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Here's where you might recognize the 'House of the Dragon' cast from

Here's where you might recognize the 'House of the Dragon' cast from
Emma D'Arcy in HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Season 2
Emma D'Arcy on "House of the Dragon."Theo Whiteman/HBO
  • HBO's "House of the Dragon" follows the Targaryen family centuries before "Game of Thrones."

  • The drama has plenty of actors you might recognize from other shows and movies.

  • Matt Smith previously starred on "The Crown," and Rhys Ifans had a memorable role in "Notting Hill."

Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen.

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Viserys in the pilot episode of "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Considine played Detective Wainwright in "Hot Fuzz."

Paddy Considine in "The World's End."
Paddy Considine in "The World's End."Focus Features

He also starred in "The World's End," "The Bourne Ultimatum," and period drama "Peaky Blinders."

Matt Smith stars as Rhaenyra's uncle-husband (and Viserys' brother), Prince Daemon Targaryen.

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Daemon Targaryen as seen in "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Fans might know him best as the eleventh iteration of the Doctor on the BBC's sci-fi series "Doctor Who."

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in "Doctor Who."
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in "Doctor Who."BBC

Smith also notably played a young Prince Philip in "The Crown," and appeared in "Last Night in Soho" and "Morbius."

The older version of Rhaenyra is played by Emma D'Arcy.

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The grown-up Rhaenyra in "House of the Dragon."HBO

D'Arcy played Astrid on the Amazon series "Truth Seekers."

Emma D'Arcy in "Mothering Sunday."
Emma D'Arcy also appeared in "Mothering Sunday."Sony Pictures Classics

They also appeared in the film "Misbehaviour," which also featured their "House of the Dragon" costar Rhys Ifans.

Olivia Cooke plays the older version of Alicent Hightower.

Olivia Cooke in HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Season 2
Olivia Cooke as Alicent in "House of the Dragon" season two.Theo Whiteman/HBO

Cooke costarred in the 2018 film "Ready Player One."

Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in "Ready Player One."
Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in "Ready Player One."Warner Bros.

She also played Emma on the "Psycho" prequel series "Bates Motel," appeared on Amazon's "Modern Love," and had roles in "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and "Life Itself."

Ser Criston Cole, a knight of the Kingsguard, is played by Fabian Frankel.

Two men with shoulder-length hair stand side by side looking serious.
Joffrey and Criston in "House of the Dragon."HBO

Frankel also appeared on the crime drama "The Serpent," based on a series of real-life murders in the 1970s.

Fabien Frankel on "The Serpent."
Fabien Frankel on "The Serpent."Netflix

Rhys Ifans plays Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King and father of Alicent.

Otto Hightower on "House of the Dragon."
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower on "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Ifans has a long list of acting credits to his name.

Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors in "The Amazing Spider-Man."
Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors in "The Amazing Spider-Man."Columbia Pictures

He played Xenophilius Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," and starred as Dr. Curt Connors in "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012) and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (2021). He also had a small but memorable role as Spike in the 1999 rom-com "Notting Hill."

Steve Toussaint portrays Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake.

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon on "House of the Dragon."
Steve Toussaint on "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Toussaint has been cast on numerous TV shows.

Steve Toussaint as Seso in "Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time."
Steve Toussaint as Seso in "Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time."Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The actor has been in several shows, including "CSI: Miami," "Skins," "Doctor Who," and Steve McQueen's "Small Axe." He also appeared in the 2010 film "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," and in the 2015 remake of "Point Break."

Eve Best plays Rhaenys Targaryen, known as "The Queen Who Never Was."

A woman with long blonde hair standing in front of a throne.
Eve Best as Rhaenys in "House of the Dragon."HBO

Best previously appeared in Netflix's "Fate: The Winx Saga," the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech," and the TV series "Nurse Jackie."

A woman with dark hair wearing a white blazer stands next to a blonde nurse in scrubs.
Eve Best in "Nurse Jackie."Showtime

Sonoya Mizuno plays Mysaria, a mysterious Mistress of Whisperers in King's Landing.

A man with long blonde hair and a woman with dark black hair stand on a pathway.
Daemon and Mysaria in "House of the Dragon."HBO

Mizuno has costarred in acclaimed movies like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Ex Machina," as well as Hulu's sci-fi series "Devs."

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Sonoya Mizuno as Lily in "Devs."Raymond Liu/FX

Ewan Mitchell plays Aemond Targaryen.

Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen on "House of the Dragon."
Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen on "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Mitchell appeared in the 2023 film "Saltburn."

Ewan Mitchell in "Saltburn."
Ewan Mitchell in "Saltburn."MGM

He's also starred on several TV shows, including "The Halcyon" and "The Last Kingdom."

Tom Glynn-Carney plays Aegon Targaryen, Viserys and Alicent's firstborn son.

Tom Glynn-Carny as Aemond Targaryen on "House of the Dragon."
Tom Glynn-Carny as Aegon Targaryen on "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Glynn-Carney has appeared in several films.

Tom Glynn-Carney in "The King."
Tom Glynn-Carney in "The King."Netflix

His movie credits include "Tolkien," "Dunkirk," and "The King." He's also the lead singer of an indie folk band called Sleep Walking Animals.

Harry Collett plays Rhaenyra's son, Prince Jacaerys.

A scene from "House of the Dragon" season one, episode eight.
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This is Collett's first major TV role, aside from a recurring role on the long-running BBC series "Casualty."

Harry Collett on the BBC drama "Casualty."
Harry Collett on the BBC drama "Casualty."BBC

Phia Saban plays Helaena Targaryen, Aegon's sister.

Phia Saban as Helaena Targaryen on "House of the Dragon."
Phia Saban as Helaena Targaryen on "House of the Dragon."Ollie Upton / HBO

Saban's only other acting role was on "The Last Kingdom," which also featured her "House of the Dragon" costar Ewan Mitchell.

Phia Saban on "The Last Kingdom."
Phia Saban on "The Last Kingdom."BBC America

Matthew Needham plays Lord Larys Strong, Queen Alicent's trusted companion.

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Matthew Needham as Larys Strong in "House of the Dragon."Gary Moyes / HBO

Needham has appeared on numerous TV shows.

Matthew Needham on "Casualty."
Matthew Needham on "Casualty."BBC

He's had roles in shows including "Casualty," "Sherlock," "Chernobyl," "Sanditon," and "Doctor Who." More recently, he starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in "Napoleon."

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