While Game of Thrones has exited our TV screen, fans of the show are yet to completely detox. We want to know why it ended this way or that way for one character or the other in the show. Enter Google, “why did Bran become the king of Westeros?” or “where did the Drogon take Daenerys to?” The show has left us with a drum load of questions to answer. Our curiosity won’t let us move on to other shows.
We scramble for tidbits of every information we can get about the just concluded hit HBO TV series: to think about or argue about. Time to take a break from such preoccupations and marvel instead at how some of the actors in Game of Thrones were able to fully take on the appearance of the characters they played while letting go of their real self—yea, that’s still being obsessed with the show but who cares? Here are 10 Game of Thrones actors who don’t look anything like their GOT character:
He looks better with a full hair on his head, right? Sure does. But all through the 8 long series of Game of Thrones right to the point when Daenerys ‘dracarysed’ him, Conleth Hill spotted a bald hair to play the role of Varys.
Stunning, that’s one word that perfectly describes Gwendoline Christie who acts as the tall, ugly lady who was scorned for her looks. While her character is easily loved for the resilient and strong virtues she portrays, fans gush over her amazing height and beautiful looks in real life.
Do you remember that fully cladded nun who goes by the name Septa Unella that rang a bell down the streets of Kings’ Landing while pronouncing ‘shame shame shame’ on naked Cersei Lannister? Well, as you can see, Hannah Waddingham, the actor who played that role, doesn’t cover her hair in real life and she looks vibrant, not grim in her bright makeup facial look.
And here comes this absolute shocker! Kerry Ingram who acted the role of Princess Shirren Baratheon: the scarred-face little girl whose gothic death in the hands of her fanatic parents broke the hearts of fans.
Kerry Ingram looks totally different from her GOT character whose hair was dark and whose face was scarred by an illness called Greyscale. Apparently, outside the fictional world of Westeros, Kerry Ingram is a slay queen with golden tresses.
Here we have Gemma Whelan who portrays Yara Greyjoy, the rightful Queen of the Iron Islands with so much zest and fierceness that fans couldn’t help but admire what she brings on-board. In the movie, she dresses in male costumes and makes no effort about hair or facial appearance—not to forget, she gets down with ladies, not men.
In real life, however, Gemma Whelan just had her first child with her husband Gerry and steps in front of the mirror to take care of her looks.
Surprise surprise, Rory McCann who portrays the never-smiling role of Sandor ‘The Hound’ in Game of Thrones knows how to have a good laugh in real life. As you can see, he neither has a long hair or a scary burnt face in real life—it was all the work of prosthetics.
Jaqen H’ghar, the faceless man from whose lips we first heard the words, ‘Valar Morghulis’ when he gave a coin to the beloved Arya, asking her to show the coin to a Braavosi and say those words to him if she wants to see him again. Arya did see him again and became ‘the girl who has no name.’
Unlike his dark, long-haired on-screen counterpart Jaqen H’ghar, Tom Wlaschiha has a short hair and looks less mystical.
Maisie Williams who plays Arya, the girl who has no name, is not the tomboy character she portrays in Game of Thrones. She wears dresses and doesn’t mind showing some skin and of course, her face is made-up and her hair is not cut like that of a boy.
Do you remember Wun Wun, the foreboding wilding giant? Ian Whyte, the actor who played the character of Wun Wun is actually very tall in real life—at 7 ft, 11 inches. But that’s where the similarity ends: while Wun Wun was very huge with a large, savage face, Ian Whyte is slenderly built with a slim face.
And lastly, Kae Alexander, the face behind Leaf—leader of the Children of the Forest. Being transformed from this flawless looking damsel with long hair to horrifying Leaf reportedly took up to ten hours max.