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Take a look behind the scenes of House of the Dragon and get all the details from the creators of the series!

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House of the Dragon, the long-awaited prequel to Game of Thrones based on the book “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin, premieres Aug. 21 on HBO Max.

The fascinating story of House Targaryen takes place some 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

The series’ cast includes actors Paddy Considine (from the HBO productions The Third Day and The Outsider), Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), Olivia Cooke (Slow Horses, Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers, Wanderlust), Steve Toussaint (It’s A Sin, Doctor Who), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The King’s Speech), Sonoya Mizuno (Devs, La La Land), Fabien Frankel (Last Christmas, The Serpent) and Rhys Ifans (Berlin Station, The King’s Man). He is supported by Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes and Savannah Steyn.

George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal are the co-writers of the 10-part series. Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal are coordinators and executive producers of the series, along with George R.R. Martin, Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis and Ron Schmidt.

Sapochnik, Clare Kilner, Geeta Vasant Patel and Greg Yaitanes direct the episodes. Composer Ramin Djawadi (who has previously worked on HBO’s Game of Thrones and Westworld) composed the series’ soundtrack.

Take a look behind the scenes of House of the Dragon and get all the details from the creators of the series!
Take a look behind the scenes of House of the Dragon and get all the details from the creators of the series!

Condal, co-creator of the series, describes House of the Dragon as a “complex, Shakespearean family drama,” adding, “Game of Thrones was a story about multiple families fighting over ideas like justice and decency.

There were murders and betrayals, and all those things exist here, but the story here is about the dissolution of one family, and that family happens to be the most powerful in the history of Westeros.”

Sapochnik, the other showrunner besides Condal who also directed several episodes of the first season, adds, “Our story starts with the Targaryens in a zone of safety and trust, because they have the dragons – they have the weapons of destruction on the table – and as long as they have them, it’s hard to imagine anyone questioning their power. They know that, but that very arrogance could lead to their downfall.”

Ryan Condal, the show’s coordinator, is especially grateful to George R.R. Martin’s books: “I have learned more from George R.R. Martin than from any other writer…”

When Ryan Condal arrived in Beverly Hills to have lunch with his friend and sometime mentor George R.R. Martin, he had no idea what he would find on the menu and that his life would change. Condal had long been an admirer of Martin and his works. They had met in the mid-2000s when the author was at a book signing and Condal, then an accountant but aspiring screenwriter, showed up in New York with a volume of Martin’s stories, hoping he would autograph them for him.

“I think I learned more from George than from any other writer, and that was partly because I knew that George had worked in television for ten years and that he wrote in that cinematic style.”

In 2018, HBO was already developing ideas for prequels to Game of Thrones, which was in the midst of filming its eighth and final season, set to air the following year in 2019. Martin was in Los Angeles and called his friend to invite him to lunch. This lunch was different – George wanted to work with Condal.

Condal left the luncheon incredulous at what had happened. “Dates like that happen, and people always promise you the world. I went home thinking that everything that had happened was crazy and I’ll probably never hear about it again.”

“My agents called me the next day and asked if I had a meeting with George R.R. Martin, and I confirmed it with them. They told me that HBO had just contacted them, that they wanted me to write a pilot. A month later, I was sitting with George in his office in Santa Fe, working on the pilot episode with my hero.”

Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO
Paddy Considine, Milly Alcock
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House of the Dragon
Season 1

The next crucial piece of the creative puzzle was heavily involved in the final season of Game of Thrones at the time.

Miguel Sapochnik directed six episodes in three different seasons of the series, including Battle of the Bastards, the penultimate episode of season six, which earned him an Emmy Award. HBO knew the value of this experience and wanted to incorporate Sapochnik’s skills and knowledge into the series’ next project.

At the time, Condal and Sapochnik had the same agent and had already met. They discovered that they were creatively like-minded, and together they developed a project that never made it to the screen.

Condal knew that Sapochnik would be the perfect partner for him and that they both needed to be coordinators on the House of the Dragon series. However, Sapochnik was initially hesitant to get involved in the project.

