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Neil Fingleton

Last updated 26 February 2017


Neil Fingleton (1980-2017) - Image Credit: Lee Gate
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Neil Fingleton

Born: Thu 18th December 1980
Died: Sat 25th February 2017 (age: 36)

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Neil Fingleton played the Fisher King in the 2015 Doctor Who stories Under the Lake and Before The Flood 

In 2007 Fingleton was awarded the Guinness World Record as the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union, standing at 7 ft 6in or 2.33m. 

Neil Fingleton was born in Durham in 1980. An outstanding basketball player, he spent 8 years in education in the United States, winning a sporting scholarship and studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

In 2004 he made his professional debut as a basketball player for the now defunct Boston Frenzy. He later played professionally in China, Italy, Greece, England and for the spanish teams Club Baloncesto Ilarcuris and Ciudad Real

In 2007 injury forced him to abandon his sporting career and he took up acting. He appeared in the film 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves, and played the giant Mag the Mighty in the TV series Game of Thrones. He appeared in the 2015 film Jupiter Ascending, the Fox Studios film X-Men: First Class and in the Marvel Entertainment film Avengers: Age of Ultron

Neil Fingleton died at the age of 36 after suffering a heart attack.