You may not know it, but HBO’s Game Of Thrones isn’t just the home of dragons, white walkers and cruel deaths. It has also become a haven for musicians, whether it be bands like Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men who make cameo appearances on the show or actors on the show who also happen to be musicians. These are our favourite actors on the show who also have music careers, some of them successful, others…not so much.
Bronn (aka Jerome Flynn)
Member of Robson & Jerome
We did include this in our cameos list as well, but only because Jerome Flynn’s musical career is the complete opposite of his onscreen persona. No matter how hard he tries to be Westeros’ most badass sellsword, we don’t think he’ll ever escape his cheesy, brit-pop origins. It does however explain why his voice is so unexpectedly good in the rare moments he sings on the show. The duo released two albums comprised mainly of covers in the mid-90s.
Ramsay Bolton (aka Iwan Rheon)
Who would’ve thought the master flayer would be capable of writing indie folk tunes? Welsh actor Iwan Rheon has released three EPs and a full length album Dinard. Is it too soon to request a cover of ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’
Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson)
Singer known as Raleigh Ritchie
When working as an Unsullied doesn’t quite cover the bills, Jacob Anderson also performs as R&B singer Raleigh Ritchie. Like Iwan Rheon, he’s released three EPs and a full length album You’re A Man Now, Boy. There’s a pretty obvious joke to be made about the album title, but we’re going to resist the temptation…
Hodor (Kristian Nairn)
Kristian Nairn gets bonus points for tying his two careers together, and incorporating Game of Thrones material into his live act. He’s currently taking his Rave of Thrones around the world, using props from the show and encouraging attendees to dress up as characters.
Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
Christian rock is a thing so it makes sense for the Red Priestess to tap into the niche market of Lord of Light rock. The Dutch actress has released one album, See You On The Ice (which is a strangely appropriate name), and a single last year with fellow Dutch singer Michael Prins.
Osha (Natalie Tena)
Member of Molotov Jukebox
In addition to appearing in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, British actress Natalie Tena is also lead vocalist and accordion player of Molotov Jukebox. The band have released two albums, Carnival Flower and Tropical Gypsy, and are currently on tour in support of the latter.
Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson)
Member of Dr Feelgood
Although you may not know it, due to the whole ‘lack of a tongue’ thing on the show, Wilko Johnson is actually best known for being a guitarist and singer and Game of Thrones was his first acting gig. Throughout his long career, Johnson has been a member of British pub-rock and R&B band Dr Feelgood (who are often credited as founders of the British punk movement), played in his own band The Wilko Johnson Band and has recored with numerous other artists including Rodger Daltrey (lead vocalist from The Who).
Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman)
Member of Fontane and singer-songwriter
The Dutch actor was a singer and guitarist in the band Fontane before releasing a solo album Luchtige Verhalen in 2005 when the band split up.
Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry)
Member of Animal Circus
The actor also sings and performs in London-based reggae and ska band Animal Circus.
Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones)
DJ and Producer
Finn Jones may only have one track on his Soundcloud, but it is over an hour long so still plenty of material to get through.