I don’t think any serious fan of television will argue that Game of Thrones is one of the finest shows ever produced. I genuinely believe that we should all count ourselves lucky to be alive during its initial run. In fact, we should all count ourselves lucky that we are alive during a time when Game of Thrones and shows like it are allowed to air. You see, 50 years ago, back in the early days of television, networks were extremely limited when it came to what they were allowed to offer their audiences. Owing to the heavy influence of religion at the time, it was forbidden to even suggest that two married characters might be intimate with each other. Obviously, Game of Thrones, which features countless moments of full-frontal nudity and graphic violence, never would have gotten the green light if it were pitched in any other era than the one which we currently find ourselves in.
Despite the seemingly endless adult-oriented storylines featured in Game of Thrones, cast members are expected to conduct themselves in a relatively civilized manner outside the show so as not to lose sponsors or bring embarrassment upon HBO. Most of them manage to do so, but every now and then a picture finds its way to the internet that Game of Thrones producers would rather have kept hidden. We’re going to be looking at a few such pictures today.
Here are 21 “not so PG photos” of the Game of Thrones cast members.
21 Balcony Beauty
When you have that near-mythical perfect combination of beauty, fame, and money, there is very little you can’t do. At just 28 years of age at the time of this writing, Nathalie Emmanuel has such a combination and she’s making the most of it while she can. With money in the bank and makeup upon her face, Emmanuel uses her time away from work to travel the world, staying in expensive restaurants and eating equally pricey meals. This picture shows the Essex beauty proudly posing atop a balcony with her queendom in the background. As the worker ants in the European street below go about their business, Emmanuel flaunts the bikini-clad body which, in conjunction with her seemingly endless acting talent, has made her one of the most in-demand actresses in the world today.
20 From Blonde To Brunette
Next to Kit Harington (the guy who portrays Jon Snow) there is no one person more synonymous with the Game of Thrones television series than Emilia Clarke. In fact, the argument can be made that Clarke is even more popular than her male counterpart. She is certainly Googled more often, at least.
Fans who are only familiar with Emilia Clarke through her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen may get a bit of a shock when they see her out of character. On the show, Targaryen stands out thanks to her long, platinum blonde hair. In reality, however, Clarke is a natural brunette and looks quite different when not wearing her Game of Thrones wig. This picture shows Clarke embracing her dark hair as she complements it with a black shawl that hangs from her slender frame, just barely covering her naked body.
19 Bow Down To The Queen
British actress Lena Headey had enjoyed a pretty successful career by the time she joined the Game of Thrones cast, but it is her role as Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Andals and the First Men for which she is most likely to be remembered (which isn’t a bad thing).
A few years back, Lena Headey infamously used a body double in the filming of Lannister’s nude Walk of Shame, much to the dismay of the fans. Although Headey chose not to go nude for that particular scene, this picture proves that she certainly isn’t averse to a risqué shoot every now and then. Here, she is shown in black lace lingerie and a flowing silk shirt. With no body double in sight, Headey proudly flaunts her assets.
18 Shadow Realm
Born in Northampton in February of 1996, Sophie Turner was just a teenager when she began appearing as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. Despite being younger than most of her co-stars, Turner managed to stand out from the crowd thanks to her obvious acting ability and natural charm. As the years progressed, Turner transformed from a teenage girl into a young woman before our very eyes and is today arguably the hottest member of the Game of Thrones cast (sorry Emilia Clarke).
In this picture, Turner flaunts her fully formed female figure. With her bright orange hair hanging over her back, a makeup-covered Turner sits in a dark room, alone but for the shadows which surround her. Her pale legs are covered not by trousers or shorts, but by an almost transparent pair of tights which leave little to the imagination.
17 The Rightful Heir
There have been few members of the Game of Thrones cast who were more qualified for their role than Rose Leslie, who portrayed the character of Ygritte on the show from 2012 to 2014. Leslie, believe it or not, was born into a noble family in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her father is the current Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie, while her mother is a legit descendant of Charles II of England. Even Leslie’s great-grandfather served as the Mayor of Mexico City.
This picture shows the stunningly beautiful former Game of Thrones cast member clad in a black outfit that is simultaneously elegant and sexy. Certain of her talent and good looks, she slumps back in a chair, perhaps pretending that it is a throne of her own.
16 Basic Beach
While she was obviously born to be in front of a camera, Roxanne McKee is not always on the set of some photo shoot. She needs her time off just like the rest of us. And, just like the rest of us, she enjoys spending that time off on the beach.
This picture was probably taken without McKee’s knowledge or consent. While that definitely isn’t cool, it does prove that the former Game of Thrones actress doesn’t need five palettes of makeup to make her look good (she's the girl who taught Daenerys her moves for Khal Drogo). Even when wearing a relatively basic bikini and only modest cosmetics, Roxanne McKee looks every bit the supermodel she does when she appears in magazines and on television shows. As a side note, let’s all shed a tear for the guy in the background who fell asleep while sunbathing and missed a bikini-clad McKee strutting by him.
