In Another Time or Place...
Game of Thrones. As exciting as the television series is, I had never read the books by George R. R. Martin and likely would not have watched the series.
Except – I love Peter Dinklage.
Dinklage is an actor I had seen and admired in The Station Agent (highly recommended “make your own family” movie starring Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, and Bobby Cannavale), Elf (for me, Dinklage’s scene is the funniest in the movie), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the sci-fi series Threshold, and both versions of Death at a Funeral. So he was one of the reasons I was curious about the series everyone was talking about – Game of Thrones.
Of course, now I’m hooked, just like millions of others. It’s a fascinating adult fantasy about power and what people will do to achieve it. Dinklage is not the only actor I’d seen in various TV series and movies. And I’ve come to admire others in Game of Thrones, especially the younger actors who are fairly new to the screen.
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and wonder where you might have seen the actors before – maybe in another time or place -- here’s a list to explore, from leading actors such as Sean Bean and Diana Rigg to character actors such as David Bradley, Natalia Tena, and Liam Cunningham.
Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) – The Full Monty, Great Expectations, Robin Hood, A Knight’s Tale
Sean Bean (Eddard “Ned” Stark) – Sharpe series, Patriot Games, National Treasure, The Lord of the Rings
David Bradley (Walder Frey) – Harry Potter films, Hot Fuzz, Broadchurch
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) – Mama, Oblivion, Wimbledon
Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) – First Knight, The Guard, The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) – Bleak House, Gosford Park, Rebecca
Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) – The Greatest Game Ever Played, John Adams, King Arthur
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) – The Tudors, Silk, The Fades
Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) – Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, pt. 1, Suits (season 3), Philomena
Jerome Flynn (Bronn) – Ripper Street
Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) – Downton Abbey (season 2), The Iron Lady, Jack Taylor, The Wyvern Mystery
Kit Harington (Jon Snow) – Silent Hill: Revelation, Pompeii
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister Baratheon) – 300, The Brothers Grimm, The Purge
Rose Leslie (Ygritte) – Downton Abbey (season 1), Now is Good
Richard Madden (Robb Stark) – Birdsong, Hope Springs (British TV series)
Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell) – The Avengers, Bleak House, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Natalia Tena (Osha) – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) – The Secret of Crickley Hall