33 'Game Of Thrones' Characters Who Look Totally Different In Real Life

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The list of Game of Thrones characters is ever-changing, but there has been one constant over six seasons — that cast looks good. It's truly too bad that Game of Thrones isn't more like Gossip Girl, where every episode ended with a black tie event or a hip party that showed off the cast. Believe it or not, when you take away the grime, blood, and muck of Westeros and the Game of Thrones cast looks totally different in real life.

Sure, we're all familiar with Kit Harington's "civilian" appearance at this point. That poor guy couldn't go anywhere for a year without being spotted and photographed. It's not his fault that every shave or man bun could hold the secret to Jon Snow's future. However, not every cast member has to maintain their character's looks in the off season. Plenty of actors use wigs and prosthetics to get into character. Some of your Game of Thrones favorites might be totally unrecognizable once they take the show makeup off.

Let's take a moment and check in with the current cast of Game of Thrones and what they look like out in the real world. Would you know the Starks from the Greyjoys if you saw them walking down the sidewalk?

1. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion's Essos beard really completes his new role.

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Peter Dinklage

OK, the beard is pretty much the same — but whoa!

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2. Arya Stark

After several seasons in the same outfit, Arya is finally getting some new looks — no pun intended, with her being blind and all.

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Maisie Williams

She's smiling, she's got a nose stud, and she can see!

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3. Daenerys Targaryen

Poor Dany, banished to Khaleesi rehab.

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Emilia Clarke

The wig does a lot of the work on Game of Thrones. Unlike Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke can do whatever she wants with her (amazing) hair IRL.

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4. Cersei Lannister

I, for one, can't wait for Cersei's choppy "shame, shame, shame" haircut to grow back out.

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Lena Headey

IRL, the actress could not look more different.

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5. Ramsay Bolton

It's hard to separate the face from Ramsay's atrocities. You might even call it "ruff."

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Iwan Rheon

Maybe this goofy, unthreatening picture of Iwan Rheon IRL will help?

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6. Missandei

Remember when Tyrion tried to get her and Grey Worm to play "Never Have I Ever" when they were bored?

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Nathalie Emmanuel

If you're a Fast and Furious fan, then you've already seen this actress outside of Essos.

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7. Sansa Stark

It's time for Sansa to rise from the ashes, at last.

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Sophie Turner

IRL, Sophie Turner looks much happier and much more colorful!

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8. Yara Greyjoy

I can't wait to see more of Theon's sister.

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Gemma Whelan

Hardly recognizable when she's not commanding ships, right?

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9. Davos Seaworth

How thankful are we for Davos right about now?

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Liam Cunningham

Glasses make a huge difference. Cunningham doesn't look like Davos at all.

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10. Jaime Lannister

I hope that Jaime gets a win this season, but it's unlikely.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

You know, in my opinion, he doesn't look all that different, except that he has both hands still firmly attached.

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11. Daario Naharis & 12. Jorah Mormont

Oh, these two...

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Michiel Huisman


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Iain Glenn

He's so casual and... not stressed out over Daenerys. How refreshing.


13. Petyr Baelish

So not pleased that he's back in Season 6.

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Aidan Gillen

In real life, he's so much less threatening and plotting. Don't you agree?

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14. Rickon Stark & 15. Osha

Please, please let this "capture" be a trick to win Winterfell back. I don't want Ramsay to torture them.

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Art Parkinson

The littlest Stark has grown so much! Too bad he can't zig zag to literally save his life.

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Natalia Tena

The Wildling look does not do Tena credit.

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16. Jon Snow

Jon Snow got a much needed haircut (and more) in Season 6...

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Kit Harington

As much as he tried, no disguise could hide what we knew all along about Jon Snow.

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17. Margaery Tyrell

I'm not gonna lie, Margaery has looked better. At least she was able to retain some dignity in the end.

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Natalie Dormer

We've all seen how glamorous Natalie Dormer looks on the red carpet, right? This is so much cooler!

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18. Bran Stark & 19. The Three-Eyed Raven

Their visions are revealing so much about the Stark history.

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Isaac Hempstead Wright

It's so much sunnier south of the Wall.

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Max von Sydow

Recently seen in The Force Awakens as well, this actor is a living legend.

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20. Brienne of Tarth

Finally, Brienne is completing her mission!

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Gwendoline Christine

I think you'd probably recognize Christie due to her stature, but she's still different from Brienne IRL.


21. Ellaria Sand

What is going on with her and her daughters?!

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Indira Varma

You wouldn't wear a hat like that in Dorne.

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22. Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarly is such an underrated, amazing character.

John Bradley

See? Jon's best bro doesn't always look so glum.

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23. Gilly

UK Skins fans will already know Gilly's actress very well.


Hannah Murray

IRL, Hannah Murray goes between hip red and blonde hair.

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24. Varys

We finally saw what his "little birds" are like.

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Conleth Hill

That hair!

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25. Theon Greyjoy

We're finally seeing the true return of Theon on the HBO series.

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Alfie Allen

No sign of Reek anywhere...

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26. Olenna Tyrell

The hottest granny in Westeros, obviously.

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Diana Rigg

What a sweet lady, who hopefully would still conspire to murder your husband for you in a pinch. (Only kidding.)

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27. Leaf

Bran's tree dwelling friend is a new character for Season 6.

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Kae Alexander

What an incredible transformation!

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28. Lady Melisandre

Come on; I had to!

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Carice Van Houten

So different right? Old lady makeup or not, I would actually never know this was the Red Woman.

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29. Sandor "The Hound" Clegane

Because of the burns, there's clearly a lot of makeup with his character.

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Rory McCann

I can barely see The Hound underneath that smiling face.

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30. Loras Tyrell

I'm going to miss the Tyrell siblings, but they looked rough at the end.

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Finn Jones

Well, hello. The actor will be seen next on Netflix as the titular star of Marvel's Iron Fist, which should prove to be quite different from Game of Thrones.

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31. Nymeria Sand

Now that Varys and Lady Olenna have teamed up with Ellaria in Dorne, we may be seeing more of the Sand Snakes.


Jessica Henwick

Speaking of Iron Fist, the actress will star alongside Finn Jones as Colleen Wing. Not sure whether or not she'll be sporting that deadly Dorne braid.

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32. Obara Sand

Obara might look gruff in real life, but her actress is anything but.


Keisha Castle-Hughes

While she plays a very tough character who can't be bothered with intricate Westerosi fashion or hairstyles, the actress IRL is one of the most glamorous.

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33. Grey Worm

Grey Worm is far more serious on the show than his actor is in real life.


Jacob Anderson

Nothing Unsullied about this actor and performer. The Game of Thrones cast sure cleans up nice.

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