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‘Game of Thrones’ Adds Oscar Winner to the Cast

Aug 31, 2016  •  Post A Comment

HBO’s mega-hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” is bringing aboard an Academy Award winner for season seven. Deadline.com reports that British actor Jim Broadbent is joining the show.

Broadbent won an Oscar in 2002 for “Iris,” and also has two Golden Globes — for “Iris” and for the 2006 TV production “Longford” — along with Emmy nominations for “Longford” and the 2002 production “The Gathering Storm.” He has also received acclaim for his work in “Moulin Rouge!,” “Any Human Heart” and “The Iron Lady,” among many other films.

His role on “Game of Thrones” has been confirmed to be significant, Deadline notes, although details have not been revealed, as is standard practice for the show.

“Casting descriptions sent out in recent months for season 7 have been vague,” Deadline reports. “Complicating things further, as George R.R. Martin still has not released the sixth book in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, the show has now far surpassed the books on which it is based. That makes picking out which of the series’ multitudinous characters Broadbent might play difficult.”

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