Ahhh, Game of Thrones. With its awesome storylines (the dragons sold it for us, TBH), incredible locations and epic special effects, Game of Thrones has definitely taken the Iron Throne in the world of TV series. But you won’t believe what some of the Game of Thrones stars look like in real life…
Natalia Tena – Osha
Wait, what’s Tonks doing on Game of Thrones? Well, Potterheads, Natalia Tena starred as Osha until season 6 – until this member of the Free Folk was killed by Ramsay Bolton *hiss.*
Hannah Waddingham – Septa Unella
If you’re a true GoT fan through and through (which is everyone, right?), you’ll notice a few differences between the books and the TV series – one of which being the rather different description of Septa Unella. Instead of a big-boned woman with calloused hands, the casting directors chose the beautiful, petite and Most Devout Hannah Waddingham to shame Cersei on her walk of atonement. Amazingly, Hannah Waddingham first donned her holy robes just ten weeks after giving birth!
Daniel Portman – Podrick Payne
Daniel Portman is definitely living the dream. The youngster was obsessed with the books when he was a kid, and couldn’t believe it when his father was cast in seasons 1 and 2. Then, things got even better for the GoT superfan – as he was cast as Podrick Payne in season 2! Nowadays, Pod is still going strong as the best-darned squire in the Seven Kingdoms but has changed his allegiance from Tyrion Lannister to Brienne of Tarth.
Finn Jones – Loras Tyrell
Okay, we’re not gonna deny it – we’ve all had a crush on Loras Tyrell at one point or another. Finn Jones made his debut as Loras Tyrell in season one, but as a guest character. Of course, the world went wild for the impressive knight, and he soon became a staple character until season 6 (something we’re still not over). Jones loves playing Loras, and is happy that homosexual characters ‘are being portrayed but not in a sensationalized or stereotyped way.’
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson – Gregor Clegane
Let’s be honest, we never want to get on the bad side of The Mountain – and the man behind the mask is equally as impressive. Gregor Clegane is played by the Icelandic strongman, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (what a name, ey?) Björnsson rose to fame as a professional basketball player, before a knee injury forced the 6-foot 9-inch giant to retire. Björnsson was then offered the role of The Mountain in season four – and the rest is history!
Bella Ramsey – Lyanna Mormont
When we were 12-years-old, we struggled to string a sentence together – let alone remember a whole script and perform it for millions of people each week. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what Bella Ramsey has to do (although she’s not allowed to watch the end product because it’s too gory). Lyanna Mormont was added to the show in season 6, and we instantly adored her. Incredibly, this role was Bella’s first stint in the world of showbusiness, and we reckon she rocked it.
John Bradley West – Samwell Tarly
Aww, Sam! John Bradley West has brought us one of the most lovable characters on Game of Thrones and has had us all cooing over the kind nature of Samwell Tarly. As the eldest child of the Tarly family, Sam felt it was his duty to join the Night’s Watch – where he became besties with none other than the man himself, Jon Snow (who of course, knows nothing). In real life, John Bradley West is a little cooler than his character…
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers – Tyene Sand
If we were to live anywhere in the Seven Kingdoms, we’d love to live in Dorn – because having the surname of ‘Sand’ is way better than those ‘Snow’ lot up in the North (apart from you, Jon) Tyene Sand is lucky (and unlucky) enough to live in Dorn as the bastard daughter of Ellaria Sand and Prince Oberyn, and is pretty darn ruthless. As one of the ‘Sand Snakes,’ Tyene wastes no time in removing her enemies from the picture…
Alfie Allen – Theon Greyjoy
It seems that talent runs in the Allen family – as Alfie’s sister is the singing sensation, Lily Allen, and he’s also the son of famous actor, Keith Allen! Not that we’re jealous of anything. The actor originally had his sights set on the role of Jon Snow but was ultimately given the role of Theon Greyjoy instead (soz, Alf). Theon has now been with the cast since season 1, but not ALL of him… if you catch our drift…
Richard Brake – The Night King
If you’re a fond lover of Game of Thrones (which, of course, you are), you’ll know that there’s nobody more scary than The Night King. But if you were resting easy thinking the Night King was a cool piece of CGI… think again. The man behind the mask and a heck load of makeup is Richard Blake. If you look closely, you’ll see there is a little bit of a resemblance between the two. Those piercing eyes and that jawline, though.
Sean Bean – Eddard Stark
If you try and trace your memories back to season 1, you might remember a small character by the name of Eddard Stark. Oh, who are we kidding?! Ned Stark is still fondly in our memories as the Lord of Winterfell, and all around legend. Sadly, his reign came to an end, but Sean Bean has not ruled out a return to Game of Thrones. Of course, that would be pretty difficult, considering he was decapitated and all.
