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The Maid of Tarth

hiya hiya hiya
I see you guys are just as sharp as ever. The long layoff between first and second season casting hasn't made you rusty. Once again, you nailed my obscure hints within minutes.

Well, okay, I did fool a few of you. For a couple minutes, anyway. But others correctly puzzled out the casting. The part of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, will be played by British actress GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE.



This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking... well, like Brienne.

As for my clues... Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographed Polly Borland for a show called "Bunny."



She also appears in the recent IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSAS, though I did not use that one in my clues.

Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast.

Congratulations to everyone who figured it out... and for those who guessed wrong, well, better luck next time.

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memyselfandrye
Jul. 8th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
as perfect as the real world allows
It's like casting for Jaime and Cersei. No one on earth is going to live up the physical attractiveness they are described as having (well, there might be a few, but I doubt they can act). It works on the other scale as well. Good luck finding an ugly, masculine woman who can act. Our real world gets as close as Gwendoline Christie. She is not ugly but not "conventionally" pretty either. She is tall, but does not have the same build. I personally don't care.

What I do like though (from what I can tell from pictures) she has no issues with nudity, so a certain bathing scene in Harrenhal(If I remember correctly) should by very immodest.

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