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Gwendoline Christie ate for Thrones

Gwendoline Christie has learned to "inhabit" the world with her fashion.

The British actress plays warrior Brienne of Tarth in the HBO fantasy-drama series and often embarks on battles in a full suit of armour. It was a role Christine wanted from the beginning and she was so dedicated to winning it, she altered her lifestyle.

“There was this wonderfully encouraging wave of support. I read the books and I really, really wanted to play the part. I started kundalini yoga, kickboxing and running, and completely changed my diet. I felt I wanted to undergo what was necessary for the part,” she told The Edit. “I love a challenge. And I love defying limitation, gender stereotypes and people’s expectations of me as an actress.”

Gwendoline looks menacing in the programme, mainly due to her 6ft 3in frame. She moved to London for drama school when she was younger and it was there she had her first bespoke dress made for her by a seamstress at the age of 19.

“She was my height,” Christie recalled. “She said, ‘Darling, you need to experience what it’s like to wear something that has been made for you.’ On the surface she was offering to make clothes that wouldn’t restrict me, but what she was saying had a lot more depth; it was about not having to bend around the world. Just inhabit it.”

The blonde star found the experience "very valuable", though she admits she is still "grappling" with the notion today.

There isn't time for glamour on the set of the show though and fans are often surprised when they see her in real life.

“People come up to me and say, ‘You look so much better in real life,'” Gwendoline laughed. “And I always thank them, because the intention is good.”

One of the reasons she may look fabulous away from the camera could be her boyfriend, designer Giles Deacon. She also appreciates Roksanda Ilincic's long line designs “so the waist will hit you at the waist rather than just below the bust”.

“But Giles is my favourite designer. More tea?” she concluded.

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