HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has made dozens of stars into household names, but rarely do we get to see what they look like in ‘real life’.
Emilia Clarke plays “mother of dragons” Daenerys Targaryen ,For her great-grandfather Maekar’s paternal aunt, see “Daenerys of Sunspear“.
- “You have a good claim. A title. A birthright. But you have something more than that. You may cover it up and deny it, but you have a gentle heart. You would not only be respected and feared, you would be loved. Someone who can rule and should rule. Centuries come and go without a person like that coming into the world. There are times when I look at you and still can’t believe you’re real.“
- ―Jorah Mormont to Daenerys Targaryen
Queen Daenerys Targaryen, also known as Dany, is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Emilia Clarke, and debuts in the series premiere. She is the younger sister of Viserys Targaryen and the youngest child of King Aerys II Targaryen, who was ousted from the Iron Throne during Robert’s Rebellion
Kit Harington plays leader of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow. It wasn’t long before Snow’s murder led to a number of fan theories regarding how the Lord Commander could return – as well as the character’s importance to the ongoing Game of Thrones series. Speculation that the hero could return was further fueled by images of actor Kitt Harington with his trademark shoulder-length Jon Snow haircut – prompting many viewers to assume that the actor would return, even if the means by which Snow would be resurrected remain unconfirmed.
Peter Dinklage has had roles in “Elf” and in “X-Men: Days of Future Passed”, but his character Tyrion Lannister is not nearly as clean cut as he is in those two films.
Tyrion Lannister is a major character in the first, second, third,fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. He is played by starring cast memberPeter Dinklage and debuts in the series premiere. Tyrion Lannister is the youngest son of Lord Tywin Lannister and younger brother ofCersei and Jaime Lannister. A dwarf, he uses his wit and intellect to overcome the prejudice he faces.
Sophie Turner: Sansa Stark, aka “sick of everyone’s shit”
- “I did what I had to do to survive, my lady. But I am a Stark, I will always be a Stark.“―Sansa Stark to Lyanna Mormont.
Lady Sansa Stark is a major character in the first, second, third,fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. She debuts in the series premiere. Sansa is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell and his wifeLady Catelyn, sister of Robb, Arya, Bran and Rickon Stark, and half-sister of Jon Snow. She initially starts off as a soppy, slightly petulant girl with a very naïve idea of the world, but as time goes on and she and her family suffer one cruelty and betrayal after another, she becomes a more hardened and learned individual.
Maisie Williams: Arya Stark’s journey throughout Game of Thrones Season 4 taught her some harsh lessons about a cruel world, which brought about a dark change in her.
Arya Stark is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth,fifth and sixth seasons. She debuts in the series premiere. Arya is the third child and second daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and his wife Lady Catelyn Stark.
Natalie Dormer: Queen Margaery Tyrell is a major character in the second, third,fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. She debuts in “What is Dead May Never Die“. Margaery is the only daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell and Lady Alerie Tyrell, granddaughter of Lady Olenna Tyrell and sister of Ser Loras Tyrell. Through her marriage to King Joffrey Baratheon, and later his younger brother Tommen Baratheon following his death, she is Queen Consort.
Lena Headey: Cersei Lannister, Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, is fiercely protective of her three children. Even before she was married to Robert Baratheon, she was involved in a relationship with her twin brother, Jaime.
- “The more people you love, the weaker you are. You’ll do things for them that you know you shouldn’t do. You’ll act the fool to make them happy, to keep them safe. Love no one but your children. On that front a mother has no choice.“―Cersei to Sansa Stark
Cersei Lannister is a major character in the first, second, third,fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. She debuts in the series premiere. Cersei is the widow of King Robert Baratheon and Dowager Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She is the daughter of Lord Tywin Lannister, twin sister of Jaime Lannister and elder sister of Tyrion Lannister. She has an incestuous sexual relationship with Jaime, who is secretly the father of her three children, Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen.
Gwendoline Christie: Brienne of Tarth is a highborn lady who would rather be a knight. As Catelyn Stark’s envoy, she escorted Jaime Lannister back to Kings Landing. The two fighters developed a mutual respect for each other during their journey.
John Bradley plays the cowardly Samwell Tarly, one of the men of the night’s watch, Sworn Brother of the Night’s Watch.
The hefty, uncoordinated Sam may be lacking in courage on the battlefield, but it would appear he has no hang-ups about talking to an attractive young lady who catches his eye. When he spots Gilly traipsing through the snowy camp of Craster’s Keep with a couple rabbits under her arms, he knows what he wants and he pursues, earning major points by shooing away Ghost, the dire wolf. Gilly even commends him for his bravery, which we’re guessing no one has ever done before.
Jack Gleeson played King Joffrey Baratheon, perhaps one of the most despicable and hated TV characters of all time.
While he was a boy king and was thus clean cut and regal, his constant sneer and piss-poor attitude toward just about everyone is a complete 180 from the normal-looking teenager.
