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Find Out What Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters Look Like Off Set

If you’re a fan of the HBO drama Game of Thrones, then you’ve probably become invested in at least one of the characters on a personal level. You may root for them from one season to the next or anxiously await their inevitable downfall. These actors and actresses put on a great performance for the small screen, but what do they look like when all the makeup is wiped away and the sets cast aside? If you’ve ever wanted to see what Arya looked like outside the dim lights or what hairstyle Bran sports away from the camera, read on!

1. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Ah, everyone’s favorite mother of dragons! The British-born Clarke is barely recognizable without her long blonde locks but is just as striking off-screen as she is on the show.

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Brought up in Berkshire, England, Clarke’s father was a soung engineer on the musical Show Boat. After watching her father’s work, Clarke took up an interest in acting. In 2015, Esquire magazine actually named Clarke as the sexiest woman alive, and for good reason.

2. Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Poor Cersei has had it pretty rough on Game of Thrones, but it looks like she’s finally coming into her own. In real life, fans can thank Lena Heady for portraying George R.R. Martin’s character with unmatchable aplomb.

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Headey began acting at the age of 17 and has earned three Emmy nominationas since joining the cast of Game of Thrones, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. With a paycheck of over $2 million per episode, Headey is currently one of the highest paid actors in television.

 3. Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

This spunky princess never let her lofty title and family get in the way of her showing off her skill with a sword.

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Even behind the scenes, Maisie Williams is doe-eyed and short-haired, just like her character. Born in 1997, Williams’s first ever role was on Game of Thrones. Since then, the young Stark has appeared on a number of films and TV shows.

4. Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

Unlike her little sister Arya, Sansa doesn’t mind abiding by the frills and flowing dresses. Season 6 saw the young princess become more badass than ever before, and there’s no telling what she will achieve on season 7.


Originally a blonde, Sophie Turner rocks her flawless red locks like no other. Like her on-screen sister Maisie Williams, Turner made her acting debut on Game of Thrones. Since first appearing on the show, she’s recieved several SAG award nominations for Outstanding Performances.

5. Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon 

Myrcella. It’s a name that glides off the tongue with refined elegance. And Nell Tiger Free wears the name well. Born in 1999, the English actress is also a talented singer.

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On the show, Myrcella is the daughter of the cruel Cersei and her brother Jaime Lannister. Sadly, Myrcella’s short life ended when she was poisoned by Ellaria Sand in season 6.

6. Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark

Michelle Fairley plays a great Stark. There’s no denying that. The Norhtern Irish actress has had a long and fruitful acting career before Game of Thrones, however, and has appeared on several English TV shows and theater productions before joining the acclaimed cast. 

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On she show, Catelyn Stark met her maker on season 4 when she was murdered by Black Walder Rivers. Her death was later avenged by her loyal daughter, Arya.

7. Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei

Nathalie Emmanuel manages to own her own look whether she’s Nathalie or Missandei. She started acting back when she was 10 years old, appearing on West End productions and soap operas.

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On the show, Missandei started off as a slave but soon joined Daenerys as her loyal handmaiden.

 8. Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed

Ellie Kendrick was an acclaimed actress before joining the cast of Game of Thrones. Born in 1990, she first made a name for herself when she played Anne Frank in the 2009 miniseries, The Diary of Anne Frank., business Insider

On Game of Thrones, Meera is a skilled hunter, and is very protective of her brother, Jojen.

9. Natalia Tena as Osha

Natalia Tena pulls off a convincing and strangely beautiful wild woman. Harry Potter fans may also recognize her as Nymphadora Tonks from the films Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows., Pinterest

Also born in England, Tena is a talented singer and accordionist when she’s not busy acting. Her band, Molotov Jukebox, released their debut album in 2014.

10. Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell

Natalie Dormer plays a radiant Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones. The savvy Margaery was a pretty popular character until she met her maker the the end of season 6.

