Do You Recognize These GoT Characters IRL?

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For the past 8 seasons, Game of Thrones has created such a vast and detailed universe, that it is sometimes hard to imagine that it is only a fictional television show brought to life by real-life actors. More impressively, the make-up and costume departments for the show have done such an amazing job that it is often difficult to recognize the actors once they have left the fictional world of Westeros and re-entered our real world. And by all accounts, even the most evil and vile characters on the show are actually just lovely people in real life. Test whether you can recognize these Game of Thrones actors in real life!

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1. Who is this?

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  1. Ned Stark
  2. Samwell Tarley
  3. Jon Snow
  4. Rhaegar Targaryen
Jon Snow is portrayed by English actor Kit Harrington. IRL, he is married to Rose Leslie, the English actress who plays his on-screen love, Ygritte.
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2. Who is this?

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  1. Ygritte
  2. Missandei
  3. Melisandre
  4. Sansa Stark
Ygritte is portrayed by English actress Leslie Rose. IRL, she is married to Kit Harrington, her on-screen love, Jon Snow.
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3. Who is this?

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  1. Jon Snow
  2. Robb Stark
  3. Theon Greyjoy
  4. Ramsay Bolton
Robb Stark is portrayed by Scottish actor Richard Madden. IRL, you may also have seen Richard most recently in the lead role on Netflix's Bodyguard.
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4. Who is this?

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  1. Catelyn Stark
  2. Arya Stark
  3. Talisa Maegyr
  4. Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys Targaryen is portrayed by English actress Emilia Clarke. IRL, Emilia is a brunette!
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5. Who is this?

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  1. Cersei Lannister
  2. Brienne of Tarth
  3. Margaery Tyrell
  4. Catelyn Stark
Catelyn Stark is portrayed by Irish actress Michelle Fairley. IRL, you may have also seen Michelle in third season of USA Network's Suits.
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6. Who is this?

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  1. Bronn
  2. Tyrion Lannister
  3. Gendry
  4. Petyr Baelish
Tyrion Lannister is portrayed by American actor Peter Dinklage. IRL, Peter worked at a data processing center for 6 years before pursuing his acting career.
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7. Who is this?

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  1. Samwell Tarley
  2. Daario Naharis
  3. Jeor Mormont
  4. Tommen Baratheon
Samwell Tarley is portrayed by English actor John Bradley. IRL, John roots for Manchester United.
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8. Who is this?

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  1. Tywin Lannister
  2. Ned Stark
  3. Stannis Baratheon
  4. Roose Bolton
Ned Stark is portrayed by English actor Sean Bean. IRL, Sean still has his head on straight.
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9. Who is this?

pinguino @ Flickr // CC BY 2.0
  1. Yara Greyjoy
  2. Olenna Tyrell
  3. Ellaria Sand
  4. Cersei Lannister
Cersei Lannister is portrayed by English actress Lena Headey. IRL, Lena also portrayed Sarah Connor in the TV version of The Terminator.
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10. Who is this?

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  1. Varys
  2. Khal Drogo
  3. Jamie Lannister
  4. Tormund Giantsbane
Jamie Lannister is portrayed by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. IRL, Nikolaj made his American film debut in Black Hawk Down in 2001.
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11. Who is this?

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  1. Shae
  2. Ygritte
  3. Sansa Stark
  4. Margaery Tyrell
Sansa Stark is portrayed by English actress Sophie Turner. IRL, Sophie is engaged to Jonas Brother, Joe.
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12. Who is this?

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  1. The Waif
  2. Arya Stark
  3. Ros
  4. Osha
Arya Stark is portrayed by English actress Maisie Williams. IRL, Maisie's full name is Margaret.
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13. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Podrick Payne
  2. Theon Greyjoy
  3. Jojen Reed
  4. Tommen Baratheon
Theon Greyjoy is portrayed by English actor Alfie Allen. IRL, Alfie is the brother of singer Lily Allen.
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14. Who is this?

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  1. Olly
  2. Hot Pie
  3. Bran Stark
  4. Pyp
Bran Stark is portrayed by English actor Isaac Hempstead Wright. IRL, Isaac is studying neuroscience at University of Birmingham.
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15. Who is this?

