Sunday 22 April 2018

Liam Cunningham says he'll be 'back collecting the dole' when Game of Thrones wraps

Liam Cunningham who plays Sir Davos in ‘Game Of Thrones’. Photo: ©2017 Helen Sloan/HBO
Liam Cunningham who plays Sir Davos in ‘Game Of Thrones’. Photo: ©2017 Helen Sloan/HBO
Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham
Actor Liam Cunningham attends the 18th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Liam Cunningham at the Rehab People of the Year Awards 2016 at Citywest Hotel. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Actor Liam Cunningham attends the premiere of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Liam Cunningham. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Liam Cunningham was another guest at the gala event Picture: Robbie Reynolds
How much? Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos in 'Game Of Thrones', has been quick to pour cold water on reports from LA that stars secured salaries of between €1m and €2m per episode by quipping; 'It's not the civil service'
Liam Cunningham and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
Liam Cunningham in Game of Thrones
Liam Cunningham in Game of Thrones
Liam Cunningham and Deirdre O’Kane at the announcement of the 2018 Ifta nominations. Photo Gareth Chaney, Collins
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Liam Cunningham might star on one of the biggest shows on television, but the actor joked about his future prospects when Game of Thrones wraps.

The Irish actor (56) has made a successful living as a character actor for decades but shot to international prominence thanks to his role as Sir Davos Seaworth in the HBO drama, which he has worked on since 2012.

And with the end in sight, Cunningham joked that his account is just as disappointed that his regularly salary will be ending.

"My accountant is sad, I’ll tell you that, I’ll be back at Hatch 13, Gardiner Street now collecting me dole, now that it’s over," he told the Irish Daily Mirror while announcing this year's IFTA nominees.

Liam Cunningham and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
Liam Cunningham and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

"I am sad, but I always knew it had a beginning, a middle and an end, and the good thing about it is everybody’s who’s been involved their stock has gone up, we’ve had a great showcase for our various talents."

After six years on air together, he is hungry for a new challenge, recognising that the younger cast members in particular have come of age onscreen.

"I think people are now eager to try new projects, if you think about it, it’s been part of people’s lives, the viewers for eight years," he added.

"If you look at the younger cast members like Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) they came on board when they were 13 or 14 years old and they’re in their twenties now.

Liam Cunningham and Deirdre O’Kane at the announcement of the 2018 Ifta nominations. Photo Gareth Chaney, Collins
Liam Cunningham and Deirdre O’Kane at the announcement of the 2018 Ifta nominations. Photo Gareth Chaney, Collins

"It’s kind of weirder for them than it is for me that they’ve almost grown up with the show. It’s been a huge part of my life too."

The final season of Game of Thrones will not air until 2019.

Emilia Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, recently revealed that she and the rest of the cast have been banned from posting any sneak peeks from the set on social media.

"We have a very strict social media ban this year because people need to stop spoiling it for everyone. It's really frustrating." she said.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

And even the stars of the show don't know how the final series will play out as producers have taken drastic measures to stop the ending being leaked.

Emilia said: "They've written a number of different endings. So none of the cast know what the actual ending is. If there's ever a leak of any kind, don't believe it because it's probably not true."

The first six seasons of 'Game of Thrones' had 10 episodes, but in 2017 the seventh season had only seven, and now fans have been left waiting for a final season of just six instalments.

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