Neil Fingleton: Games of Thrones actor and ‘gentle giant’ dies at 36

Game of Thrones actor Neil Fingleton, who was Britain’s tallest man, has reportedly died at the age of 36.

The 7ft 7in star played the giant known as Mag the Mighty in the hit TV fantasy drama.

He is believed to have died of heart failure.

Fingleton played basketball in the US before becoming an actor and also appeared in X-Men First Class, Doctor Who and 47 Ronin.

He is thought to have recently finished filming on the latest series of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland.

His agent Kenneth Earle told Sky News he was a “gentle giant”.

He said Fingleton was “very polite, respectful and a nice guy” as well as being a “good actor”.

Mr Earle said the star had a “bad fall” about a year ago when he fell out of bed and was in hospital for about a week. However he later recovered.

Born in Durham,…