Sibel Kekilli – Shae
We love nothing more than a good romance, and the love between Tyrion Lannister and Shae made us feel warm inside – y’know, until she betrays Tyrion and he ultimately kills her. Even after her death, the memory of Shae was still there, and Tyrion was left broken and ashamed by his actions. Sibel Kekilli appeared as one of the best female characters in the show from season 1 to season 4 and looks incredibly similar to her on-screen persona.
Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark
Another female to dominate the Game of Thrones franchise is, of course, Sansa Stark (we love you, Sansa!) Sophie Turner had had absolutely no acting experience when she was cast as Sansa at just 13-years-old, but her time on the show has skyrocketed her career into another dimension. Nowadays, the blonde bombshell is still known as the wonderful Sansa – as well as her recent engagement to ⅓ of the Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas. Better him than Littlefinger…
Miltos Yerolemou – Syrio Forel
Actor Miltos Yerolemou was born and raised in London, UK, to two Greek Cypriot parents. His acting career began in 1995, and his very first role on film was in the movie Funny Bones; he played a mime (not much of a talking part, but still). Not surprisingly, his biggest role so far has been as Syrio Forel, Arya’s wise “dance” teacher. He also went on to be featured in the newest Star Wars Movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Amrita Acharia – Irri
Even though Dany Targaryan was sold and married off unwillingly to her seemingly brutish and barbaric Dothraki husband, she did have some rather lovely handmaidens taking care of her. The most loyal to her was Irri, who ended up murdered in Qarth. The actress who plays Irri, Amrita Acharia, is Nepalese and Ukrainian, and currently lives in Norway and works as the Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Tromsø.
Owen Teale – Alliser Thorne
Alliser Thorne’s character is a bit more complicated than the ones who are blatantly good or evil. It’s hard to not respect him when he obviously cares so much about defending the wall, Castle Black, and everyone in it. Although, he did lead a mutiny to stab and murder John Snow when he wasn’t expecting to be attacked. Of course, his treason wasn’t successful in the end, as there was a Red Priestess nearby who could resurrect him.
Charlotte Hope – Myranda
If this girl didn’t scare you, even a little, you are either lying or completely fearless. Myranda, Ramsey Bolton’s psycho girlfriend from elementary school, is as crazy as they come. She is completely in love with Ramsey, and enjoys the same sort of torturous murder games he likes to play; she often joins in on them as well. She really does not like the idea of Sansa marrying her love, and so she tries to intimidate her. Of course, Sansa doesn’t fall for it, and Myranda ends up “falling” off a ledge.
Ellie Kendrick – Meera Reed
Meera Reed shows up with her brother, Jojen, in the third season of the series. The two are looking for Bran Stark, whom they believe is necessary for defeated the White Walkers. Unlike many of the women in the show, Meera is the protector of the group. She looks after her brother and acts as his body guard when he is warging into other beings to see from their perspectives. Meera is a very likable character who has a good heart and always tries to help.
Will Tudor – Olyvar
With so many female prostitutes featured in the series, it’s only fair that a male one can enter the scene as well. But Olyvar isn’t just your standard, run of the mill prostiture. He was also acting as a double-agent for Little Finger to get information (for blackmail) on the royal clients who are more interested in men than women. He seemed to have a relationship with Ser Loris Tyrell, but that could have just been more spy work.
Joseph Mawle – Benjen Stark
Benjen Stark is a bit of an unfortunate character that you just have to feel bad for because he’s so nice. As Ned Starks younger brother, and the uncle of the Stark children, Benjen does his best to try and protect his family. Multiple times he came to the rescue to save his nephews from the likes of the White Walkers beyond the wall. What makes it even sadder is that Benjen was almost killed by a White Walker, but he was saved by the Children of the Forest. They transformed him into a semi-undead being, so he can no longer come back over the wall.
Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister
Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Tyrion Lannister has had a massive impact on Game of Thrones. In fact, Peter Dinklage was the first actor to be officially confirmed for the show when it was first developed in 2011 – and has since won two Emmy Awards for his role. Apart from the hair (which is a lot tidier and darker in real life), Peter is the spitting image of his on-screen character.
Michiel Huisman – Daario Naharis
If you have a keen eye for all things Game of Thrones related, you’ll probably know that Michiel Huisman hasn’t always played Daario Naharis. When the character was first introduced in season 3, he was played by Ed Skrein. However, he was then replaced by Michiel Huisman, who became a regular during seasons 4 and 5. With a new haircut and a closer shave, Michiel looks a heck of a lot different in real life. And hunkier, too.
Maisie Williams – Arya Stark
Ahhhh, the former Faceless Man! Like Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams had absolutely no acting experience before she was pipped to play Arya Stark – and it’s fair to say the casting directors made a pretty impressive choice. Maisie has since played Arya in every single season of the show, and has had a few more problems to overcome than the other actors; as Maisie has had to play a left-handed character for seven seasons… when she is actually right-handed.
