Pre-Game: Early roles of Game of Thrones cast members
Although there's little question that pulling a gig on Game of Thrones has proven to be a significant career enhancer, it's important to remember that the majority of these actors didn't simply materialize out of thin air: most of them had careers prior to finding their way to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and as tends to be the case with anyone's back catalog, not everything they worked on was what you'd consider HBO-level material.
This talented cast of kings, queens, imps, and mothers of dragons-es have starred in everything from beer commercials, to Schwarzenegger flicks, to made-for-TV Baywatch movies, to made-for-TV MacGyver movies, to well, you get the idea. And as you'll see, no matter what was on the page, these pros leant to it their considerable talents.
For your amusement (and probably to their chagrin in some instances), here are several early roles by Thrones cast members during the pre-Game era.