“He was in the middle of shooting the hell out of the last season of Game of Thrones. I think he worked 11 weeks straight, shooting at night for (episode three) The Long Night, and he said, ‘ I’ll never have anything to do with Game of Thrones again, thank you,'” Condal laughs.

“With Game of Thrones, every season was a big challenge, and the eighth was relatively traumatic,” Sapochnik says with a smile. “So I didn’t know if I ever wanted to do anything like that again.”
But Sapochnik enjoyed a well-deserved break and then changed his mind. He realized House of the Dragon was a different story and a new opportunity. So he threw himself into the project.

Condal and Sapochnik were at the heart of this massive creative project and involved in every aspect of the series – Condal writes and produces, but also acts as coordinator, along with Sapochnik, who also directs and produces the series. Both admit that the production process of “House of the Dragon,” one of the most anticipated television series in recent years, has been a major challenge, especially during a worldwide pandemic.

“You really had to be on the ground to understand exactly what the project entailed,” Condal says. “Constant fear that production would be interrupted because of COVID, constant testing.” “But fortunately, no one got seriously ill, and thanks to a great cast and crew, we somehow overcame the challenge.”

As series coordinator Ryan Condal explains, each of the dragons has its own personality. “There is a humanity in the dragons and each of them builds a relationship with their rider, they have a strong bond and each of them has their own personality. At the climax of the story, there will be 17 dragons, and we need to be able to tell them apart and identify them by color, shape, size and age.”

“There’s a huge amount of information in George’s writings, and then there’s a lot of stuff that we had to make up as we went along in the story. That’s world building, and that’s what we like to do,” Sapochnik says.

“And in our world, there are different types of dragons: There are chariot dragons and more dog-like dragons and then more dinosaur-like dragons. And we had to find a story for them as well – how dragons live and what happens to them and whether they ever stop reproducing. And we came up with the idea that dragons grow until they die, and that they die because they just get too big. Our oldest dragon, Vhagar, is like a grumpy old woman.

“So it was important to give all the dragons a personality, and that happens during the design phase and then when they are animated. For example, Caraxes, Prince Daemon’s dragon, is called a bloodworm and has a deformed, abnormally long body, which leads to all kinds of problems in real life – what would happen to her if this dragon could fly because the lower part of her body would hang down into space.

“So together with the animators, we had to look into the physical laws of this dragon! Finally, we decided to add small wings to the hind legs. Also, limp caraxes and things like that give the dragon instant personality.”

Ryan Condal (Coordinator, Director and Executive Producer).

Ryan Condal was co-creator, executive producer and showrunner of the USA produced series Colony for three years. He wrote the script for Neo Earth for Netflix and Brad Peyton, sold a script to Lionsgate to be directed by Chad Stahelski, and wrote the script for Highlander, also for Chad Stahelski, currently in development at Lionsgate. Previously, Ryan sold the script for Infinite Horizon to Warner Bros. and wrote the feature film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson. He also worked with Carlton Cuse on the pilot episode of The Sixth Gun, which was filmed for NBC. Ryan was on Variety’s “10 Television Writers to Watch” list in 2015.

Miguel Sapochnik (Coordinator, Director and Executive Producer).

Miguel Sapochnik won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series as executive producer of the last season of Game of Thrones and directed several episodes of the series, including Battle of the Bastards, for which he won an Emmy and a DGA Award, and The Long Night, for which he was also nominated for an Emmy and a DGA Award. Miguel also directed episodes of True Detective, Masters of Sex and the pilot episode of Altered Carbon. On the big screen, Miguel directed Finch, starring Tom Hanks, which hit theatres in 2021, and Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Emily Carey (young Alicent Hightower)

Emily Carey (young Alicent Hightower)
Emily Carey (young Alicent Hightower)

Emily Carey is a young, aspiring British actress. Recently, Emily starred in Ari Folman’s animated film Where’s Anne Frank, lending her voice to Anne. The film premiered out of competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Prior to that, Carey starred in the hit BBC series Get Even, which was downloaded over one million times on BBC iPlayer in the first two weeks of its release. The series premiered in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2020, and was released on Netflix in all international territories on August 1, 2020.

The actress has also appeared in television series such as Casualty, a BBC production. Emily is internationally known for her role as young Diana in Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, and as young Lara Croft in the latest film Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander.

