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Here's What "Game Of Thrones" Actors Look Like In Real Life

Game Of Thrones has taken a remarkable journey as a TV show. From a relatively obscure and unfinished set of fantasy novels to the world's most popular show, it's been truly epic.

This year has seen Game Of Thrones smash another set of viewing records, and much of it is down to the actors who wear the costumes. So, let's take a look at the stars of the show and see just how much they look like the characters they play in real life.

You may be very surprised by some of them—how many would you recognize on the street?

1. Daenerys Targaryen

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The mother of dragons, the Khaleesi, and the Targaryen heir to the Iron Throne is Daenerys Targaryen. She's come a long way from the scared little girl who was sold off to a new husband.

Emilia Clarke

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Yes, it's shocking—but Emilia Clarke's not a blonde, like Daenerys Targaryen. Her look completely transforms without the wig. You can expect to see much more of Emilia in the future. 

3. Jon Snow

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The show's audience has chosen their favorite character of them all, and it's Jon Snow, King in the North. He is swiftly becoming the show's lead, too.

Kit Harrington

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Kit Harrington, thanks to Jon Snow, has become one of the world's most bankable acting talents. He's already worked on multiple other gigs and there are many more in the pipeline.

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5. Missandei

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Missandei was a marginal character when she first arrived on the show, but she's become far more important over time. She now serves as an advisor to her Khaleesi.

Nathalie Emmanuel

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In real life, Missandei is Nathalie Emmanuel, and she's been staking her claim to a great career. Her most recent appearance outside of the show was in Furious 7.

7. The Night's King (Richard Brake)

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You certainly wouldn't recognize Richard Brake as the face behind the show's "big bad." The Night's King leads the White Walkers in their quest to devour Westeros.

8. Cersei Lannister

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The show's strongest and most evil character is the incestuous Cersei Lannister. There's nothing she won't do for her family—or her lust for power.

Lena Headley

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Lena Headley's nothing like Cersei in real life, and there are no real surprises there. She's a very well established actress with more than 25 years in film and television.

10. Margaery Tyrell

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She never wanted to become queen, but her own house forced her hand—and Margaery Tyrell paid the steepest price of them all for it at Cersei's hands.

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Natalie Dormer

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Looking completely different from her time as Margaery Tyrell, this is Natalie Dormer when she was in The Hunger Games. She's got a very versatile look.

12. Varys

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The eunuch is Westeros' spymaster and he is, possibly, the real power behind the game of thrones that is causing so much turmoil in the land.

Conleth Hill

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It's almost disappointing to discover that, in real life, Conleth Hill has a fine head of hair. He looks completely different than Varys, doesn't he?

14. Arya Stark

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Arya Stark is the fan's favorite Stark. Her dark journey from tomboy of a noble house to becoming a "faceless man" has been one of the show's most thrilling transformations.

Maisie Williams

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Masie Williams skipped out on her exams to take up acting in Game of Thrones. She's never looked back and her recent appearance on Doctor Who was impeccable. 

It's amazing how some stars look so much like their characters, whereas others look so different.

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