Rory McCann: Sandor Clegane aka ‘The Hound’. The Hound was the personal bodyguard to King Joffrey and carried out his commands, no matter how monstrous. After abandoning King’s Landing during the Battle of the Blackwater, the Hound encountered Arya Stark in the Riverlands and been traveling with her ever since, in the hopes of collecting a ransom from her family.
Carice Van Houten: Lady Melisandre aka ‘The Red Woman‘, a Red priestess from Asshai, who worships the Lord of Light. Her visions have told her that Stannis is the true king and as his advisor, she has encouraged him to pursue the throne at all costs.
Kristian Nairn: Hodor… One of Winterfell’s many loyal servants, Hodor is simple-minded and oversized.
Iwan Rheon : Ramsay Bolton, bastard son of Roose Bolton. Ramsay’s bloodlust is even stronger than his father’s. After taking Winterfell, he captured Theon Greyjoy and slowly tortured him into submission.
Sebil Kekille: Shae , a prostitute who made an immediate impression on Tyrion Lannister, joined him in King’s Landing in direct defiance of his father’s order to keep her away from court. She serves as Sansa Starks handmaid.
Alfie Allen: Theon Greyjoy is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.
Theon Greyjoy is a major character in the first, second, third,fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. He debuts in the series premiere. Theon is the only living son and heir of Lord Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands, and younger brother of Yara Greyjoy. He was taken as a ward by Lord Eddard Stark following Balon’s failed rebellion.
Hannah Murray: Gilly is a major character in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. She initially appeared as a recurring character in thesecond and third seasons. She debuts in “The North Remembers.” Gilly is one of the Free Folk, and is a daughter and wife of Craster. She is also the mother of a baby named Sam, who was produced through a forced relationship with her late father.
Charles Dance: Tywin Lannister, father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion, is the wealthiest man in the Seven Kingdoms. He serves as the Hand of the King to his grandson Joffrey.
Julian Glover: Grand Maester Pycelle has been Grand Maester of the Seven Kingdoms for decades and has served under four kings when the series begins. The aged maester of King’s Landing and a member of the Small Council.
Gemma Whelan : Queen Yara Greyjoy is a recurring character in the second, third,fourth and sixth seasons. She debuts in “The Night Lands.” Yara is an ironborn,Theon Greyjoy’s older sister and his only surviving sibling. She was raised at Pyke, the stronghold of House Greyjoy. Yara is a fierce warrior and commands her own longship.
She’s about as tough and tomboyish as one can get (and Theon even hits on her not realizing she’s his sister). In the upcoming sixth season, new photos of Yara hint that the Greyjoys will have a larger part to play this time around.
Rose Leslie: Ygritte, wildling woman that Jon Snow encountered traveling beyond the Wall, Ygritte is fiercely proud of her free status. Her opinions have clouded Jon’s stance about the Night’s Watch.
Isaac Hempstead Wright: Bran Stark Character description. Bran is seven years old at the beginning of A Game of Thrones (1996). He is the second son of Eddard “Ned” Stark and his wife Catelyn, and has five siblings: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Rickon, and the illegitimate Jon Snow.
Liam Cunningham: Ser Davos Seaworth, commonly called the Onion Knight, is the head of House Seaworth. … Davos created his own house sigil, a black ship with an onion on the sails upon a grey field. … He has seven sons, many of them serving on ships in Stannis’s fleet.
Nathalie Emmanuel : Missande ,A slave who served as an interpreter to the masters of Astapor, Missandei was freed when Daenerys Targaryen took the Unsullied army and used it to overthrow the slavers.Missandei now serves Daenerys as her trusted advisor and Handmaiden.
Jacob Anderson and debuts in “Kissed by Fire”: Grey Worm is the chosen commander of the Unsullied, the warrior-eunuchs of Astapor whose reputation for combat is without equal. Grey Worm became one of the main advisors to Daenerys Targaryen after she acquires the Unsullied from the Masters of Astapor.
Jason Momoa: Khal Drogo is a powerful khal or warlord of the fearsome Dothraki nomads. He addresses Dany affectionately as “moon of my life,” while she calls him “my sun and stars.”
Iain Glen : Jorah Mormont
- “There is a beast in every man and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand.“―Jorah Mormont
Ser Jorah Mormont is a major character in the first, second, third,fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. He is played by starring cast member Iain Glen, and debuts in the series premiere. Ser Jorah is an exiled Northern lord living in Essos. He has sworn fealty to his fellow exile Daenerys Targaryen and helps her adapt to life as aKhaleesi of the Dothraki.
