If you haven’t been watching the amazing and highly addictive fantasy series Game Of Thrones on Sky Atlantic then we highly recommend you rectify this horrendous mistake immediately.
Based on the best selling series of books by George R. R. Martin HBO have produced what we certainly regard as not only the greatest fantasy TV series to date, but possibly one of the best pieces of television in the last 5 years. While most of the cast are British we’ve been surprised to learn exactly which actors have been used to flesh out the roles.
What follows is a completely spoiler free post, as we haven’t even included details about the characters each of the actors plays, or their subsequent relationships to others in the series. We’ve excluded Sean Bean, Lena Headly, Charles Dance and Aiden Gillen for obvious reasons.
Jerome Flynn as Brunn
Oh yes it is. We couldn’t believe the 48 year-old other half of 90s chart toppers Robson and Jerome was in this series either. This could be his best work by far…which wouldn’t be hard.
Ron Donachie as Sir Rodrik Cassel
Best remembered in Scotland for his role in the mini series Tutti Frutti, Donachie has also appeared in Titanic , Made Of Honor, (WTF?), Disney’s Live-action version of The Jungle Book and more recently in Jason Statham’s new movie Blitz.
Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon
Probably a no-brainer for most folk. Addy is indeed famous for his breakthrough role in British comedy The Full Monty with Robert Carlyle, he also starred in A Knight’s Tale, the Russell Crowe version of Robin Hood and sadly The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Iain Glen has been working in film and television for the last 25 years among his credits include Gorillas In The Mist, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. For us Iain’s character is by far our favourite of the entire series so far.
Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle
Jesus where do you begin with an actor who has appeared as General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, For Your Eyes Only, Cry Freedom, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets and Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade in which his death scene will probably be best remembered.
James Cosmo as Commander Jeor Mormont
His most famous role will probably always be that of Hamish Campbell’s father in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart but Scots born Cosmo has also appeared in Trainspotting, The Chronicles Of Narnia, and most recently in the biker gang TV series Sons Of Anarchy.
Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon
A favourite actor of director Terry Gilliam who cast Vaughan in both Time Bandits and Brazil. His other credits include Sam Peckinpah’s controversial Straw Dogs, but the role most people will remember him from was in The Remains Of The Day where he played the father of Anthony Hopkins’ character.
Roger Allam as Magister Illyrio Mopatis
With a plethora of credits under his belt including roles in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Queen, V For Vendetta, Allam has also appeared in numerous TV series including Ashes to Ashes but his most famous role to date is that of Peter Mannion in the political satire series The Thick Of It.
Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark
Mawle recently appeared in Philip Ridley’s Gothic horror Heartless and has also popped up in Made In Dagenham, he played The Ripper in the mini series Red Riding but we best remember him as a security guard whose life crumbles around him thanks to a mortgage he cannot afford to pay in the brutal TV movie Freefall, which we’ve kindly posted the first part below.
Alfie Allan as Theon Greyjoy
Probably best known for being the brother of pop star Lilly Allan Alfie has also appeared in the TV movie Freefall, (see above), Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Atonement. His sister must really love her brother as she famously wrote a song about him.