Game of Thrones changed the landscape of the entertainment industry with its sophisticated take on the fantasy genre. It became the most-watched show in the history of the small screen, with fans from every corner of the world.
Game of Thrones recognised fame on a global scale, that it faced trouble with piracy as the show was downloaded over a billion times illegally!
GOT had a massive cast of characters, played by veteran and new actors alike, giving recognition and stardom to those actors, which enhanced their career further.
The show ended on 19 May 2019 with the season 8, which was the season finale, and even though the last season left the fans and critics divided, they all seemed to agree on one thing: and that was that every actor who played their beloved characters did their very best.
Here we will discuss those actors and their future prospect after the conclusion of the show and their character arc.
A very experienced Danish actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is also known for his work on the film Nightwatch (1994), Black Hawk Down (2001) and New Amsterdam (2008). However, he is most well known for the character of Jaimie Lannister in the TV show GOT as the twin brother of the antagonist Cersei Lannister.
His role as Jaimie follows a redemption arc throughout the TV series and his memorable performance in the last season of GOT earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2019.
Coster-Waldau is set to appear as Max Isaksen in the 2019 film, The Suicide Tourist, whilst taking on the very prestigious role of Macbeth in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, which will be performed at the Geffen Playhouse, California in 2020.
Jack Gleeson, another Irish actor, may only be 27 years old, but he already has a 17-year-old acting profile, as his career started at the age of ten, while playing an extra in the film Reign of Fire.
Gleeson, who is also famous for the film Batman Begins in 2005, had his big break came when he played the character of the antagonist King Joffrey Baratheon in the show GOT. Having played the role to perfection as annoying and psychotic as it was described in the books, apparently took a toll on his mental state.
Sadly enough, Gleeson announced his retirement from acting right after his character was killed off at the start of season four.
After the show, he completed his education as philosophy scholar from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Further, according to the actor, since he always had an interest in theatre, the actor went on to start his own Theatre Company called the Collapsing Horse.
He also performed as an actor in some of his company’s theatre plays, whilst also intending to expand the reach of his organization.
Jack Gleeson the go-getter!
32-year-old Scottish actress Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie is better known for her role as the wildling Ygritte on Game of Thrones, portraying the love interest of the main protagonist of the show Jon Snow played by Kıt Harrington.
However, it is worth mentioning that before joining GOT, Leslie was already an established actress in the entertainment business as she played Gwen Dawson in the hit show Downton Abbey and had won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting for her role in BBC’s Television film New Town in 2010.
Leslie’s character was short-lived and did not make it until the end of season eight, as she was killed off during the Battle at the Wall episode in Season four. After leaving the star-studded show GOT, Leslie went on to land a lead role on the CBS’s TV show The Good Fight but only left the show after the third season.
Leslie married Kit Harrington after six years of relationship on 23 June 2018, as Harrington also played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones who was also the love interest of Leslie’s Ygritte character!
During the spring of 2019, Leslie also made an appearance in one of the episodes of Saturday Night Live whıch was hosted by her husband.
The actress has not shared with the public any upcoming projects, but with great certainty, we can all say that her future is as bright as promising.
Scottish actor Richard Madden 33, played the son of Sean Bean’s Ned Stark, Robb Stark, and was given the title of King of the Northern Kingdom in the show after the death of his father.
However, Madden’s character was killed off in the ninth episode of season three of GOT, in what I can call the most shocking episode in the history of television which featured the Red Wedding!
His performance brought him international fame and many awards including the Screen International Award for Star of Tomorrow.
After leaving the show in 2013, Madden was cast as Prince Kit in the movie adaptation of the fairytale Cinderella (2015), where he landed an award-winning lead role DS David Budd in Netflix’s series Bodyguard, for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama.
During the Hall H presentation by Marvel Studios on 20th July 2019, it was announced that Madden will play the role of Ikaris in the movie ‘The Eternals,’ which will be released on November 6, 2020, and we are looking forward to it!
English actress Natalie Dormer was already a big name in the British television industry before joining the cast of Game of Thrones. She was involved with the hit British TV show ‘The Tudors’ in 2007-08, for which she was nominated for two Gemini Awards for best actress in a TV series.
She was also part of the first Captain America movie in ‘The First Avenger’ in 2011, as Dormer played the character of queen Margaery Tyrell from season two till the finale of season six on 2017, which gained her international fame.
Dormer was cast as the first-ever female version of Sherlock Holmes’ greatest foe Jamie Moriarty in the show Elementary while she was still a part of GOT. The role, however, only caused a scheduling conflict and was subsequently killed off in a fiery explosion.
After becoming a household name, Dormer was also hired to play the role of ‘Cressida’ in the third and fourth instalment of The Hunger Games franchise.
Dormer is scheduled to play the main lead Magda in the spin-off series of the critically acclaimed TV show ‘Penny Dreadful,’ Penny Dreadful: City of Angels in 2019.
Nathalie Emmanuel, 30 is an English actress, better known for her role as Missandie, the advisor to Queen Daenerys.
Emmanuel has been a very familiar face to the public, as she used to play the role of Sasha Valentine in the British soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2010. But a very flattered Nathalie, in 2013, FHM magazine was run as one of the 100 sexiest women alive in 2013!
The actress, however, appeared on the GOT show, during the third season and remained till the end of season eight.
During the offseason of GOT, Nathalie Emmanuel managed to multi-task as she joined the cast of the Fast and Furious franchise in 2015, where she first appeared in the seventh instalment of the film series as a computer hacker named Ramsey.
After the success, she found in the Fast and Furious franchise Nathalie is set to appear in Fast & Furious 9, which is to be released in April 2020.
