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Game Of Thrones Actors Who Practically Disappeared After The Show Ended

"Game of Thrones" will go down in history as one of the most important television series of the 2010s. Adapted from George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire," the show follows a diverse group of characters in the fictional land of Westeros as war rages for the Iron Throne. It set new records for HBO in terms of viewership and international success and even led to a popular spin-off in the form of "House of the Dragon." Outside of the controversial final season, it was also critically acclaimed and won dozens of prestigious awards.

With a large ensemble cast, "Game of Thrones" also made many of its actors worldwide stars. The likes of Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, and Rose Leslie have become some of the most in-demand actors in the world, while more established stars such as Charles Dance and Liam Cunningham saw their careers have a resurgence thanks to their roles in the show.

However, there are also some actors from the hit HBO series who haven't been as able to capitalize on the show's success. These actors might have been part of a television phenomenon, but they haven't been nearly as prominent on the screen since "Game of Thrones" ended.

Kerry Ingram

Kerry Ingram will be familiar to any fan of "Game of Thrones" as the face of Shireen Baratheon. The only daughter of Stannis Baratheon, she appeared in a total of 10 episodes of the series between the third and fifth seasons. A close friend of Davos Seaworth, the character suffered from greyscale and had several disfigurements on her head and body. During Season 5, she's sacrificed and burned to death by Melisandre to allow Stannis' troops to pass through the snow and reach Winterfell — much to the horror of Davos and Jon Snow when the truth is revealed to them later.

Prior to "Game of Thrones," Ingram was known for her role in "Matilda the Musical," portraying the title character and later having a role in the "Les Misérables" film. Her only major role since the HBO show has been in the Netflix series "Free Rein" as Rebecca Sidebottom. However, she has had minor roles in "Barbarians Rising" and the British medical soap opera "Doctors." The actor also appeared in an episode of "Thronecast" as a guest the year after her character was killed.

Jack Gleeson

Of all the villains in "Game of Thrones," King Joffrey Baratheon is perhaps the most needlessly cruel and hated by fans. At least, he was until Ramsay showed up. Inheriting the throne following the death of his supposed father Robert Baratheon, he's actually the illegitimate child of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. Although Tywin Lannister is undoubtedly the real power behind Joffrey, the young man isn't afraid of putting his evil nature into action, demonstrating on multiple occasions that he could be completely savage. Joffrey, portrayed by Jack Gleeson, was ultimately killed during Season 4 of "Game of Thrones" after being poisoned at his wedding to Margaery Tyrell.

For those wondering why Gleeson hasn't continued to be a regular actor on television or in movies since his critically acclaimed performance in the HBO series, the answer is a fairly simple one. He purposely chose to step away from acting, with the Irish Independent reporting that he wanted to at least temporarily retire to focus on his studies. As part of the Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, he performed in several productions before the group came to an end in 2019. His only major television appearance since came in the BBC sitcom "Out of Her Mind" in 2020, though he seems to be getting back into onscreen acting, at least a bit.

Rosabell Laurenti

Credited as Rosabell Laurenti in "Game of Thrones," Rosabell Laurenti Sellers portrays Tyene Sand. One of the infamous Sand Snakes, the daughters of Oberyn Martell, she schemes alongside her sisters and her mother, Ellaria Sand. As part of the group, Tyene takes part in the coup to seize power from House Martell. Her life isn't particularly long-lived, though, with Cersei Lannister exacting revenge on the Sand Snakes for murdering her daughter Myrcella — poisoning her as both Tyene and Ellaria are chained up facing each other.

The young American-Italian actor had the leading role in the children's series "Mia and Me" before her debut in "Game of Thrones." Having left the series in 2017, Sellers hasn't had as many parts as you might have thought since. She was part of the cast for the SyFy series Spides, playing the character of Nora Berger, and also made an appearance in the movie "Trading Paint." More recently, the actor had a recurring role in the Disney+ series "Willow" alongside the likes of Warwick Davis, Ellie Bamber, and Ruby Cruz.

Vladimir Furdik

Vladimir Furdik may not be all that familiar to even ardent fans of "Game of Thrones." That's because he was responsible for playing the villainous character known as the Night King, someone who only appears in heavy makeup and prosthetics to give him his signature icy look. Furdik portrays the villain from the episode "The Door" onwards, with Richard Brake responsible for the character before that time. He also appears as an earlier version of the character before he was the Night King, when he was captured and turned into a White Walker by the Children of the Forest during the age of the First Men.

