'GAME OF Thrones' actor Peter Dinklage has thanked the people of Northern Ireland for 'putting up' with him during nine years of filming.
The actor, who played Tyrion Lannister in the phenomenally succesful TV show, made the comments during his winners speech at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Dinklage came away victorious in the category for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in his 7th year being nominated for the SaG award, and used his speech to thank his castmates, his wife, and the generous people of Northern Ireland.
Addressing the audience at the prestigious awards show, Dinklage said:
"I would like to thank the people of Northern Ireland who put up with us for nine years.
"I would also like to thank everybody at table 9 and 10 over there," he added, referencing to where his Game of Thrones co-stars were seated. "We put up with each other for nine years."
"Finally," he said, "I'd like to thank my wife-- who put up with me for more than nine years but who lived in a place far away from home, but made it home".
Game of Thrones filmed in various locations across the north of Ireland, taking advantage of its wild, often untouched countryside.
The show fimed on location in Counties Down, Antrim and Derry as well as other areas, but one of the most recognisable places is the Dark Hedges in Stranocum, Co Antrim.
Already a well-known tourist spot and one of the most photographed areas in Northern Ireland, the stretch of road became even more popular when it was portrayed as King's Road in the award-winning show.