It’s no secret the women in Game of Thrones are some of the most beautiful to ever grace the screen. Since the show first aired on HBO in 2011, it has been a critically acclaimed success. Some members of the cast were mere children when they signed on to the-now most popular show in history. Watching the cast grow up before our eyes is a game in and of itself.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane now that the epic fantasy drama has completed filming its final season and have a look at our leading ladies over the years.
Emilia Clarke/Daenerys Targaryen
In 2010 Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen at the age of 23. It goes without saying this role launched her to international fame. In the original pilot, another actress by the name of Tamzin Merchant had the role of the last Targaryen daughter. However, once Clarke was introduced to the right people, she replaced the actress in the title role and history was made. It seems bizarre to imagine any woman other than Emilia Clarke as the mother of dragons — luckily we don’t have to!
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Clarke, now 31, has been the face of Dolce & Gabbana alongside fellow Game of Thrones star Kit Harington. She recently starred in Solo: A Star War Story, and although it wasn’t as well-received as the studio had hoped, Clarke has another film slated to come out this year, Above Suspicion. While her personal life is very much personal, fans will still be fawning over the actress long after Thrones has come to an end.
Sophie Turner/Sansa Stark
Sophie was cast as Sansa Stark at the age of 13. It’s pretty remarkable how almost unrecognizable she looks when she was a child. She was born with naturally blonde hair, however, for the role of the eldest Stark daughter, she dyed her hair red for many years. Claiming the dye was causing permanent damage, Turner finally was able to wear a wig for season 7. She looks great either way!
Now, Sophie is 22 years old and currently engaged to singer Joe Jonas. She has taken on various modeling campaigns with high profile fashion companies due to her tall, slim stature and striking looks. Turner is also part of the latest X-Men franchise. She is set to star in the titular role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix scheduled to release in late 2019.
Maisie Williams/Arya Stark
Maisie grew up before our eyes. She joined the cast of Game of Thrones when she was only 12 years old. The youngest girl in the bunch, her attitude and talent never showed her age. Maisie was said to be a spark of energy among the cast very similar to the spunky and wild character she brought to life from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
Now, Maisie is 21 years old with a bright future ahead! She recently launched her app for young creatives to connect called “daisie” and is extremely involved in wildlife rescue organizations and other eco-conscious endeavors. Williams is set to star in the Marvel horror project The New Mutants coming out August 2019. Whatever she does next — I’m sure it’s bound to be a success.
Sophie Turner & Maisie Williams
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The two young actresses are best friends in real life, even going so far as to have matching tattoos of the date the two met! Maisie is set to be a bridesmaid in Sophie’s upcoming wedding. The duo is known to attend events and parties together whether they’re promoting the show or not. It’s pretty wonderful to see onscreen sisters have such a strong bond outside the confines of a television series. Plus, both of these young women are stunning.
Lena Headey/Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey is a brilliant actress known for her social activism and refugee work around the globe. Headey has a much bigger heart than her character Cersei Lannister. Also, she looks nothing like the character once the wig and crown come off! While her personal appearance hasn’t changed much in real life over the years, her characters on Game of Thrones most certainly did!
Natalie Dormer/Margaery Tyrell
Natalie Dormer is no stranger to period pieces, having stared in The Tudors as Anne Boleyn. Dormer joined the cast of Game of Thrones during its second season at the age of 25. A very popular young actress, Dormer is known for her big doe eyes and smirking smile.
More recently, Dormer starred in the Hunger Games trilogy and continues to model, showcasing her stunning good looks. With several films slated to come out in 2018 and 2019, it looks like it will take more than wildfire to blow up this actresses career!
Despite only being on the show for two seasons, Leslie made a huge impact on the fandom with her amazing performance as Ygritte as well as marrying leading man Kit Harington in real life. Rose starred in some underwhelming movies such as The Last Witch Hunter, but her television career is where she truly shines.
From Game of Thrones to Downton Abbey, Leslie now stars alongside Christine Baranski in The Good Fight on CBS All Access. Whether she continues her on-screen career or takes a break to enjoy marital bliss, Leslie is a gorgeous actress with incredible range, there’s no doubt she’ll be in demand for years to come.
Gwendoline Christie/Brienne Of Tarth
Before Game of Thrones, Gwendoline didn’t seem like such an intimidating physical force at all! Her resume was mainly theatre and modeling due to her tall stature. The English actress joined the show in its second season and is one of the lucky ladies to still be alive! Not only is Christie a stellar fashion icon, but her celebrity has also brought about awareness to strong female characters on both the small and big screen alike.
Standing at 6’3″, Christie is one of the most desired fashion models in the business most recently seen walking for Prada and Miu Miu. She continues to be involved in the Royal Acadamy of Arts as well as various foundations to empower young women in developing countries. This in no way takes her focus from her film work, having starred in the Hunger Games franchise and more recently Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Christie has a slate of upcoming films both filming and in-production. Hopefully, she’ll live long enough on Game of Thrones to get to see how the Great War turns out!