Although he plays an important role in "Game of Thrones," Furdík isn't actually an actor by trade. He works primarily as a stunt performer and is credited for various stunts throughout the HBO series. Since, he's continued to work on projects such as "The Witcher" and "Headhunters." As an actor, he's only had 13 roles, with two coming after his final appearance in "Game of Thrones" (per IMDb). These include minor parts in both "Strike Back" and "The Princess" in the last three years.

Jerome Flynn

Before Jerome Flynn was cast as the mercenary Bronn in "Game of Thrones," he was already a well-known figure in the U.K. Perhaps most famously, he played Paddy Garvey in the ITV drama series "Soldier Soldier." Alongside his co-star Robson Green, he also performed as a singer, performing covers such as "Unchained Melody" under the name Robson & Jerome. Flynn also had a major role in the BBC crime show "Ripper Street" as Detective Inspector Bennet Drake, alongside Matthew Macfadyen and Adam Rothenberg.

In "Game of Thrones," Flynn plays the deadly sellsword who works with Tyrion throughout the early seasons, proving to be both a skilled fighter and a shrewd manipulator. When Daenerys Targaryen invades Westeros, he works with the Lannisters before eventually becoming the Lord of Highgarden and Master of Coin when Bran Stark is crowned king.

Having been part of the HBO series for its entirety, Flynn was a huge part of the show, but he hasn't been as prolific since it ended in 2019. While he was part of the pilot for "The Dark Tower" television series in 2020, Amazon declined to move forward with the project (via Deadline). Since then, he's appeared in "The Trick" and was part of the cast of the Paramount+ show "1923" with Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford — part of Taylor Sheridan's massively popular "Yellowstone" franchise.

Callum Wharry

Two different actors took on the role of Tommen Baratheon, one of Cersei and Jaime Lannister's illegitimate sons, in "Game of Thrones." During the first and second seasons, Callum Wharry plays the character, although Tommen doesn't have a major impact on the story at this time and has almost no dialogue.

When Tommen's role expanded in Season 4 with him eventually becoming the king after the death of Joffrey, Dean-Charles Chapman took over. According to producer Bryan Cogman, the show's creators felt a more experienced actor was needed for the character's increasingly dramatic and mature story beats (via Game of Owns). During Wharry's time as Tommen, the character is a very young and innocent boy who doesn't have the same cruel tendencies as his brother and would have likely grown to become a more just ruler.

His part in "Game of Thrones" appears to be Wharry's only major acting role to date. His IMDb page only lists the HBO series, and it's unclear exactly what he's done since he was replaced by Chapman. However, considering his young age, it's likely that he's simply been in school and is completing his education.

Isaac Hempstead Wright

Isaac Hempstead Wright had one of the most important roles in "Game of Thrones" as Bran Stark, although that wasn't always clear in the early seasons of the show. Pushed from a window in Winterfell by Jaime Lannister in the first episode of the series, he loses the ability to walk but learns that he has some strange magical powers. These include the ability to warg into his direwolf Summer. Over the subsequent seasons, Bran slowly became more powerful as he trains under the Three-Eyed Raven and eventually becomes the king of Westeros after Daenerys Targaryen is killed by Jon Snow.

Following the conclusion of "Game of Thrones," Wright has only made one notable appearance in the 2021 science fiction film "Voyagers" from director Neil Burger, which also stars Tye Sheridan, Fionn Whitehead, and Colin Farrell. Having previously attended university in Birmingham, the actor took something of a break from his work to concentrate on his education. Speaking to the book publisher Penguin in 2019, he revealed that he was planning on returning to university, this time in London, to study neuroscience. This may well explain why he hasn't been involved in many projects since ending his time as Bran.

Josephine Gillan

First appearing in Season 2 of "Game of Thrones," Josephine Gillan went on to have roles in five additional seasons of the hit show as Marei — a sex worker in one of Littlefinger's brothels who has several encounters with Podrick Payne, Bronn, and Oberyn Martell. Her ultimate fate remains unknown, as she was likely in King's Landing when Daenerys Targaryen destroyed much of the city.

Long before she was cast in "Game of Thrones," Gillan had a role in the short film "Three Way Split." In 2017, right in the middle of her time as Marei, the actor also had a part in "Amy and Sophia," a fantasy film about two troubled friends who create their own imaginary world. After "Game of Thrones" came to a conclusion in 2019, Gillan has had no further acting roles, at least according to IMDb.

However, she did claim earlier that her casting in the series had helped her break out of working as a sex worker and adult film actor, changing her life for the better (via Daily Mail). According to a report by The Independent, Gillan gave birth to a child in 2019 after moving to Isreal, but the baby was later placed in foster care against her will.

