Fact: Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has been added as a jury member at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The actor will join Mozart In The Jungle's Gael Garcia Bernal and comedian Larry Wilmore on the panel to help pick the winners for the U.S. Dramatic and Documentary, World Cinema and Documentary, and Short Film categories at this year's (17) event. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony in Park City on 28 January (17), on the eve of the final day of the festival.
Fact: Network bosses at HBO have confirmed Game Of Thrones will come to an end after season eight. The hit fantasy drama series, which stars Kit Harington, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage, will begin filming the seventh season later this year (16), for broadcast next summer (17), and the final instalments will air in 2018, according to HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
Quote: "A con (of being famous) is you have strangers giving you love life advice like, 'I'm a big fan of the show, and I'm not sure what you're doing with that guy', which I didn't react well to. That happened in New York when Seth (MACFarlane) and I were together. This guy started to give me advice." Game Of Thrones beauty Emilia Clarke does not appreciate dating advice from strangers. The British actress briefly romanced the Family Guy creator in 2012, but they split in 2013.
Fact: Game Of Thrones fans were left distraught on Wednesday (09Mar16) after mistaking legendary Beatles producer George Martin for author George R. R. Martin. The music mogul, known as the "fifth Beatle", died late on Tuesday (08Mar16), aged 90, but devotees of the fantasy series thought their favourite writer had passed away before he could finish his long-delayed final two instalments of his popular A Song of Ice and Fire series, and began mourning his loss on social media, before realising their error.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams has launched her own YouTube channel so she can connect with fans. The young actress unveiled the page, titled Random Moments of Madness with Maisie Williams, on Tuesday (08Sep15) with a four-minute video explaining the purpose of the site. She says, "I just find it really, really interesting what (YouTube users) do, and I thought I'd give it a shot myself. I'm not going to be posting regularly. It's going to be every now and then to let my creative juices out, I guess."
Fact: Game Of Thrones actor BRIAN FORTUNE served up the perfect birthday treat for his son Kevin recently - a video greeting from his castmates. The actor's kid is a big fan of dad's show and so when it came to planning a special gift, Fortune, who plays Othell Yarwick in the drama, simply turned his video camera on his TV pals. Night's Watch regulars Kit Harington and John Bradley were among the stars who wished Kevin a happy birthday.
Quote: "I don’t know how I could top Thrones. I think I would probably just give it up." Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington jokes about quitting acting if his character Jon Snow is killed off the show.
Quote: "I once asked Stevie Wonder if he'd seen the show... Luckily he couldn't see my face! He said, 'No, man!'" Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington on one of his most embarrassing celebrity encounters.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington thrilled fans at a London street food fair on Saturday (16May15) when he helped out on one of the stalls. The heartthrob caused huge queues to form as he sold chorizo sandwiches at the event.
Quote: "I was in a bar and was introduced to some girls by my friend as his famous actor friend. I thought it was great but as I walked to the bar I heard one of the girls say, 'The thing is, I've never watched Lord of the Rings.' Obviously I look like a Hobbit no matter what I do!" Fame is no guarantee of success with the ladies for Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington.
Quote: "I had to choose way back when... whether I'd be Kit Harington or Kit Catesby, and I thought Kit Catesby was just a little bit 1950s game show host." Game Of Thrones star KIT HARINGTON on why he decided against using his playwright mother's maiden name Catesby for his stage name. The actor's birth name is Christopher Catesby Harington.
Quote: "When someone comes near me with a syringe, I literally, I pass out... I can't stand it. I go in very calm and collected to the doctor and say, 'By the way, just so you know, I will pass out when you come near me with that syringe.' He does and I go (faint)... I hate spiders, I'm terrified, terrified... I'm just waiting for them to write scenes in Game Of Thrones of like, spiders crawling over (me), and surgery with syringes." GAME OF THRONES star Kit Harington, who plays tough warrior Jon Snow on the hit show, cannot stand needles or spiders.
Quote: "I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labelled for doing it again." Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke on why she passed on the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey after meeting with director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Fact: The all-star cast of Game Of Thrones gathered at historic British building The Tower of London to launch the hit show's fifth season on Wednesday night (18Mar15). Stars including Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Alfie Allen all appeared at the tower and the Game of Thrones logo was projected on the outside wall. Game of Thrones Season 5 airs in the U.K. and U.S. next month (Apr15).
Quote: "He's Khal Drogo. He's a bruiser. He's talking, I mean, speaking... Dothraki!" New mum Ginnifer Goodwin is convinced her nine-month-old son Oliver's personality is just like the Game Of Thrones warlord, played onscreen by Jason Momoa.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer is in training to run the New York City Marathon in November (15). The actress will pound the pavement for the the New York Road Runners' Team for Kids charity, which provides fitness programs for the city's youth. Dormer will be looking to improve on her 2014 London Marathon time of just under four hours.
Fact: Game Of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 star Natalie Dormer has landed a role in Take Me to Church hitmaker Hozier's new video, Someone New, which debuted online on Monday (02Mar15).
