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The Best Game of Thrones Actors 

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List Rules Only main and supporting cast members - no guest stars. Vote based on their performances on Game of Thrones.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that there are a slew of award-winning actors in the Game of Thrones cast. Throughout its run, the show has garnered a massive cult following and captured the attention of audiences and critics alike. But which among the actors on Game of Thrones actually gave the best performance? This is your chance to decide. Here you'll find a list of the best actors on Game of Thrones, as well as a list of some of the awards that they've been nominated for or won for their work on the show. 

Vote for your favorites by selecting the actress or actor that you feel gave the best performance on the series and give them an upvote. From the villains you loved to hate to the characters who you mourned the most, you'll find plenty of performances to chose from. Be sure and check back to see which Game of Thrones actors turn out to be the best-loved for their roles. 

 

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Tyrion Lannister

Age: 46

Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, USA

Golden Globe Award
Best Supporting Actor in a Series (2012 - Win)

Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011 - Win, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 - Win, 2016, 2018 - Win)

Critics'critics Choice Awards Nominations
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012, 2016, 2018)

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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Cersei Lannister

Age: 42

Birthplace: Hamilton, Bermuda

Golden Globes Nomination
Best Supporting Actress in a Series (2017)

Primetime Emmy Nominations
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)

OFTA Television Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Win, 2018)

3
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jamie Lannister

Age: 45

Birthplace: Rudkøbing, Denmark

Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2018)

Critics Choice Television Awards Nomination
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2013)

People's Choice Awards Nomination
Favorite TV Anti-Hero (2014)

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Lord Eddard Stark

Age: 56

Birthplace: England

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Actor on Television (2012)

IGN Summer Movie Awards Nomination
Best TV Hero (2011 - Win)

OFTA Television Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Drama Series (2011)

5
Charles Dance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Tywin Lannister

Age: 69

Birthplace: Redditch, England

Gold Derby Awards Nomination
Drama Supporting Actor (2014)

OFTA Television Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2014)

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Rory McCann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Sandor "The Hound" Clegane

Age: 46

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Rory Philip McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Michael "Lurch" ...more
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Alfie Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Theon Greyjoy

Age: 29

Birthplace: London, England

Alfie Evan Allen (born 12 September 1986) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Theon Greyjoy in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), and, after submitting himself for ...more
8
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Arya Stark

Age: 18

Birthplace: England

Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2016)

MTV Movie Awards Nomination
Best Performance in a Show (2018)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series (2015 - Win, 2016)

OFTA Television Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2014, 2016)

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Iwan Rheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Ramsay Bolton

Age: 30

Birthplace: Carmarthen, United Kingdom

Iwan Rheon (UK: , Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɪuan ˈr̥ɛɔn]; born 13 May 1985) is a Welsh actor, singer, and musician. He is known for his portrayals of Simon Bellamy in E4's Misfits and Ramsay Bolton ...more
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Jack Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Joffrey Baratheon

Age: 23

Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series (2014)

IGN People's Choice Award Nominations
Best TV Villain (2012 - Win, 2013 - Win)

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Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Olenna Tyrell

Age: 77

Birthplace: Doncaster, England

Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2014, 2014, 2015, 2018)

Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series (2013, 2014)

OFTA Television Award Nominations
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2013 - Win, 2014 - Win, 2015, 2018 - Win)

12
Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish

Age: 47

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland

Aidan Gillen (; born Aidan Murphy; 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is known for his portrayal of Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2017), Dr. J. ...more
13
Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Davos Seaworth

Age: 54

Birthplace: East Wall, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

IFTA Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Drama (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018- Win

14
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jorah Mormont

Age: 54

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Taormina International Film Festival Nomination
Best Actor (2016)

15
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Daenerys Targaryen

Age: 28

Birthplace: London, England

Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2015, 2016)

Critics Choice Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2016)

People's Choice Award Nominations
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress​​​​​​​ (2014, 2016, 2017)

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Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Sansa Stark

Age: 19

Birthplace: Northampton, England

Sophie Turner (born February 21, 1996) is an English actress. Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, which earned her a Young ...more
17
Conleth Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Lord Varys

Age: 51

Birthplace: Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill (born 24 November 1964) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has won two ...more
18
Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jon Snow

Age: 29

Birthplace: Worcester, England

Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2016)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nominations
Best Supporting Actor on Television (2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Critics Choice Awards Nomination
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2016)

ONFT Television Awards Nominations
Best Actor in a Drama Series (2015, 2016, 2018)

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Kristofer Hivju is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Tormund Giantsbane

Age: 37

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Kristofer Hivju is a Norwegian film actor, producer and writer, best known for his role of Tormund Giantsbane, in the HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, and Jonas in the 2011 film The Thing. ...more
20
Gwendoline Christie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Gwendoline Christie Brienne of Tarth

Age: 37

Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England, Sussex, + more

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Supporting Actress on Television (2014)

21
Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Margaery Tyrell

Age: 33

Birthplace: Reading, England

Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. Born in Berkshire, she was educated at Chiltern Edge Secondary School and Reading Blue Coat School, and trained at the Webber ...more
22
Pedro Pascal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Oberyn Martell

Age: 40

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Jose Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, known professionally as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean-born American actor. He is known for portraying Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of the HBO series Game of
23
Jerome Flynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Bronn

Age: 52

Birthplace: Bromley, England

Jerome Patrick Flynn (born 16 March 1963) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his roles as Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier, Fireman Kenny ...more
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Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Catelyn Stark

Age: 51

Birthplace: Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination
Best Supporting Actress on Television (2014)

Golden Derby Awards Nomination
Drama Supporting Actress (2013)

IFTA Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actress - Television (2014 - Win)
Best Actress - Television (2012)

25
Carice van Houten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Melisandre

Age: 39

Birthplace: Leiderdorp, Netherlands

Carice Anouk van Houten (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˈris aːˈnuk fɑn ˈɦʌutə(n)]; born 5 September 1976) is a Dutch actress and singer. Her first leading role in the television film Suzy Q (1999) ...more