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Art Parkinson
Born (2001-10-19) 19 October 2001 (age 21)
Moville, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

Art Parkinson (born 19 October 2001) is an Irish actor from Moville in Inishowen, County Donegal, in Ireland. He began his professional acting career at the age of seven. He is best known for his role as Rickon Stark on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2013; 2016), and Kubo in the film Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).

Personal life

Parkinson was raised in Moville, a coastal town on the Inishowen Peninsula in the north of County Donegal in Ireland. His mother, Movania, also an actor, runs a local drama school which Art and his two older brothers, Pearce and Padhraig, attended from a very young age. His two older brothers have also acted in several Irish and British television productions.

He is bilingual, having been educated through the Irish language at both primary school level and latterly at Coláiste Chineal Eoghain. He was selected as Ambassador for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia in 2017.


Parkinson played the role of 'Young Kenneth' in the movie Freakdog. He also appeared in the Irish horror film Dark Touch. In July 2014, Parkinson was cast in the 2014 American dark fantasy epic action Dracula Untold directed by Gary Shore. On 6 October 2014, Parkinson confirmed that his character and Natalia Tena's character Osha would not be returning for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Parkinson also starred in the Hollywood movie San Andreas (2015) as Ollie, a ten-year-old boy caught up in a massive earthquake in California.



Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s)
2008 Freakdog Young Kenneth Paddy Breathnach
2013 Dark Touch Peter Marina de Van
2014 The Anomaly Alex Noel Clarke
Shooting for Socrates Tommy James Erskine
Dracula Untold Îngeraș Gary Shore
Love, Rosie Gary Dunne Christian Ditter
2015 San Andreas Ollie Taylor Brad Peyton
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings Kubo Travis Knight Voice
2017 I Kill Giants Dave Anders Walter
Zoo Tom Hall Colin McIvor
2018 The Belly of the Whale Martin Lanks Morgan Bushe


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
Game of Thrones Rickon Stark HBO 14 episodes
2019-2021 The Bay Rob Armstrong ITV 12 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Kubo and the Two Strings Nominated
2017 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Won
Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year Nominated
Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Nominated
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