‘Game Of Thrones’ star crowned Europe’s Strongest Man for second year running

Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson has also won medals at several World's Strongest Man competitions

Game Of Thrones star Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson has been crowned Europe’s Strongest Man for the second year running.

Björnsson, who hails from Iceland, made his debut as Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in season four of Game Of Thrones and also made appearances in season five. He became the third actor to portray ‘The Mountain’ following Conan Stevens in season one and Ian Whyte in season two.

The 26-year-old, who stands at 2.05m (6ft 9in), is also a professional strongman competitor and former professional basketball player. Last month he won the annual Europe’s Strongest Man competition, which has been held in Leeds since 2012, for the second consecutive year. Along the way, he set a new personal best in the deadlift event of 450kg (990lb).


Björnsson, who weighs in at 180kg (397lb), has narrowly missed out on being crowned World’s Strongest Man in recent years. He placed third in the global competition in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and finished second in 2014.

His personal best in the squat event is currently 350 kg (770 lb), while his bench press personal best is 230kg (510 lb). Watch footage from Björnsson’s latest Europe’s Strongest Man victory below.