Game Of Thrones stars have paid tribute to actor Peter Vaughan following his death aged 93.
Vaughan appeared in four series of the HBO show as Maester Aemon, the blind, scholarly mentor and guide to Jon Snow after the young man joins the Night’s Watch.
Fellow Castle Black resident Luke Barnes, who played Rast, said he was “absolutely gutted” to learn of Vaughan’s death.
Absolutely gutted about Peter Vaughan. Even in his old age he refused to sit whilst anyone else was standing. Absolute gentlemen.— Luke Barnes - Vote Labour (@northernluke) December 6, 2016
Not often you get to work with an actual legend. He was so kind and so gentle and so interesting.— Luke Barnes - Vote Labour (@northernluke) December 6, 2016
Fellow GoT star Eugene Simon, who played Lancel Lannister, said: “Oh folks, our love to the family and memory of actor Peter Vaughn (sic).”
Reading about Peter Vaughn's career really gave me cause to smile and be in wonder. Is there an… https://t.co/9Fx5TmFZhr— Eugene Michael Simon (@Eugene_Simon) December 6, 2016
Brenock O’Connor, who stars as young Night’s Watch mutineer Olly, said Peter was a “kind and talented man”.
Deeply saddened to hear that Peter Vaughan has passed away at 93. A kind and talented man. His watch is ended x pic.twitter.com/jOnusxuZ3N— Brenock O'Connor (@Brenock_OConnor) December 6, 2016
And now his watch is ended. Lucky to meet him briefly once, a wonderful actor and lovely man. Sleep well, Peter Vaughan. https://t.co/UHdEqgs5E1— Daniel Portman (@Daniel_Portman) December 6, 2016
Daniel Portman, who stars as Podrick Payne, tweeted: “And now his watch is ended. Lucky to meet him briefly once, a wonderful actor and lovely man. Sleep well, Peter Vaughan.”
GoT producer and screenwriter Bryan Cogman said it was an “honour to have known” the late actor.
So very sad to hear of passing of Porridge & #GameofThrones star Peter Vaughan aged 93. An astonishing actor. He leaves a huge screen legacy pic.twitter.com/lZkgwjvqCH— Morris Bright MBE (@Morris__Bright) December 6, 2016
Sam Westerby, who worked as the actor’s publicist for his autobiography which was published earlier this year also paid tribute alongside names across television and film.
Very saddened about Peter Vaughan. It was an honour to know him & a privilege to act as publicist for his superb memoir. A brilliant actor. pic.twitter.com/awJdDHjV5Q— Sam Westerby (@samwesterby) December 6, 2016
Blackadder actor Tony Robinson said he would “never forget his performance in Our Friends in the North.”
I went on my first CND march with Peter Vaughan in 1959. An amazing actor. I'll never forget his performance in Our Friends in the North— Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) December 6, 2016
Backbeat actor Scot Williams said: “Peter Vaughan rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Former Doctor Who screenwriter Phil Ford said: “Sad to see that Peter Vaughan has died at 93. A superb actor who could be menacing and funny and often both at the same time #RIP.”
Television producer Jonathan Sothcott wrote: “RIP fine British character actor Peter Vaughan. Memorable in Porridge, Game of Thrones, Time Bandits, Haunted Honeymoon etc. Great face.”
Peep Show actor Jim Howick said: “The brilliant Peter Vaughan. R.I.P. What a career.”
Actor Christopher Biggins also appeared in Porridge, and he told BBC Radio London: “If you look back on it, he didn’t do that many episodes but his character was so strong that you would think he was in every episode. He was wonderful. He was a joy to work with.
“I didn’t have any scenes with him but we rehearsed together at the North Acton rehearsal rooms and he was not only an imposing character and gave the most wonderful performance, but he had a real twinkle in his eye and he was quite naughty.”