It's no surprise that actors who feel they will forever be associated with a character look to earn big when their contract is renewed. There's every chance that the stars of Game of Thrones won't be the stars of anything ever again. That's just the way of it. Normally there's one breakout from a popular TV series. With Friends, it was Jennifer Anniston who forged a movie career after the hit US sitcom ended its run. The other actors had some success but nothing tangible. Will the same be said of the GoT cast a few years from now?
Money, money, money
It's not about the money but being a star comes with financial rewards, even for the bit-part actors on the show. When a show's as big as Game of Thrones, actors like Nathalie Emmanuel make big money from small parts. The English actress was known to British viewers because of her role of Sasha Valentine in soap opera Hollyoaks, but featuring in George RR Martin's epic fantasy series has landed her with recurring roles in the Fast and Furious franchise and the Maze Runner movie series. She also earned $1 million for her part in the show.
Alfie Allan and Conleth Hill are a couple of actors who were in GoT from the start. As Theon and Varys these two British actors featured prominently across each season of the hit HBO show and took home around $2 million apiece. Conleth Hill's $100,000 a show for the last two seasons was a major bump up in his salary. During the final season of the show, Alfie Allen was bumped up from a C category cast member to join those in the B category. He also earned $100,000 per show during that period.
Iain Glen and Gwendoline Christie played characters who were loved by the audience. Does that help account for the extra money they earned from the show? As Brienne of Tarth, Christie got to explore a one-note character who stood out because she was a girl in a man's world. By the end of the show's run, she'd developed her character into someone audiences identified with and rooted for. Iain Glen also had an important character to explore. The unrequited love Jorah Mormont held for the Dragon Queen was touching and never veered into the creepy zone.
The eventual King of Westeros Isaac Hempstead Wright stands alone at the $4 million mark. He featured in 40 episodes and took home $175 thousand per show for the final two seasons. That's not bad for a 19-year-old who began his run on the show at the age of ten.
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