If you’re fortunate enough to act on a show like “Game of Thrones,” that’s a story to tell your grandchildren as you dust off the old Blu-rays. If you appeared in a “Harry Potter” film, you can make a fine living just signing autographs at conventions for the rest of your days. But if you somehow manage to appear in both pop culture phenomenons, you’re one in a million — or more appropriately, one in eleven.
Below, the lucky handful of actors who inhabit both Hogwarts and Westeros. From Catelyn Stark to a spider and a giant, how many do you recognize?
Perhaps the most famous of this unique group, the Irish actress must have some pretty awesome genes — as she is mother to not only Robb, Sansa and Arya Stark, but also Hermione Granger (as seen in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1”). So, even if “GoT” won’t bring Fairley back to life as Lady Stoneheart, perhaps her magic-wielding other daughter could spare a spell or two.
In the land of Hogwarts, she’s purple-haired wildchild Nymphadora Tonks; in Westeros, she was the wildling named Osha.
Possibly the coolest of all the actors on this list, Whyte is a 7’1″ actor who portrays massive characters like The Predator, Wun Wun the giant (RIP) on “GoT” and Madame Olympe Maxime (someone else’s face was used) in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
On “Game of Thrones,” this veteran actor with the memorably world-weary disposition plays Walder Frey, architect of the Red Wedding. He oversaw far less bloodshed in the “Harry Potter” movies, but as Argus Filch he certainly wasn’t any more of a pleasant guy to have around.
This one is a bit tricky, because the 81-year-old British actor doesn’t actually appear in the “Potter” films in the traditional sense. Instead, he voices Aragog the enormous spider — but if you ever wanted to see what Aragog’s voice looks like in real life, check out Grand Maester Pycelle on “Game of Thrones.”
Some character actors just have a great face, the kind of visage that brings instant color to a scene. Among these is Blane, a British actor who also has films like “The Illusionist” and “Kinky Boots” on his resume. In 2012, he appeared on “Thrones” as the boisterous Spice King. Meanwhile in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” he was a bit more subdued (and hirsute) as Bob, a co-worker of Arthur Weasley at the Ministry of Magic.
There’s apparently something about Webb that screams words like “young,” “untrustworthy” and “supporting character.” Nevertheless, we’re thinking that if it gets you into two of the most beloved franchises in pop culture, those are words you’d happily embrace.
In “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Webb hung with Draco Malfoy, serving as one of the sneaky Slytherins who were always up to no good. In “Thrones,” he was a Night’s Watch member named Will who lived to tell about a battle with the White Walkers, but found himself at the wrong end of Ned Stark’s sword after being viewed as a deserter. Tough treatment from Ned, but we have no doubt that Draco would have done the same if only those movies had been made for HBO.
In three “Harry Potter” movies, Ineson played a Death Eater named Amycus Carrow; on “Game of Thrones,” he was skinned alive by Ramsay Bolton. The accomplished British actor has more than 100 TV and film credits to his name, including such recent classics as “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
This 29-year-old Brit has appeared in such diverse fare as “13 Hours,” “UnReal” and “Pitch Perfect.” He also portrayed Hogwarts student (and annoyance to Hermione) Cormac McLaggen, and Sam Tarly’s younger brother Dickon — best remembered for that incredibly awkward family meal that Sam in Season 6 of “Game of Thrones.” There’s just something about this guy and food, apparently.
This one might be cheating a bit, as it’s hard to imagine an actor appearing in a movie but being harder to spot that Tuite in “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” where he played a wizard with no name and approximately the same amount of screentime. When he reached “Game of Thrones,” however, Tuite’s career fortunes had improved — as Lothar Frey, he has had several scenes in this season’s episodes.
Another veteran character actor with one of those great faces for flavoring a scene, Mortemore started out as a stage manager in England. But she has since turned into the Zelig of pop culture — because if there’s a cooler resume than “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (as Madame Pince, the Hogwarts librarian), “Thrones” (as a Braavosi woman) and “Too Many Cooks,” we haven’t seen it.