'Game of Thrones' gave financial independence to Conleth Hill

Los Angeles: Northern Irish actor Conleth Hill says popular fantasy drama series "Game of Thrones" has brought some balance in his career, as well as financial independence.

Hill, who is seen as a bald-headed eunuch Lord Varys in the hit TV series "Game of Thrones", talked about how his life changed after the series with whatsonstage.com, read a statement from Star World, which airs the show in India.

Asked if the show made it difficult for him to fit in theatre and film too, Hill said "not really". 

"It's such a large cast that you are never overused. It's not so taxing. I suppose earlier in my career I wouldn't have been able to do film and TV as much because I would have been in a play for so long. I did a lot of long runs when I was younger," he said.

Hill also said that with "Game of Thrones", they do it six months a year at the most.

"So when you're not working on it, you get to do something else. It's a bit like being semi-retired," he said, adding that it's a "very great and rare thing for an actor to have that". 

"So I suppose 'Game of Thrones' has given me financial independence. But it's never been about the money for me. I always did things I really wanted to do," he added. 

The season seven of "Game of Thrones" is due to be back on Star World Premiere HD in India later this year.