Actor Ear Bitten: Can 'Game Of Thrones' Actor Clive Mantle's Ear Be Fixed After 'Savage' Attack?

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 26, 2013 11:25 AM EDT

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Actor Clive Mantle, of the first season of “Game of Thrones” and the British TV series “Casualty”, had his ear bitten off in a “savage” attack early Sunday morning at a hotel in Newcastle. (Photo: Creative Commons)

"Game of Thrones" actor Clive Mantle was attacked at a hotel in Newcastle, England, early Sunday morning after asking other hotel guests to keep the noise down. One of his attackers bit off part of the actor's ear.

The Daily Mail reports that the attack happened at a Travelodge in Newcastle, where the actor was performing in a touring production of "The Ladykillers," a British comedy about an eccentric professor who organizes a casino heist. According to reports, it was around 4:30 a.m. when the 55-year-old actor had asked some hotel guests who were in the hallway to keep it down.

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There were two men, believed to be drunk, who jumped Mantle the second time he emerged from his room. Even at nearly 6'6" tall, the actor was forced to the ground and pinned to the floor where "One of them bit the top part of his right ear off," his agent said. "It was savage," he added. The actor was swiftly rushed to the hospital, and the missing piece of the ear was retrieved. A spokesperson said that there was "no guarantee" the ear would be able to be fixed because a lot of time had passed before it was found, according to the Daily Mail.

Audiences know the British actor best for his role as general surgeon Mr. Mike Barrett in the series "Casualty". He also had an ongoing role in HBO's "Game of Thrones" as Lord Greatjon Umber during the show's first season.

Authorities arrested Mantle's assailants, two 32-year-old men from Hamilton, near Glasgow, one of whom bit the top of the actor's ear off. He has been charged with wounding with intent and will appear in court next month, Mirror News reports. The other was released on bail, and a third was let go without charge, according to the BBC.

A spokesperson told the BBC that the missing piece of the ear was found and that surgeons at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary were able to sew the piece of ear back on. Unfortunately, the actor had to cancel his remaining shows in Newcastle, as doctors told him he couldn't get makeup near the wound.  

While the ear was sewn back on, Mantle will still need to see a specialist to determine whether the operation was successful, The Daily Mail reports.

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