Game of Thrones is a show where the decisions of the past affect the lives of the generations after them. But for all the flashbacks and mind-swaps and ancient tomes, have you ever considered the pasts of the actors who make the show so memorable? Here's some rare photos we found that will blow your mind (that is, unless you're familiar with European character actors from the past 40 years).
Lena Headey as a teenager, and she still had the RBF on lockdown.
Iain Glenn proving that cheekbones are forever.
Actor Pilou Asbæk starred in a bunch of sincere dramas in his home country of Denmark before becoming the scourge of the Narrow Seas.
Despite her famous no-nonsense role in Game of Thrones, Gemma Whelan is actually an award winning standup comedian in England.
A man is given a name, and it's Tom Wlaschiha.
Though we know him as Cersei's personal Mad Scientist, Anton Lesser has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1990!
Jerome Flynn was not only a TV star, but he had a pop hit in 1995.
Hard to believe that David Bradley once had a role that wasn't "bitter old dude in genre fiction".
Indira Varma played the second wife of Pakistani founding figure Muhammad Ali Jinnah in this biopic starring Christopher Lee.
16 years ago, Kristofer Hivju graced Norwegian televisions WITHOUT his now-legendary beard.