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'Game of Thrones' Prequel Series Announces Lead Stars, Including Matt Smith & Olivia Cooke!

'Game of Thrones' Prequel Series Announces Lead Stars, Including Matt Smith & Olivia Cooke!

The upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has found its leading actors!

It was previously announced that The Outsider star Paddy Considine would be part of the cast and now three more actors have joined the series.

Ready Player One‘s Olivia Cooke, The Crown and Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, and Wanderlust‘s Emma D’Arcy have all joined the upcoming series, according to THR.

House of the Dragon will tell the story of House Targaryen and it is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The show is based on author George R.R. Martin‘s novel “Fire & Blood,” which was published back in 2018.

Click inside for details on all the characters…

Keep reading for details on all of the characters!


Olivia will be playing Alicent Hightower, “the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”


Matt will be playing Prince Daemon Targaryen, the “younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air.”


Emma will be playing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, “the king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything … but she was not born a man.”


Paddy will be playing “King Viserys I, who chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”

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