Originally, Jorah was working as a spy for Varys, King Robert’sspymaster in King’s Landing, sending Varys information about the Targaryen exiles. But he grows to respect and admire Daenerys and begins serving her in earnest. He saves her from an assassination attempt, stops sending reports to Varys and ignores an official royal pardon which would allow him to return home toWesteros. He develops strong and unrequited feelings for her. When Daenerys learns of his past spying, he is dismissed from her service and ordered to leave her presence. He later captures Tyrion Lannister in the hope of winning his way back to her, an endeavor that leads to him contracting the deadly greyscale.
Aidan Gillen: Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish Nakedly ambitious, Littlefinger left the Small Council to marry Lysa Arryn and secure the Vale to the Lannister’s side. Beyond his official duties, he is the eyes and ears of King’s Landing along with Varys.
Kristofer Hivju: Tormund, often called Tormund Giantsbane, is a major character in the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. He initially appears as a recurring character in the third season. He is a renowned leader and raider among the Free Folk and second in command behind Mance Rayder. He is played by Kristofer Hivju.
Dean-Charles Chapman: King Tommen I Baratheon is a major character in the fifth andsixth seasons. He initially appeared as a recurring character in thefirst, second and fourth seasons. He is portrayed by starring cast member Dean-Charles Chapman, taking over the role (starting in Season 4) from Callum Wharry, who played the character briefly in Seasons 1 and 2. Tommen is the younger brother of King Joffreyand Princess Myrcella. Though legally the son of the late King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister, his true father is Ser Jaime Lannister, the Queen’s twin brother. His sole biological grandparents, Tywin and Joanna Lannister, were also first cousins.
Ed Skrein: Daario Naharis is a major character in the fifth and sixth seasons. He initially appeared as a recurring character in the third andfourth seasons. He is played by starring cast member Michiel Huisman, taking over the role from guest star Ed Skrein, who briefly portrayed the character in Season 3.
Originally a lieutenant in the Second Sons, a sellsword company, Daario takes over the company after killing his superiors Mero andPrendahl na Ghezn and then aligns with Daenerys Targaryen. Daario serves Daenerys as her advisor and enforcer, and also eventually becomes her lover.
Conleth Hill: Varys, sometimes called the Spider, is a major character in thesecond, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. He initially appeared as a recurring character in the first season and debuted in “Lord Snow“. Varys is a eunuch and was the Master of Whisperers on the King’s Small Council until he is forced to flee King’s Landing with Tyrion Lannister. He is a skilled manipulator and commands a network of informants across two continents.
Varys’ true loyalties are eventually revealed to be to Daenerys Targaryen (though she herself is initially unaware of this), as he believes her rule would be the best way to preserve peace and prosperity in the Seven Kingdoms. He and Tyrion travel to Meereen in the hopes of serving as her advisers.
Tom Wlaschiha: “Jaqen H’ghar” is a major character in the fifth and sixth seasons. He initially appeared as a recurring character in the secondseason. He is played by starring cast member Tom Wlaschiha and debuts in “The Night Lands.” Jaqen H’ghar is a mysterious man – introducing himself as a Lorathi criminal – who was arrested and put in the dungeons of King’s Landing, before being recruited byYoren to join the Night’s Watch. He is in Yoren’s party as the latter smuggles Arya Stark out of King’s Landing. He travels with them to the lands south of Harrenhal, where they are captured by Lannister forces.
In reality, “Jaqen H’ghar” is just an assumed identity of one of the Faceless Men of Braavos, a feared order of mysterious assassinswith the ability to change their appearance at will. After the Jaqen persona is of no more use to him, the Faceless Man shapeshifts into a new appearance and tells Arya he will train her to be a Faceless Man if she goes with him. Eventually, Arya travels to Braavos to look for Jaqen and finds him, and he trains her.
Jonathan Pryce: The High Sparrow is a major character in the sixth season. He initially appeared as a recurring character in the fifth season. He is played by starring cast member Jonathan Pryce and debuts in the eponymous “High Sparrow“. The High Sparrow is the leader of the religious sect known as the Sparrows and the newly appointedHigh Septon, though he currently truly rules King’s Landing, having gained a large military following and having the ability to manipulate the young and impressionable King Tommen Baratheon. His real name is unknown. The High Sparrow is immensely serious, threatening, and only occasionally tender.
Indira Varma: Ellaria Sand: “When was the last time you left this palace? You don’t know your own people. Their disgust for you. Elia Martellraped and murdered, and you did nothing. Oberyn Martellbutchered, and you did nothing. You’re not a Dornishman. You’re not our prince.”
- Doran Martell: “My son, Trystane…“
- Ellaria Sand: “Your son is weak, just like you. And weak men will never rule Dorne again.” — Ellaria Sand
Ellaria Sand is a major character in the fifth and sixth seasons. She initially appeared as a recurring character in the fourthseason, debuting in “Two Swords“. She is portrayed by starring cast member Indira Varma. Ellaria is the paramour of PrinceOberyn Martell of Dorne and a bastard of House Uller, carrying the bastard surname “Sand” like all bastards in Dorne.