Hugely popular fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” is known for a lot of reasons: high quality cinematography, superfine acting, gripping storyline, complex characters and a ridiculously high body count. The show has managed to break many records for worldwide viewership, and it has a lot to de with the stellar cast of the show. And even without all the costumes and make-up, there are some actors and actresses in the series who look great when they are off screen. Check out how these “Game of Thrones” stars look in real life.
1. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
Emilia Clarke plays Queen Daenerys Targaryen, who is a major character in all seasons. She is a London born British actress who appeared as a guest spot in Doctors, a BBC drama series before landing her first major television role in Game of Thrones. She then went on to star as Sarah Connor opposite Arnold Schwarznegger in Terminator Genisys. The character, who is also called “the Stormborn”, was an exiled princess of the Targaryen dynasty.
2. Kit Harrington (Jon Snow)
English actor Kit Harrington plays the role of Jon Snow, who is a pivotal character throughout the series. He is also known for his lead roles in Testament of Youth, Ponpeii and Spooks: The Greater Good, as well as for voicing the character Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2. His character is the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark, and is widely considered to be one of the most interesting characters in the series.
3. Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
English actress Natalie Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell, a major character from the 2nd season through the 6th season of Game of Thrones. She had played the role of Anne Boleyn in The Tudors before she was cast in the HBO series. Natalie Dormer is also known for her roles in Elementary and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 and Part 2. Her character is the only daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell and the sister of Ser Loras Tyrell.
4. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)
Maisie Williams plays the pivotal role of Arya Stark in all six seasons of Game of Thrones. She made her television debut in the series premiere before appearing in Doctor Who as Ashildr and the mystery film The Falling. Her character is a tomboyish, young daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn Stark who travels extensively, learns how to fight and even possesses a direwolf in her dreams.
5. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister)
Danish actor, producer and screenwriter Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the role of Jamie Lannister, who is a pivotal character in all six seasons of the series. The actor is known for appearing in a number of famous movies incluing Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven and Oblivion. The character is the eldest son of Tywin Lannister, and shares an incestuous sexual relationship with Queen Cersei Lannister.
6. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
English actress Sophie Turner plays the role of Sansa Stark, a major character throughout all seasons of the series. The HBO series is her television debut and also her first major acting role, before starring in movies such as Another Me, Barely Lethal and X-Men: Apocalypse. Her character is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell and Lady Catelyn, and sister of Rickon, Bran, Arya and Robb Stark and half-sister to Jon Snow.
7. Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon)
Irish Actor Jack Gleeson played the widely hated King Joffrey Baratheon, who was a major character in the first four seasons of the series. Before acting in Game of Thrones, he played a minor role in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and television series Killinaskully. His character is a bastard son of Ser Jaime Lannister and Queen Cersei Lannister, and brother of Myrcella Baratheon and Tommen Baratheon.
8. Sibel Kekilli (Shae)
Sibel Kekilli, who is a German actress of Turkish descent plays the role of Shae in Game of Thrones. She is known for her previous roles in successful German films, Head-On and When We Leave, for which she won two Lolas. Sibel Kakilli also plays the role of Sarah Brandt in television series Tatort. Her character, Shae initially appeared as a recurring character in the first season, but soon became a pivotal character in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and the 6th season as a prostitute who was in a relationship with Tyrion Lannister.
9. Richard Madden (Robb Stark)
Scottish actor and model Richard Madden played the role of King Robb Stark who was a major character in the first three seasons of the series. He is also known for his contributions to a number of movies and television series including Cinderella and Sirens. The character was the eldest son of Lord Eddark Stark of Winterfell and Lady Catelyn, the brother of Rickon, Bran, Arya and Sansa Stark and half-brother to Jon Snow.
10. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
Lena Heady is an English actress who plays the role of pivotal character Queen Cersei Lannister through all the six seasons of Game of Thrones. She is also known for her previous roles in movies like Waterland, The Jungle Book, The Remains of the Day, 300, The Brothers Grimm and for playing Sarah Connors in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles series. Her character is the Dowager Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and the widow of King Robert Baratheon.
11. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)
Gwendoline Christie plays the role of Brienne of Tarth, who initially appeared as a recurring character in the 2nd and 3rd seasons, but went on to become a major character in the 4th, 5th and 6th seasons of Game of Thrones. The British actress and model had spent many years in theatre before landing a role in the HBO series. She then went on to appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII. Her character Brienne of Tarth is the only daughter of Selwyn Tarth and is known as a fierce warrior.
12. Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark)
Northern Irish actress Michelle Fairley played the role of Catelyn Stark in the first three seasons of Game of Thrones. She is known for her appearance in a number of television series and films such as Best: His Mother’s Son, Suits, Resurrection, Rebellion and 24: Live Another Day. Her character was married into House Stark and was the wife of Eddard Stark. Catelyn Stark was killed at the wedding of her brother, along with most of the Stark bannermen.
13. Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandie)
English actress Nathalie Emmanuel plays the role of Missandie, who used to appear as a recurring character in the 3rd and 4th seasons before becoming a pivotal character in the 5th and 6th seasons. She is best known for her recurring role as Sasha Valentine in British soap opera Hollyoaks and for playing the role of Ramsey in Furious 7. Her character Missandei was a slave interpreter for Kraznys mo Makloz before becoming a trusted confidante to Daenerys.
14. Carice van Houten (Melisandre)
Dutch actress and singer Carice van Houten plays the role of Melisandre, who is an important character from the 2nd season onwards through the 6th season of the series. She is known for her roles in movies such as Repo Men, Black Death and Valkyrie and also for starring in hugely successful Dutch movie Black Book. Her character is a priestess of the Lord of Light and was an adviser to Stannis Baratheon, before she flees to Castle Black.
15. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy)
English actor Alfie Allen plays the role of Theon “Reek” Greyjoy, who is a major character in all six seasons of the series. He has appeared in movies and series such as Casualty 1907, Atonement, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London and John Wick. His character is the younger brother of Yara Greyjoy and heir to Lord Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands.
So there you have it! Fifteen Game of Thrones Stars who manage to look great both on and off screen! These stars go to show that they do not need to depend on makeup or designer clothes to look good!