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Miltos Yerolemou is famous from «Game of Thrones» and the role as Syrio Forel, master sword-fighter and instructor to Ariel Stark. Next autumn he'll be visiting Bergen Nasjonale Opera.

- I've never been to Bergen. Now I'm going with "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which is one of the most fun roles I've done in my career, says Yerolemou.

His life and career has changed since the first season of "Game of Thrones", in which he plays Silvio Forel, fencing teacher to Arya Stark. When BT got hold of him by phone in London, he'd just come home from a Fan Convention in New Hampshire.

- It's fun to meet fans of "Game of Thrones" in that way. I also get to catch up with former colleagues. In New Hampshire I actually ran fencing classes. It's cool to keep the subject alive, he says.

- You are trained with the sword?

- I do enough to look very professional on film or on stage. I also have a background in dance, so I can use the combination of different choreographies. It has probably helped me land some good film roles, says Yerolemou.

Cried like a baby

He will be playing Puck in the opera version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which is scheduled to run in Grieghallen in November 2015. The Greek-Cypriot actor has a close relationship with both the role and the play.

- It was the first real role I did, and a role I keep coming back to, says Yerolemou.

He more or less stumbled across the role of Puck. When his agent asked, out of the blue, if he would take a job at the English National Opera, the young actor thought he was joking.

- I could not sing opera. The last thing I wanted was to humiliate myself. But it turned out that my job was to be understudy to the actor in the role of Puck. It was more of a physical and speaking role.

- Two weeks before the premiere the main actor injured his back. I was thrown into it at the very premiere. I cried like a baby towards the end, but survived. This is why the role means so much to me. Now I also have the right age to play Puck, says Yerolemou.

Role in 'Star Wars'

Before his visit to Bergen another exciting film role awaits him, in JJ Abram's "Star Wars: Episode VII", which is currently being filmed in London. With, among others, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the lead roles. Expectations are enormous.

- You'll be brandishing a lightsaber maybe?

- You know what? I've signed so many confidentiality contracts, that I hardly dare to say anything. Everything is very secret. I have a small role. "Star Wars" is something I grew up with. I am a fan, and so are the other actors. It is simply huge.

Miltos Yerolemou says he is amazed at the power of film television as a medium.

- I worked like crazy for 20 years on stage. So I have a small role in a television series. Suddenly I'm famous. "Game of Thrones" has become a phenomenon that is larger than the series. It grows and grows. I'm grateful. The series has given me opportunities to expand my repertoire.

- Do you get better role offers?

- I am no longer just a name that my agent sends out. I am "he from "Game of Thrones", who taught the girl to fence". It makes a big difference, he says, laughing.

Focus on film

Recently he as acted in a major BBC series and the feature film "Tulip Fever" with Judi Dench and Christoph Waltz.

- I have a small role. The film is directed by Justin Chadwick ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), who is an old friend of mine.

- Will you be taking longer breaks from the theatre stage now?

- I toured for a long time with another production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", so I decided to take time off to pursue film and TV. Theatre is very time consuming. But in May we start rehearsals for the production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which will be coming to Bergen, says Miltos Yerolemou.

By Frank Johnsen, Bergens Tidende

 

By Bergen Nasjonale Opera

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