Peter Hayden Dinklage is an acclaimed American actor who gained international fame for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones. Dinklage’s exceptional performance on the show earned him the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series a remarkable four times. He also received a Golden Globe Award in 2011 and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2020 for his remarkable portrayal of Tyrion. Standing at a height of 4 ft 5 in (1. 5 m), Dinklage has achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism.
Born on June 11, 1969, in Morristown, New Jersey, Dinklage is the younger of two sons of Diane (Hayden), an elementary school teacher, and John Carl Dinklage, an insurance salesman. His ancestry includes German, Irish, and English roots.
Dinklage discovered his passion for acting at a young age and began his journey by participating in local theater productions. In 1995, he made his professional acting debut in the film Living in Oblivion. However, it was his captivating performance in the independent film The Station Agent in 2003 that garnered him widespread critical acclaim. His portrayal in the film led to nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Dinklage’s breakthrough role came in 2011 when he was cast as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin. His exceptional portrayal of the witty and complex character captivated audiences worldwide. For his outstanding performance on the show, Dinklage received four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Aside from his remarkable success on Game of Thrones, Dinklage has also showcased his talent in various films, including Elf (2003), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). In addition to his work in film and television, he has graced the Broadway stage with his performances in The Real Thing (2004) and Cyrano de Bergerac (2018).