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Owen Teale…

One of Britain's leading award-winning theatre actors, Owen Teale is best known on screen for his recurring role of Alliser Thorne in HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.

With an outstanding career spanning more than 25 years, his more recent screen credits also include Houdini & Doyle, Ripper Street, River, the television movie Under Milk Wood, Stella and Line of Duty, as well as appearances in Silk and Torchwood. His earlier credits include the role of Dr Freisler in the multi-award-winning Conspiracy for HBO, John O'Brien in Catherine Cookson's The Fifteen Streets, Conor Devlin in Ballykissangel, Fluellen in Henry V - as part of The Hollow Crown, Ham Peggotty in David Copperfield, as well as a guest appearance in Doctor Who.

His feature film credits include the character of Lopahkin in The Cherry Orchard, The Last Legion, King Arthur and Marco Polo. Owen portrayed Will Scarlett in Robin Hood (1991) and The Unknown Soldier in Derek Jarman's War Requiem. He will next be seen in the upcoming Nocturne.

Nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for his performance of Torvald in A Doll's House in London's West End, Owen received the coveted 1997 Tony Award — Best Featured Actor in a Play for the same role on Broadway.

His other theatre credits include Creditors at the Donmar Warehouse and BAM (directed by the late Alan Rickman), Kurt in The Dance of Death with Sir Ian McKellen, which played in the Sydney Festival of 2004, the title role in Macbeth, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar, Hotspur in Henry IV, and Edmund in King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company — through to the more recent Under Milk Wood, The Broken Heart, Gaslight and the role of Briggs in the recent production of No Man's Land with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, which won Best Revival at this year's Evening Standard Awards.

… as Prof Chad Berger

Head of Renal and Frankie's mentor, Berger is the keeper of her secret and her rock. From a Welsh steelworker family, he is a larger than life, maverick physician who doesn't always play by the rules when it comes to looking after his patients.