Game of Thrones: 10 Movies Featuring Cast Members

Ordinarily, Game of Thrones fans would have a new season to look forward to now that it's July, but the final season won't air until 2019. 

Missing the cast? Why not watch some of their early work to see the parts that established them as actors? 

Some of the younger leading stars got their start on the TV show but have made some movies since it began. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) starred in the romantic Me Before You (a twofer since it also features GoT's Tywin Lannister, actor Charles Dance), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) co-starred in the adaptation of the classic Testament of Youth

Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister) is practically unrecognizable in her early starring part in the Scottish indie film Aberdeen. (Seriously, fans, watch the Aberdeen trailer and prepare to have your mind blown. While you're at it, check out the trailer for Nightwatch, an early starring vehicle for her TV brother Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), sadly not available on DVD at this time.)

Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) had his breakthrough with The Station Agent, a classic indie film that earned this magnificent actor some serious awards attention.

Carice van Houten (Melisandre) is completely different from her GoT character as the star of the wild Black Book. This twisty and outrageous Dutch World War II spy thriller from the director of Basic Instinct was a big arthouse hit in its day.

Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) is a respected Irish actor with a distinguished résumé, such as Ken Loach's masterful Cannes winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a powerful film about the Irish Civil War. 

Aidan Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish) has a long career and began to break through as a character actor around the time of the early seasons of GoT. Check out the charming Sing Street (2016) to catch him in a supporting role.

Few among the cast were familiar to mainstream audiences before the show began, but the cast includes a few better-known actors in its later seasons. Jim Broadbent (Archmaester Ebrose) is recognizable to mainstream audiences from some Harry Potter films and supporting work in Oscar-nominated movies like The Iron Lady and Brooklyn. Check out his early turn in Mike Leigh's charmingly bizarre Life Is Sweet.

Jonathan Pryce (The High Sparrow) is likewise familiar through supporting parts in some Pirates of the Caribbean movies as well as the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. But the movie that put him on the map was Brazil, the surreal Terry Gilliam film that's deservedly had a cult following for decades.

Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell), best known as the spy Emma Peel on TV's long-running The Avengers, starred in an early 007 film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

And when GoT premiered, Sean Bean (Ned Starke) was most familiar to audiences for The Lord of the Rings, but before that he was known for the outstanding TV series Sharpe, about a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. 

Need more? There's much more to discover in the careers of the show's large and distinguished supporting cast. Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) had an early starring role in Mountains of the Moon, about European explorers tracking the source of the Nile. Julian Glover (the contemptibly craven Grand Maester Pycelle) has a supporting role in Troy, a film fans of GoT are likely to enjoy. And Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) played Virginia Woolf's husband Leonard in The Hours, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards. 

After all, one more winter is coming before the final season, but now you have plenty else to enjoy.

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