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An Age Investigation: How Old Are the Game of Thrones Characters — and Actors?

Jun 12 2014 - 3:05am

Every once in a while, Game of Thrones [1] makes us cringe, and this season, age adds to the awkward factor in several scenes. There's the time Lord Baelish kisses Sansa, and a moment between Margaery Tyrell and Tommen Baratheon where it seems like things might become intimate. It's a little awkward, since Margaery is supposed to be around 22 years old and Tommen is around 12. As we thought about these age gaps, we also found ourselves wondering — how old, exactly, are the actors themselves, anyway?

Over the past few seasons, there have been multiple couples with bigger age gaps — we're looking at you, Tyrion and Sansa — but it always veers into uncomfortable territory when we're watching such young characters getting thrust into arranged relationships with partners much older than them. Many of the characters have been aged up on the show from what they are in the books, and in looking into the actors' ages, we've been surprised several times. Take a look at some of the main characters' ages, plus how old the actors are in real life.

Arya Stark, Played by Maisie Williams

Sansa Stark, Played by Sophie Turner

Bran Stark, Played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright

Jon Snow, Played by Kit Harington

Ygritte, Played by Rose Leslie

Daenerys Targaryen, Played by Emilia Clarke

Margaery Tyrell, Played by Natalie Dormer

Joffrey Baratheon, Played by Jack Gleeson

Tommen Baratheon, Played by Dean-Charles Chapman

Jaime Lannister, Played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Cersei Lannister, Played by Lena Headey

Tyrion Lannister, Played by Peter Dinklage

Theon Greyjoy "Reek," Played by Alfie Allen

Samwell Tarly, Played by John Bradley


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