Game Of Thrones fans love to gawk at how different the HBO show’s actors look on-screen as opposed to in their real lives. For example, Natalie Dormer looks a little different from her on-screen persona. “I love going out of my comfort zone–I live to go out of my comfort zone,” she told GQ magazine of her edgy role.
Harington’s only roles before Game of Thrones were to voice Eret in How to Train Your Dragon, and as Milo in Pompeii. When he first appeared on screen as Jon Snow, he had to wear a wig. Now that he’s had the role for a while, his hair has grown out and he’s graduated from the wig.
The second Game of Thrones cast member to portray Sarah Connor, Emilia is from England. She can thank her long, blonde wig for keeping her unrecognizable in public. In real life, she looks almost nothing like her character.
Tyrion Lannister is the dwarf and part of the controversial Lannister family. Due to his size and family issues, he has many troubles and obstacles to overcome. Lannister’s quick witted personality and intellect help him surpass his outer limitations and prejudices.
Dinklage is married to director, Erica Schmidt. He’s been acting for over 20 years, with a long list of film and television credits. Some more famous film appearances have been in Elf, X-men, and Pixels. His Game of Thrones role has scored him 2 Emmys.
Arya, daughter to Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell, was forced to flee King’s Landing and live as a boy, hiding her true royal identity. Arya ends up at the House of Black and White after figuring out how to survive on her own – only to be struck blind at the end of season 5. Thems the breaks…
Makes babies with his sister (secretly). This “Kingslayer” is Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. This poor guy, once he finally gets a moment with his secret daughter, she dies in his arms. The ups and downs of royal life, we guess.
In real life, Nikolaj got his big break in Denmark as Martin in “Nightwatch” in 1994. His first American gig was in Black Hawk Down in 2001. What does he share with his Lannister character? The awkward and difficult task of learning to complete tasks with his non-dominant hand.
Being 6’3” is a good qualification for the role of Brienne of Tarth. A spine injury kept Christie out of her first love – gymnastics. You may remember her in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the final Hunger Games.
Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North. The childhood friend of Robert Baratheon, Eddard (“Ned”) was a key player in Robert’s rebellion, helping to win the throne from the Targaryens. He is married to Catelyn (Tully) Stark.
Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959), known professionally as Sean Bean, is an English actor. His most prominent film role was Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03). Other roles include Alec Trevelyan in the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995) and Odysseus in Troy (2004).
Before this gig, McCann was a jack-of-all-trades, having tried his hand at pub bouncing, singing, painting bridges, and as a lumberjack. This Scottish actor, though now famous, prefers being off on his own, living a solitary, minimalistic life.
It is believed that the White Walkers are merely creatures of legend. The story goes that during “The Long Night” the White Walkers came to Westeros and murdered everyone they encountered, then reanimated the dead to join them. Oddly, the men of the Night’s Watch that protect the town are starting to hear grumblings that the White Walkers are returning.
Canadian Ross Mullan is not only an actor, but also a puppeteer. He appears as all of the White Walkers. Mullan also plays mythical, odd creatures in several other productions. You would be surprised to know he was a blind witch in Clash of the Titans and also plays Silent in the BBC’s Doctor Who.
Another secret love child of Queen Cersei Lannister and (her brother!) Sir Jaime Lannister. He’s another child that is assumed is fathered by King Robert Baratheon. He’s been referred to as an idiot, so it was no surprise to anyone when he was murdered.
Another Irish actor, Jack began acting at the age of 7. Once he was murdered off of Game of Thrones, he decided to retire from acting. He just decided it wasn’t something that he wanted to continue doing.
Khal Drogo is the khal (chief) of the Dothraki people, who are vicious warriors. Among them, Drogo is the most legendary. With such high regard and power, he will only take the most beautiful wife, which turns out to be Daenerys.
Momoa was raised with his mother in Iowa, but is Hawaiian. His first role was Baywatch Hawaii. Similar to his Game of Thrones role, he was also cast in a remake of Conan the Barbarian. Soon, you’ll also see him as Aquaman on the big screen. He has two children with actress Lisa Bonet.
Born a slave, Varys was sold by his master and made into a Eunuch. Eunuchs are men who have had their genitals removed so as not to be distracted by sexual matters. Varys later finds that he can sell information to live and creates a large spy network.
You’ve already been introduced to Queen Cersei Lannister, who has been having children with her brother Jamie – unbeknownst to her husband, the late King Robert Baratheon. She loves power and will do whatever she needs to keep it.
Friend and co-star, Peter Dinklage gets credit for Headey’s appearance on Game of Thrones. He was the one who suggested the audition to her. You may remember seeing her in The Brothers Grimm, 300, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Since getting the role of Cersei on Game of Thrones, Headey has been nominated for two Emmy Awards.
Turner is a blonde model from England. She dyed her hair red for this role, and has kept it ever since. This year, she’s also portraying a young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse and Mary Shelley in Mary Shelley’s Monster.
Osha, a Wildling from north of the wall, escapes the White Walkers by heading south. This escape is halted when she is taken prisoner by Robb Stark. Eventually she is able to escape again, this time with company.
Stannis Baratheon vigorously sought the throne after his brother, King Baratheon is killed in a hunting accident. Though aided by a priestess and sacrificed his daughter, he was still being defeated by the Boltons.
Ian Whyte is quite athletic, adding stuntman and professional basketball player to his list of talents. Besides his most recent role as Dongo, he scored two other earlier Game of Thrones roles: A White Walker and The Mountain from Conan Stevens.
One more character that is no more, after being killed off by Jon Snow with a hammer to the head during the siege of Castle Black. Styr was a Wildling with a fierce tribe called Free Folk. What’s creepy about this tribe? Free Folk feast on their victims from battle, and also participate in self-scarification.
Ingram has been in acting since she was 10. Suffering from a rare brittle bone disease, she has had many broken bones and has stunted growth. She feels very close to her character in that they share medical maladies.
John Bradley-West ended up on the Game of Thrones through his school’s website – Manchester Metropolitan University – where he did graduate with honors. Interestingly, he’s also a killer drummer and funny stand-up comedian.
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