Dean Charles Chapman – Tommen Baratheon
Dean Charles Chapman is one of the most versatile young actors in the business – which is probably why he’s played two different characters on Game of Thrones. Yep, the youngster originally appeared in season 3 as Martyn Lannister before returning in season 4 as Tommen Baratheon. Considering he was later crowned King, you could say he was kind of a big deal. Until season 6, at least. In real life, Dean looks much more grown up than his royal counterpart.
Hannah Murray – Gilly
Hannah Murray made her acting debut in the popular British TV show, Skins, before joining the cast of Game of Thrones during season 2. She first came to our attention (and Samwell Tarly’s) as one of the numerous daughters/wives of Craster who had been imprisoned and kept locked away from civilization. To prepare herself for the role, GoT producers asked Hannah to research the famous Josef Fritzl. Intense. With her luscious locks and glossed lips, Hannah is a GoT beauty.
Lino Facioli – Robin Arryn
Although this guy’s face looks totally adorable, Robin Arryn isn’t someone you’d want to annoy – because this ‘Sweetrobin’ is not as cute as he may seem. After the death of his mother, Robin becomes the Lord of the Eyrie, and his previously protected life (which includes a WEIRD relationship with his mother) is thrown into the air…just like the people he throws people through his Moon Door. Arryn is played by the Brazilian native, Lino Facioli, who now lives in the UK.
Conleth Hill – Varys
Okay, this picture kinda creeps us out. HE HAS HAIR! Conleth Hill graced us with his spidery ways as the Master of Whisperers in season 1 and has continued to serve the royals. However, Hill didn’t always have his sights set on Varys, as he first auditioned for the role of Robert Baratheon. However, it’s a good thing he was unsuccessful, as George R.R Martin has claimed he is exactly how he imagined Varys to be when he wrote the books.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster – Jojen Reed
Although he only appeared in seasons 3 and 4, Jojen Reed had a major impact on the Game of Thrones storyline. He helped out Bran Stark, he ventured beyond the wall, and he tackled White Walkers – he was pretty cool. Jojen looks exactly like his actor, Thomas Brodie-Sangster. GoT wasn’t his first stint into the world of acting, as Thomas had already established himself as a Hollywood icon through his roles in Love Actually, Maze Runner and Nanny McPhee.
Rory McCann – Sandor Clegane
Let’s be honest, we all have a little soft spot for Sandor Clegane. The Hound is the younger brother of The Mountain, who leaves Joffrey behind to seek a higher purpose – a decision that leads him to Arya Stark. Rory McCann has taken on the role of Sandor since season 1 and is still going strong today. Thankfully, Rory looks nothing like his on-screen character – but we have to give the GoT makeup department some kudos for this transformation.
Gwendoline Christie – Brienne of Tarth
Yasssss, Brienne! Brienne is one of the baddest women in the Game of Thrones business, and we absolutely love it. She don’t need no man. Gwendoline Christie has always enjoyed playing the strong and independent warrior, as Brienne is ‘genuinely challenging gender stereotyping’ and showing the strength of the female form – without having to worry about her makeup or her hair. Although she looks just as strong off-screen, she also looks a lot more elegant without the armor…
Isaac Hempstead Wright – Bran Stark
We first met Bran Stark in season 1 of Game of Thrones and quickly realized that he wasn’t exactly very lucky – as he was soon thrown off the edge of a tower by Jaime Lannister. Not ideal. Nevertheless, Bran’s story has transformed over six seasons and so has his hair! Yep, ever since season 4, Isaac has donned a wig to play his character! Isaac has recently become a university student, so is juggling his role as Bran Stark with
Art Parkinson – Rickon Stark
Let’s be honest, we all love the Stark family – but Rickon often went undetected. As the youngest in the family, Rickon had to deal with a lot of death and drama from an early age and eventually suffered a terrible fate at the hands of Ramsay Bolton (still not over it). Now the child star has grown up, he is barely recognizable as his former character on Game of Thrones, but he’s still pretty darn cute.
Mark Addy – Robert Baratheon
We’re all for respecting royalty and all that, but Robert Baratheon wasn’t exactly the greatest King of the land. In fact, the Stark family owe most of their devastation to this guy – so we’re not his biggest fan. Nevertheless, we are the biggest fans of Mark Addy (minus the beard). This British actor has been a huge name in the acting industry since 1987 and has appeared in the likes of The Flintstones, Robin Hood, and Hercules.
Charles Dance – Tywin Lannister
We’ve learned many life lessons from Game of Thrones – including the fact that a Lannister always repays his debts. At least, that’s what Tywin Lannister always used to harp on about. As the head of House Lannister, Tywin was the kind of character you either loved or hated, and we definitely weren’t a fan of his evil ways. Although Charles Dance looks exactly like his on-screen character, we’re happy to hear that he’s a real gent at heart.
