Game of Thrones actor Clive Mantle has told an English court how his ear was partially bitten off by two drunken men. Mantle said the incident happened in a quiet hotel in the city of Newcastle after he had repeatedly told the men to keep the noise to a minimum.
The actor, who also plays the Dr Mike Barrett in the long-running hospital BBC drama, Casualty, told Newcastle Crown Court he was set upon after he was woken up by the two accused, Alan French and Philip McGilvray. The men, both in their early 30s, are alleged to have been shouting outside Mantle’s room. Mantle said the noise levels continued despite the fact he asked the men on numerous occasions to reduce the noise level. The actor was then attacked by the men as he made his way down to the hotel reception to lodge a formal complaint.
Mantle said a surge of adrenaline helped him fight the men after one sunk his teeth into the actor’s ear. The actor said: “The next thing I was aware of was a pain in my left ear which triggered a massive response within me.” Mantle’s immediate reaction was to gouge the attacker’s eye with his thumb in a bid to make him release the ear.
The actor, who plays Greatjon Umber in HBO series Game of Thrones and whose ear was partially bitten off, was asked by the prosecution to show the jury his injuries. He lifted some of his hair to reveal the true extent of the injuries. Mantle was staying at a Travelodge – a UK hotel chain – for a few nights as he was part of a touring theater production. The incident occurred despite the fact that he requested a quiet room.
The jury, shown horrific images of the injuries, were told that Mr Mantle had asked both men – who had been out ‘drinking and socialising’ on a week-end visit from Scotland – to be quiet but they returned to the corridor and started making more noise. Members of the jury were also witness to horrific pictures of the injuries sustained by Mantle. The Game of Thrones actor also pointed to the fact that his room had no phone and so he had to brave going past the men in his pajamas so he could seek help.
The jury, shown horrific images of the injuries, were told that Mr Mantle had asked both men – who had been out ‘drinking and socialising’ on a week-end visit from Scotland – to be quiet but they returned to the corridor and started making more noise.
Both French and McGilvray, who are from Hamilton in Scotland, have denied wounding Mantle with intent McGilvray admitted to biting Mantle’s ear but claimed it was in self-defense. It is now down to the jury to ascertain if the Game of Thrones actor had his ear bitten off with intent. The case continues.
By Robert Shepherd