Emily has also appeared in films such as The Lost Girls, a Myriad Pictures adaptation of Laurie Fox’s novel of the same name, in which she starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Louis Partridge.

Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra)

Emma D'Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra)
Emma D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra)

Emma D’Arcy is a film and theatre actress who studied fine arts at the Ruskin School of Art. On stage, Emma has been in The Crucible at the Yard Theatre, Against at the Almeida Theatre, A Girl in School Uniform (Walks Into a Bar ) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Mrs Dalloway and Callisto: A Queer Epic at the Arcola Theatre.

Minor and major films include Wanderlust for Netflix/BBC, Truth Seekers and Hanna II for Amazon Prime, Wild Bill for ITV, and the Philippa Lowthorpe-directed film Misbehaviour.

Emma starred in Mothering Sunday, which premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, alongside Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Josh O’Connor and Odessa Young.

Eve Best (Princess Rhaenys Velaryon)

Eve Best (Princess Rhaenys Velaryon)
Eve Best (Princess Rhaenys Velaryon)

Eve Best is a critically acclaimed British actress and director whose work spans film, television and theater.

In TV and film, Best is known for her roles as Dr. Eleanor O’Hara in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, Monica Chatwin in the BBC miniseries The Honorable Woman, and Wallis Simpson in The King’s Speech. Her film roles also include Fate: The Winx Saga, Lucky Man and Life in Squares.

For her stage work, Best won the Evening Standard Award for her outstanding debut in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the title role in Hedda Gabler. On Broadway, she won Best Actress at the Tony Awards for revivals of A Moon for the Misbegotten and The Homecoming.

Other notable theatrical productions in which he has appeared include A Woman of No Importance, The Coast of Utopia, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Fabien Frankel (Sir Criston Cole)

Fabien Frankel (Sir Criston Cole)
Fabien Frankel (Sir Criston Cole)

Fabien Frankel was named to Variety’s “Top Ten Brits to Watch” list for 2021. Fabien was most recently seen as Dominique Renelleau in Tom Shankland’s The Serpent (2021) for the BBC and Netflix. Dominique was the victim of serial killer Charles Sobhraj (played by Thar Rahim) and escaped his clutches with the help of neighbors Nadine and Remi Gires.

After its broadcast, “The Serpent” quickly became the most watched show on BBC iPlayer since “Normal People”; it has 31 million viewers since its broadcast on January 1, 2021.

Fabien’s television appearances also include NYPD Blue (2019), where he played Theo Sipowicz. In cinema, Fabien can be seen alongside Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in the hit romantic comedy Last Christmas (2019) and stars in the comedy Venice at Dawn (2022). The story centers on shoplifters Dixon (Fabien) and Sally (Greta Bellamacina) who plan to steal an expensive painting from Sally’s ex-boyfriend Stephen (Tom Basden).

Graham McTavish (Ser Harold Westerling)

Graham McTavish (Ser Harold Westerling)
Graham McTavish (Ser Harold Westerling)

Graham McTavish has made a name for himself in Hollywood as a versatile, experienced actor. In addition to starring in House of the Dragon, in which he plays Ser Harrold Westerling, commander of the Kingsguard, he will also be seen this year in the third season of the critically acclaimed drama series The Witcher, back in the role he played in the previous season, Sigismund Dijkstra. The series was in the top 10 viewers on Netflix when the second season debuted, and it took the first place when it premiered.

He will also be the narrator of the international version of Love Nature’s documentary The Ocean’s Greatest Feast, which features South Africa’s annual sardine season. McTavish also starred in the multi-award winning Starz production Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham alongside actor and longtime friend Sam Heughan, in which the two travel through Scotland exploring the country’s history and culture. The show won three of the four categories in which it was nominated at the American Reality Television Awards, including Best Documentary Series, Best Feel Good Show and Best Lifestyle Show, and was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Travel/Adventure Show by the Critics’ Choice Association.

It was such a success that Starz commissioned a second season of the show, in which the two will travel to New Zealand this time. Together, the two also wrote the award-winning book Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other to accompany the series. The book landed at #1 on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and many other newspapers, and the audio version reached the top 5 on Amazon and Audible.