15 Sequin Chic
Although just 30 years of age at the time of this writing, London native Emilia Clarke has an impressively long filmography. Since making her on-screen debut in the 2009 short film Drop the Dog, she has appeared in movies and television shows such as Dom Hemingway, Me Before You, and Robot Chicken. Of course, she is best known for playing the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Because of the wild success that she has experienced over the past decade or so, Clarke understandably feels the need to carry herself like a star. In this picture, she is shown in an expensive sequin dress befitting a major Hollywood name. As the dress sparkles, Clarke shows off her expertly-applied makeup and two golden necklaces, one of which comes to rest right between her breasts.
14 The Orange Lady
For whatever reason, we, as a society, are obsessed with women with blonde hair. It’s hard to explain exactly where this passion comes from, but it’s been there for centuries and is likely to be there for centuries to come. Because of this, it’s hard to look at any picture of Natalie Dormer without immediately being drawn to her flowing blonde hair. In this image, however, her gorgeous locks take a backseat to the bright orange dress which hangs from her body and gives her something of a sexy Buddhist monk look. Sitting on the front half of a padded chair with one flawless leg exposed, the Orange Lady delights, as I’m sure all of us would, in the feeling of her painted nails running down her body.
Esmé Bianco, better known to Game of Thrones fans as Ros, is one of the most unique actresses to ever be cast in the series. In fact, the argument can be made that she is one of the most unique actresses working in Hollywood at the moment. Although her name immediately conjures images of a Latina seductress, Bianco was actually born in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom (though she is most definitely extremely seductive). Her filmography includes roles in Chemical Wedding, The Big I Am, and Eric and Ernie. She has even posed for renowned painter Christian Furr.
When not on the set of Game of Thrones, Bianco can often be found performing in burlesque shows around the world. It is her passion for neo-burlesque that is to be thanked for giving us this picture, which shows the English beauty decked out in a literal catsuit.
12 Got Ink?
Owing to her character’s royal status, Lena Headey doesn’t get to show a whole lot of emotion during her Game of Thrones appearances. I mean, sure, she gets to show anger, apprehensiveness, and a nice dose of narcissism, but her natural likeability goes very much unacknowledged.
In real life, Lena Headey is an entirely different person to the one Game of Thrones fans are used to seeing. She is sassy, unassuming, and has even been known to dine in expensive restaurants wearing her yoga gear (lucky waiters). This picture shows a salt water-soaked Headey enjoying a day at the beach. The open back of her black swimsuit reveals some rarely-seen body ink, which Headey is forced to cover (along with her other tattoos) during Game of Thrones filming.
11 In Bed With Natalie
One of the great things about Game of Thrones is that it merges classically trained actors with performers of lesser qualifications (remember Ed Sheeran?) Natalie Dormer certainly falls into the former category. The Reading native spent a number of years mastering the art of acting at London’s acclaimed Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, which resulted in her first official role, that of Adriana in William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. In 2012, she was cast in Game of Thrones as Margaery Tyrell, a run which lasted 26 episodes and came to an end in 2016.
While Dormer is an incredible acting talent, it is safe to say that she would be doing just fine in Hollywood even if she didn’t have her many theater-related degrees. This picture shows Dormer sitting on a flawless white duvet, removing her dress to reveal her equally flawless white back. Her blonde hair hangs over one-half of her face, while the half that is visible mesmerizes all who gaze upon it.
10 Lost In The Headlights
British-born Natalia Tena has enjoyed something of a distinguished career in the music industry, but it is her work as an actress which has made her a favorite of nerds, geeks, and dorks everywhere. Tena was first revealed to fans of fantasy when she appeared as Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series. Not too long after that, she was cast in Game of Thrones as Osha, a relatively minor character who appeared primarily in the early seasons of the show.
This picture shows Tena in something of a vulnerable position. Crouched over and glaring suspiciously towards the camera, she looks like an injured squirrel. Of course, with her intentionally messy hair, revealing dress, and flawless makeup, Natalia Tena is far from an animal (although she looks far too beautiful to be a human).
9 Hooked On Chaplin
While her grandfather may have risen to fame by behaving like a tramp for the majority of his career (on camera, that is), Oona Chaplin has taken quite a different route to international adoration. She has avoided the tattered jacket, crushed bowler hat, and baggy trousers that made her grandfather so successful in favor of more stylish, if slightly less iconic, outfits, such as the one seen here.
In this picture, Oona is clad in an airy dark scarlet jumpsuit which looks as expensive as it does elegant. With a golden necklace hanging from the tanned and freckled skin of her neck, she stares into the camera, granting us an incredible view of the one feature she shares with her dear departed grandfather: that set of piercing, unmistakable Chaplin eyes.
8 We Are The Lonely
Although having an above average level of attractiveness is nothing but an advantage when it comes to scoring jobs in Hollywood, many of the world’s most popular film and television stars have claimed that it makes dating surprisingly hard. When you’re a beautiful person, you are often left alone in nightclubs and at parties because nobody dares speak to you for fear of being turned down. Being beautiful, as any beautiful person will tell you, is surprisingly lonely. In this picture, Sophie Turner looks a lot like a woman who put hours into choosing her outfit and applying her makeup before a night on the town, only to be left alone at the bar while the less attractive people hit it off with each other.
