Vansittart will be playing the head of House Royce, bannermen of House Arryn and loyal to Lady Lysa. The character is nicknamed “Bronze Yohn” in the books because of his bronze, rune-inscribed armor. Yohn is the father of Ser Waymar Royce, the young Night’s Watchman who was killed by a White Walker in the first fifteen minutes of Game of Thrones‘ premiere episode.
A familiar face on British television, the actor has guested on Doctor Who, Mr. Bean, Midsomer Murders, Any Human Heart and most recently, Foyle’s War. He portrayed Mr. Hurst in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and appeared as Charles, Lord Ashfordly over several seasons on the police drama Heartbeat. Vansittart’s film work includes The Iron Lady, Austenland, Braveheart, The Remains of the Day, Cutthroat Island, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Ours is the Fury: Vansittart seems like a good fit for the role. Royce doesn’t actually appear in A Storm of Swords, but it makes sense that we may see some of Lysa’s bannermen including Yohn, given certain storylines.