Eugene Simon – Lancel Lannister
The Lannisters have always been a bit odd – but not as odd as Lancel Lannister. As the nephew of Tywin, the long-haired Lancel was destined for great things and was working hard as King Robert’s squire. He was later made a knight but injured in a brutal battle. This injury seemed to have a profound effect on him, and he soon became Brother Lancel, under the extreme rule of the High Sparrow… and with a weird mark on his head.
Brenock O’Connor – Olly
It’s almost impossible to forget Olly’s tragic story – as it has stayed with us since his death in season 6. Olly joins the Night’s Watch after his parents are killed in a Wildling raid, and he soon becomes Jon Snow’s protegee. Olly maintained loyal to those of Castle Black and the Night’s Watch until he disagrees with Snow’s decision and joins in on his murder. However, when Jon Snow resurrects, Olly is sentenced to death. And that hurt.
Kerry Ingram – Shireen Baratheon
It’s no secret that children don’t have the best of times in Game of Thrones – and Shireen Baratheon was no exception. As the daughter of Stannis Baratheon, Shireen got caught between her father’s desire to be King and the wily ways of the Red Witch. In a sad demise, her parents burn her at the stake (we know. Intense, right?) Although Kerry Ingram has now grown into a beautiful woman, she is still recognizable as her GoT character.
Rose Leslie – Ygritte
When Jon and the Night’s Watch ventured north of the wall, they ran into Ygritte. This strong and independent spearwife was the ultimate Free Woman and prided herself on her harsh heart and her ruthless personality. Despite her cold heart, the ice melted a little in the presence of Jon Snow, and the two became lovers (oo-er). In an incredible twist, Game of Thrones has now come to life, as Rose Leslie is now engaged to Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington!
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister
Let’s be honest, we all love a bad boy – but we DO NOT love Jaime Lannister. Nevertheless, we do love Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The casting directors for Game of Thrones auditioned numerous actors for the role of Jaime Lannister, but couldn’t find the right fit… until they met Nikolaj. He has been a major character since season 1, but this actor is nothing like his sarcastic, arrogant and sister-loving on-screen character. Although, he does look similar to the Kingslayer (not that we’re complaining).
Aiden Gillen – Littlefinger
Considering his relatively small role (compared to the Starks and the Lannisters), Littlefinger has been a recurring character since season 1. Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish has not been one of the most popular characters in the franchise (for good reason), but he has definitely made an impression – especially with his charming Irish twang. However, it is fair to say we prefer Aiden Gillen without the mustache and the goatee. He looks much more handsome with the ruffled curls and a fresh face.
Jacob Anderson – Grey Worm
First of all; can we just appreciate that smile! Never in the history of Game of Thrones have we seen Grey Worm smile, and this makes us feel all warm and gooey inside. Jacob Anderson joined the Game of Thrones crew in season 3, and made an incredible impression because nearly all of his lines have been in a newly created language, Low Valyrian. Although he doesn’t look any different in real life, that smile does it for us.
Gethin Anthony – Renly Baratheon
Before he appeared on Game of Thrones, Gethin Anthony had little to no acting experience. Although he had one stint as Charles Manson on the popular show, Aquarius, he was relatively new to the professional world. Nevertheless, he took to Renly Baratheon like Khaleesi to her dragons and has turned heads in the Seven Kingdoms and the real world. Gethin and Renly look very similar with his brunette curls and rough stubble, which is great for us GoT fans.
Kit Harington – Jon Snow
Ahhh, the star of the show! During the development stages of season 1, there were countless actors all vying for the part of Jon Snow – but he pipped them all to the post and has continued to dominate the series ever since. Unlike many of the other actors on the show, Kit looks exactly like Jon Snow (hooray!) Even his taste in women is the same, as Harington recently popped the question to co-star and co-lover, Rose Leslie.
Kae Alexander – Leaf
Leaf is one of the most intriguing characters on Game of Thrones – and looks nothing like Kae Alexander, the actress who plays her. Kae is relatively new to the GoT clan and replaced Octavia Alexandru in the makeup chair in season 6. It’s fair to say that Kae spent a lot of time in the makeup chair, as we would be worried if Kae walked the red carpet with grey, scaly skin and vines all over her body.
Jason Momoa – Khal Drogo
Despite his harsh demeanor, we were absolutely in love with Khal Drogo (and to be honest, we still are). As the leader of the Dothraki, Khal Drogo was fierce, strong, ruthless and an incredible leader – but he was also tender and absolutely adored his queen, Khaleesi. And yes, we were jealous of Emilia Clarke. However, Jason Momoa isn’t too different to his on-screen character, which makes us insanely happy. His Hawaiian roots (and muscles) made him the perfect Khal Drogo.
