20 Major Character Players Of GOT And Their Off-Screen Life
The blockbuster TV “Game of Thrones,” as the network’s most popular show ever, will come to an end with the eighth (final) season debuting in April 2019. Before that let’s review the cast members to see the characters they played and what they are up to now.
1. Character: Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Lena Headey played Cersei Lannister who is perhaps the most ruthless character in the show. She did everything in her power to make the Lannister family prosperous, but aside from being cutthroat, she was also a devoted mother. Off screen, she has two kids and married writer and director Dan Cadan in 2018. Apparently, she has a big fetish for tattoos and has at least 13 known ones.
2. Character: The Night King (Richard Brake)
Played by Richard Brake, The Night King is a mysterious and evil character who is the commander of the Army of the Dead, having the ability to bring the creatures of the dead to serve his growing horde. There will be more scenes in the final season about him. Now, we can finally see how he looks in real life. He has regularly been working as an actor since the early 1990s and has had roles in dozens of movies and TV shows, including Batman Begins.
3. Character: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, who can’t be hurt by fire and who owns three dragons of her own in the show. She views herself as the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and has earned enough allies and respect to fight for the title of Queen. Actress Emilia Clarke has been nominated for three Emmys for her work on the show. Offscreen, she’s written essays on feminism and gender equality and has earned a couple of titles of her own, including Sexiest Woman Alive, according to Esquire.
4. Character: Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
The oldest daughter of the Stark family, Sansa Stark has grown up a lot throughout the series. She was an innocent girl more interested in marriage at first, but the latter has become one of the most focused leaders in Westeros. Like her character, actress Sophie had grown up in front of audiences as she debuted in the series when she was only 14 years old. Offscreen, she has maintained a fairly private relationship with singer Joe Jonas since 2016.
5. Character: Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
The youngest daughter of the Stark family, Arya Stark is another of the most ruthless characters in GOT. Along with her trusty sword, she has avenged the wrongs done to her family. 21-year-old actress Maisie Williams was nominated for several Emmys for her performance as Arya. Since 2015, she’s been dating Ollie Jackson, and their adventures can regularly be seen on Williams’ Instagram account.
6. Character: Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)
Gwendoline played Brienne of Tarth, a fearsome warrior in Westeros, in the show. If you get Brienne’s oath, you will be protected. She’s loyal, fearless and protective and it’s impossible not to like her. In reality, she truly is a towering presence at 6 feet 3 inches tall but didn’t become as familiar to viewers until the last few seasons. Since 2013, she’s been dating British fashion designer Giles Deacon.
7. Character: Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Jaime Lannister, the brother of Queen Cersei, won his nickname “Kingslayer” for Killing Aerys Targaryen by stabbing him in the back. His incestuous relationship with Cersei and his close friendship with Brienne of Tarth are two of his defining character arcs. In reality, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s big break came in 2001’s Black Hawk Down. He has been married to Greenlandic singer Nukaaka since 1998, with whom he has two kids.
8. Character: Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Tyrion Lannister, brother of Cersei and Jaime, faced endless prejudice due to being born a dwarf, and also the massive resentment from his father and sister Cersei. He is involved in pretty much every major storyline that happens in Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage is a two-time Emmy award winner for his work as Tyrion Lannister and has two kids with his wife, Erica Schmidt.
9. Character: Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
The identity of Jon Snow was kept a secret until recent seasons revealed his significant role in the overall storyline. He is one of the few “GOT” characters to be depicted as a protagonist from the start. Back in the real world, Kit Harington married Rose Leslie, who played his lover Ygritte in the show, in 2018, with almost all the GOT primary cast members invited.
10. Character: Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright)
One of the most enigmatic figures in the series, Bran Stark had the supernatural power to revisit past events, making him a powerful ally to his family even though he is paralyzed. Actor Wright is still only 19 years old even after seven seasons of the series. As he came into the series so young he only really has GOT on his resume. Offscreen he’s a dog lover who has spent his time as a student at the University of Birmingham.
11. Character: Eddard Stark (Sean Bean)
Eddard Stark, the patriarch of House Stark, was respected by his children and nearly everyone in the North. After he was killed, his children scattered to the wind, and have gone on to be the leading forces for good in the series. Actor Sean has had major roles in both the James Bond franchise and The Lord of The Rings movies. In real life, he has three daughters and has been married five times.
12. Character: Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
Petyr Baelish is one of the most gifted tacticians in all of Westeros. He pulls the strings of the most powerful people in the show and earns plenty of dirty money in the process. Actor Aidan Gillen has starred in a huge variety of shows like The Wire, Queer as Folk and The Dark Knight Rises. Offscreen, he has two kids and has been dating singer Camille O’Sullivan since 2015.
13. Character: Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)
Sandor Clegane, one of the most feared warriors in Westeros, killed a lot of people. His adventures with pint-sized Arya Stark have become one of the highlights of the show. Removing the frightening makeup, actor Rory looks quite handsome. Offscreen, McCann plays the piano and used to sing in a band. He mostly lives on his boat and seems not to be a fan of modern technology.
14. Character: Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
Lord Varys could possibly be the most cunning character in GOT, and he always seems to know more than whoever it is that he’s talking to at any given time. His alliances have changed throughout the show. Player Conleth is mostly known for his stage work and has been nominated for two Tony Awards. Offscreen, he rocks a full head of hair. Can you recognize him?
15. Character: Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)
The best friend of Jon Snow, Samwell had a brilliant brain and used his studies of White Walkers, diseases and other mysteries of the world to help other GOT characters. Actor John hadn’t done a lot of acting work and had only appeared in a handful of movies and TV shows, including the British version of Shameless. Offscreen, he is an excellent drummer.
16. Character: Melisandre (Carice Van Houten)
Melisandre, known as the Red Woman in the series, is the beautiful priestess with the long copper hair. She can see visions in flames and is drawn to help the character who she thinks has a vital part to play in the Great War. Offscreen, actress Carice is friends with fellow Dutch actress Halina Reijin, though they two occasionally kiss on camera, and have joked about being lesbians, there is no actual romantic involvement.
17. Character: Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Theon Greyjoy is the only living son and heir of Lord Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands. His identity and upbringing left him a conflicted and troubled state of mind. He always wanted to do the right thing. Be the right kind of person. But he never knew what that meant. Offscreen, he has been in a relationship with American DJ and model Allie Teilz, with whom he has a daughter.
18. Character: Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)
Yara Greyjoy, the sister of Theon Greyjoy, is a fearless warrior. After the assassination of her father, she lays claim to the throne of the Iron Islands and becomes an ally of Daenerys Targaryen. In addition to being an actor and comedian, actress Gemma is also a professional dancer, specializing in tap and jazz.
19. Character: Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
Ser Jorah initially worked as a spy for Varys, King Robert’s spymaster in King’s Landing. But he grows to respect and admire Daenerys and begins serving her in earnest. Actor Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, and his other notable roles include John Hanning Speke in Mountains of the Moon, Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey, the title role in Jack Taylor, and Jarrod Slade in Cleverman.
20. Character: Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
Missandei was initially a slave until Daenerys Targaryen freed her. She then served Daenerys as her trusted advisor and handmaiden. Actress Nathalie started her acting career in the late 1990s, landing roles in various West End productions such as the musical The Lion King. Offscreen, she is a vegan for health reasons.