Andrew Dunbar, an actor, and a DJ died unexpectedly in his Belfast home on Christmas Eve.
The 30-year-old worked as an extra for hit shows like Line of Duty and Derry Girls. However, he was most well known for playing the body double of Theon Greyjoy, played by Alfie Allen, in the fantasy show Game of Thrones.
Andrew Dunbar was found dead in his house on December 24. However, no cause of death has been announced yet.
Dunbar’s friend and also a Game of Thrones extra, Andy McClay paid tribute to his friend on Twitter. He wrote, “Everyone always wanted Andrew. There was just something about him that was special. People always felt good around him, happy, excited for the day’s work and there was always a lot of fun when he was around.”
Further adding, “I’d say most of us felt the same when we came on set, we wanted Andrew to be there, we’d search him out. He was like a gel that kept us all together. A lot of people plan to travel to attend his funeral; actors, directors, make up and many, many more. Everyone who met Andrew loved him.”
“He did a lot of different things, including working as a Game of Thrones tour guide which he was brilliant at. He could have made it as a professional actor but he really wanted to do his art and DJ,” McClay continued.
“The acting was special to him but it was mostly for fun and although he’d a lot of talent, when people told him to go professional, he just laughed and said he was happy as he was. His DJ sets were amazing and when he did one set for Game of Thrones, he ended up doing them all for the end of season parties.”
“I always thought Andrew lived in the moment and he always looked out for everyone else, including me. After a challenging day or crappy weather, or difficult times, he’d make you stop and talk it out.”
He concluded his tribute, “So when I heard he’d died suddenly on Christmas Eve, it just broke me. I’ll never make any sense of it. He was a true person, a talent, kind and decent man and he had a full and good heart. I’ve cried and cried since I heard – my friend is gone and my heart is broken.”
May he rest in peace!
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