Game of Thrones: the UNcast

by kcalle94 | created - 10 Jun 2015 | updated - 04 Oct 2017 | Public

This is essentially a list of people that should have been and still be cast in Game of Thrones.

1. Mark Strong

Actor | 1917

British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.

Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...

as Stannis Baratheon (Let's be honest, as much as we somewhat liked Stephen Dillane as Stannis, Mark Strong would have been better. Also the fact that he's played bad guys before, he could naturally be seen in that light because of the decisions Stannis makes)

2. Ray Stevenson

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at ...

as Victarion Greyjoy Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet (While he originally went for the role of Robert Baratheon; and would have taken a slightly darker tone such as being depressed after taking the Iron Throne, he would be fantastic as a Greyjoy.)

3. Lily James

Actress | Cinderella

Lily James was born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson in Esher, Surrey, to Ninette (Mantle), an actress, and Jamie Thomson, an actor and musician. Her grandmother, Helen Horton, was an American actress. She began her education at Arts Educational School in Tring and subsequently went on to study acting at...

as Jeyne Westerling (Stark) (I didn't really like the fact that her family betrayed Robb along with the Boltons and the Freys. But I really would have like to see Jeyne and Robb meet and "do the dirty". As much as I like the romance between Robb and Talisa, the fact that they made a love story is just stupid. They made Robb look like a jack-ass whereas in the books, Robb tries to be much like his father and does what he believes is the right decision.)

4. David Oakes

Actor | Vikings: Valhalla

David Oakes is a British actor who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated in 2007. He is represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant Inc.

Before training professionally as an actor he studied at Manchester University where he received a first class degree in English and Drama. David ...

as Raynald Westerling (I would really like to see some interaction between Raynald and Robb, like Robb is trying to replace him with Theon after his betrayal)

5. Robbie Kay

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Robbie Kay was born on September 13, 1995 in Lymington, Hampshire, England, UK. He is an actor, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Once Upon a Time (2011) and Fugitive Pieces (2007).

as Edric Storm (I can totally see him playing the kid. Edric doesn't have a real role in the books, but I can see him as the obnoxious kid who brags about the cool mom/dad he has)

6. Izzy Meikle-Small

Actress | Never Let Me Go

Izzy Meikle-Small was born in March 1996 in Hove, East Sussex, England, UK. She is an actress and producer, known for Never Let Me Go (2010), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) and Private Peaceful (2012).

as Shireen Baratheon (recast) (Izzy had gone after the role of Sansa Stark but didn't get the part. While I don't hate the performance of Kerry Ingram, Izzy might've done a better job at portraying the sweet and sympathetic Shireen)

7. Rupert Friend

Actor | Hitman: Agent 47

Rupert William Anthony Friend is a British actor, screenwriter, director, and lyricist. He first gained recognition for his roles in The Libertine (2004) and Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005), both of which won him awards for best newcomer. He portrayed George Wickham in Pride & Prejudice (2005)...

as Willas Tyrell

8. Sam Heughan

Actor | Outlander

Sam Roland Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. When he was 5 years old, he and his brother and mother moved to the area of the city-New Galloway. Sam grew nearby Kenmure castle, where he and his brother played as children. An accomplished stage and ...

as Garlan Tyrell "Garlan the Gallant" He would've been either Loras Tyrell or Renly Baratheon. It's only fitting if not them, then be the most bad-ass of the Tyrell brood; the better warrior than Loras and less of an arrogant gloryhound

Alternative casting choice: Hugh Dancy

9. Tom Weston-Jones

Actor | Warrior

Tom was born to parents Nick and Irma on June 29 1987 in Burton-on-Trent in the English West Midlands. He has two siblings, sister Bethan and brother Ben. His parents were drama teachers at the school in Dubai where he and his siblings were educated. He was in a school production of "Blood Brothers...

as Lazy Leo Tyrell

10. Will Tudor

Actor | Game of Thrones

William James Sibree Tudor was born on April 11 1987, in London to two doctors and comes from a medical family, at one time considering following in his parents' foot-steps. Brought up in the Stratford-upon-Avon area Will read English at Leicester University graduating in 2008, and it was here, ...

as Harrold "Harry" Hardyng "Harry the Heir" "The Young Falcon" (Mostly because he seems to match the pure physical description of Harry at the moment. If he wasn't so busy playing a man-whore, I could definitely see him portraying the young brash cousin of the Lord of the Eyrie

11. Max Minghella

Actor | The Handmaid's Tale

Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor and filmmaker. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, the son of choreographer Carolyn Choa and the late Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. He is the half-brother of Hannah Minghella, who has also worked in film.

