As the magnificent Game of Thrones Series/Season 3 cracks on apace, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that some of the faces look a bit familiar.
The Game of Thrones supporting cast is, quite frankly, awesome, despite the lack of Timothy Dalton and Christopher Eccleston.
The latest appearance to have TVClaw spilling wine on the floor was Stannis Baratheon’s wife, Lady
Creepy Selyse is played by Tara Fitzgerald who, back in the early to mid-’90s, cornered the market in period drama heroines with starring roles in The Woman in White, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The Camomile Lawn.
She also co-starred as the small but determined heroine in films with Hugh Grant and Ewan McGregor before heading back to the small screen post-2000 as Dr Eve Lockhart in Waking the Dead and its spin-off series, The Body Farm.
So, who else looks familiar? Check out the TVClaw “Who He?” Game of Thrones rundown and feel free to add your own celeb spots in the Comments section.
But please: NO SPOILERS.
Keen-eyed viewers will have most recently seen Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), Brynden ‘Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell), Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney), Hodor (Hodor! Kristian Nairn) and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Series/Season 1 of Ripper Street.
In fact, the Game of Thrones—Ripper Street bonds are so deep that when the luxuriant ginger beard of Tormund Giantsbane first hoved into view, TVClaw initially thought it was Artherton (David Wilmot). But alas, it wasn’t.*
Meanwhile, Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Ser Barristan featured in recent nautical drama Titanic: Blood and Steel.
Davos was then joined underwater in a Cold War-era Russian submarine in Doctor Who by Lady Catelyn’s brother Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies).
Long ago, Edmure was the man to whom a blood-soaked Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) uttered the immortal line, “et tu, Brute?” in Rome.
Viewers with long memories may remember Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) as the celeb-baiting spoof interviewer Dennis Pennis. Remember when he squirted Tom Cruise with water?
How about Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover)? Remember him from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Or The Empire Strikes Back?
Before he was smithing in Game of Thrones, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) was hunted by Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) in The Fades, a short-lived supernatural thriller on the BBC.
Margaery’s Gorgon of a grandmother, Lady Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), originally found fame as Emma Peel in The Avengers. (No, not that one, this one.) She was also — briefly — Mrs James Bond.
Before he was King in the North, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) was in the Birdsong trenches with his uncle Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle).
Karl (Burn Gorman), the treacherous Nights Watchman who killed Kraster, was known in a previous life as the libidinous Owen Harper in Torchwood.
Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen) cut his scheming teeth in Baltimore, playing conniving local politico Tommy Carcetti in The Wire.
You may have recognised wildling Osha (Natalia Tena) as Tonks from the Harry Potter films, but did you spot Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) as the kid from Love, Actually or the classic Doctor Who two-parter, ‘Family of Blood’? (Which also starred Viserys Targaryen, a.k.a. Harry Lloyd.)
LATE ADDITION: Watching Hot Fuzz last night I spotted The Hound (Rory McCann) as the homicidal supermarket trolley boy who just says “Yarp” a lot. Plus Walder Frey (David Bradley) as the incomprehensible, heavily armed local with a sea mine in his shed.
*Giantsbane is played by excellent Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju. Who features heavily in this ginger beard “appreciation blog.”
In the UK: Game of Thrones airs Mondays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic
In the US: Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO
Ripper Street Series/Season 2 premieres on BBC1 and BBC America in early 2014