Clive Mantle, 62, has reflected on his time playing Lord Greatjon Umber in season one of Game of Thrones and candidly opened up about being unable to enjoy certain parts of the filming experience. The actor revealed he struggled to cope with chilling “minus 22” temperatures while working on location for the HBO drama in Belfast and admitted he was slightly envious of his co-stars who had the opportunity to film in warmer places for the series.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Clive explained he sees his time on the series as more enjoyable in “hindsight”.
He said: “I sort of enjoy it more now in hindsight than I did at the time.
“The only reason I didn’t enjoy it at the time was because it was minus 22 in Belfast as we were filming the end of the first series and I had just come back from Everest.
“Minus 15 was the coldest it got up near Everest base camp and it was minus 22 in Belfast, so it was colder there.”
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Game of Thrones star speaks out about experience on set (Image: HBO)
Clive Mantle played Lord Greatjon Umber in Game of Thrones (Image: HBO)
He jokingly added: “Everyone would just go, ‘Oh another actor complaining about how cold they are’, but it really was cold!”
The former Casualty star went on to admit the Game of Thrones cast were all stunned by the “phenomenon” the show turned into.
Clive continued: “None of us knew that it was going to be the phenomenon that it turned into.
“You always enter into these projects with the best intentions, the best will in the world, and put all your efforts in and hope it’s good and for once every ounce of all that energy that went into the series realised itself on