Back in July we learned that Mark Gatiss had become the latest British star to land a part in HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. But there was no news at the time as to which of author George RR Martin’s many and varied characters he’d be playing. Well now we know.
Potential plot spoilers follow
The Sherlock star and co-creator will take on the role of Tycho Nestoris, a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos. Nestoris appears in the fifth and sixth of Martin’s novels – A Dance with Dragons and The Winds of Winter – arriving in Westeros in search of Stannis Baratheon in order to negotitate repayment of a debt owed by the Iron Throne. Nestoris lends ships and money to Jon Snow in return for guides from the Night’s Watch taking him to Stannis.
Gatiss’s character, described in the books as tall, gaunt and wearing a long, thin beard, may be a relatively small part given the short amount of filming required of him. His identity was revealed via the actor’s online profile at agent Curtis Brown.
Game of Thrones adds yet another heavyweight cult TV series to Gatiss’s acting CV – as well as co-creating Sherlock, he plays the detective’s brother Mycroft, while his Doctor Who writing credits are accompanied by a starring role as scientist Professor Richard Lazarus in series three episode The Lazarus Experiment.