Before ‘Game Of Thrones’ returns March 31, browse our gallery of the actors & tell us who YOU think looks most unrecognizable out of costume.
Everybody has their favorite Game of Thrones character: There’s Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), the mother of dragons; Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the “bastard”; or even Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), the mean girl of King’s Landing. Yes, you’ve seen your favorite characters a thousand times — but have you ever seen them in real life? You might be surprised to learn just how different they look.
The Ladies: Daenerys, Cersei & More
I’d say the ladies are more unrecognizable out of costume than the lords, especially Emilia and Lena. The brunettes look nothing like their light-haired counterparts, Daenerys and Cersei. Carice van Houten also bears little resemblance to the menacing Melisandre — but maybe that’s just because she actually smiles in real life.
It’s also fun seeing Westeros’ warrior princesses — Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth — out of costume, as Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie look much cuter when they trade their sharpened swords for sharpened heels.
The Lords: Tyrion, Jon Snow & More
The guys of the Game may look pretty much the same, whether they’re in or out of costume, but it’s still fun seeing their real-life personalities shine through on the red carpet. Kit is a lot less grim than Jon, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau looks — OK, fine, he’s still as impossibly handsome and rugged as Jaime Lannister.
Peter Dinklage, meanwhile, looks much better without the scar Tyrion picked up during the Battle of Blackwater — and in the real world, he actually gets the respect he deserves. (Emmy Awards are pretty much the crowns of Hollywood.)
HollywoodLifers, which real-life actor looks most different from his/her Game of Thrones character? Browse the gallery, then vote below!
— Andy Swift