This character probably has one of the best introductions. It is just a testament to how great the dialogue of “Game of Thrones” really is. Ser Ilyn Payne is a silent executioner who, as explained by Joffrey Baratheon, speaks very well with his sword. Interestingly, the actor portraying the silent executioner was not actually an actor but an English musician.
The late musician, Wilko Johnson, is best known as the guitarist of the blues band Dr. Feelgood, who experienced its height of popularity in the 1970s. The band and Johnson are believed to be influential in music, especially the punk scene. Later he formed the Wilko Johnson Band. His role in “GOT” was his debut performance in the acting industry. In November 2022, Johnson passed away.
Richard Brake - Night King
Richard Brake is known for the almighty, the leading name of the White Walkers. He has been around since the early days of the First Men, and the "Games of Thrones" would not have been half as good without him. He is known for "Bringing the Storm" and for eventually becoming the leader of the"Army of the Dead." Richard Brake is the superb name behind this phenomenal character, and he has an honorable reputation behind (or in front) of him.
He gave an exceptional performance in the 2005 version of "Batman Begins," and he played the chemist in the 2018 "Mandy." His charming Welsh origins were well presented in his school years when he attended acting school in London, and these days, he is considered one of the best actors in horror movies.
Ian McElhinney – Ser Barristan Selmy
Joffrey Baratheon creates quite the scene (when does he not?) when he dismisses the knight, Ser Barristan Selmy. This allows the Northern Irish actor Ian McElhinney to show off his acting range. McElhinney hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. McElhinney has had quite an extensive career as both an actor and director.
For much of his career, McElhinney has had several minor roles in various films and series including starring in the British soap opera, “Coronation Street” in 1998 and making an appearance in the dramatized historical series “The Tudors.” It seems like “GoT” gave McElhinney the boost his acting career needed as after his role in the series, he joined the main cast of the British sitcom “Derry Girls.”
Daniel Portman – Ser Podrick “Pod” Payne
You might not have known, but Ser Podrick Payne – more commonly known as Pod – is a relative of the silent executioner, Ser Ilyn Payne. Though he serves as much comic relief in the earlier seasons, Pod has a character arc. The Scottish actor, Daniel Portman, is the man behind this Pod and his character arc.
He is also one of the vocalists on a song of the “GOT” soundtrack. While Portman’s career in entertainment has yet to take off, things are looking up since the Scottish actor’s role in “Game of Thrones.” In 2019, he made the cast of the British historical film “Robert the Bruce,” and in 2023, he appeared in a “Black Mirror” episode.
Miltos Yerolemou – Syrio Forel
We meet this character, a sword master, in Season 1 as he becomes Arya Stark’s very first instructor. Though Miltos Yerolemou is of Greek Cypriot descent, the actor grew up in London and has been very involved in the British acting scene. His role in “King Lear” garnered the actor much praise.
After starring as the sword master in “GOT,” Forel moved on to other projects. He made appearances in the seventh “Star Wars” film, “The Force Awakens” and in “The Crown.” One of his most notable performances since the fantasy series was in “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard.