Stephen J. Dillane is an English actor for the big and small screen and theater. He was born in the year 1956 and celebrates his birthday every year on 30 November. He is most popular for his roles as Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, Glen Foy in Goal!, Leonard Woolf in The Hours, and American politician Thomas Jefferson in the HBO miniseries John Adams. Dillane is an accomplished theatre actor as well and won a Tony Award for his lead performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing.

Dillane is a native of Kensington, London, as he was born and spent most of his early life there.  He was welcomed to the family of an English mother, Bridget, and an Australian surgeon father, Dr. John Dillane. He has a younger brother, Richard, who is also an actor. Upon graduation from the University of Exeter, he became a journalist for the Croydon Advertiser. However, unsatisfied with his career, he gave up journalism for acting and entered the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Dillane is a distinguished stage actor. His notable roles include Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (1989), Prior Walter in Angels in America (1993), Hamlet (1994), Clov in Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1996), Uncle Vanya (1998), Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (2000), The Coast of Utopia (2002), and a one-man version of Macbeth (2005). Onscreen, he is probably best known for his role of Horatio in the 1990 film adaptation of Hamlet. He is also famous for his portrayal of Leonard Woolf in The Hours (2002), legendary English professional golfer Harry Vardon in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) and Glen Foy in the Goal! trilogy. In July 2011, he joined the cast of the hit series, Game of Thrones, as Stannis Baratheon. In 2012, he played Rupert Keel, head of the private security company organisation Byzantium, in the television series Hunted. The same year, he starred in the British independent film Papadopoulos & Sons, playing the role of a successful entrepreneur, Harry Papadopoulos, who rediscovers his life after being forced to start again from nothing following a banking crisis. His real-life son, Frank Dillane, plays his reel life son in the film. In January 2013, it was reported that he had been cast as the male lead in the Sky Atlantic series The Tunnel.

Talking about his personal life, Dillane is a married man. He married actress Naomi Wirthner. Although their exact wedding date is not known, the couple have been married for a long time. They are said to have dated for some time before tying the knot. They have two sons Seamus Dillane and actor Frank Dillane. Frank is best known for playing the teenage Voldemort in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Dillane and Wirthner seem to be enjoying a really happy family life for many years and from the looks of it, divorce is certainly out of the picture for many more years to come. He has found the perfect balance to his personal and professional life and is a good husband and father.

Dillane is not only talented; he has also been blessed with a charming personality. He stands tall at the height of 6 feet and has maintained a good body. His good work over the years has not only made his famous but also earned him a good amount of fortune. By now, he has garnered a huge number of fans and followers all over the world. He is also an active user of popular social media pages like Facebook and Twitter and frequently updates his pages in both sites. More on him is available on his biographies on the Wikipedia and the IMDb website.