Daniel Portman

Daniel Portman

Daniel Portman, a prominent British actor, rose to international fame with his portrayal of Podrick Payne in the acclaimed series “Game of Thrones.” This role marked a turning point in his career, propelling him into the spotlight and garnering accolades from both audiences and critics alike. His earlier acting pursuits include his performance in the Scottish television project “River City.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Daniel Portman

Date of birth:

February 13, 1992

Zodiac sign:



Glasgow, Scotland




Scotland, UK

Marital status:



5' 8" (1.74 m)



Early life

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 13, 1992, Daniel Portman is the son of Fiona Biggar and the actor Ron Donachie. He grew up alongside his sister Naomi, who later pursued a career in linguistics. His formative years were spent in the scenic village of Strathbungo, where discussions about art and cinema were a regular part of his family life.

Portman’s schooling mirrored that of many of his contemporaries, blending academic success with a keen interest in sports, notably rugby. He showcased considerable talent in sports and aspired to a professional sports career. However, a leg injury shifted his path, steering him towards the performing arts. He completed his education at Shawlands Academy and earned an acting diploma from Reid Kerr College, marking 2010 as the start of his professional acting journey.


Portman embarked on his acting career at eighteen, making his first on-screen appearance in the horror film “Outcast” by Colm McCarthy, released in March 2010. This experience enriched his skills, which he further honed in 2011 with his role in the melodrama “River City.” In this project, Portman’s portrayal of the character Darren gained notable attention.

A pivotal moment in his career came with his involvement in Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share” (2012), where he played alongside Paul Brannigan and John Henshaw. The film’s acclaim included an honorary prize at the Cannes Film Festival and nominations for the César and Magritte awards. His performance in this film drew the attention of prominent directors.

Portman’s breakthrough role was in “Game of Thrones,” adapted from George R.R. Martin’s novels by David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss. Filmed across Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, and Malta, Portman joined the cast in 2012 as Podrick Payne. He expressed enthusiasm about working with the show’s diverse international cast. The series spanned eight seasons, concluding in 2019. Portman matured as an actor alongside his character, evolving from a 19-year-old when he first appeared to a 24-year-old in the seventh season.

Fans showed particular interest in Portman’s rapport with co-star Gwendoline Christie, who played the formidable Brienne of Tarth. Off-set, Portman found Christie to be approachable and generous in sharing her acting insights, drawing from her experience in the “Star Wars” franchise.


Daniel Portman in Game of Thrones

Daniel Portman Movies and TV Shows

  • 2022

    Karen Pirie

    Colin Duff (young)

  • 2021


    Gary Walsh

  • 2019

    Robert the Bruce

    Angus Og MacDonald

  • 2018–...

    In the Cloud

    Max Kavinsky

  • 2016

    The Journey


  • 2012

    The Angels’ Share

    Sniper’s pal

  • 2011–2019

    Game of Thrones

    Podrick Payne

  • 2011–...

    Black Mirror

    Stuart King

  • 2010




Daniel Portman in Black Mirror

Daniel Portman’s personal life

At the zenith of his acting career, Daniel Portman enjoys recognition from a global audience. Despite his fame, he maintains a low profile regarding his personal life. Current information indicates that he is not married, and his romantic life remains private. Portman spends his leisure time indulging in documentaries, video games, and a diverse range of music, from classical to rap.

Published: January 30, 2024
Updated: June 24, 2024