Revealed Friday afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, HBO made their announcement along with a matching YouTube video featuring the new cast members sharing their excitement in joining one of the most beloved television series of all time.
The list of new named include Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell; Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan; Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell; Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand; Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon; DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah; Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow; Jessica Henwick as Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand; and Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand.
Siddig is best known for playing Dr. Julian Bashir on the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as Hermes in Clash of the Titans.
"Doran Martell is the Prince of Dorne and the Lord of Sunspear. He is the head of House Martell, the ruling house of Dorne. He is the older brother of the late Princess Elia, who was murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane in the Sack of King's Landing, and Prince Oberyn, known as The Red Viper. He suffers from a severe case of gout, which prevents him from walking." - Game of Thrones Wiki
Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell
Toby has spent most of his time working on a solo music career, but did play small roles in After the Dark and the upcoming Barely Lethal.
"Prince Trystane is a member of House Martell, the ruling house of Dorne. He is the youngest son of Prince Doran Martell, Lord of Sunspear and Prince of Dorne. Trystane is arranged as a potential marriage candidate for Princess Myrcella Baratheon." - Game of Thrones Wiki
Nell is still new to the acting world, only having played a small role in Broken and the made for BBC movie Mr. Stink. She'll be reprising the role originally played by Aimee Richardson, who was last seen in season two being shipped to Dorne for an arranged marriage with Trystane Martell.
"Myrcella is described by her uncle Tyrion Lannister as having all of her mother's beauty, but none of her mother's nature. She is delicate, beautiful, and courteous. For her age, she displays courage, a strong will, and high intelligence." - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand
After landing the lead role in the BBC series Spirit Warriors, Henwick trained in wushu (Chinese martial arts). These deadly skills shall prove useful for the role as one of the hot-blooded Sand Snakes.
"Nymeria has all the beauty that her elder sister Obara Sand lacks but is no less deadly. She usually can conceal a dozen daggers on her person and is extremely skilled with the blades." - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Sellers began as a child on Broadway, but soon moved and has since spent the majority of her career as an Italian film actress.
"Tyene is regarded as treacherous, while maintaining a sweet and pious persona…She shares her father's knowledge of poisons and it is her chosen weapon." - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand
Castle-Hughes made her debut as the lead in the film Whale Rider, and would receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress on her first outing. Star Wars fans may also recognize her as Queen Apailana of Naboo in Revenge of the Sith.
"A prickly, hot-tempered woman who is given to martial pursuits as she considers herself a warrior, wielding a spear, a whip, and a round shield of steel and copper. She is hard, quick, hot-tempered, and strong. She is fond of wine and is a confident rider who uses spurs, often to the point where the animal is bloody, and always rides stallions." - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Operei is man of many talents, having spent a professional career as an actor, dancer, street performer, stripper, writer, and drag queen. He is best known for playing Destroyer in Doom; Le Chocolat in Moulin Rouge!; and Arthur in Alien3.
"Areo Hotah is the captain of Doran Martell's guards. He is originally from the Free City of Norvos, where he was trained by the Bearded Priests of Norvos." - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow
Pryce made a name for himself on the stage, most notably his award-winning performance as the lead role of the British Court Theatre's Hamlet. He has since become a major box-office film star beginning with Brazil, as well as roles in Tomorrow Never Dies and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
"The High Sparrow is the High Septon of the Faith of the Seven. His real name is unknown as High Septons abandon their names once elected to office…Unlike previous High Septons, he does not wear rich robes or elaborate crowns of crystal and spun gold. Instead, he wears a simple white wool tunic that goes to his ankles. The man is truly devout to his faith and has an iron will."- A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Cilenti is another famed stage actor making the transition into American film and television. He's already played roles in Next, Kick-Ass 2, and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.
"Yezzan zo Qaggaz is an extremely wealthy slave trader and is one of the Wise Masters from Yunkai. He is said to be the richest man in Yunkai and has great influence because of this…He is obsessed with grotesques and often purchases slaves with physical deformities to add to his collection." - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
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