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In real life, Natalie Dormer is a very busy actress. Besides Game of Thrones, she’s appeared on a number of theater productions, TV shows and films, including the popular The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2.

11. Rose Leslie as Ygritte

Many fans love to watch Ygritte and her antics on screen. As a wildling who lives north of the wall, Ygritte is known for her snarky and fierce nature.

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Off-screen, Rose Leslie’s heritage is even more impressive. She was born to a noble family in Scotland, and was actually raised in her family’s castle in Aberdeenshire.

12. Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth

 Brienne of Tarth is one tough woman, and Gwendoline Christie’s performance never falters.


However, as you can see before you, Christie cleans up pretty well and looks pretty stellar in a delicate dress. Besides Game of Thrones, she is also known for playing Captain Phasma in the Star Wars franchise.

13. Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand

Unlike most of her English-born co-stars, Laurenti Sellers was actually born in Naples, Italy and was raised in New York.


Like many of her cast members, she also made her acting debut in theater. Soon after she began acting, she moved back to Italy with her family and took part in a number of Italian TV and film productions before joining the Game of Thrones cast.

 14. Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand

On Game of Thrones, Indira Varma plays the mother of the the four youngest Sand Snakes. She is also bisexual, and is known to be quite adventurous.

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In real life, Varma participated in a number of high profile shows and films besides Game of Thrones, including The Canterbury Tales, Rome, and Luther. Her breakout role, however, was in 1996’s Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.

15. Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella

In seasons five and six, Hannah Waddingham played the graceful but direct Septa Unella. In Season 5, Septa Unella prods Cersei Lannister to admit to her misdeeds.


On screen, fans will find her prim, proper, and pious. Her expression generally remains stoic. Off screen, however, Waddingham maintains the same level of grace, just with a bright smile. She’s certainly not afraid to pose for the camera.

16. Sibel Kekilli as Shae

As Shae, Sibel Kikelli achieves exceptional chemistry with Peter Dinklage (portraying Tyrion Lannister).

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Off screen, Sibel Kekilli is a German-born actress though her family comes from a Turkish origin. She’s won several acting awards in Germany, but her biggest role to date was on Game of Thrones.

17. Carice van Houten as Melisandre

To the right, Carice van Houten plays the role of Melisandre, a priestess whom we see here standing in the falling snow. She is mysterious and powerful priestess, and uses her magic to assist  Stannis Baratheon.

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The beautiful Carice van Houten was born in the Netherlands to an artistic family. Apart from being an award winning actress, she’s also a singer and has released a number of albums.

18. Kristian Nairn as Hodor

Although he might not have been the brightest guy around, Hodor was certainly dutiful. His might rivaled many. And no one could replace Kristian Nairn as the lovable giant.

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When he isn’t busy acting, Kristian Nairn is actually a progressive house DJ in real life. In 2014, Nairn went on a tour called ‘Rave of Thrones’, proving that he also has a pretty good sense of humor.

19. Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane

Apparently, Rory McCann cleans up nicely. From blood-spattered face and armor to smiling and suited–impressive. All right, so these pictures might not have been taken back to back. But the difference is staggering., AceShowBiz

Before he started acting, Scottish-born McCann actually worked as a painter, gardner and carpenter. Did it help him to prepare for his role as Sandor Clegane? we may never know.

20. Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton

Love him or hate him, you simply can’t ignore the vicious and sarcastic Ramsay Bolton portrayed by the delightful Iwan Rheon.

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In real life, Rheon is also a singer and musician. Shortly after getting killed off on the show, Rheon played none other than Adolf Hitler on the mini-series, Urban Myths. Lovely.

21. Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo

It’s hard to not quiver in your boots with those eyes staring you down. He wears the tattoos on those taut shoulders that would make even the toughest tough guy envious.

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Off screen, though, actor Jason Momoa isn’t afraid to show a shy little smile. In fact, he looks like a pretty nice guy, one anyone would want to share a drink and conversation with. Wonder what it takes to awaken his inner Drogo, though?

