The Belfast-born actor JJ Murphy died on August 8, just four days into filming his scenes for the fifth season of the hit HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones.
Murphy was cast as Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch in the new season of the adaptation of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.
According to his agent Phillip Young, Murphy was “absolutely delighted”, to be cast “in one of the biggest productions in the world at this stage in his career.”
“I had the pleasure and honour to be his Agent for the last 18 months and have never encountered a man with more spirit, passion and love for his craft,” Philip Young said in a statement. “At this time our thoughts are with his family.’
Game of Thrones producers, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, expressed their condolences and stated they would not cast another actor instead of JJ Murphy.
“We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy.,” their statement said. “He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended.”