Thursday 27 October 2016

Game of Thrones hits record as largest TV drama simulcast across 173 countries

Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 01/09/2015 | 08:03

Stannis Baratheon and his army move north in series 5 of 'Game of Thrones'
Stannis Baratheon and his army move north in series 5 of 'Game of Thrones'

Game of Thrones has made the Guinness Book of Records for the largest TV drama simulcast.

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This comes after episode two of season five was broadcast in 173 countries simultaneously.

Actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, picked up the award on behalf of the show.

"So pleased for Game of Thrones to be a part of Guinness World Records, I'm not going to tell my step brother as he gets the book every year for Christmas," she said. "I can't wait to see the look on his face."

Singers Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and boyband One Direction have also secured records.

Sheeran's accolade is the "longest time to reach number one" on the UK singles charts. His single, Thinking Out Loud, took 19 weeks to top the charts.

His friend Swift has been awarded the title for most million-selling weeks on the US albums charts.

One Direction, who have announced they are taking a temporary break to pursue solo projects, have six records in the 2016 book.

Among them are most followers on Twitter for a music group, most popular dance game track and most YouTube subscribers for a band.

Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is the highest-earning actress in a current TV series for the third year in a row.

She earned £21.7m (€29.7m) last year and £19.1m (€26.2m) in 2013.

Other achievements from the world of showbiz featured in the book include:

l Highest annual earnings for a model, Gisele Bundchen, with £30.2m (€41.5m) in 2014)

l Most bankable Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt

l Most "liked" person on Facebook, Shakira, with 107,142,986 likes.

"The entertainment industry often provides the fastest-paced changes at the cutting edge of record-breaking, whether it is music downloads, YouTube hits or social media followings," said Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday.

Guinness World Records 2016 is out on September 10.

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