Game Of Thrones Star And UK’s Tallest Man Neil Fingleton Dies Aged 36

by : Tom Percival on : 26 Feb 2017 15:18

The stuntman Neil Fingleton who played Mag the Mighty on Game of Thrones has died aged 36. 


Mr Fingleton, who at 7ft 7in was declared the UK’s tallest man in 2007 reportedly died of heart failure on Saturday.

Born in County Durham Mr Fingleton moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in basketball however an injury forced him to retire in 2007 and he returned to Durham to pursue a career in showbusiness.

Eventually he became an actor starring in films such as X-Men: First Class,  47 Ronin and Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Speaking about his height Mr Fingleton said: 

I do cause a bit of a stir wherever I go, with people pulling out cameras, but it doesn’t bother me.

I’ve never been embarrassed about my height and I actually like the size I am. It’s something unique and original. My group of friends are great and I come from a good family, so being tall hasn’t ever been an issue. I’ve not been self-conscious.

The Facebook group, The Tall Persons Club, paid tribute to Mr Fingelton saying that ‘Neil Fingleton Britain’s Tallest man passed away on Saturday’.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Film and TV


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    The UK's tallest man, Neil Fingleton, has died in his native North-East