The HBO series Game of Thrones has become one of the most popular shows in history. What is it that makes this TV series such a masterpiece? Well, for one thing, it is adapted from the best-selling books by author George R.R. Martin. The Game of Thrones universe is one of magic, danger, and intrigue and the characters truly help to bring all of this to life. There are dragons, sword fights, and a whole lot of explicit content. This show really isn’t for the faint of heart, so viewer beware! That still hasn’t stopped it from amassing a huge following and beating the competition week after week.
As a result of the show's success, it has helped to propel the careers of many of the actors and actresses that appear on it. While many viewers have their favorite characters, you may be wondering, what were these actors doing before they made it big on the show? To find out, we did our research and now we’re presenting it to you in our list of The 15 Best Game of Thrones Actors: Where Were They Before?
Some of these actors and actresses got their first big break with the HBO series, while others were scouted out for their hard work and stellar track record in other big-name productions. We all know that some of these actors have been killed off of the show, but don't worry. Many of them are continuing to make great gains on other projects in Hollywood and beyond. You will be fascinated when you learn what Daenerys, Tyrion, and Cersei were doing before they made it to Game of Thrones. Can you also guess which star has experience in a band, or who has experience in theater? You'll even learn which actress was originally going to play Daenerys, and trust us when we say, it would have would have changed the way you view the show.
15 Jack Gleeson - Joffrey Baratheon
14 Carice van Houten - Melisandre
13 Nathalie Emmanuel - Missandei
12 Rory McCann - The Hound
11 Aidan Gillen - Littlefinger
10 John Bradley - Samwell Tarly
9 Alfie Allen - Theon Greyjoy
8 Iain Glen - Ser Jorah Mormont
7 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Jaime Lannister
6 Maisie Williams - Arya Stark
5 Sophie Turner - Sansa Stark
4 Lena Headey - Cersei Lannister
3 Kit Harington - Jon Snow
2 Peter Dinklage - Tyrion Lannister
1 Emilia Clarke - Daenerys Targaryen
The British actress is best known for her stunning role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, for which she was awarded an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in 2011. Clarke has been playing the role of Daenerys since 2011, and is still going strong as “The Mother of Dragons.” Yet, where was this dashing actress before all the Game of Thrones success? Well, she had recently finished her studies at the Drama Centre in London and then she was cast in the film Triassic Attack in 2010, in which she played the character Savannah. Triassic Attack was a lackluster TV movie, and featured a lot of lesser-known actors and actresses. It was truly a lucky break that Emilia got cast as Daenerys, but we are sure the studio is not complaining. The role was originally set for Tamzin Merchant, an actress who may be best known for The Tudors, which also starred Natalie Dormer. Clarke's stock is never higher with some great upcoming films, as well as she recently starring in Me Before You.
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