A mystery in TIA
By Fire And Blood on in Rumors, Speculation.

The tenacious UK industry blogger and fact-finder known to us as ScreenTerrier caught our attention with a seemingly random blog post he’d dug up out of thin air. An anonymous actress / insider known as TIA noted in her latest blog post, Family Rituals and HBO, that she is auditioning for a part in a “new series … which is going to be huge.”

It’s for a great part in a new series they’re doing which is going to be huge. The part will be in two seasons, eight episodes altogether. It’s the same producer from the show I was in, what seems like forever ago now, but could still work in my favour.

We, of course, assume that series is Game of Thrones … Mostly because we’re all about Game of Thrones. We’ve been known to be wrong though! On occasion. The bigger mystery is: who the bloody bleep is TIA?

A small bit of diligent snooping has us on the trail of one actress in particular that could most likely be the mysterious “TIA.” She has gone to certain lengths to conceal her identity, so we won’t shout our guess to the world. But neither do we mind giving GoT fans something to do with their time if they so choose; post what you will, we’ll just keep it off the front page.

Fire And Blood: If the series is Game of Thrones, the role in question is a mystery unto itself. Osha would make the most sense, as she appears in the first two seasons, but if HBO is looking into future seasons already, it stands to reason they could be looking to pin a few vital roles down. “Two seasons, eight episodes” could very well be Ygritte, or even Shae (if they aren’t even thinking about season three as yet).

So we have a mystery actress and a mystery role. What’s your guess?


132 Comments

  1. sjwenings
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I have no freakin idea!! Lol. Just had to say it.

  2. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3476654/

    Just a guess.

    She's Tia. She's in London.

  3. Ninepenny
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    On Facebook she is called Marilyn Tia.

  4. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    I think the probability order is:

    1) Shae
    2) Osha
    3) Ygritte

    The * actress in question * has done a spectacular nude scene before (seriously, before this week's TRUE BLOOD went completely insane it was probably the most HBO thing HBO have ever done), so clearly is comfortable with kind of acting. That would be a boon for Shae, whom we usually see in various states of undress.

    I think Osha is next most likely because of her age, as she is somewhat older than Shae. However, Shae's age I don't think is critical to the role. * The actress in question * playing Osha is problematic because she is quite short. This can only work if they make Osha a very different role. Osha also fits the appearance schedule much better than Shae: maybe 8 episodes in two seasons (Seasons 1-2). Shae would have multiple appearances in Seasons 1-3, and we know from the Gendry and Theon castings previousky that they are listing roles based on their appearances in Books/Seasons 1-4.

    Ygritte I don't really see as being likely, as she doesn't appear in the books until the closing pages of A CLASH OF KINGS (Season 2) and then only in the first half of Season 3, probably not 8 episodes' worth of appearances.

  5. spacechampion
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I thought Osha was fairly old.

  6. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Tia Demir was not my guess, as she seemingly does not have the resumé this blogger has. Our "TIA" has to have already worked in a television series with the producer of the show in question.

  7. reedgirl
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Tia Carrere as Melissandre?http://www.telegraphindia.com/1040923/images/23tia.jpg
    (sorry, that’s all I got)

  8. Ninepenny
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Note: Not that that I'm saying that's her name, it seems to be just an expanded pseudonym.

  9. Ninepenny
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    "the director made a comment about Eastenders being a highlight and then proceeded to not even watch as I performed my bit" – so she's previously appeared on Eastenders… well that doesn't really narrow it down but it is at least a start.

  10. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    She is, but again, in order for her to be Osha they'd have to change the role a fair bit anyway, so the age issue could be changed along with that.

  11. spacechampion
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    She speculates in that post that getting the role would send her abroad to film. Is Northern Ireland considered "abroad" from London? "Abroad" sounds farther…

  12. Ninepenny
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Other clue: "My first big break came a few years ago when I was cast in a major HBO series, which was a smash success… slightly more in the US than here but still… anyway the role was awesome but also raunchy, very raunchy!! I was naked, completely naked and romping for a whopping 2 mins on-screen action. Needless to say after all that I was fairly confident that I was on my way, it was a good role, popular show and there was certainly a large sum of fan mail – some slightly less welcome that others, I believe I received some hair in one letter and I don’t think it was from the guys head – but anyway, shortly after that I was cast in a major film with an awesome cast and a great director. This did not require nudity just a bit of kissing (which was nice), and then… well not much…."

