10 actors you didn’t know went from ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Game of Thrones’

Harry Potter is to films as Game of Thrones is to TV, as far as being popular and grand in scale goes. It also has another common ground, other than being derived by an epic series of books, in the fact that both of them have been born out of the U.K.

You would be surprised to know that many popular actors has reprised their roles in both these series and have done so in a rather successful manner. Let us take a look at 10 actors who’ve played their parts in both of these immensely popular pop culture series.

1. Michelle Fairley

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Michelle Fairley is an Irish actress who has acted in numerous films, television series and theatrical productions. She is best known for her roles in popular TV series Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and The Invisible Woman.

Michelle Fairley is one of many actors who have been featured in both Harry Potter movie and Game of Throne series. The actor made a short appearance as Harry Potter character Hermoine’s mother in the first part of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Fairley, however is best known for her character of Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones. Catelyn Stark, who is a major character in the first three season of the series, is depicted as a strong willed woman who is also a very devoted mother.

2. Natalia Tena

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Natalia Tena is another actor that has been in both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. The 31 year-old Spanish-origin British actor and singer has worked in numerous movies and TV shows. The actor was also active on stage from 2004 to 2009.

Natalia Tena played the role of half-blood witch Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter series. She appeared in four Harry Potter movies: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

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The actor is also very famous for her role of Osha in the Game of Thrones series. Her character, Osha, appeared in the very first season of the series and continued to appear till the third season. Osha, the free folk or wilding woman, however, disappeared from the fourth season until she reappeared in the sixth season only to be killed by Ramsay Bolton.

3. David Bradley

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Another English actor, David John Bradley, has made an appearance in both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. The 74 year old award winning actor is also well known for his performances in The Strain, The King is Alive, and Exorcist: The Beginning. He is also renowned for his strong performances on the stage and even won a prize for his role in King Lear.

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David Bradley played the very well known character of Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies. Who can forget that cruel caretaker of Hogwarts? On the other hand, Bradley portrayed the role of Walder Frey in Game of Thrones. He can be seen as Frey in the first, second and sixth seasons of the television series. David Bradley was even nominated for the Best TV villain at the 2013 IGN Awards.

4. Ciarán Hinds

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The next actor to feature in this list is Ciarán Hinds. The 63 year old Irish actor has a reputation of working in high-profile Hollywood movies like Munich, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Frozen, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and The Woman in Black.

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Ciarán Hinds could be seen playing the role of Aberforth Dumbledore, who is the brother of Albus Dumbledore in the final Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. However, in Game of Thrones he played the character of Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall.

5. Freddie Stroma

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Frederic Wilhem C.J. Sjöström, also known as Freddie Stroma, is an English actor of Swedish-German origin. He has established himself as a well known actor, a model and is best known for his performances in films and television series like the Harry Potter movie series, Pitch Perfect, UnREAL, Benghazi, and Game of Thrones.

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Freddie Stroma is famous for playing the role of Cormac McLaggen, who was a really unpleasant character. I can still remember the instances from the movie when Cormac irritated Hermoine during Professor Slughorn’s Christmas party. Freddie Stroma appeared in three movies of the series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Freddie Stroma recently made an appearance in the sixth season of Game of Thrones as Dickon Tarly. He has entered the series as Sam’s younger brother and can be seen in the episode ‘Blood of my Blood’.

6. Nicholas Blane

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Nicholas Blane is the next actor to feature in this list. The British actor is an acclaimed theater artist and is praised for his stage works in Year of the Rat, See How They Run, and Democracy. 

He is also well known in the British television and film scene for his performances in Heartbeat, The Great Fire, and Sharpe’s Challenge. Blane’s highest point, however, was working in The Illusionist, The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Game of Thrones.

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In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Nicholas Blane played the role of Bob, who was a wizard working alongside Arthur Weasley at the Ministry of Magic. On the other hand, in Game of Thrones, he made his appearance as the Spice King who debuted in the episode ‘Garden of Bones.’ He appeared in two more episodes before being killed by fellow member Pyat Pree.

7. Bronson Webb

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Bronson Webb is a 33 year old British actor who has appeared in several famous movies such as The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Robin Hood and The Pirates of the Caribbean. His roles were noticed and praised in movies like The Lives of the Saints, Pusher and television series Game of Thrones.

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Bronson Webb made his appearance back in 2005 as a Slytherin student and a friend of Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. His role was not a visible one, so many might not remember him. However, in Game of Thrones, Bronson Webb played a central character in the first episode ‘Winter is Coming.’ He played the character of Will, who was a member of Night’s Watch who fled from the White Walkers. Will was later executed by Ned Stark for abandoning his men.

8. Ralph Ineson

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The next entry to this list is popular British actor Ralph Ineson. The 46 year old actor shot to popularity after playing the character of Chris Finch in BBC comedy The Office. He acted in several other television series and films such as First Knight, From Hell, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the Harry Potter series, The Witch, Game of Thrones and many others.

Ralph Ineson played the role of Death Eater Amycus Carrow in three Harry Potter films – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. 

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Ralph Ineson appeared in Game of Thrones as Dagmer Cleftjaw, a raider for House Greyjoy. However, Dagmer and his men were flayed alive by Ramsay Bolton when the former was up for a rude awakening after stabbing Maester Luwin and betraying Theon at Winterfall.

9. Sally Mortemore

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Sally Mortemore is a British actor who has had an illustrious television career. She has appeared in numerous television shows and movies like Expanding Purple World , Salt Grain, Dead Gorgeous, and Too Many Cooks. She, however is best known for her role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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Sally Mortemore played the role of Madame Irma Prince in the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Madame Irma Prince was the librarian at Hogwarts. This year, Sally Mortemore has also made her appearance in Game of Thrones as a Braavoski woman.

10. Ian Whyte

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Welsh actor Ian Whyte has also had the privilege to appear both in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. The seven feet two inch actor and stuntman was formerly a professional basketball player. Since switching to acting, Whyte has acted in several movies such as Alien Vs Predator, Outcast, Clash of Titans, and Solomon Kane.

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Ian Whyte’s appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was interesting. He lent his body to Frances des la Tour for the role of Madam Olympe Maxim in the movie. Ian Whyte has portrayed multiple characters in Game of Thrones, such as a White Walker, the Mountain and Wun Wun, the giant.