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‘GOT’ squire’s secret

/ 12:10 AM July 13, 2018

Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne in “Game of Thrones”

Scottish actor Daniel Portman, who plays noble squire Podrick Payne in “Game of Thrones,” is tight-lipped about what ultimately happens to his and other characters in the final season of the fantasy series, which will be aired next year.

Still, he can open up about related matters. He recently told Coup De Main Magazine, that it’s “absolutely important” to acknowledge the presence of his and other shows and films with empowered women and minorities: “It’s important that people start getting more opportunities to play more three-dimensional, fully illustrated, detailed people—because that’s the world we live in… There’s a lot more diversity in terms of gender and ethnicity—that’s all long overdue.”

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Apart from his high-profile acting gig, Portman, son of actor Ron Donachie, is also busy writing screenplays. “The thing I’m focusing on [is] a black comedy… a very Scottish, very dark and funny film that’s a bit of a murder mystery.”

His “GoT” character Podrick, who is beloved by workers in a Westeros brothel, was not shown in any sex scene, but was gossiped about by characters in the show.

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In 2016, Portman told pop culture website Inverse about Podrick’s stellar reputation, “A magician never reveals his secrets. I quite like it like that—it means I can tell people exactly what I want about it, which is fun.”

One weird explanation he told a curious fan? “He actually has two sets of genitalia… somebody believed me when I [said] that!”—OLIVER PULUMBARIT

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