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What “Game Of Thrones” Actors Look Like In Real Life

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What “Game Of Thrones” Actors Look Like In Real Life

If you are among the millions of Game of Thrones fans then you will surely enjoy this gallery that shows how our favorite Westeros characters look when they are not on set.

Arya Stark

The younger Stark girl is one of the most interesting characters on the show. She’s already been through a lot, and it’s very exciting to see her next adventures. Arya might be a girl, but she surely isn’t a lady. She’s tough and knows her way around the sword.

Maisie Williams

Young Maisie is already a professional. We watched grow up on the Game of Thrones and she’s now become a gorgeous young woman. Personally, she’s not so similar to her character Arya. In fact, she says she’s a nerd and a bookworm.

Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie is a gorgeous actress who you might also know from Furious 7 besides the GoT. This British actress really got her career kickstarted with the HBO show and we hope to see her more in the future.


Khaleesi’s slave girl at first, Missandei got much more attention as the show progressed. If you think she looks beautiful in the series, wait until you see her in real life.


Varys is the one person who always knows all the secrets in Westeros. He’s truly vital to the plot and always surprises the audience with new twists.

Conleth Hill

We couldn’t help but wonder if he was actually bald or just shaved, so here he is. Conleth Hill looks so much different in real life!

Margaery Tyrell

She didn’t want to be a queen, she wanted to be the queen. But Margaery’s beauty couldn’t save her from Cersei’s cruelty.

Natalie Dormer

The Hunger Games fans remember seeing Natalie Dormer before. She’s shown she can play versatile roles as well as shave half of her hair if needed.

Cersei Lannister

The one true evil queen, Cersei is always thinking about the next horrible thing to do, all while trying to protect her children. In the meantime, she’s having an affair with her twin brother, with whom she has the mentioned children. That’s probably the most controversial detail from the show.

Lena Headley

In real life, Lena Headley is too busy to come up with evil plots, not that she would want to, anyway. She’s had an active acting career ever since she started acting in 1992.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is the ultimate favorite of the audience. Starting the show as an underdog, with one bad thing after another happening to him, he finally became The King of the North. It’s rumored that his role is about to become even bigger in the upcoming season 7.

Kit Harington

The role of Jon Snow brought Kit Harington worldwide fame and several other acting gigs. Be ready to see much more of him; who wouldn’t want such a star on their project?

Daenerys Targaryen

Call her Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons, or simply Dany, this young girl is unstoppable on her way to rule the Seven Kingdoms. The fact that she has three dragons certainly helps her in her conquests.

Emilia Clarke

When she takes off her blond wig, Emilia Clarke’s character changes, too. She’s equally stunning in real life as in the show. The role of Khaleesi helped her become a Hollywood star with many offers for big roles


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The Night’s King

The Night’s King leads the White Walkers and we are waiting to see more of him in the next season when the battle between the living and the dead starts.

Richard Brake

Without the heavy mask, the actor looks pretty normal. You may have seen him as Joe Chill in Batman Begins.

The Waif

Without the waif, Arya Stark would’ve never become the Faceless Man. The waif was training her to become one of the few cold blooded assassins with the ability to change their appearance.

Faye Marsay

Faye was the voice of Amy in 2015’s Need for Speed. The British actress showed that she’s capable of showing no emotion in her role of the waif in GoT.


Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun

Wun Wun the giant was a great help when White Walkers attacked the wall. He had a crucial role in saving Jon Snow’s life.

Ian Whyte

In case you were wondering, Ian Whyte is not a real giant, but at 7’1″ he’s pretty close. He used to play basketball and is now a stuntman.

Lyanna Mormont

When Lyanna Mormont first appeared on the show, the audience went crazy for her. She’s way smarter than anyone has expected, plus she has a huge army.

Bella Ramsey

The appeareance in GoT was the first ever for young Bella. We can all agree she’s a natural talent with an exciting career in front of her.

Tommen Baratheon

Tommen Baratheon took over the throne after his older brother Joffrey died from poisoning. The unfortunate turn of events had him commit suicide, which made his mother Cersei even madder and more evil than before.

