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Seeing the Game of Thrones Cast in Other Roles Will Seriously Weird You Out

Sep 15 2015 - 4:15pm

We have a ways to go until Game of Thrones [1] season six, but that doesn't mean we've stopped thinking about them. Though we're glad to see the stars in costume, it's fun to see them in other roles that take them far away from Westeros — especially in terms of the way they look. The cast's other jobs have always been pretty diverse — do you know which ones are Harry Potter alums [2], Downton Abbey dwellers, or superhero blockbuster stars? Read through to see the Game of Thrones cast as you've never seen them before.

Michiel Huisman

The actor who plays Daario has been blowing up, like in his big part on Orphan Black, and as Blake Lively [3]'s love interest in The Age of Adaline.

Emilia Clarke

Clarke rocks a platinum blond 'do as Daenerys Targaryen, but in 2013's indie Dom Hemingway, she sports a color closer to her natural dark shade.

Richard Madden

The only way to fix a world without the King of the North in it was to make him a prince in this year's Cinderella, a role Madden seemed born to play.

Charles Dance

The tyrannical Tywin Lannister showed up as a tough but significantly less hostile commander in 2014 hit The Imitation Game.

Lena Headey

Cersei is hardly the first tough character Lena Headey has played; she was the title character in the short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on the small screen in 2008.

Jack Gleeson

Look at that proper little English schoolboy! In the 2009 drama A Shine of Rainbows, Gleeson looks light years away from the sniveling, sociopathic king he played on HBO.

Source: HBO [4], Sepia Films [5]

Nathalie Emmanuel

Emmanuel got out of her costume as Missandei and sported some cute casualwear to play sexy hacker Ramsey in Furious 7.

Maisie Williams

Young Arya is a fierce young girl, having lost her family and being forced to pose as a boy. It's almost jarring to see her as a schoolgirl in the 1960s-set 2014 drama The Falling.

Jerome Flynn

Flynn plays fierce soldier Bronn on Game of Thrones, but did you know he's an equally fierce detective on the BBC? As Bennet Drake, he helps find Jack the Ripper in 19th-century England.

Natalie Dormer

The beauty who plays Margaery Tyrell may look familiar to you, and not just if you used to watch The Tudors. Dormer also had a small part as a private in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Peter Dinklage

Who is this impressively-coiffed, smooth-dressing version of Peter Dinklage? He's gigolo Vinnie from the unmemorable Kate Hudson [6] movie A Little Bit of Heaven. Which is also Vinnie's nickname. I feel like Tyrion would think that was funny.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Jaime Lannister is a slick, lady-charming man who can be kind of a jerk, and in Coster-Waldau's big-screen role in The Other Woman, he plays . . . a slick, lady-charming man who can be kind of a jerk. But he's workin' that suit!

Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie doesn't always have the most ladylike manners as Ygritte, but she certainly makes up for it as maid Gwen Dawson on Downton Abbey.

Sean Bean

Dearly departed Ned Stark may be gone, but he's hardly forgotten. His portrayer, Sean Bean, has a prolific TV and movie career, and here he's seen as a pilot in the 2005 Jodie Foster [7] thriller Flightplan.

Michelle Fairley

She was an important mother on Game of Thrones, and she also played the mother to an important wizard: Hermione Granger. If you don't remember her from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, it's because she's only briefly seen when Hermione is zapping her memory.

Ciarán Hinds

Hinds demands a lot of respect as Mance Rayder, but it might not just be about the character; the actor just oozes gravitas, like on 2012 TV series Political Animals.

Source: HBO [8], USA Network [9]

Noah Taylor

Locke, the man who cuts off Jaime's hand and tries to make off with Bran Stark, is kind of a villain, so it's hilarious to remember him as Vladimir in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

Natalia Tena

As Osha, Natalia Tena is a great help to Bran and Rickon, and in the Harry Potter movies, she also helps out Harry and the gang as the colorful-haired Nymphadora Tonks.

Iain Glen

Yes, Game of Thrones boasts another Downton Abbey denizen: Iain Glen, aka Ser Jorah Mormont. On Downton, he plays Sir Richard Carlisle, who was formerly engaged to Lady Mary Crawley.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Did the season three addition of Jojen Reed somehow give you the warm and fuzzies? It should have, if you've watched (and rewatched) Love Actually — he plays young Sam, who loses his mum and falls in love in the same year.

Joe Dempsie

Gendry gets into some trouble as the bearer of King's blood on Game of Thrones, but he was getting into a different kind of trouble as Chris on the notorious British TV series Skins.

Source: HBO [10], Company Pictures [11]

Aidan Gillen

He may be power hungry as Petyr Baelish, but Aidan Gillen actually possessed some power on another famous HBO series, The Wire, as Mayor Thomas Carcetti.

Pedro Pascal

The Red Viper — aka Oberyn Martell — is a flashy (for Westeros) dresser with a little mustache, so it almost makes me giddy to see him suited up in CBS's The Mentalist as an FBI agent.

Jason Momoa

Khal Drogo is another gone-but-not-forgotten character . . . because who could forget those arms and chest? Momoa kept the physique but lost the scary warpaint and confusing facial hair for 2012's Bullet to the Head, where he does battle with Sylvester Stallone.

Mark Addy

You can't forget Mark Addy — as King Robert Baratheon, his character's death sets off much of the drama of the series. While Addy commanded respect on Game of Thrones, I can't help but LOL seeing him as Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

Kit Harington

It's facial hair, furs, and cold weather for Kit Harington's Game of Thrones alter ego Jon Snow, so it's nice to see him in a much lighter ensemble in the 2012 horror film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.

Isaac Hempstead Wright

Young Bran hasn't had the use of his legs since the season premiere of Game of Thrones, but happily, when the actor appears in other things, such as 2011 horror film The Awakening, he's walkin' around like nobody's business. Walk it out, Bran!

Source: HBO [12], Studio Canal [13]

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