Game of Thrones HBO Cast
A Game of Thrones is the television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. Despite its fantastical setting, the novels are quite character-based. The story revolves mainly around members of noble families struggling to gain control of the Iron Throne of Westeros. Take away the dragons and the magic, and the gritty depiction of human nature and its driving factors are still very much present. Each main character in the novel is richly depicted with their own unique characteristics, personalities, and back story, which is actually one of the reasons the series became so popular in the first place. With this character driven drama, HBO was given the opportunity to reach out to viewers outside of the typical fantasy fanbase and it has done so in full force – sparing no expense on production and ensuring that that the show is supported by a stellar cast. Nearly every main player in the Game of Thrones HBO cast comes with an impressive resume of TV, movie, or theater roles. While there are over a dozen such veterans in the series, there are a select few who really shine. Below are the power players of the Game of Thrones HBO cast:
Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon)
Mark Addy started his career by acting in television comedies such as The Thin Blue Line and Still Standing. He has since taken on movies such as The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Jack Frost, The Order, and A Knight’s Tale. His most popular role is Dave Althorpe in The Full Monty, which earned him a BAFTA nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He joins Game of Thrones HBO cast as Robert Baratheon, a former seasoned warrior who is disenchanted with his current role as a King and prefers to turn a blind eye to the intrigues of his court.
Sean Bean (Eddard Stark)
Sean Bean is an award-winning British actor who has done it all – television, movies, and theater. He is no stranger to the fantasy genre, having acted in such movies as Lord of the Rings and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. He has numerous movies, TV shows, and theater productions under his belt, including Troy, Don’t Say a Word, National Treasure, The Island, Patriot Games, Lady Chatterley, Samson & Delilah, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, among many others. In Game of Thrones, he plays the main protagonist Eddard “Ned” Stark, a proud, honorable man who rules over the North. As a childhood friend of Robert Baratheon, he is honor-bound to accept the role as the King’s Hand, or advisor, in order to assist the King in resolving all the issues at court. His investigations around the former Hand’s death and the suspicious actions of the Queen’s family will inadvertently jumpstart the deadly game of thrones.
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
Lena Headey’s film credits include horror films such as The Broken and The Cave and fantasy adventures such as The Brothers Grimm. She is famous for her lead role in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which continues the saga of the Terminator movies. In Game of Thrones, she plays the role of Robert Baratheon’s treacherous wife, Cersei. A wealthy and corrupt Lannister to the core, Queen Cersei is one of the main villains of the series.
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
The list of power players would not be complete without the mention of Peter Dinklage, an award-winning actor best known for his roles in Elf, Chronicles of Narnia, and Penelope. He shines as Tyrion Lannister, the witty dwarf of House Lannister. Dinklage took to the role, becoming an instant favorite and bagging himself an Emmy. After receiving his award, a stunned Dinklage lost all the eloquence of his character as he notes that during his acceptance speech, he thanked his dogsitter, but “not my manager or my lawyer. It might be funny or witty or not. It comes at a price.”
Needless to say, much thought was given in deciding which actors and actresses would join the Game of Thrones HBO cast. The efforts of HBO in this regard were very much rewarded as the show’s premiere was an instant hit and immediately renewed for a second season.