A few years ago, many streamers and fiction fans pondered why everyone in the fantasy universe, like Game of Thrones, communicates in British accents.
GOT specifically targeted the American audience, and it is possible that many British people may not even know about the show, so what with the English accent.
Experts believe that an exotic yet comprehensible accent is required to transport the audience in the fantasy realm, and a British accent does this job perfectly.
Therefore, if the shows feel British to you, then it was supposed to be that way. However, a couple of days ago, while streaming movies on HBO Max in the UK, I stumbled upon Game of Thrones and wondered if there was any actor of British descent or just an American imitating a British accent?
That’s the whole reason for writing up this post. So, check out the list of 5 Game of Thrones actors who are actually British.
1. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
Talented British actor Emilia Clarke played the role of everyone’s favorite Mother of Dragons (before she gets mad), Daenerys Targaryen. Despite being a little filmy byline, Emilia successfully grabbed the role and nailed the Khaleesi part.
Emilia was born and raised in London and started her acting career with the British TV series “Doctors,” and after a couple of flicks, she hit the jackpot by casting in the blockbuster HBO TV series.
Besides GOT, she has also appeared in notable films, including Terminator Genisys (2015), Me Before You (2016), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
2. Rory Mccann (The Hound)
Often appeared in forgettable roles, Rory Mccann makes his presence felt by playing one of the most mysterious characters of Hound in the Game of Thrones. The eccentricities and badassery of his role quickly made him the fan-favorite.
Mccann belongs from Scotland has appeared in several British movies and TV series. However, post GOT, he started getting roles in mainstream Hollywood flicks such as xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Jumanji: The Next Level.
3. Nathalie Emmanuel (Miassandei)
Nathalie played the role of Miassandei, the loyal and kind counsel of Daenerys Targaryen, which instantly became the fan-favorite primarily due to the decency Emmanuel puts in the role. She was born in England and garnered fame for portraying Sasha Valentine in the British TV show Hollyoaks.
Nathalie has now appeared in multiple Hollywood movies, including Fast and Furious7, The Fate of the Furious, The Titan, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
4. Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
[Spoiler Alert] The rightful heir of the throne, Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen), is played by British-born Kit Harington. Jon Snow might know nothing, but Harington definitely knows how to allure the audience with his groundbreaking performance. Kit has a successful theater background, but Game of Thrones is his first and significant on-screen role.
Harington has not appeared in any notable role since Game of Thrones. Nonetheless, his fans are excited to see him in Marvel’s Eternals as Dane Whitman/Black Knight, releasing on Disney Plus in November 2021.
5. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
Sansa Stark is one of the beloved and exceptionally well-written GOT characters that matured beautifully over time, and it is played by the gorgeous Sophie Turner.
Born in Northampton shire, England, Sophie Turner first appeared on-screen with Game of Thrones and quickly charmed her way into fans’ hearts. Now, she is a part of the successful X-men franchise, playing Jean Grey / Phoenix in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019).
Other British Actors on Game of Thrones
• Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
• Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
• Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
• Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
• Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
• Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
• John Bradley as Samwell Tarly