When Will Tudor scored a role on the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, he wasn’t anywhere near being a household name in Hollywood. In fact, the English actor was barely scratching the surface of the limelight in the movie industry. Such lowly status was however remedied by his part in the cult fantasy series, where he played the role of a male prostitute who engages in numerous gay liaisons, and since then, he has never looked back.
He has leveraged on the fame provided by his unforgettable GOT days to give his career the needed shot in the arm which will enable him to achieve his dreams of making a lasting impact in the Tinseltown, a dream that he first nursed during his lower sixth year at school.
The Journey From Drama School To Landing His Debut Role
William James Sibree Tudor was born on the 11th of April 1987 in London, England. He grew up near Stratford-Upon-Avon (the birthplace of famous English author – William Shakespeare) and completed his elementary and secondary education there. For college, he attended Leicester University where he studied English Literature and graduated in 2008.
Unlike many other actors who fall in love with their craft at an early age, Will Tudor only realized that he wanted to be an actor when he was 16. He had auditioned for a stage play known as Faustus and landed the lead role of Dr. Faustus. The role was a very challenging one and the young lad had to memorize numerous lines. He, however, enjoyed the whole experience and decided to follow it up and see where it would lead him.
While in the university, Tudor was an active member of the drama society and took part in several plays. After college, he attended The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he further honed his skills. He participated in many theatrical productions while there and graduated with an acting degree in 2011.
Tudor commenced his career the same year he graduated; with a minor role in the TV series, Great Expectations. Based on a Charles Dickens novel of the same name, Great Expectations revolved around Pip, a lowly blacksmith who suddenly comes into a big fortune and has to deal with the fallout. In the series, Will portrayed the role of an admirer of Pip’s love interest, a lady named Estella.
The Salacious Role He Played in Game Of Thrones
Following that humble debut, Will Tudor spent about a year without scoring any other significant acting jobs. He however refused to despair and his perseverance was rewarded with a role in the hit TV show, GOT, in 2013. The fantasy series had previously premiered in 2010 and had grown to become one of the most-watched TV shows in the world. It was also one of the most pirated and thus gave Tudor the chance to showcase his talent to a global fanbase.
The English actor did not disappoint. He brought much fervor and passion to his role of Olyvar, a male prostitute who exclusively caters to male clientele. He also expertly delivered his two-faced nature as a spy who is employed by the cunning Petyr Baelish (aka Little Finger) to help him in his grand agenda. On the whole, Tudor’s character appeared in seven episodes of GOT across season 3 to season 5. During this time, he engaged in sexual relations with the likes of Oberyn Martell, Ellaria Sand, Loras Tyrell, and Renly Baratheon.
He is however forced to testify against his former lover, Loras, and eventually dies off-screen during the destruction of King’s Landing. Despite the fact that Tudor’s time on GOT was short-lived, it did wonders for his career. The popularity of the franchise made him visible to global audiences and many magazines sought him out for interviews. It also helped him to land other steady jobs once his time in the fictional Westeros world came to an end.
— Will Tudor (@willtudor1) May 27, 2015
Moving on from GOT – Shadowhunters, and Humans
Even though Will Tudor has been described as a polymathic actor whose career spans TV, movie, and theatre mediums, his most notable works have thus far been on the small screens. Since his breakout on GOT, the English actor has gone ahead to appear in other TV series such as In the Club, The Red Tent, Mr. Selfridge, Shadowhunters, and Humans.
Humans is a British sci-fi series that explores the impact of robots and artificial intelligence on human lives. In the series, people are able to purchase robotic servants who look just like humans and put them to work. Tudor played the role of one of such robots, known as ODI, and his character ends up developing a close relationship with his owner, a widowed doctor. He appeared in about 14 episodes of the show between 2015 and 2018.
Another notable TV show that Tudor has been a part of is Shadowhunters. The supernatural drama follows Clary, a young human girl who comes from a long line of angel/human hybrids, known as Shadowhunters, who hunt down demons. Shadowhunters featured Katherine McNamara as Clary while Tudor portrayed her elder brother/demon/arch-nemesis, Jonathan, whom she eventually has no choice but to kill.
On the big screens, Will Tudor has appeared in movies such as Vampire Academy and the 2014 British comedy/drama, Bonobo. Bonobo focuses on the attempts of an uptight mom to ‘rescue’ her daughter from a hippy commune. The movie received positive reviews and was nominated for the best British feature at the Raindance Film Festival.
Rumoured Romance with Katherine McNamara
Tudor has kept his love life pretty much private. He has not publicly acknowledged being in a relationship with any lady and as such, there is always relationship rumors swirling around him. One of those rumors that have refused to go away is that linking him with his Shadowhunters co-star, American actress, Katherine McNamara.
He and Katherine are very close pals but they have never confirmed being in a relationship. Some fans have however concluded that they are dating due to how close they are even after their TV series. For instance, in April 2020, McNamara used her Instagram page to send Will a heartfelt birthday message. She described him as her favorite adventure companion, debate partner, and wilderness wanderer. The actress also stated that he was extraordinary and that she was happy that they stumbled into each other’s lives.
A Look at the Actor’s Family Background
Throwback! Me and my wonderful silly siblings 🙂
From left: William Brown (me); Violet Elizabeth Bott; Robert Brown pic.twitter.com/GesPepyg3x
— Will Tudor (@willtudor1) July 24, 2017
Will Tudor hails from a family of doctors. His parents’ names are not public knowledge at the moment but it is known that he has two beloved siblings namely a brother, Robert Brown, and a sister named Elizabeth Violet Bott. Given such a background, the young Will thought of following the family trade into the medical field or even studying law. His parents however noticed how naturally he took to acting and so they suggested to him that he should pursue a career in that direction. He heeded their wise counseling and now he is bound for Hollywood stardom.