  13. Tysnow
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    That last scene in this weeks TB episode was the best of the year atm, I have to say even for a vamp, that's gotta hurt. I would place my money on Osha, as the woman in question does some serious athletics, so she must have a tight hard physique. I always imagined Shae as being softer in physical appearance.

  14. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Yes, most English people (that I know) would consider any trip that involves getting on a boat or plane to fly to another landmass 'abroad'. We don't travel that much ;-)

  15. Emma
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    This sounds like she's describing Rome, which was more successful in the US than in the UK, and certainly had its fair share of raunchy scenes.

  16. reedgirl
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Rose Byrne (‘Troy’ sex scene, Benioff/Weiss producers)? Probably Shae.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Byrne

  17. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Think I got it.

    Sent it to Winter in private for confirmation. Don't want to ruin the fun for anyone else.

  18. reedgirl
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Polly Walker, from HBOs ROME!!

    She played ATIA (Tia).

    Shae for sure! She’s awesome!!!!

  19. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    .Expanding on the post, the actress in question confirms that shooting would begin this year and last until December, which pretty much confirms that it is THRONES and it's definitely a a Season 1 role. So not Melisandre, not Brienne, not Asha Greyjoy and not Ygritte, unless there's been some huge changes to the story.

    So, Shae or Osha. Highly improbable it would be Maege or Dacey Mormont, definitely not Mirri Maz Duur (who would be maybe 2 episodes in 1 season at best), definitely not Jeyne Poole (too old, and Jeyne is not seen after Season 1) and not Mya Stone (1 episode in Season 1 and 1 episode in Season 4, maybe). Can't think of any other female roles that would suit the number of appearances.

  20. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Not exactly a two-minute sex scene with full nudity ;-) Though Rose Byrne would be a good catch for the series.

  21. reedgirl
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    PW had a LONG nude scene in the first season, and lotsa dirty sex too!

  22. Kelsey Catherine Schmitz
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Way too old for Shae. WAY.

  23. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Too old (though still very attractive!) and, much more to the point, contractually obligated to CAPRICA as a regular castmember for the time being. Not her.

    PS Intensedebate now going completely psycho and preventing me from posting until I refresh the screen five times.

  24. Ninepenny
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    What about Alice Henley from Rome?

  25. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Ding! That's who I'm thinking, too.

  26. ttRocky
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Alice Henley maybe? I haven't watched ROME in a while, but she played Octavian's crazy wife, Livia. IMDB says she was on an episode of Eastenders too.
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2466446/

    Oh, hi everyone. I've been lurking here, but I figured now was a god a time as any to join in the fun.

  27. Kelsey Catherine Schmitz
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I think you may be on to something Ninepenny! She seems like a very viable TIA!

  28. ttRocky
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Oops. I meant "good a time" not "god a time" in the above post.

  29. Ryan Cordes
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I think she can pull off the Ygritte look very well, too.

  30. Ninepenny
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Alice Henley had a sex scene in Rome, she's been on Eastenders and her Twitter @palsey regularly retweets @TIAinlondon.

  31. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    She was in Rome and she was in Eastenders.

  32. spacechampion
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Shouldn't it be FaB you send your guess to?

  33. shadallion
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Polly Walker (Attia) is frakking HOT, as hot as any older woman on TV. I actually think she’s probably going for Lysa Arryn.

  34. Kelsey Catherine Schmitz
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    ooops just saw you hit on Alice before Ninepenny's guess. But that is def the conclusion i have drawn too!

  35. Kelsey Catherine Schmitz
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I don't deny she's hot, but she just isn't young enough for Shae.

    Plus, isn't she tied up with Caprica right now? Maybe done in time for a Lysa, but i dunno.

  36. Ryan Cordes
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Nicely done. That has to be it. GoTers never cease to amaze me with their info hunting. :)

  37. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Winter et al were discussing it on Twitter, so I sent it to him. He's good like that.

  38. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Only viable if CAPRICA is cancelled (a decision they won't take until around January, from the sound of it). I also think Walker might decide that the role is either too brief (two brief appearances in two episodes two seasons apart) or too similar to Atia.

