One of the stars of hit television series Game of Thrones has undergone surgery to repair his ear following an early-morning attack.
Clive Mantle (55) - who has also appeared in the long-running BBC medical drama Casualty - underwent surgery to save his ear following the attack yesterday.
He was staying at a Travelodge in Forster Street on Newcastle's Quayside after appearing in a touring production of The Ladykillers at the city's Theatre Royal.
The actor also graced the small screen recently as Greatjon Umber, a Northern lord, in the first series of fantasy epic Game of Thrones.
Much of the series - which returns for a third season next week - was filmed at some of Northern Ireland's best-known tourist spots.
A 32-year-old man from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, has been charged with wounding with intent. He will appear before Newcastle Magistrates next month.
It was believed Mr Mantle was attacked at 4.30am after he asking other guests to keep the noise down.
A spokesman for the actor's agent, London-based Saraband Associates, said the police and ambulance crews were called after the attack and the part of his ear which was severed was re-attached.
Mr Mantle will see a specialist in Oxford tomorrow to see if that has been a success.
In the meantime he will not be available to play in The Ladykillers run in Manchester as he has been told he must not get make-up near his wound, the agent's spokesman said.
"He is very badly shaken up," he said. "He sounds very wobbly today."