21 thoughts on “MCM: Iain Glen

  1. Iain Glen, the Lord of the Cheekbones…I could look at him and listen to his lovely accent all day. I remember him best in Game of Thrones; but in I kept wishing that he hadn’t been a control-freak blackmailer in Downton Abbey so Mary might have fallen for him.

  2. Not a Frock Flick, but I love him as the slimy (but hot) villain in Tomb Raider. I tried watching The Red Tent, but ZZZZZZZZ. :)

    1. He was sooooooooooooooooooooooo hot in Tomb Raider. (also featuring a mostly naked, ripply, toned a faceted diamond, young Daniel Craig)

  3. To be fair re his hair in Kidnapped, Alan Breck spends pretty much the entire book fleeing through Highland bogs and heather in the rain, so any ‘styling’ would be highly implausible!

    As for The Red Tent, there was an ancient Egyptian hairstyle that had all the hair coming down on the side of the face in a big fat lock or very loose braid, and I think that may be what they’re getting at here. I’m not saying it’s great, but they did at least look at a picture of something that was around in period:

    1. I loved Adam Bede–and I think that’s where he met his future wife, Susannah (Jane Bennet) Harker, who played Adam’s eventual love interest, Dinah.

  4. He seems to have made a career out of handsome villains. I remember him as Preston in Wives and Daughters. I kind of wondered what Cynthia had against him!

  5. Wait till you see Glen as Captain Hook in the upcoming fantasy drama, “The Lost Girls.” Not a costume film, sadly, but his Hook, who inhabits the dream life of Wendy Darling’s granddaughter, is a sexually menacing dandy in flamboyant suits. Great cast, with four generations of Darling women: Vanessa Redgrave plays the original Wendy, and Joely Richardson is her missing daughter. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1023464/

    1. Whoa, that sounds AMAZING. Captain Hook is pretty much my kryptonite. See also, Jason Isaacs.

      1. Jason Isaacs – yes please! His Colonel Tavington in The Patriot is despicable, but smoking hot. :)

  6. Iain is a dashing Hook in the forthcoming fantasy-drama, “The Lost Girls,” about the original Wendy and her descendants. Not a costume film, unfortunately, but his Hook rocks flamboyant Edwardian-style 3-piece suits.

    1. P.S. Sorry to have posted twice about “The Lost Girls”; the first comment seemed to have been lost or discarded.

  7. Ok, now on to answering your question…. First of all, I’ve seen him in a fair amount of these films but didn’t register him. Wow! So, of the Frock Flick roles I registered him in, his role in Downton Abbey was my fave. He was soooo delicious and perfect as that character. Other stuff 1: The picture of him as the priest is made 1,000 times creepier by him framed standing in front of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He just looks soo malicious there. 2: His earliest pics, especially from Mountains of the Moon, give me Hugo Speer vibes. I never realized how much they favor each other (or at least, used to) until now. 3. He looks completely transformed as Otto Frank. Great MCM choice. I want to dive into many of the films now!

  8. I thought Mountains of the Moon (1990) was a very interesting true story. But man, the days of Patrick Bergin as a leading man. We had it good with him.

  9. Well, you’ve created my new next-to-watch list right here! He has such a timeless face, and the sort of gaze intensity that just mmm mmmm mmmm mmmmm

  10. Hi Kendra! Love your article, Iain does wear a lot of great costumes throughout his career. My personal favorite is the yellow goldie shirt that he wears on GOT, it’s iconic for me!

    There’s a Discord server specifically for Iain Glen fans. We do talk about the many costumes that he wears and we also talk about his work in general! It’s just a fun and friendly place to chat about how much we love him. If you don’t mind me posting, here is the link: https://discord.gg/mUy6MCdY9q


  11. About the black band in City of Vice (which I really enjoyed!). John Fielding (later Sir John) was blind, and he used to wear a black band over his eyes to emphasize it especially when he was in court.
    A lot of blind people in Georgian Britain used to wear the black band, especially if their sight was useless, but they still had problems with light leakage. Here’s a portrait of Edward Rushton, founder of the Royal Liverpool School For The Blind with a similar black band. https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2016/03/09/the-liverpool-view-edward-rushton-and-everyman-theatres-unsung/

  12. When I tell people that The Mountains of the Moon is one of my most favorite movies, I get weird looks. First of all, young Iain Glenn. I mean, just look at him. Then you have manly oh manly Patrick Bergin, at the peak of manliness. Then you have the magnificent Fiona Shaw (the calculating Caroline from Killing Eve, but perhaps unfortunately probably best known for being Harry Potter’s bitchy Aunt Petunia) is Patrick’s love interest.

    However – the movie is simmering with sexual tensions between the two male leads, and that one scene (the tent scene). Well. It just needs to be seen.

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