Actors Who Refused Game Of Thrones Roles

  • Published: 01 March 2017
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    Most actors would probably love a chance to score a role in HBO's Game of Thrones, and there've been plenty of A-list celebs who've tried to get on the hit series to no avail. But there was a time when that wasn't the case. Whether it was because of the grueling overseas filming schedule, gripes with the cast's payscale, or sheer confusion over the George R.R. Martin-inspired story, here's a look at some actors who refused Game of Thrones roles...

    Tamzin Merchant | 0:27
    Jennifer Ehle | 1:02
    Jamie Campbell Bower | 1:35
    Brian Cox | 2:08
    Dominic West | 3:20
    Gillian Anderson | 4:09
    Jonathan Pryce | 4:53
    Perdita Weeks | 5:48
    Ray Stevenson | 6:35
    Lily Allen | 7:22

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Comments • 3 494

  • Looper
    Looper   3 years back

    What other TV shows with actors refusing significant roles would you like to see us feature next?

      UNDEAD HUMAN  21 hours back


    • Tom Ball
      Tom Ball  1 days back

      Doctor Who

    • Mango T
      Mango T  2 months back

      Well we wouldn’t know that, would we?🤷‍♀️

    • Charne Du Plessis
      Charne Du Plessis  8 months back

      @Laurie Freese that Anderson woman hair looks blonde not red is that lady colour blind that yellow hair looks red to her

    • Braga
      Braga  10 months back

      So cox, was more interested in money than acting

  • ThisISclickBAIT
    ThisISclickBAIT  6 days back

    2:19 she never said who he was going to play

    • JD Smith
      JD Smith  2 weeks back

      Emilia clarke is best the ugly bitch wouldve been dany

      • yougosquishnow
        yougosquishnow  3 weeks back

        I love that brian Cox was like "I'm a complete addict now" he is so into the show and admits it.

          TC T.CUMHURIYET  3 weeks back

          Movie whit name GAME whil be always good like the playstion games fans al over the world

          • Wolfsong 27
            Wolfsong 27  2 months back

            Hey Now! Rob was a Beloved member of the holby city family Playing as the napoleon Bonaparte loving intelligent young consultant Digby, So You saying he died in his opening scene didn’t do much for his career is rather insulting!

            • Houssain Tht
              Houssain Tht  2 months back


            • Sheng Cee
              Sheng Cee  2 months back

              Why would they offer the role to lily allen? That was really awkward.

              • MADKIDD623BHN
                MADKIDD623BHN  3 months back

                NOW...Tamzin wants to be like GOT with carnival row....LMAO...!!!

                • Kellye Huff
                  Kellye Huff  3 months back

                  Brian Cox last name fits his personality lol. Just goes to show where greediness gets ya 😏🖕🏼

                  • sharishaBIGBROWNEYES mccoy

                    The Right people were picked!!! They all worked well together.

                    • Uncanny Beagle
                      Uncanny Beagle  3 months back

                      Oh snap, Lily shut down by her brother.

                      • mlim
                        mlim  4 months back

                        Ian McNeice was cast in the unaired pilot episode too as Magister Illyrio Mopatis. What happened next is unclear. Producers say they had to recast because Ian declined to commit. According to Ian, he was just waiting for them to call but the call never came. Jim Carter also turned down a GoT role probably because of commitments to Downton Abbey. He would've been perfect as Lord Yohn Royce (but Rupert Vansittart is quite good too).

                        • SUMANTH BATHINA
                          SUMANTH BATHINA  4 months back

                          I'm happy for Catelyn Stark's acctress

                          • Jelena
                            Jelena  4 months back

                            I dont know any of those actors 🤣

                            • dabmotha
                              dabmotha  4 months back

                              Hell no if I was a actor I wouldn't want to be cast on G.O.T. They be killing off characters like crazy or recasting, one day you "got" a job lol the next you don't. I didn't watch the series until 2019, I'm on my third binge watch of the series. Not a fan of the shaking the cam back and fourth to simulate action.

                              • Lilith Sasha-McGarry
                                Lilith Sasha-McGarry  4 months back

                                Tbh I’ve never heard of any of these people lol they don’t seem very famous to me

                                • kabul mj
                                  kabul mj  4 months back

                                  I was also offered to play jone snow but I rejected...😂

                                  • HrglassHealer
                                    HrglassHealer  4 months back

                                    Gillian Anderson is the only one I know

                                    • Catnip -
                                      Catnip -  4 months back

                                      my sister is LIAR!

                                      • loi007
                                        loi007  5 months back

                                        I’m glad they didn’t replaced get someone’s else to played Jon Snow!

