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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin announced late Thursday that British actress Gwendoline Christie has landed the role of Brienne in HBO’s adaptation of the epic fantasy novel series.
“This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate,” Martin wrote. “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.”
Christie, a 6-foot-3 actress who played a supporting role in 2009’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will play a woman who is described as having abnormal height and strength.
The fan-favorite character is mocked as “Brienne the Beauty” in Martin’s book, but she possesses uncanny ability with a sword and aspires to become a knight.
Christie is not the only addition to Game of Thrones’ ensemble cast for season 2, as The Tudors star Natalie Dormer signed on as a series regular last month to take on the role of Margaery Tyrell.