Total Nerd 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 it's 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 is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent, he starred in many films, such as Elf, Find Me Guilty, Underdog, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...more

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332 84
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 Headey is an English actress. After being scouted at age 17, she worked steadily as an actress in small and supporting roles in films throughout the 1990s, before finding fame for her lead ...more

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Rory McCann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Rory McCann is a Scottish actor best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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276 74
Iwan Rheon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Ramsay Bolton
Iwan Rheon is a Welsh actor, singer, and musician. He is best known for portraying Simon Bellamy in the E4 series Misfits and Ramsay Snow / Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 5 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 is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. He attended Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen in 1993. In the United States, he played Detective John Amsterdam in the ...more

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253 69
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Jorah Mormont

Taormina International Film Festival Nomination
Best Actor (2016)

Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.

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261 73
Jack Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 7 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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309 97
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 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 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 Portal Awards for Best ...more

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 9 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 "Sean" Bean is an English actor. Bean first found success for his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe. He has since garnered further recognition for his ...more

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Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Aidan Gillen is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying CIA Agent Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises, Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the ...more

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190 46
Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 11 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, DBE is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, which she appeared in from 1965 to 1968. She has ...more

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191 48
Conleth Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Lord Varys
Conleth Hill is a Northern Irish film, stage and television actor. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award ...more

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194 50
Kristofer Hivju is listed (or ranked) 13 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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174 41
Gwendoline Christie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
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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270 94
Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 15 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 "Kit" Harington is an English actor who rose to fame playing the role of Jon Snow, one of the main characters in the series Game of Thrones. Harington also played ...more

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172 43
Jerome Flynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Bronn
Jerome Flynn is an English actor and singer known for his role as Corporal Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier, Bronn in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, ...more

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270 97
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Clarke is an English actress, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting ...more

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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 18 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 is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles in the films A Little Princess, Jude, Dog Soldiers, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Hunger, Centurion, Clash ...more

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162 41
Charles Dance is listed (or ranked) 19 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, OBE is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Guy Perron in The ...more

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170 48
John Bradley is listed (or ranked) 20 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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158 46
Alfie Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Theon Greyjoy
Alfie Evan Allen is an English actor. He is best known for portraying Theon Greyjoy in the HBO series Game of Thrones since 2011.

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Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Margaery Tyrell
Natalie Dormer is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors, Irene Adler in Elementary, and Margaery Tyrell in the HBO series Game of ...more

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129 41
Pedro Pascal is listed (or ranked) 23 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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145 57
Jason Momoa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Khal Drogo
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa is an American actor, model, director, writer, and producer. He is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex on the military science fiction television series ...more

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145 58
Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game of Thrones Actors
Sansa Stark
Sophie Turner 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 Artist Award nomination for ...more