14 shows you probably didn’t realize ‘Game of Thrones’ stars have been on

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Some of the “Game of Thrones” cast have been on popular TV shows.
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BBC

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” premiered in 2011 and has since become one of the most popular series out there.

But before the cast was swinging swords and plotting to rule kingdoms on the iconic drama, they appeared on a handful of other series.

Here are some roles the “GOT” stars had on various other TV shows.


Before playing Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage appeared on “30 Rock.”

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Peter Dinklage on “30 Rock.”
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NBC

Before he played a Lannister, Peter Dinklage appeared on season three, episode seven of the NBC sitcom “30 Rock.”

Dinklage played Stewart LaGrange, a man who Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) mistakes for a child. To hide the fact that she thought he was a child, Lemon asks LaGrange on a date, but the pair ultimately find out that they aren’t a good match.


While playing Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones,” Maisie Williams was on a few episodes of “Doctor Who.”

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Maisie Williams on “Doctor Who.”
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BBC

Maisie Williams played the sword-wielding fighter Arya Stark from 2011 to 2019.

While starring on the hit HBO series she also had a recurring role on the ninth season of “Doctor Who.” Her character was Ashildr, an immortal puppet maker and storyteller.


Before playing Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey starred on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

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Lena Headey on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
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Fox

Many know Lena Headey from her series-long role as Cersei Lannister but, before “Game of Thrones,” she was the star of an action-packed Fox series called “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

Headey played the titular character in the series, which was set after the events of the 1991 film “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.”

The show was short-lived (it ran for two seasons from 2008 to 2009), but it was nominated for multiple Emmy awards.


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also played the lead on a series before starring on “Game of Thrones.”

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on “New Amsterdam.”
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Fox

Before starring as Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was the lead on the Fox series “New Amsterdam.”

The show ran for one season in 2008, and it featured Coster-Waldau as immortal homicide detective John Amsterdam.


While playing Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harington also starred on another HBO series.

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Kit Harington on “Gunpowder.”
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BBC One

In 2017, Harington starred as the lead on a three-part HBO miniseries called “Gunpowder.”

Set in the 17th century, the historical drama follows Robert Catesby (Harington), a nobleman who works with a group of activists to avenge the death of his wife.


Prior to playing the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke briefly appeared on a BBC medical drama.

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Emilia Clarke on “Doctors.”
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BBC

Two years before Emilia Clarke’s breakout role as Daenerys Targaryen, she had a small part on the BBC medical drama “Doctors.”

She appeared on season 11, episode 89, as a young girl named Saskia who confronts her controlling father.


Just before appearing on “Game of Thrones,” Hannah Murray starred on “Skins.”

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Hannah Murray on “Skins.”
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E4

Before she played Gilly on “Game of Thrones,” Hannah Murray made her big debut as Cassie Ainsworth on the British teen show “Skins.”

The ensemble series, which aired from 2007 to 2013, is about a group of rowdy teens as they fall in love, learn difficult lessons, and try to make their own rules.


Before playing Jorah Mormont, Iain Glen was on a season of “Downton Abbey.”

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Iain Glen on “Downton Abbey.”
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PBS

Iain Glen was an established actor prior to being cast as Jorah Mormont on “Game of Thrones.”

He starred in many films and television shows, including series such as “Doctor Who,” “Jack Taylor,” and “Spooks.”

And, in 2011, he had a season-long arc on the popular PBS historical drama “Downton Abbey.”

Throughout season two, he plays the wealthy Sir Richard Carlisle, a newspaper mogul who is set to wed the eldest Crawley daughter, Mary (Michelle Dockery).


While playing Bronn on “Game of Thrones,” Jerome Flynn also appeared on an episode of “Black Mirror.”

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Jerome Flynn on “Black Mirror.”
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Netflix

Jerome Flynn is known for his role as skilled swordsman Bronn on “Game of Thrones,” but you might also recognize him from Netflix’s anthology series “Black Mirror.”

He played Hector on the 2016 episode “Shut Up and Dance,” which is about two men who are being blackmailed by a dangerous, unknown presence.


Jacob Anderson kick-started his career as Grey Worm, but you may recognize him from “Broadchurch.”

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“Broadchurch” aired in 2013.
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ITV

Before he made himself a household named playing Grey Worm on “Game of Thrones,” actor Jacob Anderson had appeared in a variety of projects.

One of his larger television roles was as Dean Thomas on the ITV crime drama “Broadchurch.”

Starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, the series follows a community as it deals with the murder of a young boy the media frenzy that follows.

Anderson appeared on season one of the series, which aired in 2013.


Prior to “Game of Thrones,” Aidan Gillen was known for his work on “The Wire.”

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Aidan Gillen on “The Wire.”
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HBO

Although you may know Aidan Gillen for his role as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, he was a well-established actor prior to “Game of Thrones.”

One of his most notable roles was on another hit HBO show, “The Wire,” where he starred as Mayor Tommy Carcetti for seasons three, four, and five.

The series ran from 2002 to 2008 and took a deep, revealing look into the Baltimore drug scene.


Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark on “Game of Thrones,” did some voice acting on “Family Guy” in 2011.

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“Family Guy” season 12, episode 21.
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Fox

While still playing Bran Stark on “Game of Thrones,” Isaac Hempstead Wright voiced a character named Aiden on the animated Fox sitcom “Family Guy.”

His voice is on season 12, episode 21, which follows Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) as he travels back in time to stop his own conception, only to end up reborn to a completely different family.


Gwendoline Christie starred on a science-fiction series before becoming famous as Brienne of Tarth.

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Gwendoline Christie on “Wizards vs. Aliens.”
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BBC Wales

Gwendoline Christie made her mark as Brienne of Tarth during the second season of “Game of Thrones” in 2012.

Around the same time, Christie was also starring on the BBC Wales sci-fi series “Wizards vs. Aliens” as Lexi, a princess with strategic skills and advanced knowledge of Earth culture.

The show aired from 2012 to 2013.


Before he played Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa got his start on “Baywatch.”

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Jason Momoa on “Baywatch.”
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NBC

Jason Momoa’s performance as Khal Drogo on “Game of Thrones” was short-lived, but this wasn’t his first TV role.

Before starring on the HBO series, he appeared on shows like “The Game,” “Stargate: Atlantis,” and “North Shore.” He actually got his start on “Baywatch,” where he played Jason Ioane from 1999 to 2001.

He also appeared in the spin-off film “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding” (2003).

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