Fact: Stars of fantasy drama Game Of Thrones will walk the red carpet outside Britain's historic Tower of London landmark on 18 March (15) to celebrate the world premiere of series five. The hit show returns to Tv screens in April (15). Cast attendees for the event are yet to be confirmed.
Quote: "There is a place for beauty, and youth, and sexiness and nudity - of course there is! And there's an audience, definitely! But personally, if there's no real necessity for it... Why show it? We reduce women to just being looked at and admired." Game Of Thrones star Indira Varma is against the hit show's gratuitous nudity.
Quote: "I've been beheaded before... Poison... that looks very painful, even to act. Maybe by a dragon would be good and apt for the show." Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer contemplates her character's death on the show.
Quote: "I love to sleep and more tattoos as an actor mean an earlier pick-up call in the morning to cover them all up." Game Of Thrones stars Natalie Dormer resists the urge to go under the needle to get more tattoos as it would mean an early start on set.
Tweet: "Thanks to everyone who is congratulating me but its another Sophie who is marrying Benedict Cumberbatch. Nice one guys haha." Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner corrects fans who have mistaken Benedict Cumberbatch's new fiancee Sophie Turner for herself. The Sherlock star announced his engagement to the actress/director on Wednesday (05Nov14).
Fact: Spanish Game Of Thrones fans hoping for a role in the hit fantasy drama series have applied in their thousands for an extras casting call earlier this month (Oct14). An estimated 86,000 hopefuls answered a call from bosses at local production company Fresco Film, who were on the hunt for just 600 extras for a battle scene to be filmed in Seville.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Patrick O'kane was a big winner at the U.K. Theatre Awards on Sunday (19Oct14), picking up the Best Performance prize for his part in the touring production of playwright Owen MCCafferty's Quietly. The new run of Brian Friel's Translations was named Best Touring Production.
Fact: Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was yet another celebrity who went undercover at this year's (14) San Diego Comic-Con. The 17 year old donned a Spider-Man mask as she roamed the floor at the annual convention before attending the Game of Thrones panel on Friday (25Jul14). Daniel Radcliffe put on the same superhero suit to go unnoticed by fans, and Jack Black and Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson also donned costumes for the event.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has landed a starring role in the music promo for Oblivion by British band Bastille. The actress, known for her character Sansa Stark in the U.S. Tv drama, lip syncs the track to a crowd at a demolition derby.
Fact: British actress Rose Leslie is set to bounce back from her grisly death on Game Of Thrones to star alongside Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter. The Scottish star will play a witch and Diesel's potential love interest in the project. Filming is scheduled to start in August (14).
Fact: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh are set to receive a special tour of the Game Of Thrones set next week (begs23Jun14) during their visit to Northern Ireland. The country is just one of the shooting locations used for the hit fantasy series - scenes have also been shot in Iceland, Malta, Croatia and Morocco.
Fact: Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin's fundraising initiative for a wolf sanctuary in his native New Mexico has become a huge success - prizes including the chance to become a character in his next book and one of the writer's signature hats were snapped up by fans and helped Martin raise $350,000 (Gbp219,000). The highlight was the chance to become a literary character for a $20,000 (Gbp12,500) donation to the Prizeo campaign. Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt was one of two fans who snapped up the offer.
Quote: "I just tweet sort of reams of bulls**t, but at the time I think they're brilliant and insightful... and then I wake up and people are like, 'Are you Ok? Are you on drugs? Are you Ok?' and I'm like 'F**k what did I say?'" Game Of Thrones star Lena Headey confesses to occasionally sending out messages on her Twitter blog while drunk.
Fact: Hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones has become U.S. Tv network HBO's most popular series in the cable company's history with an average of 18.4 million viewers during the current fourth season of the show. That figure beats out The Sopranos' average viewing figure.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Daniel Portman helped raise money for MACmillan Cancer Support by calling out bingo numbers for one night only. The Scottish actor, who has played Podrick Payne in the Tv show since 2012, appeared at Coopers pub in Glasgow, Scotland to help staff with their special fund-raising event.
Quote: "It's a good thing that I wrote the books before we started making the show because when you make the show and you actually meet the actors, then it's harder to kill them." Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on getting to know the stars of the Tv drama inspired by his books.
Quote: "We do have Sir Pounce the cat, who appeared in a recent episode and he's very popular; we may do a spin-off about the adventures of Sir Pounce... He's the new king's cat... The Internet went crazy when Sir Pounce appeared." Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is considering an odd spin-off to his bestselling book series.
Quote: "I was in the gym in the shower and the guy next to me started saying, 'What the hell are you doing here?' Then he started having a conversation about Game Of Thrones. I was trying to be polite, but at the same time, I was like, 'Can we do this after - when we're a little more dressed?'" Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau felt uncomfortable discussing his role as Jamie Lannister with a fan while they were in the nude.
Quote: "Personally, I'd like as many children as I can pop out, I reckon. You come from a happy family; you want to create a happy family. And in the same breath, I'd like to be on stage at England's National Theatre, doing (Arthur) Miller and (Anton) Chekhov. Give me a Sam Mendes/Tennessee Williams combination - that would be glorious. And to be making some Oscar-worthy movies with (Martin) Scorsese. I'm always looking for the hard road. That way, you remain interested and interesting. Hopefully." Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke looks forward to what both her personal and professional future might hold.