  39. poggy
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Sounds about right! Raunchy sex scene from Rome: check. "cast in a major film with an awesome cast and a great director": check (Cronenberg's Eastern promises). Was on Eastenders: check. I think we have a winner.

  40. Ninepenny
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Nice. As to her connection via the "producer"… how about Frank Doelger who is a Producer on GoT and was an Executive Producer on Rome?

  41. Tysnow
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Definitely Henley is a Shae if ever I saw one, and by the way PW is too old for Shae, even though she still is a hot stunning beauty at 45.

  42. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    She was also is Eastern Promises which would count as the High profile movie with a fantastic cast, in the blog post

  43. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Also there's the theatre connection. I think that's it.

  44. Tysnow
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    I could see PW as Lysa, but I don't remember Lysa being in CoK, afterall once Tyrion left the Vale in GoT, Lysa didn't reappear till the wedding with Lord Baelish, if I remember correctly.

  45. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    I think we're getting too good at this…

  46. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    This seems to be Alice Henley's website. She did in fact land the lead in a theatre production. http://www.alicehenley.co.uk/?p=18321

    and her showreel has that kiss she was talking about

  47. dizzy34
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    This is probably Shae. It's a good fit too if it is.

  48. dizzy34
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Yes, it's a little scary…

  49. Ant
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    It's almost certainly Henley. If so…I can't really see her as Osha too easily, Shae would make more sense to me. But I definitely wouldn't discount Osha….I'm just having difficulty seeing it yet.

  50. sjwenings
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow, she's cute! Could work as both Shae and Ygritte. She is 27 years old, so that might make her better suited for Shae, though she looks quite young.

    Two seasons, though…? For the role of Gendry, they're talking about 4 seasons. They are planning for more than the first two seasons, so maybe rather Ygritte, then…

  51. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    We've proven once again that it you post something on twitter we will find you. lol

  52. paulgude
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    *Spoilers*
    Doreah? She’d only be in two seasons.
    *Spoilers*

  53. Ryan Cordes
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    I definitely think Ygritte. Slap on some red hair and she has that "attractive, but not beautiful" look Ygritte pulled well. Her eyes even look to be a tad farther than most, and (correct me if I'm wrong), wasn't that something Jon mentions a lot.

  54. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    that's possible too. hmmm

  55. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Not sure why Polly Walker couldn't play Lysa. Just because she is on one show doesn't mean she can't be on another. Sonya Walger played Penny on Lost and Olivia Benford on Flashforward and Michelle Dixon on Terminator all in the same year. If indeed its Polly and she is going for the role of Lysa, then the scheduling demands for her won't be that grueling at least for the first season. If they bagged her for Lysa that would be a tremendous get.

  56. Hostyl
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I couldn't remember the scene in Rome from when I first watched the show, but given such a bold statement from Adam as "it was probably the most HBO thing HBO have ever done", I felt compelled to search it out.

    There was a little HBO show called "Tell me you love me" which blows that out of the water in terms of being the most HBO thing HBO have ever done.

    That is all.

  57. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Kim Dickens is another busy actress. She plays Matt's mom on Friday Night Lights, Janette Desautel on Treme, Cassidey Phillips on Lost, Kate Stark in Flash Forward and also had time to appear in the blind Side. So yeah scheduling conflicts are something to consider, but just because someone is signed onto one show it doesn't neccesarily mean she can't playt in other series. Lysa seems a role that could easily be wedged inbetween another commitment.

  58. sjwenings
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    That would be correct. She looks a little bit weird – in a good way. Lookswise pretty darn perfect for Ygritte.

  59. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    PS. I really wanted her for Catelyn. With all of her shows ended or cancelled she is likely free now. Too late i guess =)

  60. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    I had not thought of Doreah. If TIA is indeed Alice Henley, that extended sex scene in Rome would have given her plenty of experience where "teaching pillow skills" is concerned.

  61. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Hmm the blog says the actress is on the right side of thirty. While that may technically be true for Polly she's a little more than just to the right (though she's still smokin).

  62. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Chataya?!?

  63. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Its a role that could very easily have some expanded lines as compared witht he books.

  64. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Tia Mowry for Chataya! I kid! (I hope)

  65. PKV
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Mystery as good as solved already? Not cool.

  66. paulgude
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    The impression I get from the post is that nothing’s definite at this point. Hope this doesn’t jinx anything.