Iwan Rheon – Ramsay Bolton
Like Gilly, the actor who played Ramsay Bolton started his acting career on the British TV show, Skins. After his stint on the show, the Welsh actor was approached by the creators of Game of Thrones – as they knew he was the perfect fit for their character (wowza). It seems they knew what they were talking about, as Iwan Rheon has taken the character to a whole new level. Y’know, until he was ripped apart by hounds in a horrific death.
Ian Whyte – Wun Wun
Ian Whyte is somewhat of a Game of Thrones legend. Yep, Ian Whyte first appeared as a White Walker in season 1, before taking on the role of The Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane, in season 2. Of course, he was then replaced – but he didn’t leave GoT altogether. Oh, no. He has also played Dongo, the Giant, and has recently appeared as King of the Giants, Wun Wun. Thankfully, he doesn’t look like Wun Wun, but at 7’5” he is almost as tall as him.
Harry Lloyd – Viserys Targaryen
Unfortunately, Viserys Targaryen only appeared in season 1, but there was no denying that he was a Targaryen through and through. With his luscious white locks, purple eyes and startling features, Viserys was the brother of Daenerys – and was obsessed with one day taking the Iron Throne for himself (which we all know did not happen). In real life, Harry Lloyd is a stark contrast, with dark features, dark locks, and a dark ‘tash and beard.
Kate Dickie – Lysa Arryn
It’s fair to say that Lysa Arryn was an odd woman. After she married Jon Arryn – whose death basically caused all of the subsequent death, drama, and intensity we all love to hate within Game of Thrones – Lysa got her kicks from throwing her enemies from her Moon Door (as you do) and being *a little* too close to her son. Although Lysa was soon faced with the same dismal end as her enemies, Kate Dickie is still going strong.
David Bradley – Walder Frey
Don’t worry, Harry Potter fans – you haven’t magically started reading a Harry Potter article (you can do that later). Instead, this Argus Filch look-a-like is actually Walder Frey. Walder Frey appeared in seasons 1, 3 and 6, and was one of the main instigators for the events at the devastating Red Wedding. Although David Bradley is used to playing dirty old men who like to cause trouble (yep, even Filch), he’s clean-cut and always gentlemanly in real life.
Ciaran Hinds – Mance Rayder
Yep, we have another Harry Potter alum! Hinds made a name for himself as Aberforth in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II but has also made an impression as Mance Rayder in seasons 3, 4 and 5 of Game of Thrones. The Irish actor took on the role as leader of the Free Folk (y’know, beyond the wall), and was known as the strong-but-silent type. Hinds has now had a good haircut but looks largely similar to his character.
Stephen Dillane – Stannis Baratheon
Stannis Baratheon wasn’t exactly the most popular King in the history of the Seven Kingdoms – in fact, everyone pretty much hated him (yep, we did). The Lord of Dragonstone embarked on a brutal journey to claim the Iron Throne and killed a heck load of people to do so. Although it may look like you’ve come face to face with Stannis when Stephen enters the room, their personality couldn’t be any different. Stephen is a sweetheart.
Pilou Asbæk – Euron Greyjoy
When it comes to Euron Greyjoy, we’re in two minds. On the one hand, he is pretty darn evil and one of the nastiest guys on the Iron Islands. On the other hand, he’s so darn pretty. Yara and Theon’s maniacal uncle, Euron, is played by Pilou Asbæk, who made his acting debut in his home country of Denmark. Without the evil crown and the drab clothing, Pilou is even more darned pretty. Those eyes!
Jeremy Flynn – Bronn
Bronn is definitely one of the best characters on Game of Thrones (you can argue, but you know it’s true). The talented swordsman is known for his incredible fighting ability and his loyalty to whomever he serves. However, he doesn’t always do so with grace and poise. In fact, Bronn is hilariously funny and often sarcastic – which we absolutely love. It seems the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, either. Not only does Jeremy Flynn look identical to Bronn, but apparently he’s just as funny.
Joe Dempsy – Gendry Baratheon
We kinda feel sorry for Gendry Baratheon – as the son of the King, he should be worshipped and lorded over. Instead, the blacksmith lives in hiding and serves others. Awkward. Luckily, Joe Dempsie hasn’t had such a bad time of it. The English actor spent most of his childhood at acting school before landing his big break on Skins (yep, another one). We’ll just say this; it’s amazing what a haircut and a good wash can do…
Liam Cunningham – Davos Seaworth
It’s no secret that Ser Davos has been pretty busy since season 2. He’s been a knight, a smuggler, the Lord of the Dragonstone, the Hand of the King – and later goes on to serve Jon Snow as the King of the North (phew, we’re tired just thinking about it).With little-to-no-makeup or special effects, Liam Cunningham looks exactly like Davos Seaworth. However, things could have been very different, as Cunningham originally wanted to be an electrician, instead of an actor.
