You’re probably aware that season 6 of Game of Thrones premiered on April 24. And we’ve mentioned before how many of the boys of Game of Thrones have been featured in a fair number of historical costume movies and TV. Well, it’s about time we looked at the ladies of Game of Thrones — how many of them have crossed between fantasy and historical costume and TV productions? Not a lot, but we did find a few big names and frequent fliers between genres.
The wickedest woman in Westros, Cersei Lannister, recently fought off the undead and Jane Austen as Lady Catherine de Bourgh in 2016’s Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. She had bit parts in a number of historical costume TV productions such as Ava Wigram in the 1930s Churchill TV movie The Gathering Storm (2002). And in the same year, she played the doomed lesbian lover, Blanche Glover, in the Victorian flashback portions of the film, Possession. Now that’s some acting range!
Catelyn Stark may be gone, but she’s not forgotten. Since Catelyn’s Red Wedding, Fairley has played Victorian author Wilkie Collins’ mistress, Caroline Graves, in the Dickens’ biographical film, The Invisible Woman (2013). She also had a small part in the 2015 retelling of Moby Dick, In the Heart of the Sea, as Mrs. Nickerson, set circa 1850.
The actress behind Melisandre has done a lot of European TV, but the only historical costume film I recognized was the small, sweet flick From Time to Time (2009), where she’s in an 1820s flashback as Lady Maria Oldknow.
Both before and after she climed the Wall as Ygritte, Leslie was on Downton Abbey (2010, 2015), first as chambermaid Gwen Dawson, then after Gwen married Mr. Harding. She’s also been in the edu-tainment miniseries about the 1660s The Great Fire (2014) as a townsperson Sarah.
Stannis’ unfortunate wife, Selyse Baratheon, lingered in the shadows, while Fitzgerald has had an extensive career in historical costume movies and TV shows. She’s played everyone from a villainous version of Marie de Medici in The Musketeers (2014) to abused wife on the run Helen Graham in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) to needing to be un-repressed Estella Campion in Sirens (1994).
Prickly Olenna Tyrell is just one of Rigg’s snarky and delightful roles. In historical costume, she’s dabbled in many eras. I featured her turn as detective Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1998-2000), plus she was Arlena Marshall in the 1930s Poirot mystery movie Evil Under the Sun (1982), and Charlotte Mittelheim in film version of Sondheim’s musical (set in 1900 Vienna) A Little Night Music (1977). And then there’s her iconic role as Mrs. Peel in The Avengers, and in one episode “Escape in Time” (1966), she attempts to travel back to the 18th century.
Who’s your favorite woman from Game of Thrones?