What These Game of Thrones Stars Look Like in Real Life



Rory McCann – Sandor Clegane

We’re glad to see a distinct difference in looks on screen and off for this particular star. Rory has played Sandor since season one, only disappearing during season five due to his own alleged death. The make up department do an amazing job on Rory, now that we see how friendly, unscarred and ordinary he looks when he clocks off for the day! Did you know that George RR Martin intervened to make sure that the producers checked out McCann, which led to him being chosen for the role?


Anya Buckstein – Kinvara

Anya Buckstein only had a short stint in the Game of Thrones series, as a Red Priestess who comes to speak with the Khaleesi. She gives her a prophecy that speaks of someone (a prince OR a princess) who is “promised” to lead the people out of the darkness during the great war. Of course, as Red Priestesses do, Kinvara made sure to be very prophetic and cryptic. Anya Buckstein, the actress who plays Kinvara, is a Russian-Israeli.


Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson – Gregor Clegane

While he’s mainly behind a mask nowadays, Björnsson is every bit as much the giant off the show as on. He stands at an incredible 6 feet 9 inches tall, (2.06m) and weights over 400 lbs! He has been playing Gregor ‘the mountain that rides’ Clegane since season 4, after his career as a basketball player ended prematurely due to a knee injury. He is also Iceland’s world’s strongest man! He looks like a friendly giant though, and we’re glad we got to see him sans mask for once!


Alfie Allen – Theon Greyjoy

Alfie originally auditioned for the role of Jon Snow, which as we all know ultimately went to Kit Harrington. It didn’t stop him impressing the writers though, and he was cast as Theon Greyjoy, who has been with the show since the first season, and is still going strong. He looks pretty similar on and off screen. If you look closely, you might spot a family resemblance to his famous sister, none other than singer Lily Allen.

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Natalia Tena – Osha

Natalia Tena was in Game of Thrones right from the first season as Osha, but fans of Harry Potter might remember her as Nymphadora Tonks. She is not just an actress but also a musician, playing accordion in the band Molotov Jukebox. Unfortunately, Osha met her end by the hands of Ramsey Bolton in season six of Game of Thrones. It doesn’t look like she’s held a grudge though, as the pair co-starred in TV series Residue, in 2015.

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Hannah Waddingham – Septa Unella

In the Game of Thrones novels, Septa Unella is describes as being big boned with calloused hands, but the writers of the show clearly decided to go for someone softer. Even under the veil, you can see how beautiful Septa Unella is, and when she steps into her regular clothes and goes back to Hannah Waddingham, this is only proven further. Incredibly, she shot her scenes in Croatia with her 10 week old baby right there alongside her!

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Aiden Gillen – Littlefinger

Aidan Gillen is one of the few characters in Game of Thrones to make it from season one to seven. H is known as Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish. While he has smouldering good looks in the show, we prefer his more fresh-faced off screen look, and the longer wavy hair. Either way, his Irish charm seeps through both on the show and on the red carpet. Gillen really enjoyed playing Littlefinger, saying “you’re never really certain who’s side he’s on, which is of course how he likes it!”

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Daniel Portman – Podrick Payne

After getting hooked on the Game of Thrones books, Daniel Portman was lucky enough to live every fans dream, being cast in the show! He joined in season 2, and is still going strong, with a big Twitter following, and many people considering him quite the pin up- both on and off the show. Interestingly, his father Ron Donachie was also in Game of Thrones, as Rodrik Cassel in season one and season two, even before Daniel was cast!

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Nathalie Emmanuel – Missandei

Missandei must be a really fun role to play, starting off as a slave and now as Daenerys most trusted friend and advisor. It can’t hurt to be the love interest of Grey Worm either! But we bet Nathalie Emmanuel loves getting all dressed up out of costume for the red carpet events too, as she looks effortlessly stunning no matter what she wears. Originally made famous by British TV show Hollyoaks, she has now starred in Game of Thrones since season 3.