Verónica Paz @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Joffrey Baratheon
  2. Loras Tyrell
  3. Kevan Lannister
  4. Jojen Reed
Joffrey Baratheon is portrayed by Irish actor Jack Gleeson. IRL, Jack is a really sweet guy.
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16. Who is this?

Sachyn Mital @ Wikimedia // CC BY-SA 3.0
  1. Margaery Tyrell
  2. Shireen Baratheon
  3. Brienne of Tarth
  4. Cersei Lannister
Brienne of Tarth is portrayed by English actress Gwendoline Christie. IRL, Gwendoline also played a Stormtrooper in two recent Star Wars movies.
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17. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Khal Drogo
  2. Grey Worm
  3. Thoros of Myr
  4. Beric Dondarrion
Khal Drogo is portrayed by American actor Jason Momoa. IRL, Jason is husband to Lisa Bonet and step-father to Zoë Kravitz.
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18. Who is this?

Sachyn Mital @ Wikimedia // CC BY-SA 3.0
  1. Osha
  2. Doreah
  3. Ygritte
  4. Melisandre
Melisandre is portrayed by Dutch actress Carice van Houten. IRL, Carice has a son with Australian actor Guy Pearce.
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19. Who is this?

Katrin Neuhaus @ Wikimedia // CC BY 3.0
  1. Robert Baratheon
  2. Stannis Baratheon
  3. Barristan Selmy
  4. Renley Baratheon
Stannis Baratheon is portrayed by English actor Stephen Dillane. IRL, Stephen studied the Russian Revolution at the University of Exeter.
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20. Who is this?

Sachyn Mital @ Wikimedia // CC BY-SA 3.0
  1. Shae
  2. Missandei
  3. Ellaria Sand
  4. Meera Reed
Ellaria Sand is portrayed by English actress Indira Varma. IRL, Indira also portrayed the wife of Idris Elba's character in HBO's Luther.
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21. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Sansa Stark
  2. Shireen Baratheon
  3. Myrcella Lannister
  4. Margaery Tyrell
Margaery Tyrell is portrayed by English actress Natalie Dormer. IRL, Natalie has also played roles in other American franchises, such as Captain America and The Hunger Games.
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22. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Shae
  2. Melisandre
  3. Missandei
  4. Talisa Maegyr
Missandei is portrayed by English actress Nathalie Emmanuel. IRL, Nathalie has also performed on stage in a West End production of The Lion King.
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23. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Jaqen H'ghar
  2. Grandmaester Pycelle
  3. The High Sparrow
  4. Davos Seaworth
Davos Seaworth is portrayed by Irish actor Liam Cunningham. IRL, Liam originally pursued a career as an electrician at age 15.
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24. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Samwell Tarley
  2. Ramsay Bolton
  3. Gregor Clegane
  4. Theon Greyjoy
Ramsay Bolton is portrayed by Welsh actor Iwan Rheon. IRL, Iwan is also a songwriter and singer who has released several albums.
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25. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. The Night King
  2. Daario Naharis
  3. Bronn
  4. Grey Worm
Grey Worm is portrayed by British actor Jacob Anderson. IRL, Jacob is also a rapper and musician who goes by the stage name Raleigh Ritchie.
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26. Who is this?

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  1. Myrcella Baratheon
  2. Yara Greyjoy
  3. Meera Reed
  4. Gilly
Yara Greyjoy is portrayed by British actress Gemma Whelan. IRL, Gemma is also a professional dancer specializing in tap and jazz.
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27. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Shae
  2. Gilly
  3. Osha
  4. Ros
Gilly is portrayed by English actress Hannah Murray. IRL, Hannah earned an English degree at Queen's College, Cambridge.
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28. Who is this?

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  1. Ygritte
  2. Arya Stark
  3. Osha
  4. The Waif
Osha is portrayed by English actress Natalia Tena. IRL, Natalia is close personal friends with fellow GoT actor, Oona Chaplin, who portrayed Talisa Maegyr.
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29. Who is this?

Gage Skidmore @ Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. The High Sparrow
  2. Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
  3. Varys
  4. Roose Bolton
Varys is portrayed by Irish actor Conleth Hill. IRL, Conleth has a full head of hair.
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30. Who is this?

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  1. Bronn
  2. Hodor
  3. Hot Pie
  4. Meryn Trant
Hodor is portrayed by Irish actor Kristian Nairn. IRL, Kristian is also a progressive house DJ.
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