Icelandic professional strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is also an actor who is most well-known for playing the role of Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the HBO’s fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’. He played this recurring role from the 4th season till the 8th season (2014–2019, 17 episodes) and became the first one to play the character in more than one season. Earlier, Conan Stevens and Ian Whyte had played the same role in the 1st and the 2nd seasons respectively. The series won him (along with other cast members) the 2018 ‘Gold Derby’ Ensemble of the Year Award and the 2020 ‘CinEuphoria’ Merit – Honorary Award.
Before this, he appeared as a contestant in ‘The World's Strongest Man’, the International Strongman competition event broadcasted on television. He participated in the event from 2011 to 2019 and emerged winner in 2018. In 2015, he appeared as himself in Matt Bell directed documentary film titled ‘Eddie: Strongman’ and the British sports-based comedy panel game show ‘A League of Their Own’. The former was about the life of English strongman Eddie Hall and the efforts and sacrifices he has to make to become the World's Strongest Man. In 2017 and 2018 respectively, he once again appeared as himself in Gary Cohen and Ross Hockrow directed sports drama documentary ‘Born Strong’ and Todd Sansom directed documentary ‘Fullsterkur’.
In 2018, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson also acted in the Dimitri Logothetis directed action-drama film ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’ and Fredrik Hiller directed action thriller-drama film ‘Operation Ragnarok’. The former film, about a kickboxer who has to fight a 400-pound killer in an underground death match to win his freedom, had him in the role of the main villain Mongkut. On the other hand, the latter movie, about the survival struggle of the people of an isolated town in south Sweden after a viral outbreak, had him in the role of Big John. The next year, he was seen, alongside Mike Tyson in Raouf Abd El Aziz directed action-adventure thriller movie ‘Pharaoh's War’. In the movie, he portrayed the character of Frank. The same year he also appeared as himself in another tv movie documentary titled ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’.
In 2021, he was seen in Todd Sansom directed documentary ‘The Commissioner of Power’ and the following year, he played a small part in Robert Eggers directed epic historical action thriller film ‘The Northman’.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson has also appeared in a number of music video and video short. These include ‘Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott: Reminiscence’ (2015), ‘Katy Perry Feat. Nicki Minaj: Swish Swish’ (2017), 'Join the Revolution' (2018) and 'Mountain of Love' (2019).