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Only two more episodes to go in Season 4, one tonight and the wrap-up next Sunday. Tonight, in anticipation of the penultimate episode (which airs in just a few hours), I’m putting up the second in my series of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors who make the characters we love to love, and love to hate even more.

The characters have been through a lot in these four years – those that are still alive, that is. When actors get associated with such iconic and bigger-than-life characters like those created by George R.R. Martin, it’s easy to forget that they had careers before the show we know them for. Below the break you’ll find a bunch of before and after photos of the stars of Game of Thrones, the first shot from an earlier (or sometimes concurrent) role, and the second from the HBO series. Rather than doing it in alphabetical order, I’m going to follow number of appearances in the show, based on their stats at IMDB. Without further ado, we begin with…


Number 1 (Tie):
Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister (36 episodes)

Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent (2003)

Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent (2003)


Peter Dinklage in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Peter Dinklage in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 1 (Tie):
Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister (36 Episodes)

Lena Headey in "The Remains of the Day" (1993)

Lena Headey in The Remains of the Day (1993)


Lena Headey in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Lena Headey in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 3 (Tie):
Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen (33 Episodes)

Emilia Clarke in Doctors S11E89 (2009)

Emilia Clarke in Doctors S11E89 (2009)


Emilia Clarke in S04E08 "The Mountain and the Viper"

Emilia Clarke in S04E08 “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 3 (Tie):
Maisie Williams – Arya Stark (33 Episodes) (This is technically not a “then-and-now” shot, as Maisie’s first role was as Arya – this is a shot of her from a British series running concurrently, showing her in a different role.)

Maisie Williams in The Secret of Crlckley Hall (2012)

Maisie Williams in The Secret of Crlckley Hall (2012)


Maisie Williams in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Maisie Williams in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 5 (Tie):
Kit Harington – Jon Snow (32 Episodes) – Yet another actor who debuted on Game of Thrones, here’s Kit in another one of his projects.

Kit Harington in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)

Kit Harington in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)


Kit Harington Season 4

Kit Harington Season 4


Number 5 (Tie):
Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark (32 Episodes) – And another – Game of Thrones has certainly given as a new crop of up-and-comers!

Sophie Turner in Another Me (2013)

Sophie Turner in Another Me (2013)


Sophie Turner in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Sophie Turner in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 7:
Iain Glen – Ser Jorah Mormont (31 Episodes)

Iain Glen in Mountains of the Moon (1990)

Iain Glen in Mountains of the Moon (1990)


Iain Glen in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Iain Glen in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 8:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister (28 Episodes)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Nightwatch (1994)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Nightwatch (1994)


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 9 (Tie):
Alfie Allen – Theon Greyjoy/Reek (26 Episodes)

Alfie Allen in Elizabeth (1998)

Alfie Allen in Elizabeth (1998)


Alfie Allen in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Alfie Allen in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 9 (Tie):
Charles Dance – Tywin Lannister (26 Episodes)

Charles Dance in For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Charles Dance in For Your Eyes Only (1981)


Charles Dance in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Charles Dance in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 9 (Tie):
Jack Gleeson – King Joffrey Baratheon, The First of his Name (26 Episodes)

Jack Gleeson in Batman Begins (2005)

Jack Gleeson in Batman Begins (2005)


Jack Gleeson in S04E02, "The Lion and the Rose"

Jack Gleeson in S04E02, “The Lion and the Rose”


Number 9 (Tie):
Rory McCann – Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

Rory McCann in The Book Group (2002)

Rory McCann in The Book Group (2002)


Rory McCann in S04E08, "The Mountain and the Viper"

Rory McCann in S04E08, “The Mountain and the Viper”

There you go – the top twelve actors by number of appearances in Game of Thrones, showing us another side of their acting careers. Look for further “Then-and-Now” articles in the future – twelve actors is only the tip of the iceberg in a show as massive as this one.

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  1. […] Game of Thrones, Actors Then and Now: Part One – The Top Ten+2 (by Appearance) […]

  2. Alia says:

    I expected to see a picture of Michael Armstrong (Yarp!) for Rory McCann’s earlier work. I watched Hot Fuzz one night right after GoT and was so sure I had seen him in something…when I finally figured it out my tiny mind was BLOWN.

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