Minghella is a former ...

as Prince Quentyn Martell (It kinda annoys me that they have not included the Dornish plot. Chris is one of my favorite actors and I think that he would do a fairly decent job in portraying him)

12. Yolanthe Cabau

Actress | Polis Akademisi: Alaturka

Yolanthe was born on March 19, 1985 on the Balearic islands of Ibiza. She has a Spanish father and a Dutch mother. She moved to the Netherlands when she was 5 years old and had most of her upbringing there. At the age of 16 Yolanthe started her acting career.

In 2001 She starred in the "School TV" ...

as Princess Arianne Martell (She is EXACTLY how I pictured Arianne to look like!)

13. Ben Hardy

Actor | X-Men: Apocalypse

Ben Hardy was born Ben Jones on 2 January 1991 in England, United Kingdom. He grew up in Sherborne and attended The Gryphon School.

Ben starred in The Judas Kiss (1998) play, written by David Hare, in 2012 and played the character Arthur Wellesley, a member of the hotel staff. The play was held in ...

as Gerris Drinkwater I can see totally him as the brash, confident and headstrong companion of Quentyn

14. Christian Antidormi

Actor | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Christian Antidormi was born on May 20, 1992 in Sydney, Australia. He is an actor, known for Spartacus (2010), Strike Back (2010) and Home and Away (1988).

as Maester Kedry

15. Ed Speleers

Actor | Downton Abbey

Ed Speleers was born on April 7, 1988 in Chichester, England, UK. He is an actor and producer, known for Downton Abbey (2010), Outlander (2014) and Wolf Hall (2015).

as Cletus/Archibald Yronwood I actually liked the Quentyn Martell storyline and a condensation of the these two characters being alongside Quentyn would be cool

16. Jessica Brown Findlay

Actress | Brave New World

Jessica Brown Findlay is an English actress. She is known for Emelia Conan-Doyle in the British comedy-drama Albatross (2011), Winter's Tale (2014), This Beautiful Fantastic (2016) and Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey (2010). She also starred in the TV series Misfits (2009) and mini-series ...

as Bella Rivers (I found that part in the book to be kinda funny, and honestly, I think it would be kinda funny to see Arya give like a scowl or retch/gag at Bella making a pass at Gendry

17. Kate Bracken

Actress | Calibre

Kate Bracken is known for Calibre (2018), Being Human (2008) and Killing Eve (2018).

as Mya Stone (I really would like to see the friendship presented between Sansa and Mya)

18. Mitch Hewer

Actor | Behaving Badly

Mitch Hewer was born on July 1, 1989 in Bristol, England, UK. He is an actor, known for Behaving Badly (2014), Britannia High (2008) and Skins (2007).

as Edrick "Ned" Dayne (I really wanted to see the interaction between Edrick and Arya, and a potential rival for Gendry; as it kinda seems like they're both romantically interested in her in some way. Not to mention, bring back the majority of the Skins cast!)

19. Michael Malarkey

Actor | Project Blue Book

Michael Malarkey was born on June 21, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is an actor and composer, known for Project Blue Book (2019), The Oath (2018) and The Vampire Diaries (2009). He has been married to Nadine Lewington since June 6, 2009. They have two children.

as Sigorn, Magnar of Thenns (He's just got a really intimidating look about him that would make him perfect as a Thenn)

20. Kathryn Prescott

Actress | Skins

Kathryn Prescott (born 4 June 1991 in London, England) is an English actress best known for her role as Emily Fitch in the double BAFTA-winning teen drama Skins (2007). Prescott was born in Palmers Green, London, and is six minutes older than her twin sister Megan Prescott. Prior to professional ...

