There's a UK actor fraternity that rears its head every time a British film or a TV show pops up in North America. Harry Potter fans, or fans of shows that frequently take place in the UK or in the past, like The Tudors, Downton Abbey or even Doctor Who, always recognize some familiar faces in new shows of their kind. There is a collection of them that has appeared in almost everything. The people on this list aren't exactly in that elite group, but they aren't slouches either.
When Game of Thrones first came out, there were a few of the actors that already had established careers in North America. We recognized Lena Headey (Cersei) from 300 and her other films. We had heard about how Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) was the little kid in Batman Begins, and of course, we all knew Sean Bean from his many roles and many deaths, such as in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, where he played Boromir. But what about the rest? We recognize so many more actors in the show, but we've never really known their names. Maybe they're older now from when they were popular or maybe they've grown a beard, but they still look familiar to us.
We're going to go through some of the actors in the show and look at the roles that we've seen them in before. Some might be obvious to you, and others could bring you an "aha!" moment. Some of these actors are legends in their own right, while many have only been in a few major features or TV shows. We'll avoid the really obscure films and actors because there's no fun in that. Here are 15 Game of Thrones actors you forgot you already knew.
15 Thomas Brodie-Sangster – Love Actually & Nanny McPhee
14 Charles Dance – Ali G Indahouse
13 Alexander Siddig – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Before Alexander Siddig played Doran Martell in Game of Thrones, he was best known for playing Dr. Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. But really, this guy has done a lot of quality work. He's been in Reign of Fire, Kingdom of Heaven, Syriana, Clash of Titans and the TV series 24. He plays all types of foreign characters. He's got one of those faces where you just know you've seen him before, but he would be tough to really nail down unless you were a big Trekkie. Throughout his career, Siddig has been asked to use various accents to which he's been able to do thanks to his rich heritage, accents from cockney to Arabic which he has proven to be convincing.
12 Rory McCann – Hot Fuzz
11 Stephen Dillane – The Hours & King Arthur
10 Aidan Gillen – The Wire
9 Iain Glen – Downton Abbey & Resident Evil
8 Roger Ashton-Griffiths – A Knight's Tale & Gangs of New York
7 Julian Glover – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
6 Diana Rigg – On Her Majesty's Secret Service
5 Johnathan Pryce – Pirates of the Caribbean
4 Essie Davis – The Babadook & The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions
3 Michelle Fairley – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)
2 James Cosmo – Braveheart
1 Mark Addy – The Full Monty & A Knight's Tale
Of course I know Mark Addy, you may think to yourself, but do you? Do you really know him? Let's go back to a wonderful time. The year was 1997 and the film was The Full Monty. Ahh, what a time and what a movie. A couple years later it was Jack Frost and there's Addy playing Mac, Michael Keaton's best friend and bandmate. A couple of years more and he's playing Roland in A Knight's Tale with another Game of Thrones alum, Roger Ashton-Griffiths. Then he's in The Time Machine and the TV series Still Standing. Maybe it's the beard? Is that why we didn't recognize him? After that was Robin Hood (2010, with Russell Crowe) where he played Friar Tuck. Maybe it's the accent? Nah that can't be it. Maybe we did know who he was after all. Yeah, we knew him. We just forgot about him.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB
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