At the Comic Con tonight a slew of season three roles were announced (a few of them we have learnt about already earlier). Here is the video shown at today’s panel which features some of those new cast members.
After the break, a full rundown of all the announced season three cast with headshots and brief descriptions of their characters.
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell. Also known as “The Queen of Thorns,” Lady Olenna is the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and is, in many ways, the true leader of their powerful family. The actress is best known for her role as the iconic Emma Peel in “The Avengers,” and for playing Teresa di Vincenzo in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Rigg won an Emmy in 1997 for her role as Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca.”
Mackenzie Crook as Orell. A wildling raider, Orell is a “warg” or “skinchanger,” with the ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions. Crook is best known for playing offbeat characters such as Gareth in the original UK version of “The Office” and the pirate Ragetti in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.
Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully. Known far and wide as “The Blackfish,” Brynden is a famous knight and the uncle of Catelyn Stark. He quarreled bitterly with his brother, Lord Hoster Tully, and the two were estranged for many years. Russell is a mainstay in British film and television, appearing in dozens of productions in the last forty years. Recently he appeared as Captain Tanner in the Guy Ritchie “Sherlock Holmes” films.
Nathalie Emannuel as Missandei. Originally from the peaceful island of Naath, Missandei was sold into slavery as a child, along with her brother. She received education in various languages and became a translator to the slave trader Kraznys in Astapor. Emmanuel played Sasha Valentine on the British soap opera “Hollyoaks” from 2006-2010.
Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, the only child of Stannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions. The young actress won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2012, after playing the starring role in “Matilda.”
Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr. A key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, he is a Red Priest, in service of the Lord of Light, and originally hails from the Free City of Myr, in Essos. The British comedian is best known for creating the character of Dennis Pennis on “The Sunday Show.”
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark. The 22-year-old actor starred in the films “Nanny McPhee” and “Love Actually” as a child, and he voices the role of Ferb on “Phineas and Ferb.”
Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed. The eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist, Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north. Kendrick starred in the 2009 BBC adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and has appeared in “Being Human” and “Upstairs Downstairs.”
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion. Once the lord of Blackhaven and a celebrated warrior, Lord Beric has now become the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of vigilante outlaws. Dormer wrote and starred in the one-man play “Hurricane,” and played the lead in the film “Good Vibrations,” the story of Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley.
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. A famed wildling warrior and chief lieutenant of the “King Beyond the Wall,” Mance Rayder, Tormund is fearsome and strong, with a large build and a beard to match. The Norwegian actor co-starred in the 2011 version of “The Thing,” and will be appearing in “After Earth,” a new film by M. Night Shyamalan.
Philip McGinley as Anguy, an extremely skilled archer and key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners. The actor is best known for playing Tom Kerrigan on the British soap “Coronation Street” and recently had a role in the movie “Prometheus.”
Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon. The wife of Stannis Baratheon, Selyse spends much of her life in seclusion, shut away in a gloomy tower. A veteran of British television, Fitzgerald played Kat Ashley in “The Virgin Queen” and starred as Eve Lockhart on the show “Waking the Dead” and on its spinoff, “The Body Farm.”
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully. The younger brother of Catelyn Stark, Edmure has recently become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death. Menzies has worked with HBO before, appearing as Brutus on “Rome.” He’s starred in several British shows over the last few years, including “Eternal Law,” “The Shadow Line,” and “The Deep.”
Anton Lesser as Qyburn, a former maester of the Citadel, who was stripped of his chain many years ago. Lesser has performed many roles with Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared as Exeter in the Henry V portion of “The Hollow Crown.” Recent TV roles include Gideon on “Primeval” and Clarence Fendley in “The Hour,” co-starring Oona Chaplin.
Hear Me Roar: Lots to discuss here, I know you are all excited. Mind that this is not the ultimate list, there may (will) be further roles and actors announced down the line.