This is a rumor that could have some legs. On Twitter, Ran of Westeros had earlier retweeted this message to HBO:
CompanyD: @HBO Great to be your Beric Dondarrion this week on Game of Thrones. What a series and a stunning professional outfit.
CompanyD is the Twitter account for Australian-born Irish actor David Michael Scott. Scott is theatre-trained, and has worked in television, most recently (and notably) in The Tudors. The rumor was lent more fire when the Amok rendering of Lord Beric was found on Scott’s IMDB page.
Thanks also to our own Hear Me Roar, as well as Mormegil and Steve Hugh Westenra who found the IMDB picture.
Fire And Blood: I actually remember Scott from The Tudors; his character (the unnamed Mine Tunnel Officer) took a tragic turn and died heroically—good enough practice for a Dondarrion, one supposes. Interesting that he looks a lot like Lord Beric has been described (tall, rangy, red hair). I sent CompanyD a tweet asking for confirmation, but haven’t gotten any yet. If the rumor proves true and Scott is Dondarrion, it will also be interesting to see if they stay with Scott for multiple seasons …
[SPOILER] … and if Scott will be able to transform his body into the skeletal being Lord Beric eventually becomes.[end SPOILER]
UPDATE: Thanks to sharp-eyed Daniel Griffin for this, found on the TN Enterprises website: David will make a guest appearance in Season 1 of HBO’s highly anticipated television series GAME OF THRONES, based on George R.R Martin’s ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ fantasy series; currently shooting on location in Belfast. Here’s a link to Scott’s TN page.