                                        • D D
                                          D D  5 months back

                                          Word has it that Dragonite was offered the role as one of the dragons, but refused after he was told he would have to burn down a whole city and kill everyone in it.
                                          Fear enough buddy! 😉

                                          • Pørtgas D acë
                                            Pørtgas D acë  5 months back

                                            Thanks God they refuse 😂

                                            • E. J. Banks
                                              E. J. Banks  5 months back

                                              No way was Gillian Anderson about to bear all.

                                              • Anderson Silva
                                                Anderson Silva  5 months back

                                                Most actors refuse because money?
                                                FUCK MONEY!

                                                • danzai
                                                  danzai  5 months back

                                                  gillian anderson as melisandre.. hmm, that would have been interesting..

                                                  • T.M. Will
                                                    T.M. Will  5 months back

                                                    Most of these people are irrelevant so it hurts worse.

                                                    Do a video of all the actors who tried to hop on the bandwagon but were rejected LOL 😂.

                                                    • Ryan Lesner
                                                      Ryan Lesner  5 months back

                                                      No one else will ever be cast for game of thrones.

                                                      • Denise  Pollitt
                                                        Denise Pollitt  5 months back

                                                        The pilot was a fuckin mess, so they rewrote it. 8 years down the line we get the worst ever episode as the finale.

                                                        • Cough It Up
                                                          Cough It Up  5 months back

                                                          Brian Cox would have been cool.

                                                          • Gerald5000
                                                            Gerald5000  5 months back

                                                            Jennifer Ehle in the Adjustment Bureau? I just watched it today and had to double check. She plays a bartender in one scene.

                                                            • regenerating degenerate
                                                              regenerating degenerate  5 months back

                                                              theon’s sister is iconic as fuck

                                                              • Uche finnian
                                                                Uche finnian  5 months back

                                                                Thank God

                                                                • Lynn Jones
                                                                  Lynn Jones  5 months back

                                                                  That's their lost,how many are happy they turn down the role

                                                                  • RiverBoy
                                                                    RiverBoy  5 months back

                                                                    Brian Cox is fucking greedy damn

                                                                    • MGTOW Rational
                                                                      MGTOW Rational  5 months back

                                                                      fell asleep the first 5 mins of game of thrones...

                                                                      • N O
                                                                        N O  5 months back

                                                                        Jamie Campbell Bower is in the upcoming prequels.

                                                                        • Shane Oyeah
                                                                          Shane Oyeah  5 months back

                                                                          I'm glad somebody turned down the role of Dany.. Emilia Clarke was perfect for it! 😁😍😍

                                                                          • FandomGoddess
                                                                            FandomGoddess  3 weeks back

                                                                            Shane Oyeah, she didn’t turn it down, she was forced to leave becuase she was thought not good enough.....

                                                                        • Adoracion Bautista
                                                                          Adoracion Bautista  6 months back

                                                                          Tamzin was replaced so it'a not hers in the first place and also Jennifer... They didnt walk away... They replaced almost 90% of the pilot

                                                                          • Stannis The Mantis
                                                                            Stannis The Mantis  6 months back

                                                                            The old Daario Naharis... I wanted to know that guy so bad

                                                                            • Krysta Now
                                                                              Krysta Now  5 months back

                                                                              RainbowKaaat he is the Vilain in the first movie « Deadpool »

                                                                          • A k
                                                                            A k  6 months back

                                                                            "hey i'm brian cox. i don't get decent roles because i'm greedy af"

                                                                            • The Jam Man
                                                                              The Jam Man  6 months back

                                                                              They refused to be called queen

                                                                              • Lisa Fuller
                                                                                Lisa Fuller  6 months back

                                                                                I always wonder how these shows would turn out if they keep the original actors. I can’t stand Jillian Anderson but then again the red witch had no real role and her final use of power was useless. I don’t think she was effected much by saying no.

                                                                                • rina m
                                                                                  rina m  6 months back

                                                                                  Greedy. Not enough money cmon!

                                                                                  • Poo_Cake
                                                                                    Poo_Cake  6 months back

                                                                                    God Looper. You fucking suck.

                                                                                    • Emma Lee
                                                                                      Emma Lee  6 months back

                                                                                      Lily Allen wishes

                                                                                      • Notorious1503
                                                                                        Notorious1503  6 months back

                                                                                        Lol that Cox guy is so damn money hungry
                                                                                        "I turned it down because they didn't pay enough... but now they have more money I was silly... ohh Ian is in that they must have paid him a lot i money cuz I know ian... hope I get the call if they give decent money"

                                                                                        • Proud Indian
                                                                                          Proud Indian  6 months back

                                                                                          What the fuck was happening with Gregor changes