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John Bradley West – Samwell Tarly

The eldest son of the Tarly family, Samwell (often known as just Sam) has been in the show since the beginning. He is a loveable character, intelligent and insightful, even though his father is unimpressed by his lack of good looks or courage. Off screen, he cleans up super nicely, looking much sharper than his alter ego, especially with that fashionable haircut. As Jon Snow’s closest friend, he has a soft spot in all of our hearts.

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Sean Bean – Eddard Stark

Ned Stark was only in season one of the show, but he left a little tear in everyone’s hearts when he was written out, just as his character in the novel. Sean Bean loved playing the role, and has even mentioned to the media that he would be happy to revisit the role in flashback scenes if he was asked to. Gorgeous on screen and off, Sean Bean is looking great in a suit here, and we’re glad he decided to lose the locks once the role was done and dusted!

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Sibel Kekilli – Shae

Shae was a lot of people’s favorite character on Game of Thrones, with an intricate romantic storyline which saw her coupled up with both Tyrion Lannister, and his father Tywin. When she met her end at the hands of Tyrion, he was entirely broken by what he had done in self-defense, leaving Shae as one of the most memorable females on the show. She looks pretty similar on the show as she does in real life, seen here with straighter, glossier hair.

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Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark

An impressive debut, Sophie had never acted before Game of Thrones, and was found during a nation-wide talent search which found her in her school at only 13 years old. She has now been in the show for all seven seasons, and believes her character is “relatable because she’s such a realistic character.” She is a beauty as Sophie or Sansa, but her hair color certainly changes when she steps off camera, from stunning red, to beautiful blonde.


Finn Jones – Loras Tyrell

Loras Tyrell is one of Game of Thrones ultimate sex symbols, and Finn has appeared on the cover of magazines which include GT, so he’s clearly happy with this role. As a gay character, he has been quoted on saying that he’s “happy that gay characters are being portrayed but not in a sensationalized or stereotyped way.” He had a guest part in season one, before coming on as a regular in season two.

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Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister

The winner of two Emmy awards for his role as Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage is certainly a talented actor. He cleans up nicely when he comes out from the world of Game of Thrones, including having slightly darker hair and a neater haircut. Lose that frown though Peter, you’re one of the few characters who can say they’re still standing from season one! In fact, Peter was the first actor to be officially confirmed for the series.

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Faye Marsay – The Waif

The Waif is one of the more mysterious characters in the Game of Thrones series. She is there serving in the House of Black and White when Arya comes for training, and she does not give her an easy time whatsoever. Makeup-less, and dressed in a plain dress, the Waif makes herself almost invisible in the crowd. Of course, the actress who plays her, Faye Marsay, is anything but drab. She has bright blue eyes, and a beautiful facial structure.


Michiel Huisman – Daario Naharis

Michiel wasn’t actually the first actor to play Daario Naharis. Long time fans of the show ill remember that Ed Skrein actually played this role in the third season. Huisman joined season 4 as a guest, but was then bumped to series regular in the fifth season. The scruffy beard is shorter but still in view when he turns back into Huisman, but the hair gets shorn a whole lot shorter. We’re not certain we would recognise him!

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Maisie Williams – Arya Stark

Maisie, like co-star Sophie Turner, is also making her TV debut as Arya Stark, a character who has been in the show since day one. An interesting fact is that while she plays left handed Arya from the Game of Thrones books, she is actually right handed, giving an extra challenge to the part. While she isn’t exactly disguised in the show, she looks beautiful off screen here on the red carpet, enjoying a chance to wear something a bit more flattering for a change!


Dean Charles Chapman – Tommen Baratheon

Like many other Game of Thrones stars, Dean has actually played more than one character on the show. He started out as Martyn Lannister in season 3, but then came back in season 4 as Tommen Baratheon. He says he didn’t know about this originally, signing up to play Martyn, and then being chosen entirely separately for the role of Tommen. He looks far more grown up as Dean, with darker hair, a more confident air about him and less of a boyish look.