7 Fall Fashion
Although there’s a lot of crossover between the two, the modeling industry and the acting industry are pretty different. They require a separate set of skills, which is why most models who wish to enter acting must do so on the strength of their celebrity status and vice versa. Despite the fact that they frequently appear in photo shoots to promote their various projects, very few actresses have natural model potential (as the Ashleys called it). Rose Leslie is one of them.
In this picture, Leslie seems like less of an internationally beloved actress and more like a grizzled catwalk veteran, recruited to advertise a nameless brand’s fall range in some fashion catalog. Despite her usually overwhelming beauty, Leslie manages to make her outfit the focus of the picture, knowing full well that the spotlight will be back on her within a couple of minutes.
6 Stay Gold
After working as a cast member on the British soap opera Hollyoaks for four years and 191 episodes, Essex native Nathalie Emmanuel made her way to Game of Thrones, which is basically Hollyoaks with more slaughtering and, thankfully, far more nudity.
Portraying the character of Missandei, Emmanuel was little more than a recurring face during her early years on Game of Thrones. However, fan protests led to her being upped to a main character from the 5th season onwards. When you look at pictures like this, it’s no wonder viewers wanted Nathalie Emmanuel on their screens more often. Here, she appears as a golden goddess, clad in a golden dress while relaxing on a similarly colored couch. Her straightened hair, which usually jolts from her head in curls, hangs over her shoulders, proving that she can make any look work.
Much like her former co-star Nathalie Emmanuel, Canadian-born model and actress Roxanne McKee first rose to fame appearing in the inexplicably successful British soap opera Hollyoaks. She also appeared in Eastenders, The Persuasionists, and Lip Service before being cast as Doreah in Game of Thrones in 2011.
McKee’s stint in Game of Thrones was surprisingly brief and she left the series in 2012, after appearing in just 11 episodes. Owing to her incredible beauty and acting ability, McKee is sorely missed by Game of Thrones fans and her loss is made all the more difficult to accept thanks to pictures like this. Here, we see McKee decked out in a figure-hugging golden bikini, gazing at the camera as she contorts her body to ensure her bust is unmissable. Her outfit in this picture is somewhat reminiscent of the iconic bikini worn by Carrie Fisher during the filming of the 1983 Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi.
4 Street Theater
Nathalie Emmanuel had a relatively modest upbringing. Although her family wasn’t poor, they were far from well-off and the future millionaire spent many hours playing on the streets of Essex in lieu of gaming consoles and getaways.
This picture captures Emmanuel returning to the streets of her youth - or at least a simulation of them - clad in the kind of expensive clothes she used to dream about as a child. Her immense beauty comes in stark contrast to the decaying sidewalk below her, which has been haphazardly decorated by a gang of graffiti artists. Looking at this photo, one thing becomes clear: Bansky could work on one project for a thousand nights and he still wouldn’t create a piece of art as beautiful as Nathalie Emmanuel.
3 Pinup Girl
If you are a regular Game of Thrones viewer - or have paid any attention to this article - you are no doubt aware that the show is full of beautiful women. Off the top of my head, I’m finding it pretty difficult to think of one Game of Thrones star that I wouldn’t like to have dinner with (particularly if they picked up the check). That being said, there is no Game of Thrones actress more comparable to the supermodels and pinup girls of old than Roxanne McKee.
McKee has actually worked extensively as a model in the past, so I suppose it’s no surprise that she oozes such obvious modelling talent in this picture and virtually every other picture she has ever posed for. With her hands behind her head and her gorgeous light brown hair hanging over her breasts, McKee proves that she would look just at home in a magazine centerfold as she does on our television screens.
2 The Grandkid
Despite the fact he slept with literally hundreds of teenage girls during the height of his fame, silent film star Charlie Chaplin isn’t exactly remembered as being a hunk. I mean, his speech at the end of The Great Dictator is nothing less than beautiful, but the man himself was a small, pasty Brit whose teeth looked like they were constantly trying to escape his mouth. Thankfully, the same cannot be said of his granddaughter, Oona Chaplin, who is perhaps better known to Game of Thrones fans as Talisa Maegyr.
In this picture, Oona shows just how far removed she is from her grandfather by posing in little more than a hanging leather jacket and a peach bra that almost blends in with her skin and creates the illusion of a bare torso.
As a consequence of her youth, Sophie Turner has a sort of innocence that the vast majority of her Game of Thrones co-stars don’t possess. I know a lot of people would be embarrassed to be told that they look innocent, but Turner, ever so skilled in rolling with the punches, manages to make it work for her.
In this picture, Turner, having embraced her natural innocence, presents herself as something of an imp. The former teenage star is wearing a glitter-covered mesh top and a similarly decorated skirt as she stares mischievously into the camera, leaning against the door frame as if it were a tree in a dense forest. While Sophie Turner certainly looks innocent here, it’s important to remember that looks can be deceiving!