Saturday 23 September 2017

Which Game of Thrones character was a Baywatch hottie and which appeared in Ballykissangel?

Meet the Game of Thrones cast in their early roles

Jason Mamoa in Baywatch Hawaii
Jason Mamoa in Baywatch Hawaii
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke in BBC series Doctors
Danaerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
Natalie Dormer has known how to rock a period costume from day one.
Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones
Diana Rigg in The Avengers
Actor Patrick Macnee, with Avengers co-star Diana Rigg (TV Times/PA)
Diana Rigg in Game of Thrones
Lena Headey in Ballykissangel
Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
Jack Gleeson in Batman Begins
Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey
Aidan Gillen in Circle of Friends
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones
Rory McCann in Hot Fuzz
Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in Game of Thrones. Photo: Getty
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They have a stunning body of work between them but some of the Game of Thrones cast's early roles might surprise you...

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa, who plays the formidable Khal Drogo, is hardly recognisable as a short-haired clean cut and rather more svelte Baywatch hottie.

Hawaiian actor Momoa (36) was cast as Jason Ioane in Baywatch Hawaii when he was a baby-faced 19 year old.

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Jason as a baby-faced 19 year old in Baywatch Hawaii

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Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

Someone's been working on their bulk.  Jason in Game of Thrones.

Lena Headey

Headey has accumulated a towering body of TV and movie work since 1992.  In 1996 she even bagged a role in Irish set TV series Ballykissangel.  Credited as Lena Heady she played Jenny Clarke in one episode, The Things We Do For Love.

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Lena Headey in Ballykissangel

It's Cersei Lannister in pink cashmere in rural Ireland

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Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

And Cersei before she lost her luscious locks.

Emilia Clarke

One of British actress Emilia's first roles was in an episode of BBC TV series Doctors in 2009 when she was just 22.

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Emilia Clarke in BBC series Doctors

Playing a teenager called Saskia in Doctors

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Danaerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

And as the blonde Daenerys in Game of Thrones.

Natalie Dormer

We've seen her in The Tudors, Elementary, The Riot Club, and The Hunger Games among myriad other roles, but one of her first big gigs was as Victoria in Casanova in 2005.  She was 23.

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Natalie Dormer has known how to rock a period costume from day one.

Natalie has known how to rock a period costume from day one.

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Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones

Not much has changed in fairness

Dame Diana Rigg

English actress Diana Rigg started out as Emma Peel in hit 60s TV series The Avengers before becoming a theatre legend.  She also played a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969.

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Diana Rigg in The Avengers

In The Avengers

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Diana Rigg as Teresa di Vicenzo
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 1969

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Diana Rigg in Game of Thrones

As the formidable Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson

Before he was the murderous young King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, Gleeson played an adorable little blonde boy in Batman Begins. 

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Jack Gleeson in Batman Begins

Aw, bless.

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Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey
 

Somebody needs a slap.  Gleeson as the late not-so-great tyrant, King Joffrey.

Aidan Gillen

Long before Love/Hate, The Wire, and even Queer as Folk, Aidan appeared in an episode of The Bill.  In the absence of a shot from that gig from 1993, here he is playing Aidan Lynch two years later in Circle of Friends.  That's a whopping 21 years ago. 

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Aidan Gillen in Circle of Friends

Channelling a young Dustin Hoffman in Circle of Friends.

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Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones
 

And the curly mop is still intact as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones.

Rory McCann

He's a towering 6'6" tall and the Glaswegian actor was a rather imposing presence in Hot Fuzz back in 2007 when he played a supermarket teller.

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Rory McCann in Hot Fuzz

A slightly more follicly-challenged Rory in Hot Fuzz.

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Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in Game of Thrones. Photo: Getty

Only marginally more terrifying as The Hound in Game of Thrones

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