Among all the scheming, zombie attacks and heart-breaking revelations in this week’s Game of Thrones, it’d be easy to miss the fact that two of Britain’s premiere performers were hidden away in one crucial scene.
Yes, the inaccurate rhyming re-enactment of Game of Thrones’ first season that Arya (Maisie Williams) saw onstage in the latest episode saw not one but two famous faces take a curtain call, most prominently Hot Fuzz’s Kevin Eldon as a comedically buffoonish “Ned Stark” (technically making him the fourth actor to play the role after Sean Bean’s original and Sebastian Croft/Robert Aramayo in flashbacks).
However, you’d be forgiven for not noticing the even more A-list cast member, who spent most of the episode hidden behind make-up – Richard E Grant, star of film and TV projects from Withnail and I to Doctor Who. See, here he is as Robert Baratheon (played slightly less flatulently in Game of Thrones season one by Mark Addy).
As cameos go, these were pretty amazing, and hopefully we’ll see a bit more of their characters in the coming weeks. If not, well, as Grant’s theatre leader pointed out there are no small roles, only small actors, so we’re sure they won’t mind too much.
Game of Thrones continues next Monday on Sky Atalantic at 2am and 9pm