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Gwendoline Christie: GoT doesn't use wizardry

Gwendoline Christie has labelled the Belfast countryside beautiful and says it still shines even in the rain.

The statuesque actress is one of the key figures in fantasy drama Game of Thrones. She plays Brienne of Tarth in the smash hit shows, which boasts an A-list cast including Kit Harington, Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage.

The show achieves its sweeping landscape shots, usually the backdrop for epic battle scenes, by filming in Northern Ireland.

"The countryside in Belfast is beautiful. No technical wizardry is needed to show quite how glorious it is in its natural state," Gwendoline smiled to British newspaper Metro.

"Even when it's raining I feel 'soaked in nature's fecund blessing,'" she added quoting from novel Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons.

Her work on the small screen has helped open doors in the movie world, and Gwendoline has two blockbusters in the pipeline. She'll be gracing cinemas in Star Wars: Episode VII next year, alongside Harrison Ford, Lupita Nyong'o and Andy Serkis.

The film is slated for a December release and is already getting fans excited.

Before that though, Gwendoline will appear in the next Hunger Games instalment. The popular franchise already has two films under its belt and will be releasing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in November, with the second part due out a year later.

"I'm so excited to be part of a franchise I've admired so greatly - and one that has such a strong, positive female central figure in the form of Katniss," she gushed.

"I play Commander Lyme, a previous victor of an unseen Hunger Games. She was one of the examples shown to Katniss and is now the rebel commander of District 2."

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