Now a big-screen star in, Peter Dinklage's breakout role was undoubtedly that of Thrones fan favourite Tyrion Lannister. But in his pre-Imp days, Peter won plaudits for a stint on edgy cable drama Nip/Tuck and his performance in both the UK and US variants of black comedy . And who can forget his hilarious turn as Miles Finch – the hot-tempered children's author who tussles with Will Ferrell's Buddy in festive favourite Elf?
Game Of Thrones isn't the first time that Lena Headey has played a formidable matriarch. In 2008-2009's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, she took on the formidable task of stepping into Linda Hamilton's shoes. Her acclaimed performance earned Lena a cult following long before Cersei was on the horizon. 1993's The Remains Of The Day – nominated for a total of eight Oscars – and 2007's visceral blockbuster 300 are among the star's notable big-screen credits.
He may be one of the most dashing characters on Thrones as Daenerys's bodyguard and lover Daario Naharis, but Michiel Huisman wasn't always the pinnacle of effortless cool he is now. In the early '00s, Michiel fronted the band Fontane, releasing a number of hit singles, and later pursued a career as a solo artist – think of him as the Dutch Gary Barlow. You can watch the simply spectacular music video for Fontane's 2002 cut Slapeloos here. Trust us: you'll never look at dashing Daario the same way again.