Game Of Thrones Zimbabwe-Bred Actor Lucian Msamati’s Biography

Lucian Wiina Msamati is a British actor raised in Zimbabwe who starred in the highly acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones. Lucian played the role of Salladhor Saan, a skilled pirate-lord and sellsail (mercenary) in 3 seasons of the epic series.


Here is Lucian Msamati’s biography.

Lucian Msamati’s Age and Background

Lucian was born on 5 March 1976. As of 2022, the Game of Thrones actor is 42 years old.

He was born in London, England, to Tanzanian parents. His parents were medical professionals, a doctor and a nurse.

The actor is the eldest of four children.

Lucian Msamati’s Early Childhood and Education

Lucian spent his early years in Tanzania and started his primary education at Olympio Primary School in Dar-es-Salaam.

However, shortly after, his parents migrated to Zimbabwe, and Lucian continued his education at Avondale Primary School in Harare.

Afterwards, he proceeded to Prince Edward High School for his secondary education.

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Upon finishing his secondary education, Lucian enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe, where he did a BA honours degree in French and Portuguese. He graduated in 1997.


Lucian Msamati in Theatre Production [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

How Did Lucian Msamati’s Acting Career Start?

While he was still at school, Lucian was involved in theatre. In 1994, he founded Over the Edge Theatre Company with several friends from school. The group’s living members still regroup periodically to perform plays in Zimbabwe and other countries. Msamati wrote some of the productions they have performed.

After graduating from the University of Zimbabwe in 1997, Lucian Msamati became a freelance copy editor and a radio broadcaster.


Career In Theatre


In 2003, he permanently relocated to London. He continued with his work in theatre and branched on into television.

In November 2010, Msamati was appointed the Artistic Director of the British-African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi. He stayed in the role until 2014.

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After leaving this role, Lucian Msamati continued to work with Tiata Fahodzi and directed Boi Boi is Dead in 2015 for the theatre company.

In 2015, Msamati made history when he became the first black actor ever to play Iago in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello.

Since relocating from Zimbabwe in 2003, Lucian has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in the UK.



Game Of Thrones Zimbabwe-Bred Actor Lucien Msamati’s Biography, Wiki, Age,
Zimbabwe-raised British actor Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan in Game of Thrones [Photo Credit: Screen Rant]


Career In Television

Since branching into television, the talented actor has featured in recurring roles in British and American productions. These include Ultimate Force, Spooks,
Luther, Ashes to Ashes, Doctor Who, Taboo and Death in Paradise.

He also played JLB Matekoni in the BBC/HBO-produced series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.  The Zimbabwe-raised actor also played the part of the amusing pirate lord Salladhor Saan in Seasons 2 to 4 of Game of Thrones.

Salladhor Saan is a longtime acquaintance of Ser Davos Seaworth and was involved in Stannis Baratheon’s fight for the Iron Throne.

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Other shows he has featured in include His Dark Materials as Lord Faa, Gangs of London as Ed Dumani and Talking Heads.

Film Career

Lucian Msamati has also featured in a series of film productions, including The International, Lumumba, The Legend of the Sky Kingdom and Richard II.

Lucian Msamati’s Family, Wife and Children

In 2003 Lucian permanently relocated to London, where he continues to live with his partner and their two children.

However, Lucian prefers to keep his personal life out of the public eye and has not shared details about the identity of his partner.

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