  67. Clanglee
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one that thinks that woman looks a bit like an alien? Or michael jackson?

  68. Brude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Best guess so far, I was thinking it had to be a Rome actress. She's got an ideal look for Shae. Might be she can still play younger, despite being almost 30. She's got a very young looking face.

    Kerry Condon is also a possibility, she played Octavia and is the right age, don't remember a particularly extreme sex scene with her, though.

    Indira Varma too old for these clues (but still gorgeous).

    Lindsey Marshal played Cleopatra, but wasn't one of the clues "right side of 30?" I take that to mean no more than 29 – she's 32.

    So yeah, Alice Henley is the best guess, Kerry Condon is #2 possibility.

  69. Brude
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    No chance in hell they are casting Ygritte at this point. She comes in season 2 and they have no reason to be casting that role now. Just not worth their time, they've got enough on their plate.

    The roles can only be Osha or Shae, and assuming it's Henley as it seems, definitely she's up for Shae. EDIT: oh, or Doreah – Doreah is pretty important to Dany's development, she needs her to talk to probably in many scenes. If she's saying just 2 seasons, the role is much more likely to be Doreah. Shae is in 3 seasons.

    Also, guys, she hasn't been cast yet. Her post merely says she has an interview at the end of the week so don't jump the gun on this. She's being considered and she has history working with the channel in the past, so those things look good. But that's all it is right now.

    Also, I hope this popping up doesn't affect her chances. I suppose she would have no way to know how good we are at figuring this stuff out, considering we've been trained through the first round of casting by GRRM's clues.

  70. Brude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    She has an unusual look, Clanglee, it's true. Beautiful, but in an interesting and different way. She reminds me very much of Jane March. Might serve her well playing someone of Valyrian ancestry, as Doreah is – if that's the role she's up for.

    I wonder if she was ever considered for Dany? Maybe she was unavailable at first? Maybe she's just a bit too old, despite her young look? Doreah is supposed to be older than Dany, more experienced in life. I'm 95% convinced that's the role she's up for, not Shae.

  71. Brienne
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    I looked at her after we "got" the actress and immediately thought Ygritte. The post says 2 seasons, not what two seasons. There are other signs they are mapping out more than just the first season- I bet they even shoot some items simultaneously ala Jackson and LOTR. I also have to say this being an adaptation, we have to be more open on when and how characters enter and leave the story and the prominence they play. I have watched True Blood, haven't read the books but have been told by friends of the type of changes that we should be considering. Having Ygritte enter early would not be unheard of.

  72. Romulocks
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    If it is Attia (sp?) from Rome, then she would be a FANTASTIC Lysa Arryn. As a good friend of mine pointed out…she sure does "crazy" well.

  73. paulgude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    There's also the fact that we know for sure they've been sending out casting sides for Doreah and no one's been announced for her yet.

    Take a look at the breakdown over at Tower of the Hand:
    http://www.towerofthehand.com/reference/k/01202/i

    I think that's eight episodes worth of stuff, perhaps.

  74. Brude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    This blogger is not Polly Walker. She said she got her big break in Rome, but Polly Walker's big break came long before Rome. Pick a movie from her early career: Patriot Games, Restoration…several others could have been her "big break."

    Also, Polly Walker is way too established to be blogging and sounding like a still up-and-coming actress. She's got a show on TV currently. This blogger is still trying to make it in the business and talking about auditioning for commercials. If someone wants Polly Walker in a commercial, they would have to pay her a pretty penny for it and she'd be more of a celebrity spokesperson, not just some actor trying to make rent.

  75. About
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Alice Henley… so effing what? what a waste of time.

  76. Mort Effyu
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Alice Henley…

    Sorry but, SO WHAT?

    ugh, what a waste of excitement.

  77. Brude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    No, she doesn't yet have the part at all. She's going in for a meeting to discuss it, maybe read for them.

  78. Brude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Clearly you do not relish the thrill of the hunt nor the joy of the kill.

  79. sjwenings
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Talk about waste…

  80. Chris
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    I think it's Doreah. She mentions filming this year and being busy with that through December… Shae is only in one(?) scene in GoT and that would probably be shot in a day. Plus, Shae is in three seasons and probably more than 8 episodes.