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Hannah Murray – Gilly

Gilly has been in the show since season 2, playing one of the many daughters of Craster. The producers of the show actually told her to read up on Josef Fritzl, the criminal who is currently serving a life sentence after holding his daughter imprisoned for nearly a quarter of a century. You might remember Hannah from her role in Skins, and here she is looking even more beautiful than she does in the show, with gorgeous cherry lips and a flattering dress on the red carpet.

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Conleth Hill – Varys

Who could imagine Varys with a full head of hair? Well now we can! Conleth Hill originally audtioned for the role of King Robert Baratheon, before being given the part of Varys. George RR Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones books has been quoted as saying that Hill plays his part the closest to his own mental image of any of the characters in the books. Seeing as he had this image for two decades before the show aired, this is high praise indeed!



Aisling Franciosi – Liana Stark

Even though Liana was technically dead before the series started, she did get featured in a number of flashbacks, as she is extremely important to the entire plot. We see Liana in two main scenes, one where she’s marrying Raegar Targaryan in secret, and another when she is on her death bed giving birth to, who we learned last season, is John Snow. Actress Aisling Franciosi was born and raised in Italy and grew up speaking both Italian and English.


Patrick Malahide – Balon Greyjoy

Balon Greyjoy, father of Theon and Yara Greyjoy, can definitely be nominated for the worst father award. He was cold and harsh, and basically left his last remaining son, Theon, to be taken by the Starks as a hostage, without ever trying to get him back. Each time Theon tries to earn his father’s love and approval, he coldly rejects him. Of course, Balon meets a watery end when he is pushed off of a rickety bridge by his brother, Euron.


Robert Pugh – Craster

Here’s a character everyone can hate. Craster is a severely messed up Wildling who marries his many daughters and impregnates them. What’s worse, if the baby is born a male, he sacrifices it to the White Walkers, and if it’s a girl, he keeps it until she is old enough for him to marry as well. It’s a huge mess of incest, and basically every person, no matter what team you’re on, was happy when he was killed.


Carice van Houten – Melisandre

The Red Woman, as she is often known has been in Game of Thrones since the second season, and Carice would call Melisandre “a very sympathetic character.” She loves playing the role, red wig and all, while in real life her hair is clearly several shades more towards a brunette. You can’t hide how beautiful this actress is, even without her red carpet glam. Fun fact, she was originally asked to audition for the part of Cersai Lannister, but she came up against scheduling problems!

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James Cosmo – Jeor Mormont

Jeor Mormont was a kind a genuine character, and the father of Ser Jorah Mormont of Bear Island. Jeor was lord commander of the Night’s Watch when Jon Snow took his oath. Jeor ended up taking Jon Snow under his wing, and trying to groom him for possibly taking over as lord commander some day. Unfortunately, Jeor was murdered by one of his men during the mutiny at Craster’s Keep.



Gwendoline Christie – Brienne of Tarth

Gwendoline has been outspoken about how she believes her role is “genuinely challenging gender stereotyping” and how it was what she was always looking for as an actress. She says she doesn’t have to worry about whether she looks good, describing Gwendoline as looking like a “bag of dung”! You go girl! She certainly looks great once she steps off screen, classy and elegant here, with her beautiful blonde hair let loose around her face.


Isaac Hempstead Wright – Bran Stark

One of the best young actors on the show, Isaac was a starring member of the first, second, third, fourth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones. Believe it or not, he only began drama lessons to get out of playing football! While he had his own hair in the first few seasons, from season 4 he has been wearing a wig. Here is he off screen, looking far more grown up with a pair of cool specs, and turning into somewhat of a pin up!


