Fortitude star Richard Dormer: ‘It’s the best part I’ve played!’

Game of Thrones star Richard Dormer on sheriff Dan Anderssen’s swansong in the gripping Arctic thriller Fortitude

Across two series of Sky Atlantic’s Arctic chiller Fortitude, Sheriff Dan Anderssen – played by former Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer – has gone from the remote settlement’s good shepherd to a very scary big, bad wolf.

As the show returns for one last series, his rollercoaster ride is far from over as the fallout from a deadly infection caused by wasp larvae in a thawed-out mammoth carcass, is far from over.

TV & Satellite Week caught up with the 49-year-old northern Irish actor on set to find out what’s in store in Fortitude

TV & Satellite Week: How does the role of Dan in terms of the more extreme parts you’ve played?

Richard Dormer: “This is the best part I’ve ever played! Dan’s a monster, but there’s a deep humanity in him. That’s what I hold on to when I’m playing him. That he could redeem himself – although whether or not he does, I don’t want to say!”

Richard Dormer in Fortitude

Richard Dormer loves his role in Arctic thriller Fortitude

TVSW: What’s happening him in this final four-part series?

RD: “He’s seeing some interesting things that other people can’t see. He’s now addicted to muscimol juice [made from the urine of reindeer that have eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms]. Eskimos used to drink this to be able to have visions of the afterlife. So Dan can now communicate with the people who he has killed.”

TVSW: What was it like filming in such freezing conditions?

RD: “Being on a snowmobile going across the tundra when it’s about -35 with a wind chill of -50, you can get frostbite on your nose and cheeks within 30 seconds. And if you’re just going out for a walk, you’ve got to tell somebody, because if you slip and get knocked unconscious, you’re dead in 15 minutes – so you have to be really careful!”

Fortitude returns on Sky Atlantic on Thu 6 Dec, 9pm