    Osha is the other guess, but the actress you all sleuthed up just doesn't seem like Osha…

  81. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Where are we getting the Rome clues? Sorry I am leaving for Europe (an Rome of all places) and we are doing the packing thing so I am unfocused at the moment. Anyway, if the clues are in fact valid, what about Kerry Condon for Doreah? Its a stretch but you could bastardize Octavia into Tia. She is the right age. She was also in an even more HBO sex scene than Henley with SPOILER her brother in bed.

  82. Mort Effyu
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Oh, the hunt that ended before it began, right… and the kill that was a big 'who cares'.

  83. Lex
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Looks like a perfect Ygritte.

  84. Mort E Fying
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    if you want, I will SJ "I have no freakin idea!! Lol. " Wennings,

    Dry pickings indeed. The next update here will be most likely whatever GRRM posts next.

  85. Mort Effying
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    You people throw around the word 'perfect' whenever too often. I guess this was fun but now that I'm disappointed with this not-yet-casted, depressing struggling actress blog, I am just going to re-read AGOT for the 50th time and cry myself to sleep.

  86. sjwenings
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I wasn't complaining about wasting anything, though. Thats the gigantic difference. My comment was not meant to be plain negative like yours, just a "i'll leave this to the proffesionals" kind of comment.

  87. sjwenings
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    Wait a minute – Ygrittes not in AGOT… Small chance they're auditioning for her now.

  88. Brude
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    TIA is an abbreviation for "Talented International Actress."

    Check the first post in her blog.

  89. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Ygritte won't be in the first season.

  90. Lex
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    I didn't say she was. I'm just saying that Ygritte was listed in the post as one of three possibilities, and this girl looks like a perfect Ygritte IMO.

  91. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I say Doreah – the two season mention tells me so.

  92. LukePham
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    You guys are amazing… I don’t know how you narrowed it down to Alice Henley with the most obscure hints. I swear all of you could find Osama Bin Laden if he had a Twitter account :P

  93. Steven Scott
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Yeah Alice Henley looks almost exactly how I pictured Ygritte. Too bad that is not the role she's up for.

  94. Tyler Metcalfe
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Damn you guys never fail to amaze me, always finding this very quickly. I agree with most, I think she would make an awesome Ygritte, but that probably can't be for now.

    And to whoever said does she look like an alien, not at all, she is good looking.

  95. pualo
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    If anyone wants to see her scene in Rome, just search on Google Video for "alice henley rome" — it's pretty good.

  96. Lex
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink
  97. Lex
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    with official mention of Rickon audition tapes

  98. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Good morning. Yup, I think we have it … both the actress and the role she's considered for. Break a leg!

  99. humusTaster
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink
  100. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    We're pretty much certain our semi-elusive TIA is indeed Alice Henley. Here's her show reel; hopefully it can be viewed by all (YouTube was blocking American viewings).

    Very interesting. This is a pretty damned good actress. I agree the part she's testing for is probably Doreah, who could be a bit of a scene-stealer with Henley's sauciness backing it.

    But add red hair and freckles, and Henley looks almost exactly like I pictured Ygritte. Though probably not so much now that she got her teeth fixed (both Ygritte and early Henley had "interesting" teeth).

  101. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Q to the Brits: which accent is it that pronounces "think" as "fink" …?

    Curious.

  102. Nemo
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Alice Henley would be a wonderful Doreah, I'm sure. It's also amazing how quickly you guys figured out the identity of this TIA

    I wouldn't mind seeing her as Ygritte, though perhaps someone like Natalie Press would be better suited for that role. http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2005_My_Summer_of

  103. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    If I remember the info from my undergrad courses correctly, then Cockney. Spreading in the SE as well … Confirmation by the British? :)

  104. Steven Scott
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    KILL IT WITH FIRE!

  105. LeftHanded Matt
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Yes, mostly a south-east Londoner cockney thing, although it can appear anywhere as a sign of laziness ;)

  106. Screenterrier
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Well, I knew you'd all work it out pretty quickly. Just to add, she has been cast young, her recent children's TV series role was playing a 16 year old.

  107. Carlos
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Definately not Shae; I saw the casting call notes on spotlight a month or so ago (along with Doreah and Bronn). I remember it clearly; Number of episodes (season 1) = 2, First appearance episode 9 & Season Appearances 1-4. The role in questionis more likely Doreah. I remember Doreah definately stated Seasons appearances 1-2 & possibly a mention of 8 episodes.

  108. Carlos
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    correction; season appearence 1-3 for Shae.

  109. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Except that Ygritte doesn't appear in Season 1 and would be in the maybe the last episode of Season 2 and the first few of Season 3. The actress' website also specifically says that filming of the role lasts until this December, so it is a Season 1 role.

  110. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I think it's highly unlikely that HBO would turn one of the very few black characters on the show into a white role.

  111. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    The post specifically says that the role starts filming in the summer and ends in December, so definitely a Season 1 role.

    Having Ygritte show up early is possible, but I'm not sure how. Maybe the producers would include a shot of Mance and Ygritte at the Winterfell feast, she catches Jon's eye, he spends a while thinking about who she could be, runs into her in late Season 2, etc, but that seems pretty contrived. Otherwise there's no real way that Ygritte can appear in Season 1.

  112. Adam Whitehead
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Only if he was auditioning for a role on THRONES ;-)

  113. TPFKA Thoros of Myr
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Shagga? He has the mountain clan thing…

  114. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Good one!

  115. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Easy answer: Mine accent :D, though I am not Brit.

  116. Guest
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    aha, you nailed it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but that nose and eyes to a lesser extent look exactly like Michael Jackson

  117. dizzy34
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I'll say this, when Rome was on, the Rome message boards had some not so kind things to say about her. I think she's perfect for Shae though because I don't think Shae should be some crazy hot model. Not that I don't like crazy hot models, but Shae is a camp following whore, not a Kings landing prostitude. But I don't think this girl is unattractive at all.

  118. Jason
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    It almost HAS to be Doreah, since TIA mentions that the role would take her "abroad" for shooting. If she's currently "TIA in London", I doubt she'd consider moving wherever they are filming in the UK as "abroad" from there. Meaning she'll be filming in Morocco….lasting two seasons….and teaching Dany some pillow lessons. WOW.

  119. Wolf of Dorne
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Funny, after watching her as Atia in "Rome", I really wanted Ms. Walker as Lysa Arryn. She had that crazy mom/middle-aged slut vibe I want for the Lady of the Eyrie.

  120. Nathan Oliver
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I hope so, I enjoyed her on several levels in Rome.

  121. George
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I think she could be a fantastic Melisandre.

  122. George
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I said it up top, but I think she should wait a season and come in as Melisandre.

  123. George
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Cockney and East London (same thing) is the most well-known one, but there might be a couple others like Liverpool and Jordie. It's hard to keep track of them all, there are more regional accents in England than there are in all of North America.

    And no I'm not British, I was born and raised in America, but both my parents are English and I currently live in London.

  124. Carlos
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    correction; It should have read Shagga not Bronn in earlier post

  125. Kyle
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    And Ms. Henley was in the Eastenders. Ms. Condon was not.

  126. @idaft
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Polly Walker would be amazing as Lysa. I love her work, she is a great actress, although her part in Caprica is utter rubbish.

  127. Mogons
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I think Mort Effying might need to check the expiration date on his meds. That thorazine might not be working as intended. Or maybe he just needs a hug.

  128. spacechampion
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    On the TIA blog she says she is suppose to hear back from HBO today… I don't count that as a written in stone promise, but good to see it is suppose to be sooner rather than later. I suppose if she's offered the role then there would be a period of negotiation too. I wonder if that means we won't hear on the blog for a while after — and if she wants to maintain the blog's anonymity then she'll have a hard time with that after the casting is announced. So might TIA continue to blog pretending she didn't get it??? She said she might have thrown out some red herrings too, so maybe the guess she is Alice Henley is wrong, or maybe that is just an attempt to snatch back her anonymity…. That girl likes to play with us. :-) She is evil and I like her.

  129. Jason
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    A little old for Shae

  130. Seras
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    whoever it may have been, she did not get the part
    http://tiahere.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/other-rol

  131. Phoenix_torn
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    My favourite part is "Knowing what they’re going for – which I won’t go into details here because the sherlocks on the scene will work out the actress far too quickly"

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