Jonathan Pryce – The High Sparrow
The High Sparrow is another character who divides opinions. Sure, the High Sparrow is a bit of a nuisance, and nobody really likes him (true story), but he’s also pretty darn real and is true to his faith. Whatever your opinion on the matter, you definitely won’t be able to disagree that Jonathan Pryce was the perfect choice for the High Sparrow. The Welsh actor looks exactly like his character, just a little less dirty…
Tom Wlaschiha – Jaqen H’ghar
Tom Wlaschiha has had a long-running relationship with Game of Thrones, and the Faceless Man has been in numerous seasons – even if you didn’t realize. He appeared as the Faceless Man and as a petty Lorathi criminal during season 1 and later appeared in seasons 2, 5 and 6. What’s even more amazing (other than the fact he can transform into another person) is that Jaqen is the completele opposite to his actor, Tom Wlaschiha. This guy is clean-cut and sharp.
Gemma Whelan – Yara Greyjoy
Fans of the Game of Thrones books may have been a little confused when they saw Yara Greyjoy rock up on their screens in season 2, as there is no character called Yara in the books. Well, it turns out her name was changed from Asha for the purpose of the show – but she’s still the daughter of Alannys Greyjoy and Lord Balon, and sister to Theon. This strong, independent female rocks the show, and so does Gemma Whelan – who looks just like her on-screen character.
Pedro Pascal – Oberyn Martell
Let’s be honest, like many of the other characters on Game of Thrones, we had a major crush on Prince Oberyn Martell. Of course, we knew we shouldn’t have had a crush on the Red Viper of Dorne because – well, because he could have poisoned us in our sleep or something. Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that his actor, Pedro Pascal, didn’t require any makeup or special effects to make him so effortlessly beautiful in season 4. Excuse us while we buy ten Pedro Pascal posters…
Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon
*Boo* *Hiss* As the child of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, we always knew Joffrey Baratheon was going to be a bad seed – and it turns out, we were totally right. Joffrey began his GoT career in season 1 and just about made it to season 4 before he was killed off. Jack Gleeson has now left the world of acting to further his education, but he must get a lot of attention, considering he is the spitting image of Joffrey. Luckily, by all accounts, he is the complete opposite of his on-screen persona. Phew.
Jorah Mormont – Ian Glen
If we were Khaleesi (cor, we wish), we’d just drop everything and marry Jorah Mormont – because who cares about the Iron Throne when Jorah is ready and waiting to express his undying love for you? Over the course of his exile, Jorah has had a tough time of it and got pretty darn hairy because of it. Although Iain Glen looks no different to his on-screen character, we’re glad to see he makes better use of a razor.
Eddison Tollett – Ben Crompton
Unlike many other characters on the show, Eddison Tollett is the kinda character we just love to love. Yep, it’s all positives here, folks. Dolorous Edd is one of Jon Snow’s best friends (aww, BFF’s) and later becomes the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch – which is kind of a big deal. Although Edd’s hair is the same, Ben Crampton’s face will never be as stern as Tollet’s, as the actor is also a stand-up comedian in his spare time.
Ser Barristan Selmy – Ian McElhinney
There are few people we would actively stand behind in Game of Thrones (because most of them don’t know what the heck they’re talking about) but we would be honored to serve Ser Barristan Selmy. As one of the most honorable men in the Seven Kingdoms, he’s just awesome. In real life, Ian McElhinney ditches the armor and dons his suit – but apart from that, could still pass as one of the most honorable men in all the land. Bonus.
Roose Bolton – Michael McElhton
Let’s be honest; the Bolton family aren’t exactly the Kardashians of the Seven Kingdoms. Instead, everyone pretty much hates them (soz, guys). Although Roose Bolton isn’t a major character in the series, he does appear in seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 – and seems to cause trouble wherever he goes. Although a little makeup was used to turn Michael McElhatton into Roose Bolton, their personalities couldn’t be any different – as Michael is a sweetheart. Thank goodness!
Julian Wyatt Glover – Grandmaester Pycelle
If you’ve read George R.R. Martin’s books carefully, you’ll know that being the Grand Maester is a HUGE deal. Yep, instead of swearing his loyalty and his faith to the King (like everyone else), Grand Maester Pycelle swears himself to the realm – meaning he will protect and serve King’s Landing with all of his might. Grand Maester Pycelle is played by Julian Wyatt Glover, who dons one epic beard and some long robes to transform himself.
