HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Character Mocked for Her Looks

Jul 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ has cast a main character who is mocked for her looks and is a favorite among readers: Brienne, Maid of Tarth, according to the blog written by the series’ author, George R.R. Martin.

The British actress Gwendoline Christie will play Brienne, who is mockingly called "Brienne the Beauty" but is as skilled in sword fighting as any man and wants to be a knight.

Christie, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall, appeared in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and played in Shakespeare’s "Cymbeline" at the Barbican Theatre, according to the blog post.

"This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect," Martin wrote on his blog.


Gwendoline Christie

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