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Actor Peter Dinklage has earned raves for his work in the 2003 film The Station Agent and on the hit television series Game of Thrones.
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He also appeared in the London production of Charlie Kaufman's Theater of the New Ear with Meryl Streep and Hope Davis the following year. Also around this time,
Dinklage also made a number of memorable television appearances. He had a recurring roles on the teenage dramatic comedy Life As We Know It and on the drama Nip/Tuck as a male nanny and love interest for Joely Richardson's character.
Dinklage's most significant television work, however, came in 2011 with the premiere of Game of Thrones. In the series based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, he plays Tyrion Lannister, a dwarf of noble birth. His character must survive by his wits, not his brawn, in a land torn apart by competing dynasties seeking power over the kingdoms of Westeros. Martin's novels draw inspiration from medieval England's infamous War of the Roses.
For his portrayal of a "good bad guy," Dinklage won an Emmy Award in 2011 and a Golden Globe in 2012. He is very enthusiastic about the series, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the show has a "smart narrative." "You've got to push the envelope and challenge expectations and ideas of what's going to happen next. That adds to the addiction of the show—you never know what's around the corner."
Dinklage is married to theater director Erica Schmidt. The couple has a daughter together.
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