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Gwendoline Christie

The producers of HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones had little choice but to cast Christie in the role of Brienne of Tarth after loyal fans proposed her as the perfect fit. The role has catapulted her from a successful stage career – including playing the Queen in the RSC’s Cymbeline, and Mag Wildwood in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – to stand-out star.

“Gwendoline is a really incredible character. Everyone is going to know her as Brienne of Tarth but she’s bigger in real life than she is playing the part – and that’s a pretty big part. She’s a huge personality, but full of old-school charm. She’s got the best manners and that incredible way of making you feel like the only person who matters. She’s very provocative, hilariously witty, all in the most fun, warm way. We’ve got her as a warrior woman in this beautiful vintage mask, a Gucci cape and Louis Vuitton shoes. She’s comfortable being naked, and is the ultimate professional model. She’s incredibly tall and then wears six-inch heels because she doesn’t care.”

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How do you feel about clothes? “Well, when Game of Thrones got very popular, I had a moment of wanting to dress down, to drab it up and to be less noticeable” — and she lets the laugh out for a spin about the room — “but actually I love dressing up. I’m a bit of an exhibitionist. I used to get stuff from charity shops, going around asking if any giants had died. But now I can get things that fit. I like dramatic things. I want to look a part.”  

  Gwendoline Christie for Sunday Times Style September 2015 ◇

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George R.R. Martin has created a female character like so many of the female characters in ‘Game of Thrones’ that is changing female archetypes in mainstream media. I think we’ve been given a plethora of characters in ‘Game of Thrones’ that are unlike the female characters we have seen in our mainstream media to now.”

- Gwendoline Christie for The Nassau Guardian ( x )