Missandei was once a slave, but under Daenerys, she becomes a trusted advisor and messenger. It helps that she speaks 19 languages. While her real-life counterpart, Nathalie Emmanuel, cannot add those many languages to her acting resume, she can add a number of roles. Though the actress was born in 1989, her career in showbiz has taken off after “GOT.”
Interestingly, one of Emmanuel’s first performances was on stage in the musical production of “The Lion King.” After “GOT,” you will certainly remember her face if you watched the vampire horror “The Invitation” or the animation fantasy “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which she did voice work for.
Tom Wlaschiha – Jaqen H'ghar
As one of the Faceless Men, an organization of trained assassins, we’re pretty sure that his actual name wasn’t Jaqen H'ghar. In fact, there are so many details that we don’t know about this character. What we are sure of is the details of the actor, Tom Wlaschiha. Originally from Germany, Wlaschiha has carved a name for himself both in the German and American acting scenes.
“GOT” gave the actor plenty of momentum in the American entertainment industry as after the fantasy series, Wlaschiha starred in the extremely popular “Stranger Things” in season four, and before that, he was a cast member of “Jack Ryan.” He hasn’t completely abandoned the German acting scene, as he provided the voice acting for the German dubbing of Buzz Lightyear in "Lightyear” (2022).
Kristofer Hivju – Tormund Giantsbane
While “GoT” is renowned for having confusing and difficult fictional names, we’re happy to say in the case of Tormund Giantsbane and Kristofer Hivju – the actor who played this wildling – Hivju certainly has the more difficult name to remember. However, Hivju isn’t a name you should forget. Since “GOT,” the Norwegian actor, Hivju has had several roles.
While we can definitely say “The Bear” is not going to be any actor’s finest work, you will catch Hivju making an appearance in it. The Norwegian actor has also added appearances in “The Witcher” and roles in the Norwegian crime drama “Twin” to his acting credentials. In terms of film, the actor has expanded his resume, including appearing in “Red One” and “Distant.”
Iwan Rheon – Ramsay Bolton
There are also plenty of “GOT” characters who do awful things because they are driven by their own selfish agendas – and then there’s Ramsay Bolton. Though Bolton is the son of a very hard (and disloyal) northerner, Roose Bolton, Ramsay is as ruthless as they come.
We’d have to say, as chilling as his character is, Iwan Rheon, the Welsh actor portraying Ramsay, has done pretty well for himself in the acting world. Recently, he starred in the 2022 version of the German musical (film) “The Magic Flute” and also had a role in “Berlin I Love You.” In terms of TV, the actor continues to be strong. You can see him in the series “Wolf” and “American Gods.”
Michael McElhatton – Roose Bolton
This character gave viewers one of the most chilling scenes in the episode “The Rains of Castamere” – and there are plenty of tense and haunting moments. Only an immensely capable actor would have been able to act out such a scene. It was the Irish actor, Michael McElhatton, whose performance in this scene was so on point.
While Michael McElhatton is not a household name, he has long contributed to the entertainment world. One of his notable roles was in the comedy series “Paths to Freedom.” The Irish actor is certainly by no means done. You might have recognized him in Ridley Scott’s historical drama “The Last Duel” and the Amazon Prime series “The Wheel of Time.”