Michael McElhatton is an Irish actor. His career began in the early 1990s. He first played small roles on film and television. In the 2000s, he landed roles in such movies as Saltwater, Blow Dry, The Actor, and Intermission, to name a few. In the 2010s, the actor gained mainstream recognition for his role as Roose Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He played the said character from 2012 to 2016. Simultaneously, he played Rob Breedlove in The Fall, Commissioner James Monro in Ripper Street, John Hawkins in New Worlds, and Oppenheimer in Strike Back: Legacy. Later in 2018, he portrayed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the TV film Agatha and the Truth of Murder. He also played Andrei Stepashin in an episode of Chernobyl.