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Game of Thrones in real life

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We knew that when we interviewed Gwendoline Christie (AKA Brienne of Tarth) it was highly unlikely she was going to show up suited in armor, but we were amazed at how different the Game of Thrones cast look when the swords, whalebone and other Westeros-style garments are put to one side.

  • Brienne of Tarth

    "I'm no lady," states Brienne of Tarth. We're used to seeing Brienne winning tournaments and dispatching enemies, but if you want to see what she looks like on the red carpet, click through.

  • Gwendoline Christie

    Actress Gwendoline Christie is far more fond of glamour than her Game of Thrones character. (Read what she had to say to us here.)

    Next: has Cersi Lannister always been a blonde?

  • Cersei Lannister

    "You love your children, it's your one redeeming quality," Cersei's brother Tyrion tells her. "That and your cheekbones."

    Actress Lena Headey shares Cersei's cheekbones (obviously), but otherwise looks surprisingly different...

  • Lena Headey

    And here's Lena, who does not have the golden tresses of House Lannister. (You may also have spotted Lena playing Sarah Connor in The Sarah Connor Chronicles.)

  • Daenerys Targaryen

    This is Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons. She's also known as Dany. Her family are famed for their silver hair...

  • Emilia Clarke

    Emilia is another actor who had a radical change of hair for her Game of Thrones character.

  • Margaery Tyrell

    Margaery is known is Westeros for being "as clever as she is beautiful." She's also fond of some rather dramatic tailoring, with low-slashed necklines being a specialty.

  • Natalie Dormer

    Natalie Dormer is is used to heavy skirts and corseting; her breakthrough role was as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors. In this picture Natalie's minimal colour block dress is by Roland Mouret.

  • Ygritte

    "I rather love the portrayal of Ygritte as the sort of stroppy Northern lass you might bump into around closing time near the bars of Deansgate," wrote TV critic Sarah Hughes in The Guardian of the free woman living north of the wall.

    How well would actor Rose Leslie's red carpet look play out at last orders? Take a look.

  • Rose Leslie

    You'll also have spotted Rose as Gwen in Downton Abbey, but this is what she looks like when she gets out of the furs and the maid's uniform.

  • Melisandre of Asshai

    "The night is dark and full of terrors."

    One of the most memorable lines from series two is spoken by Melisandre. The Red Priestess really lives her job title with waist-length crimson hair and, usually, a stern expression.

    She looks somewhat less serious in real life.

  • Carice van Houten

    Carice looks like she's having fun. The night is dark and full of cocktails for the Dutch actress.

    Up next: Arya Stark... in a dress.

  • Arya Stark

    Arya is a great girl, full of spirit, fond of sword fighting and resourceful enough to disguise herself as a boy and hightil it out of King's Landing when her father was executed as a traitor.

    She hates having to put a frock on though. However, Maisie Williams...

  • Maisie Williams

    Williams has won a lot of praise for her portrayal of Arya. Game of Thrones was the first TV role played by the fifteen-year-old actress.

  • Catelyn Stark

    As the Lady of Winterfell Catelyn is often wrapped in furs and cloaks with her auburn hair whipping in the wind.

  • Michelle Fairley

    But actress Michelle Fairley is dressed for warmer climes in an elegant white shift.

  • Sansa Stark

    Sansa inherited her mother Catelyn's red hair. More ladylike than her sister Arya, her engagement to King Joffrey became dangerous after the execution of her father.

  • Sophie Turner

    In real life actor Sophie Turner was born in Northampton, rather than the northerly reaches of Winterfell.