Rose Leslie – Ygritte

Another actress who loves the way that Game of Thrones is smashing stereotypes, Leslie has spoken out about the strong powerful female characters which the show represents, herself included. Ygritte was in the show from season 2 until 4, where she died in her lover Jon Snow’s arms. Believe it or not, Rose is in a long-term off screen relationship with Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow. What a gorgeous couple! Here she is looking just as stunning as she did as Ygritte.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister

The producers of the show auditioned a lot of people for the role of Jaime Lannister, but Nikolaj beat them all out for this starring role. He has played this part since season one of the show. Seen to be arrogant and sarcastic, could that be part of the reason he is one of the most attractive men on the show? Women tend to love a bad boy, and some might find him better looking on screen than off. He’s certainly changed his appearance with that beard, anyway!

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Jacob Anderson – Grey Worm

We never see Grey Worm smile, which is mostly responsible for the utter transformation we can see when we get a glimpse of Jacob Anderson off the show. An excellent actor, Anderson has been praised for the way he learned and delivered his season 3 lines, all of which were in the created language Low Valyrian. He has been quoted as saying that Grey Worm is “still trying to work out how to be a human being, which is such a weird incomprehensible thing.”

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Gethin Anthony – Renly Baratheon

Gethin Anthony is best known for his role as Renly Baratheon, brother of King Robert Baratheon. He also played Charles Manson in the NBC hit show Aquarius. Aside from that, Gethin didn’t have much of an acting repertoire. Of course, playing Renly was difficult, as Gethin is straight and had to play a gay man. Gethin and his character do look a lot alike, as the actor’s soft eyes go perfectly with Renly’s gentle character.


Kit Harington – Jon Snow

The uncontested star of the show, Kit Harington has been in the role since season 1, beating out co-stars Iwan Rheon, Alfie Allen and Joe Dempsie for the part. His distinctive hair is a big part of being recognisable in the show, and as you can see here, it’s his real hair, not a wig. He has the same smouldering good looks both on screen and in real life, which may have contributed to his current relationship with long-term girlfriend and co-star, Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte.


Kae Alexander – Leaf

Probably the most extreme transformation, can you believe that underneath the make up and special effects of leaf, is the stunning Kae Alexander? Kae took over from Octavia Alexandru to play the part in the sixth season of Game of Thrones, as one of the children of the forest. She died after only five episodes, in a self-inflicted supernatural explosion. Here she is looking much more human-like with her beautiful blonde highlights.


Jason Momoa – Khal Drogo

KJason Momoa could not have been more perfectly casted as Khal Drogo, leader of the Dothraki. Even without the war paint, Jason has the hair, the muscles, and the eyebrow scar of the actual character. Jason’s Hawaiin nativeness gave Khal the perfect exotic look to fulfill his character.


Iwan Rheon – Ramsay Bolton

Welsh actor Iwan Rheon was best known for Misfits before landing the role of Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones. The producers have said that when they created the show’s version of Ramsay, they only thought of Rheon for the role, they were so confident in his fit. His death is one of the most memorable, being torn apart by hounds. He looks pretty similar in the show and in real life, displaying that Welsh charm and good looks.

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Ian Whyte – Wun Wun

Ian Whyte might well hold the award for the most characters played in Game of Thrones. He was initially cast as White Walker in the very first episode of the show, and then became Ser Gregor Clegane in the second season. He has also been Dongo the Giant in the third and fourth seasons, and is most recently Wun Wun since season 5. While he obviously looks very different when he is off screen, he is still quite a giant, at 7 feet 5 inches in height.

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Harry Lloyd – Viserys Targaryen

Although Viserys didn’t last longer than one season on the show, he made himself a pretty memorable character by acting like an entitled brat who just wanted to be king. He is a well-known Targaryen, as shown by his bright blonde hair and his purple eyes, so he is pretty recognizable. Harry Lloyd, on the other hand, has dark hair (which was, of course, covered up by a blonde wig) and typically sports some dark facial hair as well.


Kate Dickie –Lysa Arryn

Lysa Arryn was the sister of Kat Stark, and the widower of John Arryn (who basically started this whole mess). She had a pretty sick way of disposing of people she wasn’t fond of (think moon door) and ended up meeting the same grisly end herself. Kate Dickie, the actress who plays Lysa, has a much happier demeanor in real life (she looks a whole lot less crazy as well). Aside from that, however, they character and the actor look similar.


