Northern Irish actor Richard Dormer is among 14 new cast members who have been announced to appear in season three of ‘Game of Thrones’.
Co Armagh-born Dormer (Good Vibrations) will play Beric Dondarrion, the leader of a band of vigilante outlaws known as the Brotherhood Without Banners in the new series, which began filming in Belfast last week.
Among the other new actors who will join the much-anticipated third season of the HBO drama are Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell; Mackenzie Crook as Orell; Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully; Nathalie Emannuel as Missandei; Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon and Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster has been cast as Jojen Reed; Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed; Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane; Philip McGinley as Anguy; Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon; Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully and Anton Lesser as Qyburn, a former master of the Citadel.
Forty three year-old Dormer is currently garnering huge acclaim as Belfast record shop owner Terri Hooley in directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s music biopic ‘Good Vibrations’.
He has also had roles in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’ and Pearse Elliott’s ‘The Mighty Celt’ and will also be seen in Kieron J Walsh’s Irish feature film ‘Jump’.
Dormer had been due to appear at Saturday night’s screening of ‘Good Vibrations’ at the Galway Film Fleadh but was forced to pull out due to filming commitments on ‘Game of Thrones’.
The 10-episode shoot began last Monday (July 9) at Belfast’s Paint Hall studios with other locations in the North to be used during the shoot include two new purpose-built 44,000 square-feet sound stages in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge, Co Down, as well as a number of other exterior locations in the region.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ season two was recently broadcast on HBO and Sky Atlantic.
Season two cast members set to return for season three include Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen and Irish actors Aidan Gillen and Jack Gleeson.
The show’s creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss will again script a number of episodes as well as co-directing a number of episodes for the first time. Additional directors for season three will include Alex Graves; Michelle MacLaren; Dan Minahan; David Nutter and Alik Sakharov. Writers returning for this season are Bryan Cogman; George R.R. Martin and Vanessa Taylor.
The executive producers on the show are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield. George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, Alan Taylor, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis are co-executive producers, while the show is produced by Christopher Newman and Greg Spence.
‘Game of Thrones’ received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.