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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

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)

Peter Hayden Dinklage (; born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and producer. Dinklage studied acting at Bennington College, starring in a number of amateur stage productions. His film debut ...more
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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Cersei Lannister

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)

Lena Kathren Headey ( LEE-nə HEE-dee; born 3 October 1973) is an English actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister on the HBO drama series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), for ...more
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jamie Lannister

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)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish pronunciation: [nekolaɪ̯ kʰɒstɐ ˈvæltaʊ̯]; born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor. He graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen ...more
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Charles Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Tywin Lannister

Gold Derby Awards Nomination
Drama Supporting Actor (2014)

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

Walter Charles Dance, (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Some of his highest profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011–2015), Guy ...more
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Rory McCann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
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) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Theon Greyjoy
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
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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Lord Eddard Stark

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)

Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959), credited professionally as Sean Bean (), is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bean made his professional debut in a ...more
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Iwan Rheon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Ramsay Bolton
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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Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Olenna Tyrell

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)

Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She played Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers (1965–68) and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones (2013–17). She has ...more
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Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Arya Stark

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)

Maisie Williams (born April 15, 1997) is an English actress and dancer. She is best known for her role as Arya Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, which earned her the 2012 ...more
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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jorah Mormont

Taormina International Film Festival Nomination
Best Actor (2016)

Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor. Glen is best known for his roles as Dr. Alexander Isaacs/Tyrant in three films of the Resident Evil film series (2004–2016) and as Ser Jorah ...more
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Jack Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Joffrey Baratheon

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)

Jack Gleeson is an Irish actor, known worldwide for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.
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Conleth Hill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Lord Varys
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
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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Davos Seaworth

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

Liam Cunningham (born 2 June 1961) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones.Cunningham has been nominated for the ...more
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Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
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
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Kristofer Hivju is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Tormund Giantsbane
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
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Gwendoline Christie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Gwendoline Christie Brienne of Tarth

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

Gwendoline Christie is an English model and actress. She is known for portraying the warrior Brienne of Tarth in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones and Lexi in the science fantasy ...more
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Pedro Pascal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Oberyn Martell
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
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Jerome Flynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Bronn
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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Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jon Snow

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)

Christopher Catesby Harington (born 26 December 1986), known professionally as Kit Harington, is an English actor and producer. Born in Acton, Greater London, Harington graduated from the Royal ...more
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Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Margaery Tyrell
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
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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Daenerys Targaryen

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)

Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an English actress. She studied at the Drama Centre London, appearing in a number of stage productions, including one by the Company ...more
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John Bradley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
John Bradley Samwell Tarly
John Bradley West (born 15 September 1988), credited professionally as John Bradley, is an English actor best known for his role as Samwell Tarly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.
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Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Sansa Stark
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
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Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Catelyn Stark

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)

Michelle Fairley is a Northern Irish actress, best known for her roles as Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2013), Dr. Ava Hessington in multiple episodes of USA Network ...more