Their reading of the audiobook earned them an Audie Award in the category of Best Historical/Biographical Book, a recognition of the book’s status as an exceptional audiobook. Due to the success of the book, they continued the series with another popular title, “The Clanlands Almanack” Seasonal Stories from Scotland.

In the impressive list of his acting accomplishments, several of McTavish’s performances stand out. On the big screen, he appeared in all three films of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster The Hobbit. There he played the brave dwarf warrior Dwalin in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: Smaug’s Desolation and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

He was recently seen in the Warner Bros. blockbuster Aquaman alongside Jason Momoa. On the big screen, he was also seen in The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, but also in the Warner Bros. Oscar-nominated Creed, in which he played boxing trainer Tommy Holiday, alongside Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.

He played Saint of Killers in the AMC series Preacher, starring Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga, produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The series is based on the successful comic book series of the same name. McTavish’s role expanded over the course of the series and saw many twists and turns throughout the four seasons. He also appeared in the award-winning Starz series Outlander, in which he played Dougal MacKenzie, a Machiavellian Scotsman from the Highlands in the seventeenth century.

McTavish began his career in London with projects as diverse as the cult favorite Red Dwarf, Brian Blessed’ King Lear, and the Empire miniseries. Simultaneously, McTavish played leading roles on prestigious stages in the United Kingdom, including the Royal Court Theater and the National Theater in London, and the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh. A week after arriving in Los Angeles, McTavish landed a role in the Lionsgate production of Rambo, also alongside Sylvester Stallone. Since then, he has played a variety of roles in television and film, including the role of the menacing Russian diplomat Mikhail Novakovich in the final season of Fox 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, as Earl Jansen in Secretariat with Diane Lane, in Middle Men with James Caan and Giovanni Ribisi, and in the Olivier Megaton-directed film Columbiana with Zoe Saldana, among many others.

McTavish has also built a large fan base for his portrayal of Dante Alighieri in the animated film and video game Dante’s Inferno, and embodied Loki in the films Hulk vs. Thor and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but has also lent his voice to various other characters in television series and video games. McTavish divides his time between New Zealand and Los Angeles.

Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen)

Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen)
Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen)

Matt Smith is one of the most dynamic and talented actors working today. He is known for his unique portrayal of the long-running character “The Doctor” in the groundbreaking series Doctor Who, a role that earned him critical acclaim and a nomination for BAFTA.

Most recently, Matt played the villain in Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius. Prior to that, he appeared in the popular horror film directed by Edgar Wright Last Night in Soho alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie and the late Diana Rigg.

He will soon be seen in John Michael McDonagh’s project The Forgiven alongside Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain. He will also star in the supernatural horror film Starve Acre alongside Morfydd Clark.

In late 2019, Matt returned to the stage in Matthew Warchus’ adaptation of Duncan Macmillan’s unique love story Lungs at The Old Vic, where he reunited with Claire Foy. He also starred alongside Keira Knightley in the reality-inspired spy story Official Secrets.

Another proof of his versatility was the role of Charles Manson in the independent drama Charlie Says directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho). Matt also appeared in Remi Weekes’ horror film His House, in which he played a real estate owner struggling with his own past and haunted by supernatural elements.

In the summer of 2018, Matt starred in the Sony Screen Gems feature film Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and also starring Natalie Dormer, Clive Standen and Stanley Tucci. Matt also starred in Mapplethorpe alongside Girls star Zosia Mamet.

Matt starred as Prince Philip in two seasons of the popular Netflix series The Crown about the British royal family, appearing alongside Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

Prior to this project, Matt returned to the Royal Court Theater – for the first time since 2007 – when he starred in Polly Stenham’s That Face. Matt also starred in Anthony Neilson’s play Unreachable. In February 2016, Matt starred as Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, directed by Burr Steers and starring Lily James, Lena Headey and Douglas Booth.

In early 2015, Matt was seen in Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. In late 2014 and again in 2014, Matt starred in the musical adaptation of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis at the Almeida Theater.

