In a fantasy world, the appearance of characters is quite different to that of the contemporary, real world. Wigs, prosthetics, coloured contacts and more are used to make over the actors of HBO’s Game of Thrones into their onscreen counterparts. Here is a list of twenty actors who look completely different in real life to how their look on the silver screen.
20 – Varys
Conleth Hill – the Irish actor who portrays the Spider, Varys – unlike many actors on HBO’s Game of Thrones does not wear any facial prosthetics or a wig, but he does though don a bald head. Hill has thick grey hair and a moustache, whereas Varys is bald headed and clean shaven.
19 – The Hound
The Scottish actor Rory McCann who portrays The Hound – one of the most dangerous fighters in Westeros – dons a shoulder length wig, facial hair prosthetics and special effects facial make up in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The Hound’s onscreen appearance creates a severe dissimilarity to McCann’s balding head, light stubble and unburnt face.
18 – Septa Unella
The English actress, Hannah Waddingham, who portrays Septa Unella – the woman who marched Cersei Lannister, naked, through the streets of Kings Landing while crying out ‘shame’ – starkly contrasts her onscreen character on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Waddingham had well styled, honey blonde hair, a made up face and is stylish in figure fitting outfits whereas her on screen counterpart has her hair covered under her headdress, is plain faced and wears loose fitting, conservative grey attire.
17 – Leaf (Children of the Forest)
Kae Alexander, the Japanese actress who portrayed Leaf – the leader of the Children of the Forest – wore yellow contacts, full body prosthetics and a greyish green wig on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Alexander endured a procedure that latest between nine and ten hours to be transformed into Leaf.
Her off screen appearance contrasts sharply with that of Leaf’s because she has long, black hair, tanned skin and wide dark eyes.
16 – Wun Wun
Welsh actor Ian Whyte, who portrayed Wun Wun – the wildling giant – wore a big foam body suit and silicone rubber prosthetic makeup on his head on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Whyte – while being very tall in real life at the height of seven foot, eleven inches – is slenderly built, has short dark brown hair and a slim face.
15 – Osha
Though the English actress, Natalie Tena, who portrays Osha – the wildling woman who cares and guards Bran and Rickon Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones – does not put on any facial prosthetics or even a wig, she does look completely dissimilar from her on screen character.
Tena often has well styled hair, a made-up face and a cool style of attire whereas Osha has wild hair, a grimy face and shabby clothes.
14 – Yara Greyjoy
Unlike the actresses who portray the other queens in Westeros, Gemma Whelan – the English actress who portrays Yara Greyjoy, the supposed to be rightful Queen of the Iron Islands – does not wear a wig on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Whelan has a lightly made up face, sleekly styled hair and femininely cut outfits whereas Yara has a plain face, windswept hair and manly style attire.
13 – The Waif
Faye Marsay – the English actress who portrays the Waif, an acolyte of the Faceless Man – dons her bobbed hair in a braided style, has a simple and sometimes grimy face, and wears loose fitting, plain coloured clothes. Marsay wears her hair sleeked back fashionably, her face well made up and wears contemporary, fitted attire that goes well with her frame.
12 – The Night King
Richard Brake – the Welsh actor who portrays the Night King (In Season 5 before he was recast), the leader and creator of the undead army that has now penetrated Westeros – dons full bodied prospects and coloured contacts on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Brake has medium length, honey blonde hair, fair skin and a well defined face whereas his onscreen counterpart has icy, blue skin, hauntingly electric blue eyes and ice horns upon his bald head.
11 – Karsi
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen – the Danish actress who portrayed Karsi, a wildling woman who fought with Jon Snow at the Battle of Hardhome – colored her hair and had a plain, grimy looking face on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Hjort Sørensen has honey blonde hair that is styled gracefully, a well made-up face and wears fashionable garments that ensemble her tall but slim structure contrasting her on screen counterpart who has tattered, dark hair and wears animal pelts.
10 – Jaqen H’ghar
Tom Wlaschiha – the German actor who portrays Jaqen H’ghar, a Faceless Man who trains Arya Stark – wears a wig and unfitting, plain clothes on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Wlaschiha has short, blonde hair and wears fitted, very fashionable clothes unlike his on-screen counterpart whom has shoulder length red hair with silvery white strips and wears poorly made, nearly ragged looking clothing.
09 – Brienne Of Tarth
Gwendoline Christie – the English actress who portrays Brienne of Tarth, one of the supreme warrior in Westeros – sports her hair in an untidy, cluttered style, has a plain face and dons the intricately designed armour that Jaime Lannister had made for her on screen character on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Christie styles her short blonde hair gracefully, has a well made-up face and wears stylish and well-fitting garments that go well with her tall frame.
08 – Hodor
Kristian Nairn – the Irish actor who portrays Hodor, the largely built, simpleminded servant of House Stark who cares for and protects Bran Stark – dons a beard and has his hair cut notably short, a colored pale blonde. Nairn has longer hair that’s often spiked up, has tattoos and wears plain, relaxed clothing. He also dons a facial star tattoo that was removed using makeup on set.
07 – Pyat Pree
Ian Hanmore – the Scottish actor who portrayed Pyat Pree, a warlock from Qarth and one of the Thirteen – wore dark blue facial makeup on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Hanmore has some light white hair, though is mostly bald, and dons a plain face whereas his on screen counterpart has sunken in eyes with thick black bags and blue lips.
06 – Shireen Baratheon
Kerry Ingram – the English actress who portrayed Shireen Baratheon, the Stag Princess – wore facial prosthetics and colored her hair darker on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Ingram has honey blonde hair and wears a made-up face that makes her look older whereas Shireen has Greyscale covering one half of her face and has limp, dark brown hair.
05 – Gilly
Hannah Murray – the English actress who portrays Gilly, the wildling lover of Sam Tarly – like her fellow wildling women actresses dons a dirty, plain face and wild, untidy hair that she colored for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Murray has lighter hair that is styled in tidy waves, a gracefully made up face and wears firmly fitted clothes whereas her onscreen counterpart wears animal pelts and then simple dresses.
04 – Viserys Targaryen
Much like Emilia Clarke, the English actress who portrays his on-screen sister, English actor Harry Lloyd wore a lace front wig for his short time on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Viserys Targaryen, the exiled successor to the Iron Throne.
Lloyd endured a two hour procedure every morning to transform into the crazy prince whose shoulder length, silvery curls and pale eyebrows were the complete contradictory to his own short styled, black hair and dark eyebrows.
03 – Robert Baratheon
Mark Addy – the English actor who portrayed Robert Baratheon, the Stag King – wore a wig and donned a wiry beard on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Addy has very short hair and is clean shaven, and is a little slimmer in build than his onscreen counterpart.
02 – Euron Greyjoy
Pilou Asabaek – the Danish actor who portrays Euron Greyjoy, the captain of the Silence and king of the Iron Islands – wears facial prosthetics, a beard and black lined eyes on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Asabaek has a face lightly lined with stubble and does not have a scar under his left eye.
01 – Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke, the English actress who portrays the ‘Dragon Queen’ – Daenerys Targaryen – dons a waist length, lace front wig on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Clarke’s off-screen appearance – which consists of shoulder length, dark brown hair and dark brows – contrasts with the silvery hair and pale eyebrows of the Mother of Dragons.
Source: A BLOG OF THRONES