David Bradley – Walder Frey

You might recognize David Bradley’s character as either Walder Frey or Argus Filch (from Harry Potter) as they both look, speak, and act similarly. As for how the actor and character look compared to one another, being clean cut makes all the difference. Walder Frey is a dirty old man (quite literally) living in a castle in a medieval time period. The actor himself keeps himself very groomed and typically has a smile on his face.


Ciaran Hinds – Mance Rayder

Ciaran Hinds was born and raised in Belfast Ireland, with his parents and four siblings. He didn’t need much time in make up to get into his character of Mance Rayder, king of the Wildlings over the wall. His large stature and deep green eyes make for a sturdy but silent type of king. He also played Dumbledore’s brother, Aberforth, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.


Stephen Dillane – Stannis Baratheon

Here is a character who might look like his actor, but certainly doesn’t act remotely like him. Stephen Dillane is friendly, happy, and always willing to have a chat. Whereas Stannis Baratheon is a sullen man who prefers solitude and sadness. We won’t spoil it for you, but after seeing what this character did to his daughter, we’re happy that the two are nothing alike.


Pilou Asbæk – Euron Greyjoy

Pilou is from Copenhagen, and began his acting career by appearing in a number of Danish television series. His latest role is Theon and Yara’s maniacally evil uncle, Euron, who came to take back the Iron Islands from them. It’s easy to see how much kinder and gentler Pilou looks when he’s not in costume.


Jeremy Flynn – Bronn

When it comes to casting actors who are almost identical to their characters, Jerome Flynn probably takes the cake. Not only does he look absolutely identical to Bronn (facial hair and head hair included), but apparently he acts in quite the same sarcastic and blunt manner.


Joe Dempsy – Gendry Baratheon

Joe Dempsy was born in Liver Pool but grew up in Nottingham England. He did a bit of training up in acting school, and then went on to become the voice of Clearasil UK. He also played a big role in the hit television series, Skins. Dempsy and his bastard character look pretty similar, aside from the blacksmith clothes, the dirty appearance and the enormous hammer.


Liam Cunningham – Davos Seaworth

Liam Cunningham, from Ireland, was originally supposed to be making a career for himself as an electrician. Fortunately for us, he quickly got sick of working as an electrician and began to pursue his passion for acting. Cunningham appeared in a number of movies and television series, before landing himself a role as Ser Davos, the former smuggler. Aside from the more unkempt look of Ser Davos, the actor and his character look quite similar.


Jonathan Pryce – The High Sparrow

The High Sparrow is a conflicting character for Game of Thrones fans, as makes life very hard for many of our favorite characters, yet he might be the most human of all of them. Welsh actor, Jonathan Pryce, played the righteous and pious High Sparrow, and was casted extremely well, in our opinion. The actor and the character look basically the same, aside from the fact that the High Sparrow too humble to wipe the dirt off of himself every once in a while.


Tom Wlaschiha – Jaqen H’ghar

An interesting role which is really just an assumed identity of one of the Faceless Men, Jaqen H’ghar introduces himself as a Lorathi criminal in season 1 and is in seasons one, two, five and six of the show. Tom looks nothing like his on-screen character, with shorter hair, and a sharp dress sense. His Czech-German descent is clear in both photos, which helped Tom when he was cast in the popular movie, Valkyrie.


Gemma Whelan – Yara Greyjoy

Gemma Whelan bursts off screen when she takes off the role of Yara Greyjoy, and you see the beauty underneath. She has been in the show since season two, as Lord Balon and Alannys Greyjoy’s daughter. While her hair color and other features remain the same on screen and off, when you see her in her own clothes and make up, she really does shine. Her name in the books was not Yara, but Asha, changed for the adaptation to the small screen.