Matt made his theatrical debut at the Royal Court Theater in Fresh Kills directed by Wilson Milam, who also directed the West End production of Swimming with Sharks opposite Christian Slater. Other plays Matt has appeared in include On the Shore of the Wide World, Burn, Citizenship, Chatroom and The History Boys, all at the National Theater.

In 2011, Matt took on the lead role of Christopher Isherwood in the television film (produced by the BBC) Christopher and His Kind. Matt played the title role of Thomas and co-starred with Eva Green in Womb, the 2010 film directed by Benedek Fliegauf.

Matt starred alongside Jim Broadbent and Timothy Spall in Jimmy McGovern’s critically acclaimed BBC drama The Street. He also had a recurring role in the BBC2 drama Party Animals and played Olympic athlete ‘Burt Bushnell’ in the BBC drama Bert & Dickie. In addition to acting, Matt also directed Cargese, a short film for the Sky Arts Playhouse Presents series, written by playwright Simon Stephens.

Milly Alcock (Young Princess Rhaenyra)

Milly Alcock had one of the two lead roles alongside Tim Minchin in the Sky Atlantic and Foxtel drama Upright, which earned her an AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards). Milly made her television debut at the age of 14 in the romantic comedy Wonderland.

Other titles in her filmography include the crime series Reckoning, in which she starred alongside Aden Young, the short film Furlough alongside Ryan Corr, the six-part miniseries Fighting Season with Ewan Leslie, the Netflix-produced spy thriller Pine Gap, The Gloaming, Janet King and the final season of A Place to Call home, a hugely popular Australian-produced historical drama.

Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower)

Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower)
Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower)

Olivia Cooke is an award-winning British actress who has had an extraordinary career on both sides of the Atlantic. Earlier this year, Olivia was seen in Slow Horse. The series from Apple TV + is about a team of British spies who work in Slough House, an MI5 building where disgraced agents are sent to work through the remnants of their careers. Olivia plays a young agent, Sid Baker, alongside Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jack Lowden.

Last year, Olivia starred alongside Riz Ahmed in Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal, which won two Oscars. The critically acclaimed film tells the story of Ruben, a heavy metal drummer whose life goes off the rails when he begins to lose his hearing.

Last April, Olivia starred alongside John Boyega and Bill Skarsgård in the thriller comedy Naked Singularity, based on the book of the same name. In 2020, she played the main character Pixie in the feature comedy Pixie. Directed by Barnaby Thompson and starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Hardy, the film follows a woman and two men who try to escape the law in the Irish countryside after a robbery goes wrong.

In 2019, Olivia and Jack O’Connell starred in Little Fish, a dystopian romantic drama about an American couple affected by a pandemic that causes memory loss. That same year, Olivia starred in Life Itself, directed by Dan Fogelman, alongside Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Wilde and Annette Bening.

In 2018, she played the lead role, Art3mis/Samantha, in Steven Spielberg’s hit science fiction film Ready Player One. Prior to that, she played Rachel Kushner in the drama Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on her performance, Olivia was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Actors list.

Her other films include Focus Features’ Thoroughbreds alongside the late Anton Yelchin and Anya Taylor-Joy, produced by Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Olivia played Lizzie Cree in The Limehouse Golem alongside Bill Nighy and Douglas Booth and the title role in Katie Says Goodbye alongside Chris Abbott, Mireille Enos and Mary Steenburgen. Other roles in television series include the Amazon Studios anthology Modern Love, Becky Sharp in the ITV historical drama Vanity Fair, and Emma Decody alongside Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in all five seasons of the A&E thriller Bates Motel.

Paddy Considine (King Viserys Targaryen)

Paddy Considine (King Viserys Targaryen)
Paddy Considine (King Viserys Targaryen)

Actor, screenwriter, director and musician Paddy Considine is known for his versatile portrayals of anti-heroes or emotionally vulnerable characters.

Paddy Considine has received numerous awards and nominations, including two British Academy Film Awards, three Evening Standard British Film Awards and British Independent Film Awards, a Silver Lion, and nominations for the Olivier Award and Tony Award. Most recently, Paddy starred alongside Jude Law and Katherine Waterston in the psychological thriller The Third Day, developed by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly for HBO and Sky Atlantic. He also starred alongside Cynthia Erivo in The Outsider, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel by Richard Price for HBO.

