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Jack Gleeson may not be a household name, but you’re sure to know him as King Joffrey from Game of Thrones. Things did not end well for his character (understatement), but the actor himself is making some strides. He’s just signed on for a new BBC comedy, Out of Her Mind, reports Variety. 

This will be Gleeson’s first role since the GoT finale in 2014. Before talking about the new project, we feel the need to backtrack to address Gleeson’s self-imposed hiatus.

He started acting at the age of eight and in 2014, at the age of 21, he decided to take a break. When chatting with Entertainment Weekly, he explained his decision, saying, “The answer isn’t interesting or long-winded. I’ve been acting since age 8. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to.”

It was something he did with friends and when it came time to make it a living, there was a shift. In the same interview from 2014, he said, “And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.”

He made his departure from the public eye somewhat quietly, and he’s making his return in the same manner. He hasn’t released a statement explaining his change of mind. Which, at least for us, isn’t necessarily necessary. Because… people do it all the time, change their mind, that is.

And, now that he’s return to TV, what is the show about? Out of Her Mind creator and comedian Sara Pascoe (W1A) describes the show as “a direct expression of my mind. We’ve turned my brain into a theme-park, and everyone’s invited. The cast are INCREDIBLE and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve made.”

The BBC Media Centre gives a more tangible description, saying in a statement, “Out of Her Mind explores heartbreak, family and how to survive them. The series subverts the traditional sitcom format by combining eccentric characters, animation, and scientific explanation.”

It’s still not 100% clear what to expect, but both descriptions sound really fun. And, this project pulled Gleeson out of retirement; that says a lot.

There’s been no mention of a start date or an American home, just yet.

Are you keen to see more of Jack Gleeson? 

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By Brigid Brown