While filming a heavily costumed epic fantasy show might be enough commitment for some, that's not the case for the Game of Thrones actors: The Game of Thrones cast has starred in many movies, both before, during and, in some cases, after their characters' deaths on the show. Additionally, many of these actors — presumably not wanting to be typecast as brooding fantasy types and only associated with their popular characters — have strayed far away from the dark period HBO show, and have instead gravitated toward diverse roles in comedies, horror movies, and historical dramas.
Being on an iconic show is mostly a great blessing, but, for an actor, it can also be a curse of sorts — there's pressure to sustain your career in other venues while you still are committed to the show. When Game of Thrones eventually ends, the actors will want to show that they are capable of acting in other roles than the specific kind of acting that Game of Thrones requires. Many of the actors, though — even the young ones — have already proven themselves. Luckily, they also bring something else to the table in all of their non-GoT roles: a rabid and devoted fanbase who will get exited whenever they see their favorite stars in other contexts.
Here are some movies you might not have been aware starred your favorite Game of Thrones characters:
Lena Headey, who plays Cersei in GoT, has starred in a lot of horror films — including this imaginative 2013 film alongside Ethan Hawke.
Maisie Williams was once again a daughter — but no longer a Stark — in this sweet indie comedy.
Death at a Funeral
Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion on GoT, was the only actor to appear in the British and American versions of this dark comedy.
7 Days In Hell
The recently-released short HBO comedy features Kit Harington as a very stupid tennis player. He indubitably holds his own alongside Andy Samberg.
Emilia Clarke took a break from mothering dragons to appear in this gangster comedy alongside Jude Law in 2013.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, appeared alongside Hailee Steinfeld in this teenybopper espionage film.
Like his onscreen sister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starred in a horror movie: 2013's horrifying Mama.
This iconic and star-studded Robert Altman film featured Charles Dance a decade before he played Tywin Lannister.
The Iron Lady
Iain Glenn, who plays Jorah, appeared alongside Meryl Streep in this buzzy Margaret Thatcher biopic.
Conleth Hill, aka Lord Varys, had a pretty large role in this Woody Allen movie.
Before he was Littlefinger, Aidan Gillen was one of the leads in this Jason Statham-starring crime thriller.
Alfie Allen (who plays Theon on GoT) starred alongside Keanu Reeves in John Wick.
After being relieved of his duties as Robb Stark during the bloody Red Wedding, Richard Madden starred as Prince Charming in the live-action Cinderella.
While you wait for the new season of Game of Thrones to air this spring, why not get your fix by watching some of these movies?
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