Other notable and recent roles in TV series include the BBC series Informer, the lead role of Detective Inspector Jack Whicher in the ITV series The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, and Steven Knight’s BBC series Peaky Blinders.

Memorable roles in Paddy’s illustrious filmography include those in such films as Hot Fuzz and The World’s End directed by Edgar Wright, The Bourne Ultimatum directed by Paul Greengrass, Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard, The Death of Stalin directed by Armando Iannucci and The Girl With All the Gifts directed by Colm McCarthy.

Paddy made his directorial debut in 2007 with the short film Dog Altogether, for which he won a BAFTA for Best Short Film, a British Independent Film Award, a Silver Lion at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury. He later adapted the short into a strong feature film in 2011, Tyrannosaur, starring Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman, for which Paddy won a second BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, but also a British Independent Film Award.

He made his stage debut in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, which was subsequently performed in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre and on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. For his performance, Paddy received Olivier Award and Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in 2018 and 2019.

Rhys Ifans (Ser Otto Hightower, HAND OF THE KING)

Rhys Ifans (Ser Otto Hightower, HAND OF THE KING)
Rhys Ifans (Ser Otto Hightower, HAND OF THE KING)

Rhys Ifans is a BAFTA award-winning actor known for his enduring presence, distinctive approach to comedy, and ability to disappear gracefully into compelling and complex roles that are always memorable.

Ifans is currently shooting the Miramax film Inheritance, in which he stars alongside Bridgerton actress Phoebe Dynevor. Ifans recently finished filming Nyad, a biographical sports drama directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi that also stars Jodie Foster and Annette Bening.

Recently, Ifans could be seen in the film comedy The Phantom of the Open alongside Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins, but also in the second season of the thriller Temple with Mark Strong. In Matthew Vaughn’s most recent film, The King’s Man, Ifans played Rasputin.

He starred in the historical drama Misbehaviour alongside Kiera Knightly and Keeley Hawes, which hits theatres in March 2020. In 2019, Ifans starred as John Daniel in a season of the play On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court.

The third season of Berlin Station, a spy series produced by Epix, featured Ifans as CIA agent Hector De Jean, shortly after the success of a play, Patrick Marber’s new adaptation of the timeless classic Exit The King at the National Theatre.

Steve Toussaint (Lord Corlys Velaryon alias Sea Serpent)

Steve Toussaint (Lord Corlys Velaryon alias Sea Serpent)
Steve Toussaint (Lord Corlys Velaryon alias Sea Serpent)

Steve Toussaint has been a fixture in film, stage and television for two decades. With an enviable project CV he has worked in the UK and around the world in a wide range of genres and media.

Most recently, Steve appeared in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed BBC series Small Axe in the episode Red, White and Blue as Kenneth Logan. He also played Jill Baxter’s father, Alan Baxter, in the Russell T. Davies series It’s A Sin. In television he also appeared in the series The Knock, in which he played Barry Christie; Steve was one of the two original actors invited to reprise his role in the continuation of the series.

He had other roles in Waking The Dead, Silent Witness, Line of Duty, England Expects and Spooks. He also appeared in the British series Casualty and The Bill, as well as in the long-running American crime drama CSI: Miami and the historical drama Tut.

In film, Steve starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Alfred Molina in the blockbuster Prince of Persia. He has also appeared in Mutant Chronicles, Point Break and Judge Dredd, as well as the intense Rwandan genocide drama Shooting Dogs.

Steve wrote and starred in the short film A Viable Candidate. The film, which also stars Sara Carver, Robert Gwilym and Cornell John, is about a man who is about to become the leader of a major political party in the UK (and possibly the first black prime minister); but at a security briefing, secrets from the past are re-discovered and threaten to destroy both his political ambitions and his marriage.

On stage, Steve has been seen at the National Theatre in Fix Up, as well as in Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice for the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the Almeida in Ruined. Most recently, Steve was seen in A Doll’s House at the Young Vic, which subsequently transferred to London’s West End. Steve is also an accomplished screenwriter with several scripts in development.

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