The HBO epic fantasy television drama series “Game of Thrones” was picked up for a fourth ten-episode season on April 2, 2013 and casting is now underway. The Primetime Emmy Award winning casting director is holding auditions for recurring, co-starring, guest-starring, and day player roles. In addition to the principal actors, the extras will also be cast on an ongoing basis throughout season four beginning in July, 2013. Shooting on this season’s episodes will take place primarily in Northern Ireland, however additional filming will take place in other locales.
“Game of Thrones” is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. Originally, each season was to be done on a book-by-book strategy. However, season four will draw material from books four and five, titled A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons respectively. There will be at least three new main roles being cast for season four. Oberyn Martell is an influential member of the Martell family. Mace Tyrell is the father of Loras and Margaery Tyrell. The great warrior Magnar of Thenn rounds out the first three new announced characters.
Among the talent returning for season four is Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Emilia Clarke in the immensly popular role of Daenerys Targaryen. Four-time Saturn Award nominee Lena Headey is back as the beautiful yet greedy, cruel and manipulative Cersei Lannister. Golden Globe Award nominee Peter Dinklage continues his role as the intelligent and wity outcast Tyrion Lannister. Young Artist Awards nominee Maisie Williams returns as the wild and carefree Arya Stark. Irish Film and Television Awards nominee Michelle Fairley moves forward with her role as Catelyn Stark. English actress Natalie Dormer is back as Margaery Tyrell.
Three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominees D.B. Weiss and David Benioff created “Game of Thrones” for HBO and serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series. Weiss and Benioff have been good friends since college. Also executive producing is three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Frank Doelger, and two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominees Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers are four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee George R.R. Martin, two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominees Guymon Casady and Vince Gerardis, and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Vanessa Taylor serves as executive producer and writer.
“Game of Thrones” Extras Casting Information
The extras casting company for Northern Ireland filming on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will be hiring fully paid background performers throughout production on season four. There are NO fees whatsoever to register. They need people of all ages, shapes and sizes, and the following is the general types cast for the show:
• Short hair of every color.
• Shoulder length hair of every color.
• All hair lengths with and without good beards.
• Short blonde hair.
• Long dark hair and beards
• Strong and physically fit types.
• Any male amputees.
• Men with special skills: archery, combat-skills, martial arts, military experience, rowers, sailors, farmers, butchers, carpenters, iron workers, blacksmiths, weavers, medieval musicians.
• Long natural uncolored hair.
Males and Females
• Over 18 years of age and under 5ft in height.
• Unusual, timeless and character-full faces.
You MUST be flexible and available to work week days. Game of Thrones does not shoot during the weekends. Costume fittings begin in late June, therefore early registration is highly advisable. Please only register if you are available to work in Northern Ireland.
Game of Thrones Extras Sign-Up
Minors and foreign talent MUST be legally eligible to work in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. You MUST have a passport and a national insurance number for working in the UK.
The 2013 London Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Northen Ireland and the United Kingdom:
• London Child Actor Information
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Bylaws on the Employment of Children
• London Child Stage Performance Application Form
• London Child Work Permit Application
• United Kingdom Foreign Actors Visa Information
• United Kingdom Entertainer Visitor Application Form
• United Kingdom Employment Application Form
In addition to the following London Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• London Casting Directors List
• London Extras Casting Directors List
• London Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• London Actors Headshot Photographers
• United Kingdom Acting Schools
• London Performers Unions and Organizations
• Miscellaneous London Actors Resources
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides
The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.
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Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director’s role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer(s) with creative control is called the showrunner(s) (in this case, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).
Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen – Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister
Charles Dance – Tywin Lannister
Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon
Stephen Dillane – Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer – Margaery Baratheon
Richard Madden – Robb Stark
Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark
Isaac Hempstead Wright – Bran Stark
Maisie Williams – Arya Stark
Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark
Rose Leslie – Ygritte
Iain Glen – Jorah Mormont
Carice van Houten – Melisandre
Jerome Flynn – Bronn
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the ‘Game of Thrones.’