Are you also a proud part of the Game of Thrones craze like we are? Or are you just starting to watch the incredible HBO show only now? Whatever the answer may be, we’re pretty sure you will start googling the names of actors and actresses in order to get to know the TV series’ cast better.
We decided to save you some time and present you a list of crucial GOT characters and their respective actors and actresses. You won’t believe how different do some of them look off-screen! It’s quite unbelievable what makeup, costumes, wigs, and scars can do to one’s appearance! So, let’s take a look!
1. Cersei Lannister – Lena Headey
Cersei Lannister has been marked as one of the most gorgeous characters of the famous TV show since the very first episode. Despite Cersei is not really depicted as a good character, we have to agree that she definitely is one of the most attractive figures of the GOT.
However, in real life, Cersei looks quite different. Lena Headey is still a strikingly gorgeous woman but doesn’t have such a badass Lannister attitude that we’re used to seeing on screen.
2. Jon Snow – Kit Harington
One of the most popular characters of the GOT is definitely Jon Snow, the bastard son of Eddard Stark, the Lord of Winterfell. Jon Snow is also voted as the 6th “goodest” character of the GOT.
But how does the actor playing Jon Snow look like off screen? To us, he really doesn’t change at all. The only thing that changes is his clothes, do you agree? However, the way next actress on this list surprised everyone for how different she looks on and off screen.
3. Daenerys Targaryen – Emilia Clarke
Daenerys Targaryen, also known under the name of Khaleesi, has quickly become the symbol of the GOT. Her gentle beauty combined with her innate sensuality made her one of the hottest characters of the HBO show.
However, a lot of people were surprised to discover that the actress playing her looked much different in real life. She might not have Khaleesi’s platinum hair, but she is equally gorgeous off-screen too.
4. Melisandre – Carice Van Houten
The character of Melisandre is often referred to as the Red Woman. She looks stunning in her Priestess dress and her evil looks sometimes make her look even hotter.
However, it turns out that the Dutch actress Carice van Houten looks even better off-screen. She definitely doesn’t need a magic necklace to stay beautiful all the time.
5. Arya Stark – Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams basically grew on the set of GOT. Her character Arya Stark is represented as a tomboy that prefers games boys like to play than taking care of girly manners.
Despite looking exactly like her character (obviously), Maisie is much more girly than Arya and she loves to dress up and put on some makeup.
6. Sandor Clegane – Rory McCann
As all of you already knew, the scar that characterizes Sandor Clegane is all thanks to great onset makeup. But in real life, The Hound looks much different!
Rory McCann looks like a nice, intelligent guy. He’s tall and doesn’t look like he would serve Lannisters off-screen, don’t you think?
7. Margaery Tyrell – Natalie Dormer
The ambitious Margaery uses her saintly image and angelic looks to manipulate different characters of the show. Despite being depicted as a very cruel personality, Margaery Tyrell is seen as one of the top three most beautiful female GOT characters.
But does the actress playing her looks the same? While we have to agree that Natalie looks gorgeous, she seems to have such a versatile appearance. Recently she even shaved half of her head for her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
8. Brienne de Tarth – Gwendoline Christie
The try-hard, serving her Lord Brienne de Tarth is often a quite misunderstood character. GOT fans claim that her backstory is not well explained in the series. However, Brienne is definitely of a rather tomboyish appearance in the show.
If you haven’t googled her before, you are surely surprised by how good the actress playing her actually looks! Despite her graceful looks Gwendoline Christie has been told to be “too tall to be an actress” in the past. Thank god that she didn’t listen to them!
9. Samwell Tarly – John Bradley-West
Although Jon Snow’s best friend Samwell Tarly is not likely to be the Prince That Was Promised, some GOT fans have made a theory that it might be just him. No matter if that will reveal to be the truth or not, he is one of the most adorable characters in the show.
As it turns out, the actor playing Samwell, John Bradley-West looks exactly like his character and is equally adorable in real life.
10. Ramsay Bolton – Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Bolton is voted to be the evilest character of the GOT. Considering his manipulative and violent nature it’s no wonder that Ramsay might not be among your favorite characters.
This villain is played by Iwan Rheon, a talented actor and a musician who shares the same handsome looks with his character, but has a much kinder appearance, don’t you agree?
11. Brandon Stark – Isaac Hempstead Wright
Yet another actor that we got to see growing up through the seasons. Brandon Stark looks nothing like Isaac Hempstead Wright.
Isaac is now 19, but when he started acting in the show he was only 11! Although he does have a similar teenage appearance, Isaac looks a lot cuter than his character. But wait until you see how beautiful the next actress is in real life.
12. Sansa Stark – Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark, also known as Little Dove, is a character that’s best described by her “lady-like” manners and pursuits, a total contrast to her younger sister Arya.
However, Sophie Turner, the actress playing Sansa, is equally if not more feminine and beautiful than her character. She’s a natural redhead and has conquered the heart of Joe Jonas to whom she is engaged.
13. Joffrey Baratheon – Jack Gleeson
Joffrey Baratheon is one of the least favorite characters in the show because of his evilness and cruelty. His looks are quite similar to the actors Jack Gleeson, although we have to admit that Jack definitely has one very irresistible smile.
Although Jack Gleeson has been admired for his portrayal of the evil King Joffrey, he already retired from acting and decided to dedicate himself to studying.
14. Khal Drogo – Jason Momoa
Although it seemed impossible to all of us at first, Khal Drogo really looks like the actor that played him in the show. It’s no wonder that the cast chose exactly Jason Momoa for the portrayal of the famed nomadic chieftain of a Dothraki khalasar.
Jason has the same bad boy attitude, as well as the scar on the eyebrow and a thick beard. We have to admit he might be even more handsome off the screen.
15. Jaqen H’ghar – Tom Wlaschiha
One of the most mysterious characters in GOT is the Faceless Man Jaqen H’ghar. It’s still unclear if he’s Arya’s friend or enemy. Whatever it will turn out to be true, the actor that plays Jaqen definitely looks least like his character.
In real life, German actor Tom Wlaschiha has a rather sophisticated look that certainly can’t be said for The Faceless Man Jaqen.