as Alys Karstark

21. Eline Powell

Actress | For Elsie

Eline Powell is a Belgian actress. Powell was born in Leuven, Belgium. She has a brother. When she was in high school she participated in theater classes. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2011 with a BA degree in acting, with special skills in ballet, Hip Hop, Flamenco, ...

as Jeyne Poole (Its really *beep* up and strange that they gave her plot to Sansa. But overall, she's a pretty good actress and seems close as to how she is described. And assuming that Sansa and Jeyne are the same age, she's about Sophie Turner's age)

22. Craig Horner

Actor | See No Evil

Craig Horner was born on January 24, 1983 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for See No Evil (2006), Legend of the Seeker (2008) and Once Upon a Time (2011).

as Soren Shieldbreaker

23. Tabrett Bethell

Actress | Dhoom:3

Tabrett Bethell is a talented Australian film, television, model and theater actress. Prior to her acting career, she worked as a cheerleader for the NRL (National Rugby League) Cronulla Sharks. She was also a model for the Chadwick Model Agency in Australia. Bethell trained at Australia's Leading ...

as Val "The Wildling Princess" (Same with Arianne Martell; she's exactly how I imagined her to be)

24. Rupert Young

Actor | Doc Martin

Rupert Young is an English actor best known for his role as Sir Leon in the medieval fantasy fiction series, Merlin.

Though acting from a young age, Rupert has often praised his drama teacher for encouraging him to study at drama school. In order to raise the funds, he took on a number of jobs ...

as Addam Marbrand

Addam is regarded as a close companion to Jaime and a skilled commander in the Lannister army. I would've liked to see a camaraderie between him and Jaime

25. Thomas Law

Actor | The World's End

Thomas Law was born on 17th December 1992 in Hertfordshire, England. His first TV appearance was a minor role in four episodes of Casualty in 2005. His most notable role to date is that of Peter Beale in the popular soap opera EastEnders, taking over the role from James Martin. Thomas played the ...

as Josmyn Peckledon "Peck" (Jaime's newest squire who he tries to instill the concepts of chilvary and bravery a knight must have. I'd really like to see a sidekick-like dynamic between the two)

26. Jamie Bamber

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

Jamie Saint John Bamber Griffith known professionally as Jamie Bamber, is a British actor, known for his roles as Lee Adama in Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin in the ITV series Law & Order: UK. He also had a supporting role as 2nd Lt. Jack Foley in the HBO miniseries Band of...

as Daven Lannister He's one of the actual good Lannisters in the books and one of the most kick-ass and interesting.

27. Travis Fimmel

Actor | Warcraft

Travis Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia, to Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer. He was raised on a 5500-acre farm located between Melbourne and Sydney. Until the age of seventeen, his life was spent at school and working on the family farm, ...

as Aurane Waters "Bastard of Driftmark" "Lord of the Waters"

28. Robert Sheehan

Actor | The Umbrella Academy

Irish actor Robert Sheehan was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, the son of Joseph and Maria Sheehan. His father was a member of the Garda Síochána, the police force of the Republic of Ireland. As a child, Sheehan was interested in performing music. He learned how to play the banjo, the bodhrán, ...

as Satin Flowers I just like Sheehan and I honestly think that they missed out on a really great character and the friendship he has with Jon Snow

29. Saffron Burrows

Actress | You

Saffron Burrows, known for her work in critically acclaimed films, this fall reprises her role in the hit Netflix show YOU, season 3. Burrows previously starred in the Golden Globe winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. In 2019 Burrows directed the short films: Michael & Indigo, starring Jason...

as Taena Merryweather "Taena of Myr"

30. Pana Hema Taylor

Actor | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Pana Hema Taylor is known for Spartacus (2010), Boy (2010) and Dirty Laundry (2016). He was previously married to Danielle Cormack.

as Andrey Dalt Knight of the Lemonwood

31. Anna Shaffer

Actress | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Anna Shaffer was born on March 15, 1992 in London, England, UK. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

as Sylva Santagar

32. Reece Ritchie

Actor | The Lovely Bones

Reece Ritchie was born on July 23, 1986 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, UK. He is an actor, known for The Lovely Bones (2009), Hercules (2014) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010).

