Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham has been chosen to lead this year's St Patrick's Festival parade in Dublin in recognition of his contribution to acting at home and internationally.

The East Wall native has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the parade which will weave it's way through the streets of the capital from midday on March 17. Previous Grand Marshals include boxer Katie Taylor, famed Irish goalie Packie Bonner and the late folk singer Ronnie Drew.

Cunningham is probably best known for playing the much-loved character Davos Seaworth in HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones, which is currently filming its eighth and final season.

Liam Cunningham in Game of Thrones
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones

He made his debut feature film appearance in 1992's family adventure Into The West and went on to star in films such as The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), Hunger (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010) and The Guard (2011).

The 56-year-old TV and film star said of being chosen as this year's Grand Marshal: "I have always been a proud Irishman and Dubliner and do my best to represent my country and city when I am abroad working.

"It’s a huge honour to be invited back to lead the parade on our national holiday. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it."

Click here for more information on the programme of events for the St Patrick's Festival which is running from March 15 - 19.