Game of Thrones star backs will-writing scheme, saying cheating death is only an option in fiction

Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones. Credit: Sky TV

Game of Thrones star Iain Glen has urged the British public to “own up to the inevitable” and make a will.

The multi-award-winning film, television, and stage actor spoke out following the announcement that he is set to become patron of Will Aid.

The charity will-writing scheme is designed to reinforce the need for everyone to have a professionally drawn-up will, while raising vital funds for nine causes.

Iain, whose Game of Thrones character Jorah Mormont recovers from the deadly disease greyscale, said: “Cheating death is only an option in fiction.

“Making a will is really about owning up to the inevitable. We organise ourselves in life and so we should in death by clarifying your final wishes. I urge people to make an appointment with their local solicitor as soon as they possibly can.”

“I found making a will a happy, comforting and cathartic experience. Knowing that you will be providing for and making things that much easier for your loved ones.”

Glen played the villain in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and is also known for his multi-award-winning performance as Larry Winters in Silent Scream and as Sir Richard Carlisle in Downtown Abbey said he was delighted to be championing Will Aid in its 30th anniversary year.

“Making a Will with Will Aid brings you peace of mind while offering a sweet parting gift to the UK’s most treasured charities,” he added.

Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country, runs from 01-30 November.

Solicitors who take part provide the will writing service for local people and waive their usual fee, instead you are invited to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid which is then split between nine of the UK’s best-loved charities.

The service is always over-subscribed, so people who would like to make a will are urged to get in touch with their local participating solicitor as soon as possible to secure an appointment.

Our suggested voluntary donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.

In 2017, Will Aid raised more than £1 million for the vital work of its charity partners – ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).