Several of some of the best actors from Scotland will be appearing in the upcoming HBO series Game of Thrones which premieres in just a few days (and will be seen in the UK on Sky Atlantic on April 18-be sure to check their official site here) Based on the best-selling book by author George R. R. Martin, the series also has a few faces well know to fans of Sigma Films.
JAMES COSMO. Well known for his many diverse roles in huge blockbusters such as Braveheart, James Cosmo was the recent star in his critically-acclaimed turn in Sigma's Donkeys directed by Morag McKinnon (the second installment in the Advance Party series, be sure to check out the hilarious trailer here) In Game of Thrones you James will be appearing as a much more serious character named Old Bear (Jeor Mormont), commander of the Night Watch.
KATE DICKIE. Well known and most beloved to those of Sigma fans, this hugely talented Scottish actress was most recently seen alongside James in Donkeys, where she reprises of sorts her award winning turn in Red Road. HBO has now released in glorious high definition a new "making of" feature on the upcoming Game of Thrones that features new interview with Kate Dickie on her role as Lysa Arryn for the series (starts at around 19:00 mark). Enjoy!
JAMIE SIVES. Several years after his award-winning turn in the tile role for Sigma's Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Jamie Sives also recently appeared in David Mackenzie's excellent Hallam Foe. Currently, Jamie can be seen portraying the role of Jory Cassel, right hand man to Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean). At this link, you can read my exclusive interview with Jamie on the part, as well as see many new shots of Jamie filming as Jory in the above "making of " feature for Game of Thrones.
Update: Brian from the Daily Record also very kindly let me know about his new interview with Jamie Sives on his role, where Jamie notes " "Even if you're not a huge fan of fantasy, you're going to like this. We had a great time making the series and, having seen the first few episodes, I was really delighted with the way it all turned out." Yes :))
Natalia Tena. Star of the newest film from Sigma YOU INSTEAD, Nat hangs up her guitar and takes on a decided and much wilder look in Game of Thrones where she appears as Osha.
Other Scottish actors of note also appearing in the ten part series include:
Ron Donachie (Taggert, Rebus)
as Lord Rodrik Cassel, uncle to Jamie Sives' Jory
TRIVIA: Jamie and Ron also appeared in the very same episode of Doctor Who..."Tooth and Claw"
Iain Glen (Sir Jorah Mormont).
very fine actor, def needs to be on our screens more.
Rory McCann (In Clash o T w/Jamie, Rockface and yes in Monarch w/Al in season one :)
Plays the Hound aka Sandor Clegane, keep an eye on this character.
Emun Elliot (Marillion)
Richard Madden (Hope Springs-filmed at FCM! :D) Richard, from the outskirts of Glasgow will be taking on the part of Robb Stark, eldest son of Ned. Already gaining much popularity with many fans for his good looks, you can read more about this young actor with a huge future here via the Herald and in the Telegraph.
THANKS SO MUCH TO SKY ATLANTIC FOR THE HIGH RES PHOTOS! MUCH APPRECIATED!