16 Actors And Actresses Who Almost Joined The “Game Of Thrones” Cast

Sam Claflin- Jon Snow

Sam dropped out of the running because he accepted a movie role instead. He was also being considered for the role of Viserys Targaryen.

Sam Heughan- Loras Tyrell

The actor also auditioned for Renly Baratheon and several Night’s Watch members. He revealed that he came very close a few times, but was never cast.

Tamzin Merchant- Daenerys Targaryen

Tamzin was cast as the Mother of Dragons in the original, unaired pilot episode. Her role was recast and given to Emilia Clarke.

Jamie Bamber- Jaime Lannister

Jamie Bamber- Jaime Lannister When HBO cast the show, Jaime was a highly coveted role that ended up going Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Tricia Helfer- Cersei Lannister

Tricia auditioned for the role of Cersei but obviously did not get the part. She became a huge fan of the books after this experience.

Dominic West- Mance Rayder

The actor was offered a prominent part in season 3 but declined due to the heavy filming schedule in Iceland.

Jamie Campbell Bower- Ser Waymar Royce

Jamie played the Night’s Watch ranger in charge of the deadly mission that opened the series pilot episode. By the time HBO started doing reshoots, the actor was already working on another project.

Lily Allen- Yara Greyjoy

The singer/songwriter was offered the role of Yara opposite her brother, Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy). When she found out about the inappropriate reunion that Yara and Theon have on camera, Lily thought it’d be too much to film with her actual brother and turned down the role.

Charlie Hunnam- Rhaegar Targaryen

Charlie turned down a huge cameo opportunity in season 7 because he was working on another project. The role was never fully confirmed, but sources suspect it was the role of Rhaegar Targaryen.

Ian McNeice- Illyrio Mopatis

Ian appeared in the original pilot as the advisor to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen throughout season 1. He was unable to film reshoots due to his role as Winston Churchill on ‘Doctor Who’.

Ed Skrein- Daario Naharis

After Ed’s debut as Daario Naharis in the third season, actor Michiel Huisman took over the role and sported a distinctly different look.

Jared Harris- The High Sparrow

The actor claims he loses parts to the weirdest people. This one went to Jonathan Pryce.

Jennifer Ehle- Catelyn Stark

Jennifer played the Stark mother in the original pilot, but willingly left the show because she had a newborn daughter.

Mahershala Ali- Xaro Xhoan Daxos

The actor claims his GOT audition was one of the worst he’s ever done. The casting directors told him he was too stiff.

Izzy Meikle-Small- Sansa Stark

Izzy was the second choice for Sansa behind Sophie Turner.

Gillian Anderson- Cersei Lannister

Gillian turned down a role on GOT, saying that if she was going to work on such a huge project, she’d want to work with a director like Martin Scorsese. The actress never revealed which role she was offered, but most fans speculate it was Cersei.

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