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“A lot of boys in my poker circle are mathematicians who play on probability. I don’t have that kind of brain, so I rely on instinct. But I recently found out that poker and cards in general go way back in my family gene pool.”

I danced from the age of three. I was always in amateur dramatics and I did a lot of public speaking. So when I told my family I was going to be an actress… well it was like when your camp best friend tells you he’s gay and you’re trying really hard to look surprised.

People have always come up to me and asked how tall I am. I’ve had it since I was 14. But now they ask if I’m in Game Of Thrones. That’s what I’ve always wanted my whole life, to be recognised as an actress and not just a really tall person.

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 think it’s important to shake up the norm and people’s perceptions of what beauty is. But it’s not always been amazing. I found it so frustrating, particularly at the beginning, because I would be told, “Sorry love, you’re too tall.” At one stage I was like, “I’ll give this another six months and if this persists, I’ll become a nun”  

Gwendoline Christie for Stylist magazine, photography: Rankin