Dean Charles Chapman

Dean had his share of big roles before; he played Billy Elliot in the play with the same title. After his fantastic performance in Game of Thrones, who knows what the future brings.

High Sparrow

The High Sparrow was the ultimate villain of the season 6, holding the whole King’s Landing hostage. He was crucial to the ending of the season.

Jonathan Pryce

Welsh-born actor Jonathan Pryce is a well-established Hollywood name. He’s been actively acting for decades, engaging in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean.

Myrcella Baratheon

Myrcella Baratheon was the last living child of Cersei and Jaime before she was poisoned with the Long Farewell after being kissed by Ellaria Sand.

Nell Tiger Free

Young Nell replaced Aimee Richardson as Myrcella in seasons 5 and 6. Even though her appearance didn’t last long, it was enough to get her some new exciting jobs.

Grey Worm

Grey Worm is the chosen commander of Khaleesi’s Unsullied Army and is her personal protector. And yeah, he’s in love with Missandei.

Jacob Anderson

Jacob Anderson is not a warrior in real life; in fact, he’s a rapper (and obviously an actor). He’s been all around England performing. Could you imagine him as a rapper while watching the GoT?

Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund is a renowned leader of the wildlings, one of the key leaders behind Mance Rayder. He has helped Jon Snow live while at Castle Black. He’s one of the funnier characters on the show.

Kristofer Hivju

The actor was born in Norway and, besides his role in Game of Thrones, he’s worldly famous for his epic beard. He had some great acting gigs, including commercials.

Bran Stark

Bran has one of the most crucial roles on the show, with his warg powers. He is the new three-eyed raven able to see through other characters’ minds and also into the past and the future.

Isaac Hempstead Wright

The role of Bran is among the first ones for young Isaac. With a great success like this, he won’t have any problems with his upcoming acting career.


Hodor is the gentle and loving giant unable to speak anything besides his own name. The reason for that is revealed in an iconic episode of the season 6, when we found out he was destined to “hold the door” and save Bran.

Kristian Nairn

We were surprized to find out that Kristian is a 7-feet tall DJ who used his role of Hodor for his music career, naming his tour “Rave of Thrones”.


Shae was a prostitute before she fell in love with Tyrion Lannister, whom she ended up betraying eventually. In order to keep her safe in King’s Landing, Tyrion had her serve as Sansa Stark’s handmaid.

Sibel Kekilli

Sibel is a German actress with Turkish origin. Undoubtedly, the role in GoT helped her become an international star.

Tyrion Lannister

He may look small, but his role on the show is huge. Tyrion is Cersei’s and Jaime’s younger brother, whom they never forgave for ‘killing’ their mother while being born. According to many, Tyrion is the funniest character on GoT. His quick brain has gotten him out of many inconvenient situations.

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage has already had an established career before Game of Thrones, but the role of Tyrion has become his alter ego, despite the fact that he looks completely different in real life.

Sansa Stark

Once a young, naive girl, Sansa had to grow up quickly after a series of unfortunate events that happened in King’s Landing. Sansa has grown into a powerful young woman, a true Stark, who’s on her way to save the Winterfell.

Sophie Turner

Along with her on-show sister Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner blossomed on the show before our eyes. The British actress is nothing like her character in person. She’s far more upbeat and on her way to becoming a true Hollywood star.

Oberyn Martell

Oberyn Martell, the Prince of Dorne, is also known as the “Red Viper”. He died fighting The Mountain in one of the most famous scenes from the show.

Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal, born in Chile, has had other roles besides GoT, including the Netflix series Narcos. Not surprizing, he looks better in real life.

Renly Baratheon

The youngest Baratheon brother, Renly, was fourth in line to the throne when Robert was the king. Before his brother Stannis killed him, he was having a secret gay affair with Ser Loras Tyrell, The Knight of the Flowers.


Gethin Anthony

Gethin is an English movie and TV actor, but he’s the most famous for his role in Game of Thrones. His last credited role is in the upcoming movie First Kill.


Myranda was Ramsay Bolton’s servant who threatened to kill Sansa Stark, for which Theon Greyjoy threw her from a rampart and killed her.

