Andrew Dunbar dead: Game of Thrones actor dies suddenly at home


Game of Thrones actor Andrew Dunbar died on Christmas Eve at his Belfast home.

The Portrush native, who was in his thirties, was renowned on the set of the hit HBO show as an extra.

Dunbar was also hired repeatedly in other hit shows including Line of Duty and worked as a DJ, reports Belfast Live.

Tributes have since poured in to the late star from his close friends to his TV colleagues.

Pamela Smyth, Head of Crowd Makeup Game of Thrones, said: “Even among the thousands of extras that came through the crowd room on Thrones – Andrew always stood out.”

While actor and friend Andy McClay, said: “Everyone always wanted Andrew. There was just something about him that was special. 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.

Andrew Dunbar, who starred in HBO hit Game of Thrones, died on Christmas Eve
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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.

Andrew (left) with close friend and fellow actor Andy McClay

“The acting was special to him but it was mostly for fun and although he’d a lot of talent, when people told him to go professional, he just laughed and said he was happy as he was.

“His DJ sets were amazing and when he did one set for Game of Thrones, he ended up doing them all for the end of season parties.

Extra Andrew was well known on the set of Game of Thrones
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Andrew pictured at the Whistler Film Festival Red Carpet on December 4 2019
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“I always thought Andrew lived in the moment and he always looked out for everyone else, including me. After a challenging day or crappy weather, or difficult times, he’d make you stop and talk it out.

“So when I heard he’d died suddenly on Christmas Eve, it just broke me. I’ll never make any sense of it. He was a true person, a talent, kind and decent man and he had a full and good heart.

“I’ve cried and cried since I heard – my friend is gone and my heart is broken.”

He is described as the dearly loved son of Edna and the late Roy, loving brother of David and Alan and a much loved brother-in-law, uncle, nephew and cousin.

Pamela Smyth, Head of Crowd Makeup Game of Thrones, 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.”

Anyone who needs to talk to someone about mental health issues can call the Samaritans on 116123 or Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.

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