Fantasy shows are ‘banning’ Game of Thrones stars from auditioning

Ian Beattie, who played Kingsguard knight Ser Meryn Trant, says certain casting calls include the message 'No Game of Thrones actors'

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark (YouTube)

There are no doubt plenty of benefits to scoring a gig on HBO’s flagship fantasy series Game of Thrones. Worldwide recognition, filming on location, the chance to play dress-up for a living…

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But it seems bagging one of the show’s coveted roles could threaten your chances of landing certain other parts, with one star claiming that some series in similar genres are ‘banning’ Thrones actors from auditioning due to fears that they are too strongly associated with the HBO show.

Speaking at MCM Comic-Con Birmingham, actor Ian Beattie (who played the extremely nasty Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones) revealed that he would not have been able to audition for an unnamed show “based on a video game” because he’d starred in Game of Thrones.

“It’s quite unusual because there was another show, that I’d rather not name if you don’t mind, which was auditioning. It’s based on a video game and I can’t remember if Amazon or Netflix were doing it. But at the bottom of the casting call: ‘No Game of Thrones actors’,” Beattie said.

“And that’s not the first time that’s happened,” he continued. “And I’m thinking, there’s some pretty bloody good actors in Game of Thrones. What the heck? But they did not want any form of brand recognition. That’s to do with the identity of the show. This is obviously a show that sees itself as a Game of Thrones-type show.

“It isn’t out yet, it’s being made I think as we speak. So they obviously don’t want any crossover whatsoever, which is fair enough. I won’t be watching it, but OK.”

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The final series of Game of Thrones will air on 15th April at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV