Australian actress Essie Davis joins Game of Thrones season 6 as a member of a travelling theatre company

The Babadook actress will join newcomers Richard E Grant and Ian McShane as an actress who plays Cersei Lannister in a stage play mirroring the world of Westeros

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Another day, another Game of Thrones casting has emerged. This time it is Australian actress Essie Davis who has been given the role of an actress in a satirical play poking fun at the grisly world of Westeros.

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Davis, who has enjoyed roles in the two Matrix sequels and 2014 Australian horror film The Babadook, has been filming the role of an actress in a theatre troupe that stages a play in Braavos about the bloody world of Westeros and the death of Robert Baratheon, according to reports.

The character she plays mocks the debauchery of Lena Headey’s Queen Cersei which is likely not to please the notoriously testy aristocrat who was forced to endure the ‘Walk of Shame’ at the end of season five.

Her casting in the HBO fantasy drama was originally leaked after fans of the series posted photos from the set online.

Davis joins an increasingly glittering list of new faces in the drama which will also see Ian McShane, Pilou Asbaek and Freddie Stroma swell the acting ranks.

Asbaek, who starred in recent BBC4 Scandi import 1864, will play vicious pirate Euron Greyjoy with Harry Potter star Stroma cast as Dickon Tarly, younger brother of John Bradley’s likeable and bookish Samwell Tarly.

Veteran Swedish movie star Max von Sydow has been cast as the three-eyed raven – the mysterious visitor to Bran Stark’s dreams – with the nature of the roles filled by McShane and Richard E Grant also still a closely-guarded secret.

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The new season is expected to air in the UK on Sky Atlantic in Spring 2016.