With it’s enormous cast of (mostly) British actors and actresses, Game of Thrones is one of those shows we always watch and go ‘where do I know that guy from?‘
We’ve been digging through the CVs of some Thrones stars, and here is what we found:
1. Tywin Lannister
Before he was the wealthiest man on Westeros, Charles Dance was the strapping young Sergeant in Jewel in the Crown…
…and the glass-eyed villain from Last Action Hero!
2. Tyrion Lannister
Years before he won a Golden Globe playing Tyrion, Peter Dinklage starred in the acclaimed indie drama The Station Agent.
But you might also recognise him as the angry children’s author from Elf.
3. Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey scored her first leading role in the live-action Jungle Book in 1994
More recently, she played the title character in a Terminator spin-off, The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Jerome Flynn used to star in the long-running ITV series Soldier, Soldier.
He and co-star Robson Greene formed a singing duo under the guidance of Simon Cowell. Amazingly, Robson & Jerome scored 3 UK #1 singles in the 90s.
5. Grand Maester Pycelle
The seemingly-infirm member of the King’s small council is played by Julian Glover, who you might recognise as the villain from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He’s the slimy American who ‘chose poorly’.
6. Catelyn Stark
Michelle Fairley has been a prolific guest actor on loads of British dramas over the years. But if you were paying attention, you might have seen her as Hermione’s muggle mum in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Before he made himself persona non grata in the Lannister household, Noah Taylor played the younger version of Geoffrey Rush’s character in Shine.
He was also Lara Croft’s personal boffin in the Tomb Raider movies.
8. Lady Olenna Tyrell
We all know Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs Peel from the original Avengers series back in the day.
She’s also the woman who won (and broke) James Bond’s heart in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
9. Jojen Reed
The guy who’s helping out Bran Stark – the one who can also possess animals? He was Liam Neeson’s lovestruck stepson in Love Actually.
TV fans will easily recognise Aiden Gillen as Stuart from Queer as Folk or as Mayor Carcetti in The Wire.
11. The Hound
Rory McCann memorably played one of Timothy Dalton’s goons in Hot Fuzz (‘yarp’).
But his first big break was as the hunky man in a kilt from the Scott’s Porage ads.
Jon Snow’s wildling sweetheart is played by actress Rose Leslie, who played Gwen the housemaid from series one of Downton Abbey.
In real life, she is super-duper posh.
For poor Jack Gleeson… nothing much has changed since he appeared in Batman Begins.