The many-faced characters of Game of Thrones: actors who’ve been recast

The Mountain, Daario Naharis, Myrcella, Tommen, Beric and the Three Eyed Raven have all been played by more than one actor. Looks like Jaqen H'ghar's not the only one who knows how to change his face...

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Game of Thrones has a notorious habit of killing off its characters in brutal ways but the show can also be pretty ruthless when it comes to recasting them.

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All of the following roles have been played by more than one actor – looks like Jaqen H’ghar’s not the only one who knows how to change his face…


Daario Naharis

There was an instant attraction between Daenerys and kick-ass playboy Daario Naharis, as played by Ed Skrein, so you would have thought she’d be a bit miffed when her personal bodyguard returned in series four without his luxuriant, flowing locks but with twice as much body hair. The Khalisi took it all in her stride, though, and Daario now diligently guards her body both day and night…


Gregor “The Mountain Who Rides” Clegane

We’ve seen the man they call The Mountain portrayed by three different actors to date. Gregor Clegane, brother of Sandor “The Hound”, first appeared in series one played by the appropriately sized and appropriately named Conan “The Barbarian” Stevens (ok, I added the Barbarian bit). Not all fans were happy when he was replaced for season two by Ian Whyte, who had the requisite height but not the requisite mountain of muscles. Enter 6ft 9 Hafthor “Thor” Julius Bjornsson, Icelandic athlete and former strong man, who convinced everyone of his credentials by doing this


The Three Eyed Raven

Thrones fans won’t be too upset by the recasting of the Three Eyed Raven. Actor Struan Rodger made a brief appearance as Bran Stark’s mystical tutor at the end of the series four finale and even then he was so covered in cobwebs, twigs and flowing facial hair that you couldn’t particularly make out his face. When the Raven returns – along with Bran – in series six he’ll be played by screen legend Max von Sydow, known for roles in cult classics such as The Exorcist and Flash Gordon and also recently cast in new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. We can only hope he’ll be dressed in his Ming the Merciless costume, as above


Myrcella Baratheon

Cersei’s daughter – and Jaime Lannister’s “niece” – appeared as a minor character in seasons one and two before being shipped off to Dorne. When Jaime visited her in season five she was played by a different actor, Nell Tiger Free, although even her own father uncle didn’t seem to notice. One person who did was Aimee Richardson, the original Princess Myrcella, who had this brilliant response to being recast…


Tommen Baratheon

Growing youngsters are bound to change a bit over time so you might not have noticed that the young Tommen Baratheon (Callum Wharry), seen in series one and two, was replaced in series four by Dean-Charles Chapman. It’s arguably bad luck for Wharry given that Tommen was later crowned king, meaning he’s now sitting on what could have been another actor’s throne. Conspiracy theorists might even think the usurper Chapman had just been biding his time – while Wharry was playing Tommen, Champan was waiting in the background, playing Tommen’s cousin Martyn Lannister…


Beric Dondarrion

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David Michael Scott guest-starred as the Lord of Blackhaven and the head of House Dondarrion in season one. He died at the hands of The Mountain but the next time we saw him, not only was he alive – raised from the dead by Red Priest Thoros of Myr – he was also played by a new actor, Richard Dormer (known to fans of Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude as Sheriff Dan Anderssen) and had become the leader of outlaw band The Brotherhood Without Banners. I guess dying really does change a man…