Charlotte Hope

The British actress used her appearance on GoT to score many other roles in titles like The Walking Dead, Missing, and The Theory of Everything.


Doreah was a sex worker before she became Daenerys Targaryen’s servant. She taught Dany how to please a man.

Roxanne McKee

The British model and actress was born in Canada. Sexy scenes with Emilia Clarke on GoT certainly made people remember her name and face.

Eddard (Ned) Stark

The character so moral and honest that he didn’t make it past season 1, Ned Stark was the leader of the North and Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon. As soon as Joffrey took over the throne, he executed Ned for telling the truth – that Robert’s children with Cersei are not actually his, but Jaime Lannister’s.


Sean Bean

Sean Bean was the most famous cast member when they first started filming the show. It was obvious that he should get a lead role, but the audience was in shock as he was executed in the last episode of season 1.

Catelyn Stark

Ned Stark’s wife and mother of his children, Catelyn Stark, was the backbone of the family. She was murdered along with her son Robb and his wife Talisa as Lord Walder Frey wanted his revenge for Robb breaking the marriage pact between their two houses.

Michelle Fairley

The beautiful actress in her 50s, originally from Northern Ireland, has had many great roles over the years, including TV shows Suits and Resurrection, and movies Philomena, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and In the Heart of the Sea.

Darrio Naharis & Jorah Mormont

The two men are fighting to win Khaleesi’s heart, but she refuses them both. Yet, they are not the ones to simply give up.

Michiel Huisman

Once you get to play Darrio Naharis, many doors open for you. Huisman had many roles and is active in Hollywood, but none of them can compete with GoT.

Iain Glenn

Before Game of Thrones, Iain Glenn was known for his roles in the Resident Evil movies. However, he’s Jorah Mormont now, and it will take quite a big new role to change that. Even in his 50s, Glenn looks better than many younger men do.


Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo took Daenerys Targaryen for his wife but tragically died later in the season 1.

Jason Momoa

Momoa is an American actor, born in Hawaii, best known for his role of Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. His other roles include titles as Conan the Barbarian, Baywatch, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and many others.


Samwell saved Gilly and her baby from her father and husband Craster. She’s always dirty on the show, making us wonder how does the actress look like offset.

Hannah Murray

Hannah Murray is actually really cute! In fact, all the stars from Game of Thrones look so pretty when they take off the stage makeup.

Samwell Tarly

When Samwell first came to the Wall and guys there attacked him for being fat and weak, Jon Snow was the only one to stand by his side. The two of them became true friends but Sam had to leave to become a Master.

John Bradley

Before Game of Thrones, the British actor mostly scored comedic roles. He looks quite different in real life, just like many of the cast members.


The wildling who took Jon Snow’s virginity, Ygritte’s the one who shot him multiple times with her bow and arrows as he fled.

Rose Leslie

Before GoT, Rose acted in a famous British series Downton Abbey. She’s actually a royal and grew up in a castle in Scotland.

Ellaria Sand

Ellaria Sand is the one to watch out from. She’s responsible for killing Myrcella Baratheon, the last surviving child of Cersei and Jaime Lannister.

Indira Varma

Indira Varma is much prettier and way less mean in real life. Also, it’s refreshing to see her actually wearing real clothes.

Yara Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy’s sister was the leader of the Iron Islands before her uncle stole them from her. Yara is a woman, but she’s more though than some men.

Gemma Whelan

Gemma is a gorgeous English actress, also known for The Wolfman and Gulliver’s Travels, besides Game of Thrones.

Jaime Lannister

Jaime hasn’t had an easy time on the series. First he lost his hand, then his secret affair with his sister was revealed, and finally, he was banished from King’s Landing. What will the new season bring him?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

The series has been a great breaking ground for the Dutch actor. He first started locally, later moved to Hollywood and acted in movies like Black Hawk Down, only to finally get on Game of Thrones.

Davos Seaworth

Davos is a quiet problem solver. He’s always there for the current king and other characters when they need him the most.

Liam Cunningham

The actor Liam Cunningham looks much softer in real life. Watching his ‘normal’ pictures we realize that he’s just a regular person and a great actor.

