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The Best Game of Thrones Actors

Updated December 19, 2019 34.6k votes 2.5k voters 17.4k views51 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Peter Dinklage
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    Peter Dinklage

    Tyrion Lannister

    Age46

    BirthplaceMorristown, USA, New Jersey

    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)

  • 2
    Charles Dance
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    Charles Dance

    Tywin Lannister

    Age73

    BirthplaceRedditch, United Kingdom

    Gold Derby Awards Nomination
    Drama Supporting Actor (2014)

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

  • 3
    Lena Headey
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    306

    Lena Headey

    Cersei Lannister

    Age46

    BirthplaceHamilton, 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)

  • 4
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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    264

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Jamie Lannister

    Age50

    BirthplaceRudkøbing, 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)

  • 5
    Sean Bean
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    205

    Sean Bean

    Lord Eddard Stark

    Age61

    BirthplaceHandsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    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)

  • 6
    Liam Cunningham
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    144

    Liam Cunningham

    Davos Seaworth

    Age59

    BirthplaceEast Wall, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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

  • 7
    Alfie Allen
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    266

    Alfie Allen

    Theon Greyjoy

    Age34

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Alfie Evan Allen (born 12 September 1986) is an English actor. He is best known for playing... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Rory McCann
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    Rory McCann

    Sandor "The Hound" Clegane

    Age51

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Rory Philip McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying Sandor... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Aidan Gillen
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    Aidan Gillen

    Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish

    Age52

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland

    Aidan Gillen (; born Aidan Murphy; 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Diana Rigg
    759
    251

    Diana Rigg

    Olenna Tyrell

    Age82

    BirthplaceDoncaster, 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)

  • 11
    Iwan Rheon
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    331

    Iwan Rheon

    Ramsay Bolton

    Age35

    BirthplaceCarmarthen, United Kingdom

    Iwan Rheon (UK: , Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɪuan ˈr̥ɛɔn]; born 13 May 1985) is a Welsh actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Pedro Pascal
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    136

    Pedro Pascal

    Oberyn Martell

    Age45

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Jose Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, known professionally as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean-born American... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Kristofer Hivju
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    176

    Kristofer Hivju

    Tormund Giantsbane

    Age41

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    Kristofer Hivju is a Norwegian film actor, producer and writer, best known for his role of... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jack Gleeson
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    Jack Gleeson

    Joffrey Baratheon

    Age28

    BirthplaceCork, 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)

  • 15
    Maisie Williams
    1,042
    382

    Maisie Williams

    Arya Stark

    Age23

    BirthplaceEngland

    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)

  • 16
    Jerome Flynn
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    159

    Age57

    BirthplaceEngland, Bromley

    Jerome Patrick Flynn (born 16 March 1963) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Sophie Turner
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    Sophie Turner

    Sansa Stark

    Age24

    BirthplaceNorthampton, United Kingdom

    Sophie Turner (born February 21, 1996) is an English actress. Turner is best known for her... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Conleth Hill
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    239

    Conleth Hill

    Lord Varys

    Age55

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom, Ballycastle

    Conleth Seamus Eoin Croiston Hill (born 24 November 1964) is an actor from Northern Ireland.... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Iain Glen
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    293

    Iain Glen

    Jorah Mormont

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    Taormina International Film Festival Nomination
    Best Actor (2016)

  • 20
    Natalie Dormer
    567
    193

    Natalie Dormer

    Margaery Tyrell

    Age38

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. Born in Berkshire, she was... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Gwendoline Christie
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    204

    Gwendoline Christie

    Brienne of Tarth

    Age42

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England, Sussex

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

  • 22
    John Bradley
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    160

    John Bradley

    Samwell Tarly
    John Bradley West (born 15 September 1988), credited professionally as John Bradley, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Kit Harington
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    395

    Age33

    BirthplaceWorcester, United Kingdom

    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)

  • 24
    Michelle Fairley
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    Michelle Fairley

    Catelyn Stark

    Age56

    BirthplaceColeraine, 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
    Emilia Clarke
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    Emilia Clarke

    Daenerys Targaryen

    Age28

    BirthplaceLondon, 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)