Context is everything. Check out our favourite Game of Thrones characters in their previous incarnations.
Firstly, that incredible (by which I mean, incredible first season only) British teen drama Skins, which gave us – along with Dev Patel and Nicholas Hoult – Gendry and Gilly. Also known as Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray. Also known as Chris and Cassie. Here they are wearing a bedsheet / pondering a strip of prescription drugs.
That other great (ahem) British teen show – Phil Redgrave’s Hollyoaks has proved to be a goldmine of dothraki slave girls. Who knew? Here’s Doreah pretending to be just a girl called Roxanne McKee pretending to be a girl from Chester called Louise. Nice try, Doreah.
Joining her on that unassuming Chester street is Missandei, also known as Nathalie Emmanuel, also known as Sasha from Hollyoaks.
And lo! It’s not just the Khaleesi’s slave girls who love the streets of Chester. The Knight of Flowers, the curly-haired Ser Loras Tyrell, is also partial.
The Harry Potter saga has also proved ripe casting ground (unsurprising give how many damn films there are). Firstly, in case you didn’t hate him enough already, here’s Wolder Frey as the miserly old thorn-in-Harry’s-side Hogwarts caretaker: Argus Filch (David Bradley):
And for added value, here he is as an awkward figurine.
Next up, Michelle Fairley AKA Catelyn Stark under a spell as Hermione’s mum.
And here’s Osha’s familiar mean-girl stare under the brand name of the hair-colour-changing Nymphadora Tonks, or indeed Natalia Tena.
And last but by no means the least obscure, Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) as Hagrid’s massive pet spider, Aragog.
Moving away from Harry Potter and towards camp 90s Brit drama with even camper spin-off musical acts, remember how you thought Tyrion Lannister’s right hand man Bronn was DA BOMB? Like, really really badass? Think again. Here’s Jerome Flynn with BFF Robson Green – they used to be in Soldier Soldier:
Speaking of family-friendly alter egos, did you know that on Sunday evenings, Jon Snow’s sexy ginger Wildling minx Ygritte dresses up as a maid and works at a place called Downton Abbey? Well, she does.
At Downton Abbey, Ygritte also secretly hangs out with Ser Jora Mormont, who alternately calls himself Sir Richard Carlisle or Iain Glen.
Another period drama pretender is Margaery Tyrell, who constantly battles with a delusion that she is Anne Boleyn, she of The Tudors, or some bird called Natalie Dormer.
Neither is Cersei Lannister any stranger to pretending to be Queen of a place, having already pretended to be the Queen of Sparta in 300.
Here’s the bloke who’s been doing awful things to Theon Greyjoy’s protrusions, Ramsay Snow, or Iwan Rheon if you will, as an almost-as-creepy Asbo Simon off of Channel 4′s Misfits:
On the subject of Barbarians, it’s Conan The… AKA Khal Drogo, AKA Jason Momoa, who performed a bad haka at his interview. Awkward.
And finally there’s Sean Bean, who has only ever played Sean Bean.
That’s it. I’m exhausted.