as Daemon Sand "The Bastard of Godsgrace"

33. Tamzin Merchant

Actress | Carnival Row

Tamzin Merchant is a British born actress, writer and director. She grew up in Dubai and was cast in her first professional role as Georgiana Darcy in Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice (2005). She attended The University of Cambridge to read Education Studies and continued to develop her career as...

as Tyene Sand While not disagreeing on the original casting choice, Tamzin is a blonde and is rather known for being able to portray the supposedly sweet and innocent girl

34. Michelle Lukes

Actress | Strike Back

Michelle Lukes is a mixed race, British actress from London. She trained at Bristol Old Vic and graduated in 2007 winning the Newton Blick award for versatility. Michelle is best known for playing Series Regular Sgt Julia Richmond in the HBO/Sky production 'Strike Back', and Lisa Torres in the BBC ...

as Sarella Sand

35. Ivana Baquero

Actress | El laberinto del fauno

Ivana was born in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated High School at The American School of Barcelona.

She got her big break in 2006 when Guillermo Del Toro cast her as the lead in his critically acclaimed fantasy thriller "Pan's Labyrinth." The role of Ofelia was originally intended for an ...

as Elia Sand "Lady Lance"

36. Christian Cooke

Actor | Love, Rosie

Christian Louis Cooke was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. He began his acting career at the age of 10 when he appeared in a production of Bedazzled at the Bingley Arts Centre. His first television appearance was in a commercial for Birds Eye beef burgers. His career has progressed from ...

as Qarl the Maid or Tristifer Botley The Ironborn are some of my favorite characters and having Yara's Ironborn lover or childhood crush explored in the show would be decent at best.

37. Jack Donnelly

Actor | Atlantis

Jack Donnelly is a British actor, writer and director. He trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. He is best known for his roles in BBC's 'Atlantis', feature films 'FriendsGiving', 'United We Fall' and 'Slayers'.

In 2021 he wrote, directed and starred in the award winning short ...

as Qarl the Maid or Tristifer Botley The Ironborn are some of my favorite characters and having Yara's Ironborn lover or childhood crush explored in the show would be decent at best."

38. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

as Tom O' Sevenstrings

39. Danny Dyer

Actor | The Football Factory

Danny Dyer was born in the Custom House area of east London, England, on 24th July 1977. Danny was spotted at a Sunday Drama School for underprivileged kids, in Kentish Town, by the agent Charlotte Kelly who got him an audition for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime ...

as Donal Noye Typically cast as the "hard man", he could bring out the vast potential this character has to offer from humbling Jon Snow to giving his assessment about the Baratheon brothers

40. Tom Wisdom

Actor | 300

Tom Wisdom was born on February 18, 1973 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK. He is an actor, known for 300 (2006), The Boat That Rocked (2009) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008).

as Iron Emmett Emmett is a really skilled swordsman and is something of a friendly rival to Jon; it would have been great to see that.

41. Alex Pettyfer

Actor | Magic Mike

Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire and raised in Windsor. His mother, Lee (Robinson), is an interior designer. His father, Richard Pettyfer, is a fellow actor. His parents divorced and Alex now has a younger half-brother, James, from his mother's re-marriage to a property ...

as Mychel Redfort

42. Brenock O'Connor

Actor | Game of Thrones

Brenock O'Connor was born on April 9, 2000 in Sackville Road, Worthing, West Sussex, England, UK. He is an actor, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Dickensian (2015) and Alex Rider (2020).

as Devan Seaworth

He would have done a much better role as Davos's third youngest son; squire to King Stannis and friend (possible crush) to Shireen Baratheon

43. Sam Claflin

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level ...

as Justin Massey(?)

(He could definitely bring out Justin's playful teasing and mockery as well as being as serious as can be when the situation calls for it)

44. Jack O'Connell

Actor | Unbroken

Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and ...

45. Brian Cox

Actor | Succession

Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish ...

46. Dominic West

Actor | The Wire

Dominic West was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Chicago (2002), 300 (2006), The Affair (2014) and The Forgotten (2004). He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have ...

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