The Real Reason Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) Quit Acting

Jack Gleeson is an Irish actor born in 1992.

He is best known for his role as Joffrey Baratheon on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones.

The series aired from 2011 to 2014.

After his performance, the actor took a break from acting and recently resumed with performances in independent theaters and the BBC miniseries Out of Her Mind. 

The actor was born in Cork, Ireland but grew up in Ranelagh, Dublin.

During his childhood, he attended drama classes with his siblings and participated in youth theaters.

The actor went to Trinity College Dublin from 2010 to 2015.

He majored in philosophy and theology and was made a scholar at the institution in 2012.

He was also a member of the DU team, where he met with his partners, and they later founded Collapsing Horse Theater Company.

Gleeson ventured into acting at the Independent Theater Workshop when he was eight years old.

His first performance was in 2002 when he acted in Reigns of Fire.

This was followed by the 2005 movie Batman Begins, the 2007 movie, Shrooms, and the 2009 movie, A Shine of Rainbows.

In 2010, he acted in All Good Children.

Many wonder why Gleeson quit acting.

He Stopped Enjoying Acting

After his performance in the hit series, the actor stated that he was retiring despite being 21 years old.

He revealed, “I’ve been acting since age 8. 

I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to, 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 also revealed that he wanted to be an academic though he later admitted that the life was isolated and lonely. 

He Co-founded Collapsing Horse Theater Company

Afterward, he co-founded a theater company, Collapsing Horse Theater Company, and developed an interest in baking bread. 

The actor was part of the first cast in the company’s first production, Monster/Clock. 

It was a children’s show that debuted in 2012.

He then featured in the company’s next release, Bears in Space which debuted in 2014 in Dublin, and in 2014, he participated in Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show performed well, and it was reproduced in London and New York between 2015 and 2016. 

Collapsing Horse closed its doors in late 2019.

The same year, he was featured in AMUSICAL, a musical-comedy program in Kilkenny, Ireland.

He also made a surprise appearance at Over the Top Wrestling’s Trinity Brawl 2 event in Dublin.

He Recently Returned to Acting. 

In 2020, the actor returned when he appeared in the 2020 series Out of Her Mind, where he acted as the ghost of Pascoe’s abortion.

The show’s official press release stated it “subverts the traditional sitcom format by combining eccentric characters, animation, and scientific explanation.”

The series was written by Sara Pascoe, who also had a starring role.

According to Pascoe, “Out Of Her Mind is a direct expression of my mind.

We’ve turned my brain into a theme park, and everyone’s invited! The cast is INCREDIBLE, and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve made.”

There is no information on when the series will be released; however, Sony Pictures Television will air it.

There is also no description of the actor’s role, but since it is a comedy, people can expect a less chaotic character than in Game of Thrones.