Homeland’s David Harewood auditioned to play Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

Khal David has a real ring to it, don'cha think?

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Jason Momoa may be Emilia Clarke‘s one and only Khal Drogo but believe it or not, another familiar face actually auditioned to play the most famous (deceased) Dothraki warrior in Game of Thrones – Britain’s very own David Harewood.

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The Homeland and Night Manager star decided to go on a Game of Thrones box set binge this week as he’d *shock horror* never actually watched the series before.

While making his way through series one a thought struck him: He’d actually auditioned to play one of the characters.

It was Khal Drogo’s dialogue that triggered the memory of an audition that hadn’t gone completely to plan. But Harewood had no regrets because just a year later he landed the role we probably know him best for – Estes, director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center in Homeland.

There are clearly no hard feelings because Harewood’s more than happy to indulge in a Game of Thrones marathon.

Keep at it David, you’ve only got a few weeks until season 7 hits TV screens!

And perhaps you can nab another Game of Thrones role in future, in one of the several spin-offs HBO and George RR Martin are thinking about making.

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Game of Thrones season seven will launch on 16th July 2017 US time – in the UK the first episode will air at 2am on Monday 17th July on Sky Atlantic