Rory McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor. He rose to prominence in commercials, followed by a Scottish BAFTA-award winning turn as disabled personal trainer Kenny McLeod in The Book Group. He has since moved into films, putting in notable appearances as General Craterus in Oliver Stone's film Alexander and as Michael 'Lurch' Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. He has also put in appearances in British television dramas State of Play and Shameless. After filming in Iceland for the movie Beowulf & Grendel, McCann relocated there permanently, but was left without work following the economic crisis before he was cast in Thrones.
Benioff and Weiss missed Rory McCann's audition tape (as they were reviewing hundreds of audition tapes for dozens of characters). George R.R. Martin himself, however, liked McCann's previous work so much that he e-mailed Benioff and Weiss urging them to watch the audition tape, upon which they cast McCann.