Game of Thrones has proved to be a huge success and has catapulted its Scots stars to the attention of audiences worldwide.
Here are the Scottish actors making it big on the fantasy TV show, and to get you back into the world of Westeros, here's the season 3 trailer.
Richard Madden (Robb Stark) 26 year old Richard Madden, from Elderslie in Renfrewshire, graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007. He began his career with theatre roles at the Arches and the Citizens Theatre, and in London he played Romeo at the Globe’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
He’s had parts in TV series Hope Springs and last year’s BBC adaptation of Birdsong. He’s currently dating the new Doctor Who assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman, he has been named Most Stylish Male at the Scottish Style Awards and in 2010 made the cut for Esquire’s Hottest Stars.
Rose Leslie (Ygritte) Aberdeen-born Rose Leslie has some strong ancestral blood: she is the daughter of the chieftain of Clan Leslie, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, and grew up in the 15th century Lickleyhead Castle. Rose won a Scottish BAFTA for Best New Talent for her debut role in the Scottish film New Town in 2009. The 26 year old will also be recognisable to Downton Abbey fans, playing Gwen in series 1 – the maid with ambitions to become a secretary.
Emun Elliott (Marillion) Emun Elliott was born and raised by Edinburgh’s seaside, Portobello, and has Iranian ancestry on his father’s side. The 29 year old toured the world as Squaddie Private Fraser on stage in Black Watch, and had parts in Scottish TV series’ Monarch of the Glen and Lip Service. In 2009 film magazine Screen International named him as ‘one to watch’ – a prestigious platform for an up and coming actor. He played flight engineer Chance in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and last year he also had roles in successful shows including sitcom Threesome, and the BBC drama The Paradise.
Kate Dickie (Lady Lysa Arryn) The East Kilbride native is most known for her part in the film Red Road, winning a Scottish BAFTA and a British Independent film award. Making her TV debut playing ‘young girl’ in an episode of Rab C Nesbitt, Kate Dickie has gone on to appear in Prometheus, along with Emun Elliot, as well as having parts in Taggart, Tinseltown and Still Game. She lives in Kelvinbridge with partner Kenny and daughter Molly.
Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) 51 year old Iain Glen, from Edinburgh, is a former Edinburgh Academy pupil and he honed his craft at RADA. He is brother to Hamish Glen, once the artistic director of the Dundee Repertory Theatre. Iain has had a wide-ranging career that has included the Resident Evil series, the BBC’s Ripper Street, Spooks and Doctor Who. He also played Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey – the newspaper tycoon who tries to woo Lady Mary.
Ron Donachie (Ser Rodrik Cassel) Ron Donachie is originally from Dundee and studied at Glasgow University. The 56 year old has had supporting roles in Titanic and The Jungle Book, as well as parts many major british TV series over the years, including Heartbeat, Doctor Who, Rebus, The Bill and Waterloo Road.
Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane)) Rory McCann is probably most recognised as the Porridge man in a vest and kilt in the advert for Scott’s Porage Oats. The 43 year old actor, who is 6ft 6, was a painter on the Forth Road Bridge before winning acclaim for his role in the 2002 Scottish TV series the Book Club. He made his film debut in Oliver Stone’s Alexander and has also had parts in Hot Fuzz and Clash of the Titans.
James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) The 64 year old actor from Clydebank is son of actor James Copeland. He has been a mainstay of British TV since the 1970s, as well as a stint on Take the High Road, and is recognisable in grizzly roles in films including Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting and Troy, and a softer role as Father Christmas in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.