Kristofer Hivju – Tormund Giantsbane
As you can probably tell by his awesome name and his even more awesome hair, Kristofer Hivju is from Norway – and comes from a pretty talented family of actors and producers. He first appeared as the leader of the Free Folk in season 3, and continues to follow Jon Snow and his fight for the Iron Throne (yeah!) Kristofer doesn’t wear as much fur clothing and is rarely seen with snow in his beard nowadays, but the likeness is still there.
Kristian Nairn – Hodor
It’s fair to say that Kristian Nairn doesn’t have the most challenging script on the show, but there’s no denying that Hodor has made a lasting impact on the the world (who could forget THAT scene?) We were first introduced to Hodor in season 1, and were met with a big friendly giant with a scar on his face. The GoT book fans will know that Hodor doesn’t have a scar in the books, but it was added to cover Kristian Nairn’s face tattoo.
Indira Varma – Ellaria Sand
There are some pretty brutal women in the Seven Kingdoms, but Ellaria Sand takes the biscuit as the most ruthless – we would not want to meet her down a dark alley in Dorne. As the paramour of Oberyn Martell, Ellaria has a pretty impressive role in the ruling of Dorne, which means she can kill whoever the heck she wants to kill (which she does). Thankfully, Indira Varma is nothing like her on-screen counterpart, even though she’s just as beautiful.
Richard Madden – Robb Stark
Richard Madden hit the jackpot when he was cast as Robb Stark in season 1 of Game of Thrones, but shot himself in the foot by not reading the books. The Scotsman vowed to only read the corresponding books each season, which meant he didn’t see his death in season 3 coming until it was happening (awkward). Nevertheless, the beauty of Robb Stark and Richard Madden shone through, and Madden was later cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s Cinderella.
Ben Hawkey – Hot Pie
Aww, Hot Pie. Hot Pie is a character we can all relate to. Instead of fighting for his land and getting into quarrels for the sake of it, Hot Pie simply wants to feed everyone and make delicious yummy treats for people to enjoy. We get that, Hot Pie. Hot Pie is ridiculously similar to his actor, Ben Hawkey – who also loves to bake and has opened his own bakery themed after the show, called You Know Nothing Jon Dough. Genius.
Anton Lesser – Qyburn
Okay, we’re gonna reason with you – Qyburn is cray. This character has appeared in seasons 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and has weirded us out even more as the seasons have gone by. The former maester was thrown out of the Order of Maesters for his illegal human experimentation (yep, you read that right). As if things couldn’t get any worse, he then goes to work for Cersei and performs weird Frankenstein-type experiments on The Mountain. Although Anton Lesser looks the same as Qyburn, the personality is completely different. Phew.
Mia Soteriou – Mirri Maz Duur
Every season of Game of Thrones has been full of new and exciting characters, and one character in season 1 definitely made an impression – but it wasn’t a good one. Mirri Maz Duur was the maegi who killed Khal Drogo with black magic, and we still haven’t forgiven her for killing our beloved Dothraki leader. Nevertheless, we could never be mad at Mia Soteriou. The incredible actress is also a hugely talented singer, musician, and teacher!
Donald Sumpter – Maester Luwin
In the midst of all of the Stark drama, there was one beacon of light that made everything okay again – yep, we’re talking about Maester Luwin. Although he shrouded himself in chains, Maester Luwin was one of the most lovable characters on the show, who showed a genuine love and care for the Stark family. Donald Sumpter looks so much like his on-screen character, all you need to do is take off the robes and add a suit. Sorted.
Ian Hanmore – Pyat Pree
Let’s be honest, Pyat Pree was the creepiest guy ever. Not only did he look creepy with his long neck and purple lipstick, but he was also pretty darn mean. In fact, he was the dingus who attempted to take away Khaleesi’s dragons and trap her in the House of the Undying for the rest of her life (how dare he!) Thankfully, Ian Hanmore isn’t a warlock in real life as isn’t so creepy looking, but there are definite similarities there.
Nonso Anozie – Xaro Xhoan Daxos
One of the most important life lessons we’ve got from Game of Thrones is that you can’t trust anyone – including Xaro Xhoan Daxos. As the King of Qarth, he seemed like a perfectly cool and welcoming guy, and then had to ruin it for himself. His kind gestures were all a ruse to steal Daenerys’s dragons *gasp* Of course; no one messes with Dany and her dragons – so he got what was coming to him.
Roger Ashton-Griffiths – Mace Tyrell
If you don’t remember Mace Tyrell – well, we’re not surprised. As the father of Loras and Margaery Tyrell and the son of Lady Olenna Tyrell, he didn’t really get a look-see in the Seven Kingdoms. In fact, his whole life was ruled and dominated by Lady Olenna (not hard to believe). Nevertheless, Mace was played by an impressive British actor by the name of Roger Ashton-Griffiths who sported an epic mustache and beard for the role.
