'Game of Thrones' Actor Darren Kent Dies at 39 Following Prolonged Health Issues
'Game of Thrones' actor Darren Kent has died at the age of 39 after battling long-term health issues.
Actor Darren Kent, known for his roles in Game of Thrones, EastEnders, and Snow White and the Huntsman, has passed away at the age of 39 after battling long-term health issues. The news was confirmed by his talent agency, Carey Dodd Associates, in a statement on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Tuesday. Kent's death has left his family, friends, and colleagues devastated.
The statement from Carey Dodd Associates expressed deep sadness and conveyed that Darren Kent passed away peacefully on Friday, with his parents and best friend by his side. The agency extended their thoughts and love to his family during this difficult time and ended the statement with "RIP my friend."
Samantha Dodd, a representative from the talent agency, confirmed Darren Kent's age at the time of his death but did not disclose the cause. The actor was widely recognized for his portrayal of a goatherder from Slavers Bay in a single episode of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. However, his acting career also included appearances in other notable productions such as EastEnders and Snow White and the Huntsman. He showcased his talent in Marshal's Law, the BBC adaptation of Les Misérables, Bloody Cuts, Shameless, and Community.
Darren Kent's first significant role was in the 2008 horror film Mirrors. Recently, he played a reanimated corpse in the movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, released on March 31. His performance in the short film Sunny Boy earned him a Best Actor award at the 2012 Van D'or Independent Film Awards. Kent also ventured into directing and producing, creating short films like Rogue Trader in 2019 and You Know Me in 2021, which received a January Award.
Throughout his career, Kent faced numerous health challenges, including arthritis, osteoporosis, and a rare skin disorder. In Sunny Boy, he drew inspiration from his personal experiences, portraying a boy with a similar skin condition that restricts sun exposure. Kent's ability to channel his struggles into his performances showcased his dedication and talent as an actor.
Kent was not only known for his acting prowess but also for his involvement in charitable causes. He served as a patron for Equal People Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization advocating for inclusion in the performing arts. Fellow patron Lee Mead paid tribute to Kent on X, describing him as an amazing human being who was always generous with his time and had a positive outlook on life. The loss of Kent was deeply felt by his colleagues and friends, who recognized his achievements and the impact he made in the industry.
Director and screenwriter Jane Gull, who collaborated with Kent on the award-winning Love Without Walls, shared her heartfelt tribute on X. She expressed gratitude for the privilege of knowing him as a friend and working together on various projects over the years. Gull emphasized that life would not be the same without Kent and expressed how much she would miss him.
Darren Kent's untimely passing has left a void in the entertainment industry, but his talent, resilience, and philanthropic efforts will be remembered by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. As the news of his death circulates, the industry mourns the loss of a remarkable actor and human being.