Joffrey Baratheon

King Joffrey is probably the universally most hated TV character ever. Everybody waited for him to die, and when he finally did, it felt like the justice has been served.

Jack Gleeson

It’s a lot for a young actor to take, but the universal hatred for his character can only mean that he was great in his role. We hope for Jack Gleeson to have many more successful roles in the future.

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth is a woman who fights like a man and always makes us smile when she defeats the bad guys. Her role has progressed over time, and now she is one of the more important characters on the show.

Gwendoline Christine

Gwendoline’s height is basically the only things she has in common with her character Brienne. In fact, she’s a real beauty! The transformation is incredible.

Olenna Tyrell

Olenna was a loveable elderly lady at first until we saw all the things she’s capable of. She’s certainly important for the story and responsible for some of the most interesting moves on the show.

Diana Rigg

Even though Diana has been acting since the ‘60s, Game of Thrones role is her biggest success yet. She used to be and still is a beautiful woman who resisted plastic surgery as the ages went by.

Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

It’s interesting to see how the Hound looks in real life, as the character has severe burn scars over his face which makes him unrecognizable. He had a major role helping Arya Stark becoming what she is today.

Rory McCann

Looking at the pictures of McCann, we can’t help but wonder how much time does it take to put on all the makeup every day before the shooting starts.


Lady Mielisandre

The Red Woman uses her magical necklace to appear young and beautiful, even though she’s centuries old. The fascinating thing is that the same actress plays both old and young Mielisandre.

Carice Van Houten

Yes, this gorgeous lady plays only the young red witch but also her natural, old version. She’s capable of making you love and hate her at the same time, which only proves her talent.

Theon Greyjoy

Theon didn’t have it easy with all that’s happened to him on the show. First, he was a loveable addition to the Stark family, then he started betraying everyone and we hated him, and then we felt sorry for him as Ramsay Bolton was torturing him. We can’t wait to see what will happen next with him.

Alfie Allen

Turns out Alfie Allen is just a regular guy in private life! We shouldn’t be surprised, really. It’s all the heavy makeup and costumes on the show that makes him unrecognizable in real life.

Obara Sand

Obara Sand looks pissed off all the time during the show. You better not mess with her.

Keisha Castle-Hughes

It’s hard to believe it’s the same girl! Keisha proves that you don’t need heavy makeup to portrait a completely different character on the show. She’s truly beautiful and doesn’t look tough at all!


Rickon Stark & Osha

Rickon Stark and Osha had an interesting storyline before he was shot by Ramsay Bolton before the Battle of the Bastards. Ramsay was responsible for Osha’s death, too. He stabbed her in the neck.

Art Parkinson

This was one of the first roles for the young Irish actor, but it looks like he has a bright career before him.

Natalia Tena

Natalia had memorable roles before, playing Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter movies and Ellie in About a Boy alongside Hugh Grant. The wildling makeup can’t fool us – we have a real beauty here.


Leaf belongs to a non-human race called Children of the Forest. They are responsible for creating the first White Walkers thousands of years ago.

Kae Alexander

Beautiful Kae has had numerous roles in movies and TV shows. She’s one of the Game of Thrones’ hidden treasures when it comes to beauty hidden under the heavy makeup.

Ramsay Bolton

You can’t resist hating Ramsay, the most sadistic and evil character on the show. His death was probably even more enjoyable than King Joffrey’s.

Iwan Rheon

However, in real life, the Welsh actor is also an established singer. Despite the nature of his character on Game of Thrones, the role has surely helped him boost his music career.

Petyr Baelish

The fans of the show either love him or hate him. Well, most hate him. The Littlefinger is always meddling into everyone’s business, as long as he can get something out of it. His schemes and plots create half the fun.

Aidan Gillen

Even before GoT, the Irish actor has had a successful Hollywood career going. Naturally, it progressed rapidly as he was cast for the show. He was cast in another famous HBO show, The Wire.

Nymeria Sand

Nymeria is one of the Sand sisters of Dorne, bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell.

Jessica Henwick

The pretty actress is not a stranger to playing the roles of tough women on screen. You’d think someone so cute couldn’t be that tough!

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