Art Parkinson (born October 19, 2001) is an Irish actor, based in Moville, County Donegal. He played the role of 'Young Kenneth' in the movie Freakdog (also called Red Mist in some territories). Parkinson has also appeared in the Irish horror film Dark Touch as "Peter". He has also acted in several school productions and commercials. His mother Movania Parkinson is an Irish actress and runs a drama school, who also serves as his drama coach. Parkinson also has two older brothers named Pearce and Padhraig, who have also appeared in several British and Irish television productions.
In Game of Thrones, he plays the role of Rickon Stark. He was announced in the role on 29 September 2010. He initially appeared as a guest star in the first season and returned in this role for the second and third seasons. He did not appear in the fourth season or fifth season but is scheduled to return in the sixth season. More recently, Parkinson has played the role of 'Ingeras', son of Dracula, in the 2014 movie Dracula Untold alongside fellow Game of Thrones actors Charles Dance and Paul Kaye.
Art Parkinson has also been cast in the action film San Andreas as Ollie, a ten-year old boy caught in the middle of a massive earthquake in California. On October 6, 2014, Art confirmed that his character and Natalia Tena's character Osha would not be returning for the Fifth Season. During an interview with Flicks and the City, Parkinson also mentioned that he was not allowed by his parents to watch Game of Thrones due to its R18 content apart from a few scenes that were related to him. In a later interview published in the New Zealand Herald on 7 April 2015, Parkinson admitted that he was put-off watching Game of Thrones after seeing a three-year old child getting his throat slit in one episode.
His mother Movania Parkinson helped Art to secure the role of Rickon Stark after learning from a friend that the casting team had been unable to find someone to play that character. After doing a screen test, Art met the producers and the voice coach Brendan Gunn, who got him to repeat the same test. As a result, Art was picked for the role of Rickon.
|Season one credits|
|Winter is Coming||The Kingsroad||Lord Snow||Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things||The Wolf and the Lion|
|A Golden Crown||You Win or You Die||The Pointy End||Baelor||Fire and Blood|
|Season two credits|
|The North Remembers||The Night Lands||What is Dead May Never Die||Garden of Bones||The Ghost of Harrenhal|
|The Old Gods and the New||A Man Without Honor||The Prince of Winterfell||Blackwater||Valar Morghulis|
|Season three credits|
|Valar Dohaeris||Dark Wings, Dark Words||Walk of Punishment||And Now His Watch is Ended||Kissed by Fire|
|The Climb||The Bear and the Maiden Fair||Second Sons||The Rains of Castamere||Mhysa|