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The Maid of Tarth

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.


Jul. 8th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm amused at the "boo, this actress is too attractive, boo!" That's not a response one hears frequently.

I imagine it'll be much like Tyrion was: you've hired somebody who is less grotesque than the part calls for, but who can act the hell out of it, and once we see them on the screen, we'll be all "oh, of course, they couldn't possibly have picked anybody else."
Jul. 9th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
For me, it's not a question of attractive vs. not attractive (Though Ms. Christie is quite attractive)... I find her much too delicate looking.

But I will defer to casting and makeup and wait and see... No doubt, as you say, she will inhabit the role. :)


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