JJ Murphy's role in Game of Thrones will not be re-cast, it has been confirmed.

The veteran Northern Ireland actor collapsed and died suddenly on August 8, just four days after shooting his first scenes for the fifth season of the HBO show. He was 86.

Murphy was cast as Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch.

Game of Thrones creators and executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff said his role will not be re-cast.

In a statement released to Deadline, they said: “We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy. He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended.” 

Murphy’s previous film credits include Mickybo and Me, Cal and Angela's Ashes