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Pedro Pascal – Oberyn Martell

Pedro Pascal was not new to the acting scene when he got the part for Oberyn Martell (also known as “Red Viper”). He didn’t require much (if at all) of a costume change to play the character. He looks practically the same, but wears his hair a bit messier than in the show. Otherwise, his face, hair, and accent are pretty much the perfect match for Oberyn.


Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon

Jack Gleeson was a main character until Joffrey’s death in season 4, and since then he has stepped out of the public spotlight to focus on his studies. He was quoted as saying he was pretty shocked by how much his character was hated before starting the role, as he didn’t know the character too well. His hair is actually more blonde in real life, where he looks like your average happy young adult enjoying his life.

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Richard Brake – The Night King

We know what you’re thinking: the Night King is so heavily made up that he couldn’t possibly look like anything close to the actor who plays him. But look carefully, the two actually look quite similar in their weight and jawline. Even the actor himself has piercing blue eyes, which could easily belong to the king of the dead. Of course, we’re pretty sure that Richard Brake is quite alive and not recruiting for a zombie army.

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Jorah Mormont – Ian Glen

We can say Jorah Mormont knew quite a few ups and downs in Game of Thrones, but for all opinions, he is a true servant of queen Khalissi (and some say that he is even in love with her). Regarding Ian’s personal life, he is divorced with Susannah Harker who played in House of Cards. Glen was born in Scotland in 1961. Glen also known for his theatre role in Macbeth and also played in the “The Blue Room” with Nicole Kidman.

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Miltos Yerolemou – Syrio Forel

Miltos was born to Greek Cypriot parents in London, and began acting in 1995, his first role being that of a Mime in Funny Bones. Of course, Syrio Forel was his first major role, and he then went on to. appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the series, we last see Syrio telling Arya to flee and he fights Meryn Trant and his crew. We don’t know who won the battle, even though we’ve seen Meryn Trant again and again. But what does Syrio say to the god of death? Not today.


Amrita Acharia – Irri

Irri was one of Khaleesi’s handmaidens (who actually cared for her, and didn’t sell her out to the king of Qarth). Amrita Acharia, the actress who plays her, was born in Nepal to Nepalese and Ukrainian parents. When she’s not tending to the Khaleesi, she is living in Norway and is the Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Tromsø.


Owen Teale – Alliser Thorne

Alliser Thorne is a tough character to love and/or hate. One the one hand, he really does care for his Night’s Watch brothers and for Castle Black. On the other hand, he led a mutiny against Jon Snow and stabbed him to death (well, at least he tried to, he didn’t count on a Red Priestess reincarnating him). Owen Teal is a Welsh actor whose first major role was in the series, but he is not new to fantasy, as he played in Robin Hood and Merlin as well.


Charlotte Hope – Myranda

Myranda is one of those characters who is beautiful to look at, but an absolute psychopath. She was madly in love with the evil Ramsey Bolton, and found his thirst for torture and murder attractive, to a point where she would often join in on the fun. She was bitterly jealous of Sansa (who didn’t want to be there in the first place) because she got to marry Ramsey due to her royal blood. It’s actually a shame that she had to die so early, she and Ramsey could have been perfect for each other.


Ellie Kendrick – Meera Reed

Meera Reed and her brother Jojen find Bran Stark and his crew (Osha, Rickon, and Hodor) fleeing towards Castle Black after Winterfell got taken over. At first, they prepare to fight, until Jojen explains to them that he had been looking for Bran, as the sibling believed him to be of importance to find before the White Walkers began their war. Meera is actually the protector of her brother, who has seizures every time he wargs into someone else’s mind.


Will Tudor – Olyvar

Olyvar had a complicated role in the series, as he was a male prostitute working under Little Finger, but he was also a double agent, collecting information on his clients. He ended up selling out Loris Tyrell after pretending to be his squire, and then getting into a secret “relationship” with him. Actor Will Tudor has been in show business since 2011, but is most known for his role in Game of Thrones.


