Game of Thrones audition tapes that earned stars their role are unearthed
If you've ever wondered what it takes to win a leading role on Game of Thrones, some newly-released audition tapes have revealed how the stars won their parts.
Looking very different and fresh-faced compared to how they appear on screen in the elaborate costumes and make-up that the hit fantasy series filmed in Northern Ireland demands, the actors may seem out of character.
But their now-famous voices are immediately recognisable.
Among the stars featured in the clip are stunning Natalie Dormer, who plays the current Queen of Westeros Margaery Tyrell.
Looking very different from her scruffy wildling character is Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and the imposing figure of Gwendolin Christie, whose Brienne of Tarth ruffles feathers by proving a better knight than most men in the swords and sorcery epic.
Their auditions show them reading lines from the show, alongside them delivering the same line on set.
Christie can be seen uttering one of her best-known lines striking a blow for strong women.
"All my life men like you have sneered at me, and all my life I've been knocking men like you into the dust," she says.
Nathalie Emmanuel has a harder task to master one of the many fictional languages that her character Missandei can speak, but she manages beautifully.
And Dormer smoothly handles a scene where she is attempting to seduce her on-screen husband.
Rose Leslie may be casually dressed in the clip but delivers her line with the perfect level of sneer to suit her feisty character.
In the highlight of the clip, she rehearses one of the most memorable lines from the series, which is directed at her lover: "You know nothing Jon Snow."
The clip was unveiled as part of this year's Comic Con in San Diego, and since being uploaded to the video sharing website YouTube three days ago, has already amassed four million views. It will be available to view on the Belfast Telegraph website today.
Meanwhile, young Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has said she can't wait to see what her fans think of her upcoming stint in Doctor Who.
Williams, who rose to fame as Arya Stark, is set to appear in an episode when Doctor Who returns to BBC1 on September 19.
Details of her character have not been revealed but she spoke about the show while being featured on CNN's Ones to Watch.
She said, as someone who has always watched and enjoyed Doctor Who, that "it's quite daunting to be a part of such an iconic series, but everyone was so lovely and they are such a great team, I slotted in straight away.
"I can't wait to see what the fans think of it."