Nonso Anozie cast as Xaro Xhoan Daxos

There was some more Game of Thrones casting news released today. Via, we learn that British actor Nonso Anozie will be playing Xaro Xhoan Daxos.

HBO’s given us wee scoop: the indentity of Qartheen merchant-prince Xaro Xhoan Daxos, who will provide Daenerys shelter and support in the ancient, decadent city of Qarth… For a price.

Cast in the role is British actor Nonso Anozie (Facebook page), a noted theatre actor who set a record for the youngest actor to play the part of “King Lear” in a professional production (at the age of 22 or 23), and won the Ian Charleson Award in 2005 for his performance in the titular role in the Cheek by Jowl production of “Othello”.

Winter Is Coming: An interesting choice. He doesn’t match the description given Xaro in the book. But having pale skin isn’t a huge deal to the character or to the Qartheen people in general. As Elio notes, as long as they keep all Qartheen looking similar to avoid the criticisms leveled at the casting of the Dothrakis, I am fine with the change. And Anozie seems a talented actor who fits the HBO mold. Welcome to the cast Nonso!

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