Joseph Mawle – Benjen Stark

Benjen Stark, younger brother of Ned Stark, is a pretty heroic character. He had been in the Night’s Watch for years, and even brought his nephew, Jon Snow, down with him when he expressed interest. Benjen went over the wall one day for a ranging, and never returned. Over the course of time, he shows up a few times to save certain people from horrible fates over the wall. As it turns out, he was almost killed by a wight, but was saved by the Children of the Forrest, and now has a half zombie status.


Eddison Tollett – Ben Crompton

Most definitely one of the true members of the Night’s Watch and a loyal friend of Jon Snow. and was appointed to serve as the Lord Commander of the watch after the latter. Crompton was born in 1974 in England and also known for his role in the movie “Before I Go to Sleep” and  “102 Dalmatians”. He is also one of the shortest actors in GoT (except Tyrrion Lannister), only 1.68 meters. The most surprising fact about him that except his role as the lord commander, he regularly works as a stand-up comedian(!).

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Ser Barristan Selmy – Ian McElhinney

McElhinney was born in Belfast, North Ireland in 1948 and he is both an actor and a director in his profession. We can honestly say that Ser Barristan is one of the most honest characters in the series and keeps his work just like a lord should be. Ian is married to an actress called Marie Jones and the couple has their own company, The Rathmore Productions (Ltd). He has been acting from 1982 and played in countless movies and productions.

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Roose Bolton – Michael McElhton

McElhton was born in a suburb of Ireland, in 1963. Even though his role in Game of Thrones is not one of the main roles, the Bolton house has large implication on the plot. The Boltons had an alliance with the Starks in Winterfell but in the minute they found more suitable for them, they turned their back to them at the scene of the red wedding. Most likely this house in one of the most unlikeable in GoT, thanks to the red wedding and for Ramsey Bolton, the bastard son of Roose. As you can see, not a lot needed to get his costume ready except changing his clothes

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Essie Davis – Lady Crane

Lady Crane was a tough character to watch, because she was actually, genuinely nice and kind. She was an actress with a traveling theater company, specializing in playing the likes of Queen Cersie herself. The problem, however, is that Arya was tasked with killing her by the Faceless Men. In the end, she isn’t able to go through with it, and the Waif has to kill her instead, which in turn meant that the Waif can kill Arya as well.


Julian Wyatt Glover – Grandmaester Pyscelle

Pyscelle is the maester in King’s Landing, one of the most prestigious positions a grandmaester can possess. The Grandmaesters have sworn to serve the realm (As appose to the king’s subordinates that serve the king itself) and Pyscelle have been serving in King’s Landing from the days the Mad King, Aeris, was the protector of the realm.  This English actor was born in March 1935 and played in numerous productions including Troy, Indiana Jones, Behind Enemy Lines and even Star Wars.
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Kristofer Hivju – Tormund

Even though the second generation Norwegian actor, producer and writer has appeared in numerous Norwegian and English productions, he is best known for playing Tormund Giantsbane in Games of Thrones. He initially appeared as a guest star in the third season and was the first Norwegian actor to play in the show. Fans were excited to see him return in seasons 4, 5 and 6 as part of the starring cast.

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Kristian Nairn – Hodor

Kristian is a Northern Irish actor and successful DJ. His first major acting role was guest starring in the first season of Games of Thrones as Hodor, before becoming a series regular. In the show, Hodor has a large scar on his right temple. Some fans may be shocked to find out that in the books, Hodor doesn’t have that scar. It was added on by the TV series’ makeup department in order to hide a tattoo on Kristian’s face.

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Indira Varma – Ellaria Sand

Indira Varma is a British actress who joined the Games of Thrones cast during the 4th season as Ellaria Sand. Indira is an HBO favorite as she also starred in their TV series production, Rome alongside Games of Thrones cast members, Ciaran Hinds and Tobias Menzies.

