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    From wigs to elaborate costumes, HBO's "Game of Thrones" goes to great lengths to bring the characters in George R.R. Martin's books to life. The… Read More
    From wigs to elaborate costumes, HBO's "Game of Thrones" goes to great lengths to bring the characters in George R.R. Martin's books to life. The result is that some of the main cast members look almost unrecognizable if you were to meet them out of character. You may have even passed one on the street and had no idea. Read Less
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Game Of Thrones: 
What Do The Actors Look Like In Real Life?
This is a personal project and has no affiliation with HBO in any way.
From wigs to elaborate costumes, HBO's "Game of Thrones" goes to great lengths to bring the characters in George R.R. Martin's books to life.
The result is that some of the main cast members look almost unrecognizable if you were to meet them out of character. You may have even passed one on the street and had no idea.


Arya Stark / Maisie Williams


"A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I'm going home."
―Arya Stark re-asserts her identity to Jaqen H'ghar
Arya Stark is the third child and second daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and his wife, Lady Catelyn Stark. After narrowly escaping the persecution of House Starkby House Lannister, Arya is trained as a Faceless Man at the House of Black and White in Braavos, and uses her new skills to bring those who have wronged her family to justice.
Cersei Lannister / Lena Headey


"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
―Cersei Lannister to Eddard Stark
Queen Cersei I Lannister is the widow of King Robert Baratheon and Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She is the daughter of Lord Tywin Lannister, twin sister of Jaime Lannister and elder sister of Tyrion Lannister. She has an incestuous relationship with Jaime, who is secretly the father of her three children, JoffreyMyrcella and Tommen.
After the assassinations of Joffrey and Myrcella and Tommen's suicide in the wake of the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor, Cersei assumed the throne under the name of Cersei of the House Lannister, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. 
Daenerys Targaryen / Emilia Clarke


I spent my life in foreign lands. So many men have tried to kill me, I don't remember all their names. I have been sold like a broodmare. I've been chained and betrayed, raped and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods, not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn't seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn't crossed the sea, any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will."
―Daenerys Targaryen to Jon Snow
Queen Daenerys I Targaryen, also known as Dany and Daenerys Stormborn, is the younger sister of Rhaegar Targaryen and Viserys Targaryen, the paternal aunt of Jon Snow, and the youngest child of King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella Targaryen, who were both ousted from the Iron Throne during Robert Baratheon's 
Eddard Stark / Sean Bean


"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."
―Eddard Stark
Lord Eddard Stark, also known as Ned Stark, was the head of House Stark, the Lord of WinterfellLord Paramount and Warden of the North, and later Hand of the King to King Robert I Baratheon. He was the older brother of BenjenLyannaand the younger brother of Brandon Stark. He is the father of RobbSansaAryaBran and Rickon by his wife, Catelyn Tully, and uncle of Jon Snow, who he raised as his bastard son. He was a dedicated husband and father, a loyal friend and an honorable lord.
Eddard's execution and revealing the illegitimacy of Cersei's children was the spark of the War of the Five Kings between Joffrey Baratheon, Robb, Renly BaratheonStannis Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy, being posthumously responsible for the involvement of four of the kings in this war.
Jaime Lannister / Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


"There are no men like me. Only me."
―Jaime Lannister to Catelyn Stark
Ser Jaime Lannister is the eldest son of Tywin, younger twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion Lannister. He is involved in an incestuous relationship with Cersei, and unknown to most, he is the biological father of her three children, JoffreyMyrcella, and Tommen.
Jaime previously served in the Kingsguard of Aerys Targaryen, known as the Mad King, before infamously backstabbing him during the Sack of King's Landing, earning Jaime the nickname of the Kingslayer. He continued to serve in the Kingsguard of Robert Baratheon, and as Lord Commander for Robert's alleged sons Joffrey and Tommen. However, a confrontation with the Faith of the Seven led to his dismissal from the sworn order.
With Cersei's ascension to the Iron Throne and in light of the death of their uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, Jaime was appointed as the new commander of the Lannister armies. However, he left his position to honor and help the North face the White Walkers after he learned that Cersei and Euron Greyjoy plot to dishonor the truce between the Iron Throne and the alliance of House Targaryenand House Stark.
Jon Snow / Kit Harington


