The HBO fantasy drama, Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin’s epic series set in the fictional kingdom of Westeros populated with warring families, nomadic warriors, dragons and zombies.
The best thing about the show is introducing us to such talented and gorgeous actors as Richard Madden and Harry Lloyd.
The 28-year-old British actor, Harry Lloyd played the now deceased, Viserys Targaryen, the exiled heir to the Iron Throne. Viserys is the hot-headed, silver-haired beggar king who tried to claw his way back to the seat of power by using his sister, Daenerys Targaryen as a pawn.
Harry Lloyd appeared in Jane Eyre as Mr. Rochester’s (Michael Fassbender) brother-in-law, Richard Mason. He was also in The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep in her 2011 Academy Award winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. Lloyd played the young Denis Thatcher.
In a 2011 interview for the London Evening Standard, Harry Lloyd talked about the high expectations in adapting a beloved a fantasy series with a built-in cult following.
“‘You have no idea and then you go online and… bang! You realise that you better not f*** this up because there are huge forums devoted to this whole thing. Everyone’s got a very specific idea of what it should be like.’”
The 24-year-old Scottish actor, Richard Madden portrays Robb Stark, Lord of Winterfell and ruler of the North. He is the eldest son of executed Ned Stark (Sean Bean), former Lord of Winterfell. Robb Stark is leading his own army to defend his kingdom, reunite his family and battle the other warring families for the Iron Throne.
Richard Madden began acting when he was eleven-years old and his first part was in Complicity, a film based on an Iain Banks novel which starred Jonny Lee Miller and Keeley Hewes. Game of Thrones is giving him the platform to reach out to a broader audience in America and we are all thankful for that.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Richard Madden talks about portraying the sense of responsibility weighing on his character, Robb Stark.
“‘Catelyn is very focused on her family,’ says Madden, ‘but Robb is now aware that he’s got 20,000 men behind him. That’s 20,000 mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers. He can’t hold his family in higher regard than those 20,000 families. Robb wants nothing more than what Cateyln wants, but he needs to focus on the bigger picture and that’s where they’ve really started to have problems.’”
“That sense of responsibility is one of the few aspects of leadership that Robb isn’t faking. Madden thinks his character is still just a boy from Winterfell, barely holding it together.”
“‘If I’ve played the part right, hopefully we see these moments where that mask slips off and you realize that underneath all this pretending is just a normal young man who is barely out of boyhood, pretending his way through this war,’ says Madden. ‘He’s acting all the time.’”