Emmanuel’s career seems to have taken off, as she is also set to give her voice for the character of Deet in the remake of Jim Henson’s 1982 film ‘The Dark Crystal’ in ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,’ which will premiere on Netflix in August.
Maisie Williams joined the cast of Game of Thrones in 2009 when she was just 12 years old, playing the role of tomboy Arya Stark, who later became a deadly assassin. It was Maisie’s first experience in the entertainment business as she had no prior experience of acting and her performance was praised from the very beginning of the TV series, which opened doors for more prominent roles in the future.
In 2015, Maisie was cast for the role of Ashildr in the hit British TV show Doctor Who, while she was still involved with GOT. She joined the animated web series Gen: Lock as the voice of one of the lead characters, the series involved actors like Dakota Fanning and Michael B. Jordan.
Williams is scheduled to appear as Kim Noakes in a Netflix original miniseries, Two Weeks to Live in 2020 and Marvel’s New Mutant, which is set to be released on April 3, 2020, and is considered as the last X: Men movie produced by the Fox studio.
English actress Sophie Belinda Turner was just 13 years old when she was announced to play Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones in 2009. It was her first job as an actress, and she truly made the role her own!
Turner and Maisie Williams’ on-screen chemistry was lauded by everyone and her character eventually became the Queen in the north in season eight, and Turner’s performance brought her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019.
The role much like her fellow cast members also brought international fame along with big-budget projects.
Turner managed to lock the role of Jean Grey in 2015 when she first appeared in the movie X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. After the end of GOT, X-Men: Dark Phoenix was released in July 2019, which was revolved around her character.
Though the movie was critically panned and it didn’t gain significant box office numbers, Turner’s performance was praised by critics and fans alike.
Turner eloped with her boyfriend of two years, Joe Jonas in Las Vegas, on 1st May 2019, in a Wedding chapel, immediately after the Billboard Music Awards, 2019 and according to sources, she will play the role of Maddie in the film Heavy, which will be released in late 2019.
A veteran in the show business, English actress Lena Headey brought fame to her character and the show by showing the reach of acting talent.
Being one of the antagonists Cersei Lannister from the beginning till the very end of the show, Headey appeared in several films like The Jungle Book, 300, and Ripley’s game before taking on the role of Cersei.
Her performance in Game of Thrones brought her Emmy award nominations on four different occasions, and she was reported to be the highest-paid actress in the history of television along with her four other co-stars.
Headey was also seen in the role of a female wrestler Julia Bevis in Stephen Merchant’s critically acclaimed film Fighting with My Family, which was based on the life of the WWE wrestler Paige.
Lena Headey is aiming to keep active her acting profile, as she is set to give her voice to the character of Maudra Fara in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance along with her co-star in GOT, Nathalie Emmanuel.
Probably the most famous dwarf actor in the world, Peter Dinklage was the first and only choice to play the character of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
Dinklage was the only American actor playing a significant role in the hit TV series and his portrayal of Tyrion brought him both international and critical fame. Dinklage appeared in several TV shows and films with a low budget until he found his calling in the form of Lord Tyrion. He went to win the Emmy Award for the best supporting actor on three different occasions.
When Dinklage rose to fame, he had plenty of opportunities ahead of him, as he appeared in Avengers Infinity War in 2018 as the Dwarf king Eitri.
What is more, Peter has more upcoming projects, as he is set to voice the mighty eagle in The Angry Birds 2 Movie and the Phil Betterman in The Crood 2 movie which is set to be released in 2019.
English actor Kit Harrington played the role of the main protagonist of Game of Thrones and he was lucky enough as he nailed it from his first try!
Harrington’s first acting gig which was also his big break made the character entirely his own through his sheer talent.
GOT shot Harrington to fame, and it wasn’t long enough before he was given more roles, as he joined the cast of ‘How to train your Dragon’ in 2013, where he voiced a former dragon hunter, Eret. The third part of the instalment was released in early 2019, and is now the seventh highest-grossing film of 2019!
Soon after that he also became the face of several fashion brands.
It seems that GOT did not only bring him success and money but love as well, as In the summer of 2018, Kit Harrington married his girlfriend of six years, actress Rose Leslie, who was also his co-star in GOT. After filming his scenes on GOT, Harrington went on to host Saturday Night Live, where his wife also made a surprise appearance.
All that glitters is not gold, as, after the end of Game of Thrones, Harrington came out to the world about his battle with anxiety and depression, and decided to check himself into a wellness centre to work on his anxiety problem.
Before finding fame through Game of Thrones, English actress Emilia Clarke appeared in a British medical soap opera Doctors in 2009, but 2010 was a real game-changer for her, as she was cast in the role of Daenerys Targaryen in 2010.
Little did we know that the mother of dragons was not the showrunners’ first choice!
How could there be GOT without Emilia Clarke? Mind-Blown!
The renowned actress now holds a place amongst the highest-paid actors on television as she is acclaimed by critics and has already been a three-time Emmy Award nominee, for best actress in a Drama Series.
Despite the shortcomings of season eight, she was still particularly praised for her performance as the mad queen Daenerys, bringing her international fame and opportunities. She was seen in the role of Sarah Connor in the Reboot of the Terminator franchise in the movie ‘Terminator Genisys’ in 2015, along with ex-governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, which grossed more than 400 million USD worldwide.
Though not much is happening in the life of Emilia Clarke post GOT, but with her brilliant talent and skill, she is destined to land a significant role shortly and is set to appear as the main lead in a British rom-com Last Christmas, which will during the fall of 2019.