22. Sean Bean as Eddard Stark

Who knew the Lord of Winterfell had such a smile in him?

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Sean Bean comes to life in that right picture. Then again, in Game of Thrones, another part of him comes to life, and it’s hard to tear your eyes away from such a compelling performance.

23. Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy

Alfie Allen’s sly smirk is Theon Greyjoy’s as much as it is his own. Much like the show, Alfie Allen comes from an esteemed family– his sister is singer Lilly Allen, and his cousin is singer Sam Smith., Muzul

Before joining the cast of Game of Thrones, Allen appeared on a number of films and and TV shows, such as 1998’s Elizabeth and 2007’s Atonement.

24. Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon

As the mentally unstable Joffrey Baratheon, Jack Gleeson looks pretty intimidating. Being the oldest son of Cersei Lannister and King Robert Baratheon, the charming yet sadistic Joffrey was eventually poisoned by Olenna Tyrell, much to everyone’s relief.

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In real life, Gleeson doesn’t look half as intimidating. Before Game of Thrones, the Irish actor actually started his career at the young age of seven.

25. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Here’s another gaze that will stop even the boldest among us in their tracks. The smart and crafty Tyrion Lannister holds his name high and head even higher even as an underdog.

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Off-screen, Peter Dinklage is an acclaimed actor with several awards to his name. Born in 1969, Dinklage started acting as a child and has since appeared in quite a few memorable TV shows and films, including ElfUnderdog and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

26. Kit Harington as Jon Snow

The bastard son of Ned Stark has certainly come a long way since Game of Thrones first started. After being revived by Melisandre and nearly getting killed off again in the Battle of the Bastards, who knows what will become of Jon Snow.


Off screen, Kit Harington’s life hasn’t been as dramatic, but he is really royalty. He’s a descendant of King Charles II of England, and is also related to John Harington, inventor of the flushing toilet.

27. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor Clagane

Nobody is messing with The Mountain any time soon. Those muscles, that sword, and that look mean only one thing: RUN.

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“Real life” Gregor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, especially unarmed and free of blood, doesn’t look as intimidating. The Icelnading professional strongman is also a professional basketball player,  and was also the spokesperson of the vodka brand Icelandic Mountain Vodka.

28. Joe Dempsie as Gendry

Another bastard son of King Robert Baratheon, Gendry is known as a skilled blacksmith. As the only remaining Baratheon, we might hear a lot more from Gendry in season 7.

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In real life, Joe Dempsie looks completely different from his on-screen self. Before joining the Game of Thrones cast, Dempsie became known for playing Chris Miles on the popular teen drama, Skins.

29. Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis

The attractive Daario Naharis, captain of the Second Sons, serves as Daenerys Targaryen’s advisor on the show, and eventually becomes her lover.

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Outside the Game of Thrones universe, the Dutch actor is also a singer-songwriter. His debut album, Luchtige Verhalen, was released in the Netherlands in 2005.

30. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister

On the left, we have Jaime Lannister Nikolaj: armor-clad, boastful, and occasionally volatile. On the right, we have a much more casual Nikolaj.

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On the show, Jaime has a pretty, ehm, close relationship with his sister Cersei. In real life the Danish actor is married to Greenlandic singer and actress Nukâka. The two have two children together.

31. Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

The crafty Lord Petyr Baelish is always one step ahead of his counterparts. What are his real plans for Sansa? Only time will tell., IMDb

In real life, Aidan Gillen was a pretty famous face long before Game of Thrones. The Irish actor participated in the acclaimed HBO series, The Wire, as well as Queer as Folk and The Dark Knight Rises.

32. Conleth Hill as Lord Varys

The Enigmatic Lord Varys AKA The Spider always has some dark scheme up his sleeve. 

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Like Varys, Conleth Hill is also quite the chameleon. The Irish actor has appeared on a number of TV shows and Films, and has even won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his theater work.

33. Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark

Ned and Catelyn’s second son, Bran, is always getting into trouble. After losing his guard, Hodor, who knows what will become of him.

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In real life, Hempstead Wright made his on screen debut in the film The Awakening. Born in 1999, the young actor was only 11 when he joined the cast of Game of Thrones.

34. Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon

With or without armor, Stephen Dillane has that look. While it might not have an official name, it certainly screams one thing: “Tread with caution.”

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Before Game of Thrones, Stephen Dillane was best known for his role in the film The Hours and for the HBO miniseries John Adams. He’s also earned a Tony Award for his role in the play The Real Thing.

35. Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont

The loyal Ser Jorah Mormont is Daenerys Targaryen’s most trusted advisor, though he also has a romantic interest in her.

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Iain Glen was a well-established actor long before Game of Thrones. He’s had prominent roles in Resident EvilDownton Abbey and Cleverman.

36. Richard Madden as Robb Stark

There’s something vaguely satisfying about seeing an actor go from decked out in his gaudy costume to just a suave guy in a suit and tie. Such is the case for Robb Stark here.

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When he’s not playing Ned and Catelyn Stark’s Eldest son, Scottish-born Richard Madden is a pretty busy actor. Among his most prominent roles are Prince Kit in Disney’s Cinderella, and Dean McKenzie in the BBC’s Hope Springs.

 37. Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane

These two pictures could probably work as that Snickers meme. “Tormund, you’re not yourself when you’re hungry. Here, have a Snickers.”

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When he’s not playing the fearless and funny Wildling raider, The Norweigen-born actor not only acts, but produces and writes his own material.

38. Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon 

Cersei Lannister’s youngest son’s life came to a tragic end at the end of season 6, but that won’t be the last we’ll hear of this talented actor.

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Before Game of Thrones, Dean-Charles Chapman played the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical, which means he’s also a talented singer and dancer.

 39. Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell

Finn Jones slips into his role as Ser Loras Tyrell effortlessly. On the show, he is known as ‘The Knight of Flowers.’

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Outside the Game of Thrones universe, Finn Jones also stars as titular role in Marvel’s Iron Fist.

40. James Cosmo as Jeor Mormont

The gloomy looking Old Bear was the 997th Lord Commander of the Night Watch from his base at Castle Black.

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Before Game of Thrones, Scottish-born James Cosmo participated in many acclaimed productions, such as BraveheartTrainspottingTroy and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 41. Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

Liam Cunningham reins that horse with ease. Then again, his character has a lot on his plate as Stannis Baratheon’s crafty advisor.

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Outside the Game of Thrones universe, Liam Cunnigham has been a well established actor since the early 1990’s. The Irish-born actor has even shared a BAFTA award with actor Michael Fassbender for their crime-drama short, Pitch Black Heist.

42. Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen

Now that’s a transformation. Known as The Beggar King, Viserys Targaryen is Daenerys’s brother. His untimely death occures when he recieves a “Golden Crown” from Khal Drogo.

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In real life, the English actor is also known for his role as Will Scarlet in the BBC’s Robin Hood. He’s also appeared on several Doctor Who episodes, and had a small role in the Stephen Hawking drama, The Theory of Everything.

43. John Bradley-West as Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarly might not be made of steel and valor, but his presence is still welcome, and actor John Bradley-West portrays the clumsy yet intelligent Samwell skillfully.

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In real life, John Bradley-West made his on-screen debut in the TV drama Borgia. However, it was Game of Thrones that made him a household name.

44. Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow

How dignified our High Sparrow looks. With his wispy white hair and stern expression, he surely has some sage wisdom to impart.

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In real life, Jonathan Pryce’s career has been equally impressive. The Welsh actor and singer had a number of prominent roles on several big-budget films, such as Tomorrow Never DiesPirates of the Caribbean and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, which was his breakout role.

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Source: Games of Thrones Wikia

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