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This is the fourth photo series from Game of Thrones I’ve put up, and the second comparing the actors as they appear in GoT with a (usually earlier) role they’ve had. Last week took us from Peter Dinklage [Tyrion Lannister] and Lena Headey [Cersei Lannister] with 36 appearances apiece, down to a four-way tie at 26 episodes between Alfie Allen [Theon Greyjoy/Reek], Charles Dance [Tywin Lannister], Jack Gleeson [Joffrey Baratheon], and Rory McCann [Sandor “The Hound” Clegane]. This week we’ll round out the top twenty-five actors on the show, based on number of appearances. We begin with:


Number 13 (Tie):
Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark (25 episodes)

Michelle Fairley in Hidden Agenda (1990)

Michelle Fairley in Hidden Agenda (1990)


Michelle Fairley at the Red Wedding, in S03E09 "The Rains of Castamere"

Michelle Fairley at the Red Wedding, in S03E09 “The Rains of Castamere”


Number 13 (Tie):
Isaac Hempstead Wright – Bran Stark (25 episodes)

Isaac Hempstead Wright in The Awakening (2011)

Isaac Hempstead Wright in The Awakening (2011)


Isaac Hempstead Wright at Craster's Keep

Isaac Hempstead Wright at Craster’s Keep


Number 13 (Tie):
John Bradley – Samwell Tarly (25 episodes)

John Bradley in Borgia (2011)

John Bradley in Borgia (2011)


John Bradley in S04E09 "The Watchers on the Wall"

John Bradley in S04E09 “The Watchers on the Wall”


Number 16 (Tie):
Aidan Gillen – Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (24 episodes)

Aidan Gillen in Queer as Folk (1999)

Aidan Gillen in Queer as Folk (1999)


Aidan Gillen in S04E07 "Mockingbird"

Aidan Gillen in S04E07 “Mockingbird”


Number 16 (Tie):
Conleth Hill – Lord Varys (24 episodes)

Conleth Hill in Blue Heaven (1992)

Conleth Hill in Blue Heaven (1992)


Conleth Hill with Pedro Pascal

Conleth Hill with Pedro Pascal


Number 18:
Jerome Flynn – Bronn (22 episodes)

Jerome Flynn (upper left) in The Fear (1988) - Bonus: Iain Glenn (Ser Jorah Mormont) is in the middle

Jerome Flynn (upper left) in The Fear (1988) – Bonus: Iain Glenn (Ser Jorah Mormont) is in the middle


Jerome Flynn in S04E07 "Mockingbird"

Jerome Flynn in S04E07 “Mockingbird”


Number 19 (Tie):
Richard Madden – Robb Stark (21 episodes)

Richard Madden (on the far right) in Complicity (2000)

Richard Madden (on the far right) in Complicity (2000)


Richard Madden in S03E09 "The Rains of Castamere"

Richard Madden in S03E09 “The Rains of Castamere”


Number 19 (Tie):
Julian Glover – Grand Maester Pycelle (21 episodes)

Julian Glover in Five Million Years to Earth (1967)

Julian Glover in Five Million Years to Earth (1967)


Julian Glover in S04E08 "The Mountain and the Viper"

Julian Glover in S04E08 “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 19 (Tie):
Mark Stanley – Grenn (21 episodes) – A Game of Thrones original, here’s Mark at a promotional appearance:

Mark Stanley out of costume

Mark Stanley out of costume


Mark Stanley in S04E09 "The Watchers on the Wall"

Mark Stanley in S04E09 “The Watchers on the Wall”


Number 22 (Tie):
Gwendoline Christie – Brienne of Tarth (20 episodes)

Gwendoline Christie in Wizards Vs Aliens (2012)

Gwendoline Christie in Wizards Vs Aliens (2012)


Gwendoline Christie in S04E07 "Mockingbird"

Gwendoline Christie in S04E07 “Mockingbird”


Number 22 (Tie):
Sibel Kekilli – Shae (20 episodes)

Sibel Kekilli in Head-On (2004)

Sibel Kekilli in Head-On (2004)


Sibel Kekilli in S04E06 "The Laws of Gods and Men"

Sibel Kekilli in S04E06 “The Laws of Gods and Men”


Number 22 (Tie):
Ian McElhinney – Ser Barristan Selmy (20 episodes)

Ian McElhinney in  (1981)

Ian McElhinney in Cowboys (1981)


Ian McElhinney in S04E08 "The Mountain and the Viper"

Ian McElhinney in S04E08 “The Mountain and the Viper”


Number 22 (Tie):
Kristian Nairn – Hodor (20 episodes) – Again, an actor whose first gig was Game of Thrones. Here’s Kristian in a concurrent role:

Kristian Nairn in Ripper Street (2012)

Kristian Nairn in Ripper Street (2012)


Kristian Nairn in S04E05 "First of His Name"

Kristian Nairn in S04E05 “First of His Name”

That wraps up the second batch of Game of Thrones actors, former and current. It’s kind of fitting that Littlefinger and Lord Varys have had the same number of appearances, seeing as how they seem to be manipulating most of the great goings on in King’s Landing. Stay tuned for the next edition, which will include fan favorites such as Margaery Tyrell, Podrick Payne, and King Robert’s bastard, Gendry.

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