Bran Stark: "And Jon's real name..."
Lyanna Stark: "His name is Aegon Targaryen. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned."
Bran Stark: "He's never been a bastard. He's the heir to the Iron Throne."
— Bran and Lyanna Stark
Jon Snow, born Aegon Targaryen, is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, the late Prince of Dragonstone. From infancy, Jon is presented as the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark, Lyanna's brother, and raised by Eddard alongside his lawful children at Winterfell but his true parentage is kept secret from everyone, including Jon himself. In order to escape his bastard status, Jon joins the Night's Watch and is eventually chosen as Lord Commander. However, he is later murdered in a mutiny and resurrected by the Red PriestessMelisandre. Freed from his Night's Watch vows, Jon joins his cousin, Sansa Stark, in building an army and together they retake Winterfell from House Bolton, restoring House Stark's dominion over the North with Jon being declared the new King in the North. However, after successfully capturing a wight and presenting it to the Lannisters as proof that the Army of the Dead are real, Jon pledges himself and his army to Daenerys Targaryen, Rhaegar's sister, and steps down as King of the North.
Petyr Baelish / Aidan Gillen


"Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love... illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. "
―Petyr Baelish to Varys
Lord Petyr Baelish, popularly called Littlefinger, was the Master of Coin on the Small Council under King Robert Baratheon and King Joffrey Baratheon. He was a skilled manipulator and used his ownership of brothels in King's Landing to both accrue intelligence on political rivals and acquire vast wealth. Baelish's spy network is eclipsed only by that of his arch-rival Varys.
After marrying Lady Lysa Tully, widow of Lord Jon Arryn of the Vale, and her subsequent death at his hand, he became the Lord Protector of the Vale. Because of his relationship with her, Baelish was able to heavily influence Lysa's son Robin Arryn, the new Lord Paramount of the Vale. To further his goal of sitting on the Iron Throne, Baelish took Sansa Stark under his wing in order to gain some influence within House Stark, but his role in the deaths of Eddard Stark, Jon Arryn and Lysa Arryn eventually came back to haunt him. This was what effectively began the War of the Five Kings based on a lie to weaken the Seven Kingdoms. In the end his machinations were finally exposed and he was executed for his crimes.
Sansa Stark - Sophie Turner


"I did what I had to do to survive, my lady. But I am a Stark, I will always be a Stark."
―Sansa to Lyanna Mormont.
Lady Sansa Stark is the eldest daughter of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell and his wife Lady Catelyn, sister of RobbAryaBran and Rickon Stark, and "half-sister" of Jon Snow. She initially starts off with a very naive view of the world, but as time goes on and she and her family suffer one cruelty and betrayal after another, she becomes a more hardened and learned individual.
Tyrion Lannister / Peter Dinklage


Tyrion Lannister: "I'm guilty of a far more monstrous crime: I'm guilty of being a dwarf!"
Tywin Lannister: "You are not on trial for being a dwarf."
Tyrion Lannister: "Oh, yes I am! I've been on trial for that my entire life!"
— Tyrion at his trial, falsely accused of killing his nephew King Joffrey.
Lord Tyrion Lannister is the youngest child of Lord Tywin Lannister and younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. A dwarf, he uses his wit and intellect to overcome the prejudice he faces.
His abduction by Catelyn Stark for a crime he did not commit serves as one of the catalysts of the War of the Five Kings. After escaping his captors, Tyrion is appointed by his father as acting Hand of the King to Joffrey Baratheon and successfully defends King's Landing against Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater, after which he is stripped of his power, demoted to Master of Coin and eventually framed for Joffrey's murder. After his champion, Oberyn Martell, dies in Tyrion's trial by combat, Tyrion flees to Essos with help from Jaime and Varys after murdering his father.
In the east, he is captured by Jorah Mormont and taken to Daenerys Targaryen in Meereen, whom Varys had intended for Tyrion to meet anyway. Daenerys decides to enlist his help in reclaiming the Iron Throne. For his loyalty and service, Tyrion is named as Hand of the Queen to Daenerys before they set sail for Westeros with her new army and allies, ready to advise her when they reach her ancestral home of Dragonstone, where he acts as her strategist during her invasion of Westeros.

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