Bloodthirsty king is just a cuddly teddy
He is best known as bloodthirsty King Joffrey Baratheon in the hit series Game of Thrones, but Jack Gleeson will return to acting as a teddy bear.
He admits that the upcoming theatre show Bears in Space is "very different from Game of Thrones, that's for sure".
"The show is about two cosmonaut bears hurtling through space together so it's fairly removed from Joffrey," he said.
The 22-year-old announced he was retiring from acting earlier this year. But now the show, produced by Gleeson's theatre troupe Collapsing Horse, will begin its run at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin on July 23 before heading over to Edinburgh for the annual Fringe Festival.
Filming for the next instalment of Game of Thrones is due to kick off in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.
King Joffrey met a grisly end in the most recent series, poisoned at his own wedding. Gleeson admitted he will miss his fellow cast members as he will not feature in the next series.
"That will be hard," he said. "I'll miss getting the train up to Belfast and meeting all the people in wardrobe and make-up."