They’re famous now for being in Game of Thrones, but what did the cast of HBO’s swords-and-boobs smash do before George RR Martin’s books were adapted? Well, a whole bunch of stuff, some of it terrible, some of it hilarious.
This isn’t going to be some IMDB-ish resource; below you’ll simply find one example of a standout/hilarious role that some of the main actors played before Game of Thrones. One role that, for the most part, is nowhere near as cool as the one they’re playing now.
Not every big star is here! The younger kids, for example, haven’t had the time to embarrass themselves in cheap British TV series. Yet.
And no, Joffrey isn’t here. Everyone knows he was in Batman. Ditto for Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell) and Star Trek. As for Sean Bean, well, his reputation precedes him.
Played the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1990)
Played General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Played Michael “Lurch” Armstrong in Hot Fuzz (2007)
Played Katherine in The Jungle Book (1995)
Played King Lot in Excalibur (1981)
Played Brendan in Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Played Glen Foy in the Goal trilogy (2005-09), three of the worst films ever made.
Played Gary Gordon in Black Hawk Down (2001)
Played Dave Horsefall in The Full Monty (1997)
Played Paddy Garvey in Soldier Soldier (1991-97). This cover was released and went to number one in the UK. Really.
Played Captain Ryan in Dog Soldiers (2002)
Played Miles Finch in Elf (2003)
Played Eddie in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (S4E01 1999)
Played Sibel Güner in Head-On, an award-winning German film (2004).
Played Lord Nelson Rathbone in Shanghai Knights (2003)
Played Emma Peel in The Avengers (1965-68)