House of the Dragon ‘Ser Laenor Velaryon’ Actor John Macmillan’s Link To South Africa Revealed


John Macmillan (also credited as MacMillan), who plays the adult version of House of the Dragon’s closeted warrior Ser Laenor Velaryon, has links to South Africa and some of its Southern African neighbours.

According to publicly available information, the highly versatile actor has lived and studied in Johannesburg; South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland), Zambia, Malawi and Oxford.

John Macmillan is an alumnus of Waterford Kamhlaba United World College School in Mbabane, Eswatini. Fellow former schoolmates include British Has Got Talent 2017 finalist comedian Daliso Chaponda. Chaponda disclosed that while at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College School, he and John Macmillan were in a weekly group known as “authors anonymous”.

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John Macmillan as Laenor Velaryon in House of the Dragon (Image Credit: House of Dragons via Instagram/Sue Terry)


As a result of his stay in Zambia and Malawi, John Macmillan has a basic understanding of languages from the two countries. He has a basic understanding of Bemba which is a Zambian language and an undisclosed Malawian language.

The award-winning British actor took over the role of Ser Laenor Velaryon in House of the Dragon Episode 6. While he has become known for his role in the highly-rated Game of Thrones prequel, John Macmillan has been in the film and movie industry for quite some time.

Some of the popular films he has featured in are The Dark Knight Rises as Analyst #2, Maleficent as Captain and King Lear as Edmund.

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He has also been featured in popular series such as Hanna as Lewis,  in Silk as John Bright for 18 episodes and in the Netflix sitcom, Chewing Gum where he appeared in 5 episodes as Ronald.

John Macmillan began his career in theatre earning an Ian Charleson Award nomination for his work in the productions of Hamlet and Macbeth.

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