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Arts in dire need of help from Stormont, says Game of Thrones star Ian McElhinney

Ian's concern for plight of actors and technicians

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The actor Ian McElhinney and wife Marie Jones

The actor Ian McElhinney and wife Marie Jones

Ian as Granda Joe with cast members in Derry Girls

Ian as Granda Joe with cast members in Derry Girls

The actor Ian McElhinney and wife Marie Jones

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney has "begged" the Executive and the Arts Council to do more to help Northern Ireland's struggling actors and technicians.

Ian, who also plays Granda Joe in the hit TV series Derry Girls, said he is deeply concerned about the plight of scores of actors and technicians who have seen their work dry up through the enforced closure of theatres during the coronavirus lockdown.

He added: "The trouble is that theatre is largely a freelance business and it's a very tough time for everyone involved.