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Richard Madden – Robb Stark

After being cast in season 1 as Robb Stark, the attractive Scottish actor would only read the novels that corresponded to the current season, because he did not want to know what happens in the series ahead of time. Nevertheless, he found out early on that his character dies in the third season because others spoiled it for him. After the three seasons, Madden went on to play Disney’s Prince Charming in Cinderella.

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Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark

This Northern Irish actress already had practice acting in the fantasy world, being as she starred in the last two Harry Potter movies as Hermoine Granger’s mother. She was cast in Games of Thrones after she impressed during her role as “Lady Macbeth”. In 2010, she replaced Jennifer Ehle who starred as Catelyn Stark in an unaired pilot episode.

Michelle Fairley - Catelyn Stark

Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen

Game of Thrones was Emilia Clarke’s first major TV part, and she almost lost the role to Tamzin Merchant, who played her role in the pilot, which was never aired. She has been in the show for all of the seasons. She was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015, and looks pretty different on the show to her real life image. Her hair is much darker, and her whole image is much more clean cut, giving a fresher, sexier appeal.

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Natalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell

Probably one of Game of Thrones most famous faces, Natalie Dormer has a great career in acting, including playing Anne Boleyn in the TV show The Tudors and starring in The Hunger Games franchise. She was in Game of Thrones from season 2 to season 6. Despite the same last name, she is not related to Richard Dormer, who plays Beric Dondarrion. We can see her here looking alluring as ever both as Margaery and in real life.

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Laura Pradelska – Quaithe

You might remember the Quaithe by her full name, the Quaithe of the Shadow. We’re gonna be honest; there wasn’t a lot to know about this mysterious woman. She appeared in season 2 and showed us her shadowbinder powers – but then we never see her again. The Quiathe is recognizable by her covered face and mask, which means we can’t see the beauty of the German actress, Laura Pradelska. In real life, Laura has appeared in the likes of Here Lies.
Laura Pradelska starred as the Quiathe in season 2 of Game of Thrones

Stephen Cole – Kovarro

We may be biased because we loved Khal Drogo so much, but we were kinda obsessed with the Dothraki – which means we were kinda obsessed with Kovarro. As one of the khalasar, we first met Kovarro in season 2, where he was sworn in to look after the newlywed couple, especially Daenerys Targaryen. After Khal Drogo’s death (which we’re still not over, BTW), he swears allegiance to the Mother of Dragons. Kovarro is played by Stephen Cole, who looks exactly the same!
Stephen Cole looks exactly the same as his Game of Thrones character, Kovarro

Antonia Christophers – Mhaegen

Mhaegen had a pretty rough time of it in seasons 1 and 2. As a lady of the night, Mhaegen worked for Petyr Baelish and was often linked to King Robert Baratheon. In fact, Mhaegen eventually has his baby out of wedlock, but things don’t end too well. In real life, Antonia Christophers looks very similar to her on-screen character. Since her time on Game of Thrones, Antonia has appeared in one other TV show – and has since gone off the radar.
Antonia Christophers played Mhaegen in seasons 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones

Roy Dotrice – Hallyne

Although Hallyne was a little kooky, we kinda had a soft spot for this pyromaniac. Often called Hallyne the Pyromancer, Hallyne was in charge of all of the wildfire in King’s Landing, and was also the head of the Alchemists’ Guild in the city. Alongside looking like his on-screen character, Roy Dotrice also had another connection to Game of Thrones. Incredibly, Dotrice narrated all of the audiobook versions of A Song of Ice and Fire series, before appearing on the show.

Roy Dotrice played Hallyne in Game of Thrones, and also narrated the audiobooks

Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister

Cersei is one of the most dramatic parts in Game of Thrones, the mother of three children by her twin brother Jaime, and the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Her part in Game of Thrones sees her looking fierce and cold, while her real-life look, with darker hair and softer clothes, is a much warmer image. Her part as Cersei has given her multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and looking at these pictures, we agree it’s an amazing transformation!

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