Game of Thrones stars hail 'immensely beautiful' Northern Ireland as top filming location
'I love the accent. I just love the coast line you know'
The stars of Game of Thrones have hailed "immensely beautiful" Northern Ireland as a top filming location.
Scenes from the show have been filmed around beauty spots on the coast as well as in the Paint Hall studios in Belfast.
Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy in the TV phenomenon, said: "I love the accent. I just love the coast line you know. We filmed a lot on the coast line. If Northern Ireland had better weather, it would be like New Zealand.
"It's an immensely beautiful country."
When they shot some scenes in Iceland, he said he thought it "kind of looks like Ireland".
The actor said "long may it continue" that the show films scenes in Northern Ireland.
Irishman Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, said it is "a joy" to be involved in the show and said the fact Northern Ireland plays a key role is a "win win for everybody".
He added: "There's a huge dividend. There's huge amounts of people being employed up there on the back of this and all the other shows and there's no reason why it shouldn't continue and long may it continue."
Ian Beattie, from Belfast, who plays Ser Meryn Trant, said he is planning on doing the Game Of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland which is popular with tourists.
He said he is "very, very proud" that the show is filmed in his home country and said HBO did Northern Ireland "a huge favour".
The star added: "It has done wonders for the Northern Irish film industry and it has shown the world that Northern Ireland has some of the best crew, some of the best actors and some of the best locations in the world.
"I think over the next five or six years Northern Ireland can truly become a centre of excellence in film and television making and that is really good for all of us."
And Michael McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton, said filming in Northern Ireland is "fantastic".
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