Jon Snow, Queen Margaery Tyrell and Theon Greyjoy may hail from Westeros but real-life counterparts Kit Harrington, Natalie Dormer and Alfie Allen are some of the HBO cast who call London home
1 Natalie Dormer aka Queen Margaery Tyrell
Better known to fans as the kind, clever but cunning Margaery Tyrell, Berkshire-born Natalie Dormer now lives in the leafy town of Twickenham with her Irish director fiancé Anthony Byrne. She’s referred to herself as a ‘London girl’ in several interviews, having trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and she spoke to us about the capital being her spiritual home. ‘London for me, it’s hard to explain,’ she said. ‘I guess it’s where I learned my craft, where I learned about myself, particularly after moving here and going to [drama] school.’ To read the interview in full, click here
2 Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow
Acton-born, and now residing in North London, actor Kit Harrington has set many young female pulses racing with his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. In addition to his dark-eyed brooding looks, Kit’s Jon Snow is a compelling and complex character who has become a key player in the books and TV series. Last reported to be living in Archway, Kit has a soft spot for North London as he explained in an interview to the Evening Standard last year. ‘I’m a Camden boy really but I’m edging into that thirties life where you go out to dinner parties instead. I really am living the stereotype of an actor in London. I live near Crouch End, where you get stuck behind ten actors pushing buggies,’ he said.
3 Alfie Allen aka Theon Greyjoy
He may be better known as Lily Allen’s younger brother, but Alfie Allen has come to international acclaim in his own right with his role as the nasty, but ultimately pitiful, character Theon Greyjoy. Alfie has long been a Londoner. Born in Hammersmith, he first attended St. John’s College before studying his A-levels at Fine Arts College in Belsize Park, and grew up with fellow cast members Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
4 Gwendoline Christie aka Brienne of Tarth
Standing 6ft 3in tall with a striking physique, Gwendoline’s name was circulated on many fan sites as a potential Brienne of Tarth long before any auditions took place. Far from the serious, dour character that she plays on-screen, Gwendoline’s fun personality, and sartorial elegance, has won her legions of new fans across the globe since signing up. A London dweller, she spoke with The Resident in 2014 about her favourite hang-outs in the capital and being recognised as Brienne in the most unusual of places.
5 Oona Chaplain aka Talisa Maegyr
Oona may now be a star in her own right but it’s impossible to ignore the talented pedigree of her family. Not only is her mother the actress Geraldine Chaplain, her grandfather was the iconic comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplain, and her maternal great-grandfather was the American playwright Eugene O’Neill! Born in Spain, she travelled extensively as a child before enrolling at Gordonstoun and later the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has starred in a variety of TV and films, but her role as the ill-fated Talisa Maegyr, wife of Robb Stark is probably her best known to date. With her vintage fashion and dramatic looks, she’s more than at home in the streets around Portobello Market, which she likes to frequent at weekends. In fact, as she has previously told The Telegraph, ‘I’ll go down to Portobello, buy an iced coconut coffee and then chill out with the boys who work at One of a Kind, a vintage clothing store.’ Either that or she stays in in her Ladbroke Grove flat, which she describes as ‘the best building in the world. It’s like a commune – everyone gets on – and on Friday evenings I often cook us all dinner.’
6 Alexandra Dowling aka Roslin Frey
The actress cast as Roslin Frey in the infamous Games of Thrones episode The Rains of Castamere – better known as The Red Wedding to fans – has surprisingly only been in the acting game for three years. Perhaps better known for her role in The Musketeers as Queen Anne, the young Hackney actress is a massive theatre goer and likes nothing better than going to the Arcola, the Old Red Lion theatre and the Almeida, as she tells us here.
7 Jerome Flynn aka Bronn
The name Jerome Flynn is likely to register more than a flicker of recognition, depending on your generation. A major star in the 1990s, Jerome first appeared in the long-running TV show drama Soldier, Soldier before being thrust into the musical spotlight with fellow actor Robson Greene as their cover of Unchained Melody hit no. 1 in the charts – music mogul Simon Cowell was behind the huge hit. After the pair went on to release a succession of compilation albums, a lengthy absence from the limelight and acting followed. Flynn was eventually enticed back to acting in recent years and has hit the big time once again with roles in two smash hit series: Ripper Street and Game of Thrones, the latter in which he plays Tyrion Lannister’s burly bodyguard Bronn. Jerome, who owns a home in Crouch End talks to us here
8 Rose Leslie aka Ygritte
Rose Leslie has delighted, and even bamboozled, many fans with her masterful grasp of accents, often fooling people about where she comes from until the moment she speaks. She adopted a Yorkshire accent for both the roles of wildling Ygritte in Game of Thrones and Gwen Dawson in Downton Abbey, and for new horror film Honeymoon she perfects an American accent. Although she hails from Scotland, Rose’s accent is RP English! The actress currently lives in Battersea.
9 Stephen Dillian aka Stannis Baratheon
Stephen plays the formidable Stannis Baratheon, a major character in the Game of Thrones series, and has had a long and distinguished career on stage and screen, having previously won a Tony Award for his lead role in Tom Stoppard’s play The Real Thing. He was born in Kensington and has two sons with his wife Naomi Wirthner, one of whom Frank Dillane, who is best known for playing the teenage Voldemart in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
10 Richard Madden aka Rob Stark
The former Game of Thrones hunk lives with his equally gorgeous girlfriend Jemma Cole, the current star of Doctor Who, in Primrose Hill. Another of George R. R. Martin’s characters who succumbed to an untimely, and violent, death in the HBO mini-series, Scottish-born Richard will play Kit in the forthcoming Cinderella film, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
11 Iain Glen aka Sir Jorah Mormont
Stage and small screen actor Iain Glenn plays Sir Jorah Mormont and so far has managed to escape death in the HBO TV series, although as Game of Thrones fans know, this can change at any moment. Scottish-born Iain has trod the boards many times and is another actor who has appeared in Downton Abbey in recent years. He now lives in Dulwich with his wife, actress Charlotte Emerson and daughter. He recently told The Big Issue about playing tennis close to home. ‘I’ve joined this lovely little club in Dulwich Village, where I live. It’s a great place to spend time. I’ll play maybe two or three times a week with my brother.’