in his 30s, from Portrush, also appeared in hit BBC show Line of Duty as well as the award-winning HBO drama, reports Belfast Live.
It has not been revealed how the actor died.
He passed away at his home in east Belfast on December 24, local media reports.
Pamela Smyth, Head of Crowd Makeup on Game of Thrones, said Dunbar “stood out” from the thousands of other extras on the set.
She said: “Even among the thousands of extras that came through the crowd room on Thrones – Andrew always stood out.
“Always professional and mannerly with a big broad beaming smile. A beautiful soul – he will be missed by all the GoT family.”
Fellow actor and friend Andy McClay paid tribute to his “special” pal who also worked as a DJ.
He said: “Everyone always wanted Andrew. There was just something about him that was special.
‘ANDREW ALWAYS STOOD OUT’
“People always felt good around him, happy, excited for the day’s work and there was always a lot of fun when he was around.
“I’d say most of us felt the same when we came on set, we wanted Andrew to be there, we’d search him out. He was like a gel that kept us all together.
“A lot of people plan to travel to attend his funeral; actors, directors, make-up and many, many more. Everyone who met Andrew loved him.
“He did a lot of different things, including working as a Game of Thrones tour guide which he was brilliant at.
“He could have made it as a professional actor but he really wanted to do his art and DJ.”
Helen Sloan, Principle Stills Photographer for Game of Thrones, paid tribute to Dunbar’s professionalism.I
She said: “Yesterday morning we heard the awful news that we lost one of our Thrones Family. Andrew Dunbar was an absolute gem. Funny, charming, beautiful – and that impression of Miguel will never be beaten.
“When we were setting up to shoot the season 8 campaign – a stand-in was required. Knowing exactly who I wanted – the hunt for Andy began.
“They told me he had just left and I ran out to the car park after him and asked if he would be up for it.
“He said he was heading out that night – but said he wanted to do anything to help. He came back in and got back into costume just for me.
“Even though he knew I couldn’t give him the photos after. Well f**k it. I’m breaking the rules of publication now. These photos need to be seen and shared among friends. Because he looks like a total legend.
“An excellent addition to Thrones all the way through. A beautiful performer – and great guy to have around.
“Andy – an absolute dote. The last time I saw him was at [our friend’s] funeral. And we shared a warm but silent hug. Wish we could have chatted more.”
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