Before They Were Famous: Game Of Thrones Stars Then And Now

If you’ve ever seen Kim Kardashian’s pre-fame pictures, you’ll know what money can do to a person’s appearance. Last year revealed what the Game of Thrones cast looked like before they were famous and the results ranged from totally cute to super cringe…


You know that ugly duckling period most of us went through as teenagers? Well, apparently Kit Harington was immune to it. It seems the English actor was always destined to play moody Jon Snow in the series, and while pre-Thrones he might have had a little less hair, that dreamy smoulder was clearly a birth-given gift from the gods.


Don’t let the cuteness fool you, Maisie Williams has proven herself to be a total badass since taking on the role of Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. The 19 year old actress has become a firm favourite among fans and has managed to survive 7 seasons of the show.


Young Lena Headey looks like that girl everyone wanted to impress in High School. Lena, who plays Cersei Lannister in the show, always had an elegant air of the formidable about her that has only increased with age.



Kristian Nairn, AKA Hodor, hails from right here in Northern Ireland and if you’ve ever been to Belfast’s Kremlin nightclub you might have caught him dropping some tunes on the decks. The resident DJ now tours the globe, probably hoping that old photos like this never surface on the internet. Sorry Kristian.


Personally, I don’t think Jack Gleeson has changed all that much since finding fame as Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones. The Irish actor has some pretty distinctive features and he will forever be known as the most vile brat-King in Fantasy television.


Emilia Clarke may be a natural brunette but she rocks Daenerys Targaryen’s blonde wig. She has recently reverted to darker locks for her role in the film “Me Before You”, and while fame may have made her a Khaleesi she has always been gorgeous.



Aww. Sansa Stark, played by British actress Sophie Turner, was a right cutie before blossoming into a beautiful young woman during the course of the series. Who knew the redhead was a former blonde?



Oh Tyrion. Channeling 80’s retro hair and sporting an unimpressed glare, fan favourite Peter Dinklage was definitely working the trends of the decade. Thankfully the GoT production team have chosen to leave the mullet in the past where it belongs.



Blooming ‘eck. Sean Bean, who played the late Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, wasn’t always a gravely-voiced acting legend. Like a fine wine, age has only served to improve his looks and cool-factor.



The big man himself George R. R Martin, author of the books on which Game of Thrones is based, always looked like a scheming genius. As much as enjoys torturing his fans by killing off almost every single character we love, George is the reason for GoT mania across the globe. Long may he reign.




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Abby Williams
Belfast based author/writer specialising in entertainment, mental health and human interest.