We all know that horrible feeling when you’re sat enjoying a television programme or movie, but you can’t concentrate on what’s going on because you’ve seen one of the actors in something else before but can’t quite place their face. Yeah, that.
Lately I’m finding that this happens with pretty much every new thing I see. And fair enough, sometimes I can place the actor straight away and instantly remember what else I’ve seen them in but the rest of the time, I’m sat there for ages trying to figure out what else they’re from, and then inevitably giving up and having to Google it.
I realised the other day that normally when this happens, it’s somebody from either Doctor Who or Game of Thrones – two of my favourite television programmes, which both have large casts and feature predominantly British actors. So I decided to write a blog post about other notable works that Game of Thrones actors have been in – whether it be another television programme, a movie or a music video. I’ll probably follow it up with a similar post about Doctor Who actors.
**Whilst I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, I can’t guarantee anything so if you’ve not watched the series (for some ridiculous reason) and plan to in the future, I probably wouldn’t continue!**
Iain Glen – Ser Jorah Mormont
Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
As this Twitter user points out, Ser Jorah did a stint on Downton Abbey a while ago, he also appeared in the first Lara Croft movie back in 2001 with Angelina Jolie and a few years back he was in a double bill of Doctor Who alongside Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.
Maisie Williams – Arya Stark
Maisie also appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman back in series 9. She also starred in the music video for Oceans by Seafret as a schoolgirl/superhero and more recently she’s been in a sci-fi film called iBoy that’s exclusive to Netflix.
Julian Glover – Grand Maester Pycelle
Yes that’s right. Grand Maester Pycelle has been in literally the biggest franchises in Hollywood, and although he’s usually in smaller roles, he’ll always steal the show. The best part though – he’s usually a baddy.
Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark
Blink and you’ll miss her but, as this Twitter user points out, Michelle Fairley does appear as Hermione’s mum in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Who’d have thunk?
Stephen Dillane – Stannis Baratheon
As well as appearing in leading roles in both The Hours and John Adams, eagle eyed viewers have also spotted him playing the artist Graham Sutherland, who comes to paint a portrait of Prime Minister Winston Churchill in an episode of The Crown.
Liam Cunningham – Ser Davos Seaworth
I’ve spotted the Onion Knight in quite a few smaller roles over the past few years, including an episode of Doctor Who – “Cold War” back in series 7, as well as a brief appearance in the BBC series Merlin. He also appears in the music video for the song “High Hopes” by Kodaline.
Natalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell
One of the most conniving characters in Westeros, Margaery has been in quite a lot when you think about it, from performances in the Tudors and The Hunger Games Mockingjay parts 1 and 2, to that time she appeared in the first Captain America movie and snogged the Cap. She even had a key role in the recently released video game Mass Effect: Andromeda, for which she provided both her voice and motion capture performances.
Iwan Rheon – Ramsay Bolton
His despicable actions made him one of the best characters that we just love to hate in Game of Thrones but where else have we seen Ramsay? He’s set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon as he takes on a role in the Inhumans series however, we’ve also seen him in Secret Diary of a Call Girl as a shy client of our favourite high class escort!
Sean Bean – Lord Eddard (Ned) Stark
Sean Bean is one of the most famous Sheffielders out there, sadly though, he’s more famous for dying in almost everything he’s ever been in – and yes this includes Goldeneye. Most will probably remember Ned Stark from the Lord of the Rings series but, way before that, he also starred alongside the brand new Bond – Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye. And yes he dies in that too. Not once. But twice!
Ed Skrein – Daario Naharis (Number 1)
That’s right. The first guy to play the gorgeous Daario Naharis before the actor was changed in the next season, also played the villain in the hilarious Deadpool movie alongside Ryan Reynolds. Whatever you do, don’t call him Francis…
Indira Varma – Ellaria Sand
That’s right. The stunning paramour of Prince Oberyn did in fact star in two episodes of Torchwood series 1. Not only that, Indira Varma also appeared alongside GoT co-star Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Ciaran Hinds – Mance Rayder
We all know Irish actor Ciaran Hinds as the King Beyond the Wall however, some eagle eyed viewers have spotted him in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Aberforth Dumbledore, the slightly eccentric and often overlooked brother of Albus Dumbledore!
Jonathan Pryce – The High Sparrow
Jonathan Pryces performance as the villainous newspaper man Elliot Carver in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies is seriously underrated. Not only that, he also appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Elizabeth’s dad, the Governor, and absolutely rocks the pompous wig.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster – Jojen Reed
Is there anything cuter than Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Love Actually and Nanny McPhee? This child star looks older and wiser in GoT but somehow still exactly the same! Also worth mentioning is that time he was in Doctor Who as a bullied schoolboy who saves the day.
I should probably apologise both for the length of this post and for the lack of a number of actors who should be on here however, I didn’t want to make the post any longer than this and I also wanted to focus on actors who have had smaller roles in programmes, films, games etc. and have possibly been overlooked/forgotten about in the time between then and now, rather than people who have been in leading roles. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time!