Game of Thrones cast: What the actors look like out of character

Jacob Stolworthy

This week sees the return of Game of Thrones with its seventh - and penultimate - season marking fans' reunion with some of the most TV recognisable characters of all time.

That these characters are so embedded in cultural familiarity is to be expected - Thrones' immense popularity has seen to that. In the throes of a season, it's sometimes forgotten that these characters have actors playing them - a testament to the talent on display if ever there was one.

Check out our gallery below to see what all the cast members - ranging from Cersei (Lena Headey), Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) and The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson​) - look like when out of costume and living their lives away from Westeros.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on 16 July and will be simulcast at 2am on Sky Atlantic. It will air the following evening (17 July) on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

You can find a compilation of everything we know so far about the forthcoming episodes (the titles of which have been released by HBO) here, as well as a look at incest in Westeros ahead of Jon's meet with his auntie Dany.

Check out the latest episode of The Independent's podcast Kernels where we break down whether Game of Thrones deserves the acclaim it receives.

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