Fact: The season four premiere of Game Of Thrones scored stellar ratings on Sunday (06Apr14), as the fantasy drama garnered a gross audience of 8.2 million viewers, the largest audience for America's HBO network since 11.9 million tuned in for the series finale of The Sopranos in 2007. An online streaming website for Hbo even crashed the same night as fans flocked to watch the show.
Fact: Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was honoured with his own day in Santa Fe by New Mexico Mayor Javier M. Gonzales on Saturday (29Mar14). The event was held at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a venue Martin bought and restored last year (13), seven years after it was shut down. The fantasy novelist has been a resident of the city since 1979.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington was forced to use a body double when he shot a nude scene for the Tv show after breaking his ankle. Harington's character Jon Snow leaps naked into an underground pool during a sex sequence in the show, but the actor's injury prevented him from completing the stunt himself and a stand-in was used.
Quote: "It's my real costume, I thought I was dreaming. I got an email from an amazing HBO publicist saying, 'Madonna would like to borrow the costume, is that Ok?'" Actress Emilia Clarke reveals the Daenerys Targaryen costume Madonna dressed up in to celebrate Purim over the weekend (15-16Mar14) was one she actually wore on Game Of Thrones.
Quote: "It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know." Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is open to wrapping up the hit fantasy Tv series with a big screen adaptation. The show, which airs on America's HBO network, is based on his bestselling books of the same name, which he has yet to complete.
Quote: "It's insane. I thought I was asleep, I thought I was dreaming, I thought someone was taking the p**s... It's a huge moment and, damn, she looks good." Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was honoured when Madonna chose to dress up as her character Daernerys Targaryen for the Jewish holiday of Purim on Saturday (15Mar14). Madonna posted the shot of her in costume online.
Quote: "There are some very intense fans. We did a premiere last year in Seattle, and I got a taste of it. It was a little claustrophobic. All these people wanting to take a picture with me. One guy was like, 'Do you mind if I take a picture of your shoe? I have a thing with shoes.'" Game Of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau remembers a bizarre fan encounter.
Fact: Madonna proved she is a fan of fantasy Tv series Game Of Thrones by dressing as the show's Mother of Dragons to celebrate annual Jewish holiday Purim on Saturday (15Mar14). She uploaded an Instagram snap of her in a curly bleached blonde wig with dragon action figures stuck to her shoulders.
Quote: "The aftermath was the thing that was harder to deal with. Going in to do my first press junket, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than being naked up on Tv!" Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke on the one thing that's more frightening than baring all on camera.
Quote: "I'm named after a playwright called Christopher Marlowe. My mum is a playwright, so she named me after him." Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington, born Christopher Harington, on his literary name.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage welcomed American sports fans to the Sochi Olympics in Russia on Friday night (07Feb14) - the British actor was asked to narrate the Tv introduction to the Winter Games and introduce viewers to the top American athletes.
Fact: Game Of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey have put aside their onscreen rivalry to play nice with the puppets of Sesame Street. Dinklage showed off his singing skills in a musical game of Simon Says, while Headey helped teach the art of relaxing with manic muppet Murray. The co-stars' Sesame Street episode will air later this year (13).
Fact: Mark Gatiss, the British actor/writer who has portrayed Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft in U.K. Tv series Sherlock, has been cast in the fourth season of Game Of Thrones. Details of his role are expected to be released at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California on Friday (19Jul13) when both Sherlock and Game of Thrones are the subject of much-anticipated panels. Gatiss is also a co-creator of Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the quirky crime solver.
Fact: Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden has landed the coveted role of Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh's movie adaptation of the classic fairytale Cinderella. The actor, who plays Robb Stark in the cult Tv fantasy drama, will romance Downton Abbey's Lily James in the new blockbuster, which also features Cate Blanchett as the titular character's wicked stepmother.
Quote: "I take it with a grain of salt. They'll say, 'Oh, he's sexy,' but women still go for guys who are six-foot-two." Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage refuses to take his sex symbol status too seriously.
Fact: Hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has officially been renewed by HBO network bosses for a fourth season, two days after its season three premiere became the most watched opener of the series, with 4.4 million viewers tuning in for the highly-anticipated debut.
Quote: "My mom saw the movie (Black Hawk Down) and afterwards she said, 'That was great, I loved the scene you had with the coffee...' and I said, 'That wasn't me, that was Ewan MCGregor.'" Game Of Thrones star NIKOLAI COSTER-WALDAU is often mistaken for Ewan MCGregor.
Fact: Producers behind U.S. Tv drama Game Of Thrones have teamed up with bosses at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York to release a range of beers inspired by the series. The first, called Iron Throne Blonde Ale, will hit stores in late March (13) to coincide with the show's third season premiere.
Fact: Coldplay star Will Champion has landed a role in the upcoming third season of cult fantasy drama Game Of Thrones. The musician auditioned to play a drummer in an upcoming episode - and won the role.