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15 things you never knew about the cast of Game of Thrones

Because shockingly, there was life before Westeros…

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1 – Alfie Allen, who plays the down on his luck and quite rightly so Theon Greyjoy, is the real life little brother of loud mouth and general annoyance Lily Allen.



2 – Tywin Lannister, real name Charles Dance, started his career playing a James Bond villain. He starred in the 1981 Bond film For Your Eyes Only, and has remained pure evil ever since then (at least in his on screen personas).



3 – Khal Drogo is Zoe Kravitz step-dad. He also starred in Baywatch Hawaii. A Hawaiian version of the Hoff.



4 – Jack Gleeson, who plays the nails down a chalkboard annoying character of King Joffrey, is Irish. He also started his career with a small role in 2005’s Batman Begins, playing a super cute lost little boy who gets rescued by Batman. Joffrey, take note from Batman.



5 – Brienne of Tarth hasn’t always been a sword wheeling giantess. Before GoT, the hugely talented Gwendoline Christie was a darling of the theatre. A classically trained thespian, she’s starred in everything from Shakespeare to Doctor Faustus. She also once considered becoming a nun. We’re glad she didn’t.



6 – Sansa Stark is a natural blonde.



7 – Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) played Hermione’s Mum in Harry Potter.



8 – This is what Hodor looks like in real life. And he has more than a 1 word vocabulary.



9 – Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed, the Green seer) is 23 years old (seriously, he looks about 16!). But that’s not even the interesting bit, he’s also Hugh Grant’s cousin, AND the voice of Ferb from Phineas and Ferb, AND the little boy from Love, Actually.



10 – King Robert Baratheon used to be a stripper. The actor, Mark Addy, starred in The Full Monty (the fat guy who ate a Snickers bar whilst wrapped in cling film). He also played Mac in Christmas movie Jack Frost alongside one time Batman Michael Keaton, and Fred Flintstone in an epic fail Flintstone movie.



11 – Oona Chaplin, who played Robb Stark’s wife Talisa, is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.



12 – Another famous family relation, Harry Lloyd who played Viserys Targaryen (him of the golden crown scene fame) is the great grandson of Charles Dickens!



13 – For the utterly gorgeous Jon Snow, GoT was actor Kit Harrington’s first on-screen acting job. Prior to his life of freezing and misery on the Wall, Kit was a stage actor, learning his craft playing the lead role of Albert in War Horse.



14 – Robb Stark looked like this just a year before he landed his King of the North role:



15 – Natalia Tena, who plays the tamed wildling Osha, played Tonks in Harry Potter.

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