Richard Brake - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 30, 2022

Richard Brake
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Game of Thrones (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $3 million

Personal Details

Born on : November 30, 1964 (age 58)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Richard Colin Brake
Birth Place: Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales
Horoscope: Sagittarius
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: 2

older brother
younger sister

University: Duke University, Western Reserve Academy
Ethnicity: Welsh
Nationality: Welsh, American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced


Children: 2

Ryan Brake (son)
Henry Brake (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.88 meter (6 feet 2 inch)
Weight: 66 kg (145.50 lb)
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Richard Brake?

In case you were wondering who plays the Night King in Game of Thrones. Here he is! Richard Brake is an actor by profession and Welsh-American by nationality. He is best known for his supporting roles in Batman Begins, 31, Mandy, Perfect Skin, and in Game of Thrones as the Night King.

Richard Brake – Age, Parents, Siblings

Richard Brake’s birth took place on November 30, 1964, in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales. He was born Richard Colin Brake to British parents. He was raised with two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio. 

Talking about his family and upbringing in the United States, he shared,

“We moved to America when I was young, but we were always very Welsh in our home. The humor, food, traditions. Very Welsh.”

Source: Instagram (Richard Brake with his siblings)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended Duke University and later at the Western Reserve Academy. Brake also studied acting at the Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing under Sam Kogan and the Michael Chekhov Studio under Beatrice Straight.

His ethnicity is Welsh.

Richard Brake – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Brake was married to Rachel but their marriage date is not known. They have two children together, both sons. Their first child Ryan Brake was born in 1999 while Henry Brake was born on August 20, 2002.

Richard Brake and his wife, however, are divorced, although the day and year of their divorce are not known. He now lives in London, having previously lived in California.

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Source: Instagram (Richard Brake with son Ryan (left) and son Henry *right) picture in Aug 2017)

Richard Brake – Career

Before fame

In 1993, Richard Brake began his professional career with an episode of Jeeves and Wooster. This was followed by the role in Death Machine, Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, Doom, and Munich.

Worked in

Since 2006, Brake has acted in Knights of Cydonia, The Black Dahlia, Hannibal Rising, Legacy, Thor: The Dark World (2013), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), 31 (2016), The Sisters Brothers (2018). In 2019, The Rhythm Section, Feedback, 3 from Hell in which he has portrayed roles is set to be released.

In TV series, he has appeared in The Deep (2010), Above Suspicion (2011), Mob City (2013), as The Night King in Game of Thrones (2014-2015), Ray Donovan (2016), Absentia (2017) to name a few.

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Richard Brake has as worked with Rachel Weisz, Brad Dourif, Natalie Portman, Karl Urban, Dwayne Johnson, and Steven Spielberg.

Source: Digital Spy (Richard Brake as The Night King in Game of Thrones)

Richard Brake – Awards, Nominations

Richard Brake has been nominated for 2017’s BloodGuts UK Horror Awards, 2017’s Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and has won 2017’s Fright Meter Awards for Best Supporting Actor and 2019’s First Glance Film Festival Los Angeles for Best Actor - Feature Film.

Richard Brake – Net Worth, Salary

Brake’s net worth has been estimated at around $3 million while the figures on his annual salary have no official estimates.

Richard Brake – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

As for social media, he is active on Instagram, and Twitter but is absent on Facebook. On Social media, he loves to share posts of his family, friends, colleague, and nostalgic days.

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