11:30 am - 04/17/2012

Jack Gleeson swaps 'Game of Thrones' for seat of learning

HE plays a leading role in the hit series 'Game of Thrones' but yesterday actor Jack Gleeson was made a scholar at Trinity College.

The second-year student -- who's studying philosophy and theology -- was among 103 new scholars awarded the coveted accolade yesterday.

The 19-year-old plays the easy-to-despise boy king, Joffrey Baratheon, in the medieval drama which is causing waves on both sides of the Atlantic. But despite his global fame, Mr Gleeson may abandon acting for a more academic route. He previously said: "After 'Game Of Thrones' I'd be happy to do some amateur plays but I don't think I want to do any more professional acting.

"I'd like to be an academic, a philosophy lecturer if possible. I'd do a Masters in Ancient Hebrew maybe, and a PhD hopefully, if I get in."

The Cork native added: "The thing about that level of acting is that it is very financially rewarding but for me it is a balancing act.

"I'm happy to sacrifice a big pay cheque for my happiness, if that's not too corny a thing to say. It's probably more naive than mature to say that, maybe, but that's how I feel."

Scholars are students who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and understanding of their subjects. They are elected annually in various subjects as the result of an exam held in the week before the start of the second term. To become a member of the exclusive Trinity Scholars' club, Mr Gleeson undertook the series of gruelling exams covering a varied mix of topics separate to the academic curriculum.

In recognition of his accolade, he and the other scholars are now entitled to a seat around the dinner table in the Dining Hall at Trinity College. He is also entitled to free accommodation on the campus.


Good luck to everyone studying for finals! I have one next Friday D:
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hateistoodark 17th-Apr-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Good for him!
HBO should campaign hard for his Emmy nom js, he's flawfree as Joff.
molokomolotov 17th-Apr-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
looooooove him
oohasparklie 17th-Apr-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
That kid's poor, unfortunate face.
johnjie 17th-Apr-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Curse you, Jack Gleeson, for having amazing personal interests and wanting a similar career to me, now all I want if for us to be friends and complain about our eventual PhD's together
defaultit 17th-Apr-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
I think I actually am in love with him.
johnjie 17th-Apr-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Also, congrats to him, that scholarship is really prestigious!
motorwill 17th-Apr-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Very cool, he's impressive as much as Joffrey is awful.
marimaried 17th-Apr-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
animalyears 18th-Apr-2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
he's adorable and i love how cocky and psychopathic joffrey is
wentwarth 18th-Apr-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Good luck, OP!

I'm so jealous of him. I suck as a student. I'm also studying Ancient Hebrew right now and I have no problem with it when I have my books with me, but I can barely remember/write anything without them D:
onyxrose81 18th-Apr-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Education always takes the best young actors away. First, Max Pirkis. Now JG. Whatever, higher education. But congrats to him.
sagacious_twit 19th-Apr-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I have a final tomorrow, so nervous! Happy for Jack though; yay scholarship!
oceanhue 19th-Apr-2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Smart guy, I'm proud of him!
xperfect_lines 17th-May-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Damn he's studing Theology and Philosophy?

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