Steven Cole

Kovarro is a Dothraki warrior who initially serves under Khal Drogo but switches his allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen after she emerges from the fire with her three hatched dragons. Played by Steven Cole, the character appears exclusively in "Game of Thrones" Season 2 and plays a significant role in the young Khaleesi's journey to Qarth as one of her bloodriders, and the scout who discovers the city-state. Kovarro also acts as a bodyguard to Daenerys in Qarth and protects her against Xaro and his henchmen. His fate after Season 2 is unknown, as the Dothraki play a less important role after the Unsullied enter the story.

Before he was cast in "Game of Thrones," Cole found fame in the U.K. for his role in the long-running soap opera "Brookside" on Channel 4. He was responsible for bringing the character of Leo Johnson to life from 1996 to 2001. His only screen credits since 2012 have come when he made a guest appearance in a 2014 episode of "Death in Paradise" and had a role in the 2018 short film "To Love "

Hannah Murray

Hannah Murray is certainly someone who any "Game of Thrones" fan will instantly recognize, having played the character Gilly through the entire run of the series. Taken directly from George R. R. Martin's novels, Gilly is a wildling who lives north of the Wall. After being befriended by Sam and Jon, the pair free her from Craster, with Sam offering her and her newborn son safe passage to Castle Black. The two develop a close friendship and eventually become lovers as Gilly accompanies Sam to Old Town.

While Murray had a number of high-profile roles during her time on "Game of Thrones," her work has been limited since the series came to a conclusion. In fact, the actor's only credits since have come in the television series "The Expecting" and the video game "Shady Part of Me." She has been pictured at various conventions as recently as 2022, so she's still active in, even if she hasn't had many major film or TV roles recently (via The Mirror).

Luke Barnes

Rast is not a major figure in "Game of Thrones," but he does play an important role in the story of the Night's Watch. A brother of the sacred order, he travels with Lord Commander Jeor Mormont beyond the Wall as part of the Great Ranging but becomes part of a mutiny against the Night's Watch when they seek shelter at Craster's home. Portrayed by Luke Barnes, the character is later killed by the direwolf Ghost when Jon Snow leads a raid on Craster's Keep.

Barnes studied at the Oxford School of Drama in his youth and has had a number of roles in television series and short films in the years following his appearances in "Game of Thrones." These include "The Last Hours of Laura K" and "Toby," but his last recorded acting role came in 2018. According to Drama Online, Barnes now works primarily as a writer, developing plays and other productions for television. This means he will likely stay out of the spotlight and not appear on screens as much as some of his former colleagues.

Ben Hawkey

Ben Hawkey is the actor responsible for portraying the character of Hot Pie in "Game of Thrones." An orphan who becomes a recruit for the Night's Watch, Hot Pie befriends Arya Stark and Gendry, accompanying them as they go on the run from the Lannisters. But in Season 3, he departs the group and becomes a baker at the Inn at the Crossroads, choosing a relatively safe life as war rages on in the Seven Kingdoms. He later meets with Arya again when she returns to Westeros and informs her of the fact that Jon is now King in the North and the Starks have retaken Winterfell.

Before he was cast in "Game of Thrones," Hawkey had already had several roles in television series and films. These included "Beaver Falls" in 2011" and "The Kid" in 2010. However, his only onscreen role as an actor since his final appearance in the HBO series came in the 2021 film "The Drowning of Arthur Braxton." Despite his lack of roles, Hawkey did make headlines in 2018 when he launched a pop-up bakery called You Know Nothing John Dough in London, selling direwolf-shaped bread via the online delivery service Deliveroo (via My Recipes).

Lino Facioli

Brazil-born Lino Facioli plays Lord Robin Arryn in "Game of Thrones," the young heir and son to Jon Arryn and Lysa Tully. Pampered by his mother following the death of his father, Robin lives a sheltered life and is both weak and petulant. Under the tutelage of Lord Yohn Royce, he does show some signs of maturing but only plays a minor role in the events of the series as it progresses.

Facioli made a surprise return to "Game of Thrones" in 2019 for the final episode. Now more grown up, he's the Lord of the Eyrie and Warden of the East. He participates in the council that decides the fate of Jon Snow and chooses who should rule the Seven Kingdoms, voting with the other lords and ladies to elect Bran Stark as their new leader.

Since his appearance in the "Game of Thrones" finale, Facioli has appeared in the short film collection "Boys of Film 20: Heaven Can Wait" and the hit Netflix series "Sex Education," where he plays the character Dex Thomspon. However, these are his only two credits over the last three years.