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13 Game of Thrones Actors Who You Never Knew Starred in Video Games (And Four You Probably Did)

Game of Thrones Actors Who Appear in Video Games

Telltale Game of Thrones

The long wait is finally over: the final season of Game of Thrones has landed on our TV screens.

Are you excited? Of course you’re excited. But also a little sad. While season eight is set to be the best yet, it’s also the last. That means our time with Jon Snow, Daenerys, Tyrion et al is drawing to a close. But that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye entirely to the cast we’ve grown attached to over the last eight years.

While the output of official Game of Thrones video games has been rather poor, quite a chunk of the cast has featured on your PC or console at some point or another. Some are more well-known or obvious, but we were surprised at some of the entries – and the number of games that seemingly attempted to hire the entire cast (Mass Effect: Andromeda, we’re looking at you.)

Let’s start with the obvious ones, shall we?

Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

It’s no secret that everyone’s favourite Lannister was originally cast as Ghost in Destiny. But if you picked Destiny up for the first time in the last three years, you’d never know. You see, his lines were re-recorded by none other than Nolan North. Because, you know, he’s not got enough video game work these days. Poor Dinklage. For the record, Pete, we think you did a fine job as Ghost.

You can still hear Peter’s fine voice acting work in two movie tie-in games: Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games from 2012, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian from 2008. Unsurprisingly, he also did Tyrion’s voice work in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.

Sean Bean (Ned Stark)

Being from our ‘neck of the woods’ as they say around here, we’re big Sean Bean fans. Aside from puddings and terriers, he’s one of the most famous things to come out of Yorkshire, and despite many massive film and TV roles, he’s still found plenty of time for a spot of voice acting in some pretty high profile video games.

For starters, he’s the narrator in Civilization VI. He’s also the Narrator in Kholat, an atmospheric horror game about the Dylatlov Pass incident. And because he narrates stuff so well, Bean’s also the Guide in Papa Sangre II, a mobile horror game that released in 2013. More recently, he starred in Hitman 2 as Agent 47’s target, Mark Faba.

More impressive is Bean’s role as Emperor Martin Septim in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Septim even looks a bit like Sean. If you squint. And turn the brightness of your screen way down. And maybe just close your eyes altogether.

Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

Kit Harington famously starred in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare back in 2016, as Admiral Salen Kotch. Harrington’s likeness was also used for the villain, creating a character that looked just too much like the bastard we all know and love to be truly unlikable.

Aiden Gillen (Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish)

Since a large portion of the game was live action, it was rather hard to miss Aiden Gillen’s role in Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break back in April 2016. His likeness in the video game sections was rather uncanny too – although his character, Paul Serene, was missing Littlefinger’s famously awful sometimes-Irish-sometimes-not accent.

Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)

Ah, the evil Lannister father. Charles voiced Emhyr var Emreis in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, who, ironically enough, has a lot in common with Mr. Lannister. They’re both highly aggressive leaders for one, with intelligence and cunning in droves. They both even have a very similar, somewhat evil, look about them. Only one of them got shot by their son while having a poo though – any idea which?

That’s not all, either. More recently, Dance also featured in Black Ops 4: Dead of the Night, voicing Godfrey. We reckon there’s plenty more space for his brand of cunning villain in video games, though.

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)

Lena Heady, famous for playing Game of Thrones‘ Mother of the Year, Cersei Lannister, has lent her voice to a few video game characters. Although she wasn’t in the game, she voiced Lunafreya in Kingsglaive, the Final Fantasy XV film prequel (which also starred Ned Stark!).

Game-wise, Headey has voiced Callista Curnow in Dishonored, who’s something of a polar opposite of Cersei Lannister. Callista is quiet and reserved, and Cersei is… well… a fan of murdering anyone who wrongs her. Headey’s also provided a number of voices in Risen: Patty, Cathy, Jasmin and Lily.

Kristian Nairn (Hodor)

Considering Kristian Nairn’s lines in Game of Thrones consisted of hodor… HODOR… and HODOR!!!, it’s hard to imagine him delivering anything else. But, apparently, he has. Nairn featured as part of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor‘s voice cast, voicing several characters. He’s also the namesake of a recruitable human found in Shadowmoon Valley’s Lunarfall. Who knew.

Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)

Brienne of Tarth is ultimately kick-ass, and therefore Gwendoline Christie, the gal who plays her, is too. Seeing that Christie played Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s not too much of a surprise to learn she also voiced the character in Star Wars: Battlefront II and the LEGO version in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s always pretty cool when the real voice actors work on a game, too – especially the LEGO version.

Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell)

Game of Thrones character Oberyn Martell is most famous for having his head crushed by Gregor Clegane. (Not the most pleasant way to go, even in an episode of GoT – but you can rest easy knowing that it’s actually scientifically impossible to suffer a similar fate in real life.) Pedro Pascal, the man behind the skull crushee, only has one video game voice acting credit to his name: a rather nasty chap called Paolo in Dishonored. He’s the leader of the Howlers gang in Karnaca, and a cursed hand he’s in possession of grants him immunity from at least one death a day. So unless his skull gets crushed twice before sundown, he should be safe to avoid the same fate as poor Oberyn.

Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)

Natalie’s the first of three Game of Thrones stars to be credited for voicework on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Talk about a cast reunion! She voices the 275 year old Asari doctor, Lexi T’Perro. Unlike Margaery, Dr. Lexi is known for her compassion. She also doesn’t die in a burning inferno of green wildfire, because deep space is infinitely a safer place to live than King’s Landing.

Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)

While Liam doesn’t have any voice acting credits to his name yet, he is said to be working on the upcoming Squadron 42, a single player standalone title to accompany epic space game Star Citizen. Cunningham’s set to voice Captain Noah White, and Squadron 42 apparently has a lot of big names on the cast list – Ser Davos isn’t the only Game of Thrones name to pop up!

Richard Madden (Robb Stark)

Poor Robb. Such a bright future ahead of him, and then the Red Wedding happened… and well… we all know what came next.

Richard Madden hasn’t done a great deal of video game work, but the credit he does have is a pretty impressive one: he voiced Alucard in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. From King of the North to an immortal vampire; not bad, eh?

Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton)

Remember Roose Bolton? The horrible man that fathered once-bastard Ramsey Bolton, the fruit of his loins? The man who was murdered by said fruit of loins? Yeah, him.

Michael McElhatton, the man behind the evil, provided his voice for a character in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag: Vance Travers. He’s a member of the West Indies Brotherhood of Assassins, leading the bureau in Nassau. Or at least he was, until Edward Kenway came along and assassinated his ass for fraternising with Templars. Tut, tut.

Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow)

Welsh Jonathan Pryce is a pretty prolific actor, with well over 100 acting credits to his name. He’s still found time to do a bit of voice work here and there though, offering his talents to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, where he voiced Field Marshall Robert Bingham. He also voiced Governor Weatherby Swann in the video game spin-off of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, a character he reprised several times in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)

No-one else on this list has quite as many video game voice credits to their name as Gemma Whelan does, the British actress who plays Yara, Theon Greyjoy’s sister. Like Liam Cunningham, she’s set to appear in the supposedly upcoming Squadron 42.

She’s another to have appeared in Mass Effect: Andromeda, voicing Pathfinder Raeka. Her other credits include Eldar in Dawn of War III, Igeyorhm in Final Fantasy XIV and Terrwyn in Soul Sacrifice. Whelan’s also offered additional voices to Dragon Age: Inquisition and Guitar Hero Live. Some pretty impressive credits.

Faye Marsay (The Waif)

It’s somewhat hard to believe, but the scruffy-looking sourfaced girl who spent her days battling Arya with a stick in Game of Thrones is the very same actress who plays ultra streetwise mechanic Amy in 2015’s Need for SpeedGot to hand it to her, Faye Marsay is one hell of a diverse actress.

Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand)

Dornish Ellaria Sand is a bit of a badass. Alright, a lot of a badass, seeing as she killed Doran Martell as he sat on his throne. But this is Game of Thrones; death should never come as a surprise. Actress Indira has lent her voices to three games, being the third on this list to also work on Mass Effect: Andromeda. She voiced both Moshae Sjefa and Sloane Kelly, both of whom are pretty badass too in their own way. Moshae as a scientific genius, and Sloane as a criminal outcast.

Indira’s also voiced Katherine Proudmoore in Battle for Azeroth, a female commander in Dirty Bomb, Vivienne in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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