Esmé Bianco – Ros
Like many of the characters on Game of Thrones, Ros had a short-lived life in the Seven Kingdoms (why do you do this to us, George?) As a classy working girl, Ros was the kinda gal who could have gone far in life – if she had not decided to get involved with Littlefinger and King Joffrey. Nevertheless, she had numerous encounters with the likes of Jon Snow, Robb Stark, and Theon Greyjoy, so she probably had a nice time of it.
Dan Hildebrand – Kraznys mo Nakloz
When it comes to Daenerys Targaryen, it’s best just to run away and let her take over your Kingdom. Unfortunately, Kraznys mo Nakloz did not know this, and suffered because of it. As the original owner of the Unsullied Army, Kraznys entered into a trade with Khaleesi; he would swap the Unsullied Army for a dragon. However, Khaleesi left with the army AND her dragons. Thankfully, Dan Hildebrand wouldn’t be able to make the same mistake twice after the dragon had finished with him.
Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark
We’ve always loved Catelyn Stark – and we’re still not over what happened to her. As the wife of Eddard Stark and mother of Sansa, Arya, Robb, Rickon, and Bran, Catelyn played a huge part in the Game of Thrones franchise, even if she was only there for three seasons of it. The Stark beauty is just as beautiful in real life, and has even appeared in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies as Hermione Granger’s mother!
Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen
Let’s be honest, would Game of Thrones be Game of Thrones without Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons, the Breaker of Chains, and the Queen Across the Sea? We think not. Of course, it’s also impossible to think of anyone else as Daenerys – but Emilia Clarke almost missed out on the role. In fact, the role almost went to Tamzin Merchant. Thankfully, Emilia still gets to don the blonde wig and blow us away every episode. Yay!
Carice van Houten – Melisandre
Melisandre is the kinda character we love to hate. On the one hand, the Red Woman is an evil seductress who uses and abuses her master, Stannis Baratheon. On the other hand, she’s also fabulous – and helped revive Jon Snow (so we can’t be too mad at her). Carice van Houten is just as beautiful as the character she plays, and absolutely loves donning the reg wig and magical necklace. Here’s a fun fact: Carice was originally approached to play Cersei!
Natalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell
Unlike many actors and actresses on Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer doesn’t owe her fame to the show. In fact, the actress has been one of the biggest names in the business for years – and has starred in the likes of The Hunger Games and The Tudors. So, the show rolled out the red carpet for the star from seasons 2 to 6, as she played Margaery Tyrell – who, of course, made a name for herself as the wife of King Renly… and then King Joffrey… and then King Tommen. Weird.
Roxanne McKee – Doreah
Although she only appeared in seasons 1 and 2, Doreah was pretty darn memorable. She made her debut as Daenerys Targaryen’s handmaiden and tended to the Mother of Dragons before she became the Mother of Dragons – i.e., while she was rustling the sheets with Khal Drogo. But if you remember rightly, it was Doreah who gave Khaleesi the tips and tricks of how to please her man (oo-er). Unfortunately, Roxanne McKee was cut from the show after Doreah betrayed her mistress…
Faye Marsay – The Waif
One of the (many) reasons we love Game of Thrones is because of its awesome storylines – including Arya’s quest to become a Faceless Man. As she embarks on her mission, she is joined by The Waif – who gives her a pretty hard time of it. Throughout this storyline, The Waif is almost invisible. However, Faye Marsay doesn’t venture into the real world in brown robes and a makeup-less face and brandishing a broom. Instead, she is a blue-eyed beauty.
Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister
Cersei Lannister has had a pretty interesting life. Of course, we’re talking about the fact that she was married to a King but then had three kids with her brother, was stripped of clothes and shamed (‘SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!) and is now the one sitting on the Iron Throne. Talk about a rollercoaster journey. Nevertheless, we’re glad to see Lena Headey strips back the harsh and cold look of Cersei to don her beautiful brunette locks and rosy cheeks for the red carpet.
Nathalie Emmanuel – Missandei
Would Daenerys really be Daenerys without Missandei? We think not. Nathalie Emmanuel has had one of the most triumphant transformations on Game of Thrones. The actress started her GoT career as a slave and has since become one of the Mother of Dragons’ most trusted advisors – and let’s not forget the little romance she has with Grey Worm (which makes us squeal with delight). Emmanuel started her career on the British TV show Hollyoaks, before joining the GoT cast in season 3.
Oona Chaplin – Talisa Maegyr
If you think back to series 2 and 3, you’ll probably remember Talisa Maegyr or Queen Talisa Stark. The healer was lucky enough to fall in love with Robb Stark (so jealous) and married the King. Unfortunately, Talisa and her unborn child were then murdered at the Red Wedding *sobs* Talisa is the spitting image of her Spanish actress, Oona Chaplin – who, incredibly, is the granddaughter of the legendary actor, comic, and filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin. How cool is that?!