Press Release Image Tuesday 19th April 2016 Ian Beattie, Angel and Throne: Summer is coming! Belfast actor Ian Beattie (Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones) turns his back on the evil House Baratheon to join the HARP AngelÕs cheerful HOUSE HARP, as they celebrate the impact of local talent in the success of blockbuster TV shows. HOUSE HARPÕs Blue Throne was created by local set-designers who have worked on the popular HBO fantasy drama (returning to air on Monday), using 600 Harp bottles. The Blue Throne will go on tour across Northern Ireland this week. Photographer Darren Kidd // Press Eye

Press Release Image Tuesday 19th April 2016 Ian Beattie, Angel and Throne: Summer is coming! Belfast actor Ian Beattie (Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones) turns his back on the evil House Baratheon to join the HARP AngelÕs cheerful HOUSE HARP, as they celebrate the impact of local talent in the success of blockbuster TV shows. HOUSE HARPÕs Blue Throne was created by local set-designers who have worked on the popular HBO fantasy drama (returning to air on Monday), using 600 Harp bottles. The Blue Throne will go on tour across Northern Ireland this week. Photographer Darren Kidd // Press Eye

Photographer Darren Kidd // Press Eye

The HARP Angel was joined by Belfast actor Ian Beattie (Game of Thrones; Line of Duty; Vikings) as they celebrated the local talent and spectacular locations that have made Northern Ireland the must-visit destination for Hollywood directors and casting agents.

It comes as the world gears up for the premiere of the sixth season of HBO’s incredibly popular TV fantasy drama, which will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic on Monday night.

As head of the newly-formed HOUSE HARP, the HARP Angel invited Ian to be his right hand man at The Blue Throne, which was created by local set-designers who have worked on the show, using more than 600 HARP bottles.

The pair paid tribute to a host of local  ‘Extras’: men and women who have added much to the cultural output of Northern Ireland in recent years and, as a reward, have now been made honorary members of HOUSE HARP. Since Game of Thrones began filming in Northern Ireland back in 2010, hundreds of local extras have played their part in its success, which has contributed £110million to the local economy, according to BBC reports.

Press Release Image Tuesday 19th April 2016 Angel on Throne + Extras: Summer is coming! As the head of ÔHOUSE HARPÕ, the HARP Angel was joined by Belfast actor Ian Beattie (Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones) and saluted by 100+ extras, singers and prop makers who have played their part in the success of blockbuster films and TV shows like Game of Thrones filmed on location in Northern Ireland. The Blue Throne was created by local set-designers, who have worked on the Sky Atlantic series (which returns to air on Monday), using 600 Harp bottles. The throne will go on tour across Northern Ireland this week. Photographer Darren Kidd // Press Eye

HOUSE HARP is an optimistic community – opposed to the grim outlook of many literary ‘families’ – which promises to Look on the HARP Side with its uplifting maxim: ‘Summer is coming’.

Ian Beattie said: “My character Ser Meryn Trant was a horrible villain who did a lot of terrible things, so it’s wonderful to be able to join HOUSE HARP, a House that celebrates all that is great and good about Northern Ireland. It’s been a refreshing experience.”

Lisa Ronayne, Senior Brand Manager for HARP, said: “HOUSE HARP champions the people and locations of the North. People who watch shows like Game of Thronesoften think ‘the North’ is a cold, dark and repressive place, but we’re showing its sunnier side.

“HOUSE HARP is a positive and optimistic movement. HOUSE HARP encourages everybody to Look on the HARP Side and bask in the warm glow provided by our rich history of providing fabulous extras (and stunning backdrops) for major film and television productions.”

HARP has created a short video highlighting the role of Northern Irish extras in blockbusters, it can be viewed here: 

To find out more about HOUSE HARP visit www.facebook.com/Harp.

 

Press Release Image Tuesday 19th April 2016 Extras in shape of Harp: Summer is coming! As head of HOUSE HARP, the HARP Angel was joined by Belfast actor Ian Beattie (Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones) and a host of local NI talent, including 100+ extras, singers and prop makers to celebrate the impact of local talent on the success of blockbuster TV shows. The Blue Throne was created by local set-designers, who have worked on the popular Sky Atlantic series (which returns to air on Monday), using Photographer Darren Kidd // Press Eye

Photographer Darren Kidd // Press Eye