Finally! After what seemed like a decade of waiting, HBO has issued a list of confirmed casting choices (along with a video!) for 14 new roles in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. The announcements came just as the Thrones panel was taking stage at Comic-Con in San Diego, however, the news started last night when we reported on a rumor that Diana Rigg was cast as Olenna Redwyne. Well, it turns out that it wasn’t a rumor because Rigg is now confirmed to play The Queen of Thorns.
Update: I know that a lot of fans (myself included) aren’t very familiar with many of the new cast members. That being the case, I decided to post a picture of each actor so we have some faces to go with the names. I’ve also expanded on the short character descriptions from HBO’s press release by adding a little background information on each actor. Enjoy the list!
Here is the full casting announcement from HBO’s press release:
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell. Also known as “The Queen of Thorns,” Lady Olenna is the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and is, in many ways, the true leader of their powerful family. Dame Diana Rigg, DBE is probably best known for playing Tracy Bond in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; and for her portrayal as secret agent Emma Peel in the 1960′s British-television series The Avengers. During the 1960’s, Rigg was considered a sex symbol and an icon for feminism.
Mackenzie Crook as Orell. A wildling raider, Orell is a “warg” or “skinchanger,” with the ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions. Crook is best known for his role as Gareth on the original version of The Office in the UK, and as the comedic pirate Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully. Known far and wide as “The Blackfish,” Brynden is a famous knight and the uncle of Catelyn Stark. He quarreled bitterly with his brother, Lord Hoster Tully, and the two were estranged for many years. Clive Russell has made extensive appearances on British television; including roles in Silent Witness, Still Game, and ITV’s Coronation Street. His recent movie roles include Captain Tanner in the Sherlock Holmes series and as MacQueen in the 2010 film The Wolfman.
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei. Originally from the peaceful island of Naath, Missandei was sold into slavery as a child, along with her brother. She received education in various languages and became a translator to the slave trader Kraznys in Astapor. English actress Nathalie Emmanuel is best known for her role as Sasha Valentine on the British soap opera Hollyoaks, which she played from 2006 to 2010. Follow Nathalie on Twitter at @missnemmanuel.
Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, the only child of Stannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions. Kerry won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Matilda in the theater production of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. Follow Kerry on Twitter at @Kerry_Ingram.
Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr. A key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, he is a Red Priest, in service of the Lord of Light, and originally hails from the Free City of Myr, in Essos. Paul Kaye is an English comedian and actor who played the character of Dennis Pennis on The Sunday Show in 1995. Recently, he has been known as Mike Strutter on the MTV series Strutter. Kaye also gives his voice for the role of Vincent on the BBC comedy Mongrels.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark. Thomas is a 22-year old English actor and musician best known for his roles in Nanny McPhee and The Last Legion; as well as the voice of Ferb Fletcher in Phineas and Ferb. In 2006, Sangster created Brodie Films with his mother Tasha Bertram “to create opportunities in the film industry for new British talent”. He also plays bass guitar and joined the band Winnet in 2006.
Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed. The eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist, Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north. Ellie Kendrick played Anne Frank in the 2009 BBC mini-series The Diary of Anne Frank. She has also played the role of Ivy Morris in the first season of Upstairs Downstairs in 2010.
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion. Once the lord of Blackhaven and a celebrated warrior, Lord Beric has now become the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of vigilante outlaws. Dormer wrote and starred in the play Hurricane, about professional Snooker player Alex Higgins. He has written other plays as well, including The Half and Gentlemans’s Tea Drinking Society. Dormer will play Northern Ireland punk rock visionary Terri Hooley in the 2012 film Good Vibrations.
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. A famed wildling warrior and chief lieutenant of the “King Beyond the Wall,” Mance Rayder, Tormund is fearsome and strong, with a large build and a beard to match. Kristofer Hivju is a Norwegian film actor who is best known for his portrayal of Jonas in the 2011 prequel to The Thing.
Philip McGinley as Anguy, an extremely skilled archer and key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners. Philip McGinley is an English television and theater actor. He appeared on ITV’s Coronation Street as Tom Kerrigan from 2008-2009 and on The Gemma Factor as PC Kieran in 2010. McGinley also played a minor role in the 2012 blockbuster movie Prometheus. Follow Philip on Twitter at @philipmcginley.
Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon. The wife of Stannis Baratheon, Selyse spends much of her life in seclusion, shut away in a gloomy tower. Fitzgerald is an English actress who has had extensive appearances in film, television, and theater. Her most recent theater roles have been in the West End production of The Misanthrope, and in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Fitzgerald has appeared in 42 episodes of the BBC television series Walking the Dead as Eve Lockhart.
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully. The younger brother of Catelyn Stark, Edmure has recently become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death. Tobias Menzies started his career with several popular British television series’, including Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, and Casualty. He has previously appeared on HBO as Marcus Janius Brutus on the award-winning drama-series Rome. Currently, Tobias is the Home Secretary on the long-running BBC spy drama Spooks.
Anton Lesser as Qyburn, a former maester of the Citadel, who was stripped of his chain many years ago. Lesser is an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has played a number of the great Shakespeare roles. He has been a veteran of British television and film since the 1980’s. Lesser’s recent roles include Gideon on ITV’s science-fiction series Primeval, Clarence Fendley on the drama series The Hour, and a small role in The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Along with the list, HBO released a short video featuring a few of the new cast members:
Author’s Note: There it is guys! We finally get a look at 14 of the new cast members for Season Three. One disappointment I have is that there is still no Mance Rayder or Ramsay Snow. The scenes in Iceland won’t be filmed until Fall, so the announcement for Mance may not come until then. Vargo Hoat and Daario Naharis weren’t mentioned either, even though HBO confirmed that those two characters will be cast for Season Three. There was a rumor that Mackenzie Crook was cast as Vargo, but turns out he will be playing the wildling skinchanger Orell instead. Casting is still on-going and more announcements WILL be made over the course of the summer, so don’t worry if a character isn’t listed. Overall, the new cast looks excellent and i’m really looking forward to watching them on screen next year.
Leave us a comment with your thoughts guys! This is exciting news!