MCM: Michiel Huisman


Is Michiel Huisman a “frock flick” actor? Probably not. This Dutch hottie and frequently-bearded-hipster is mostly associated with his role as Daario Naharis (love interest of Danaerys) on Game of Thrones. But he has been in a number of historical films, and I think he’s SO PRETTY, and it’s my blog, so nyah!


Floris (2004)

Oh yes! One of Huisman’s earliest roles was in a spin-off of a 1969 Dutch TV series set in the early 16th century and starring Rutger Hauer (also called Floris). Huisman plays Hauer’s character’s grandson.

2004 Floris

I can’t decide if the blonde locks are pretty or cheesy.

2004 Floris

I think both!

2004 Floris

Obviously going for a A Knight’s Tale look.


Black Book (2006)

I saw this film about a Jewish woman (Carice van Houten) who goes undercover as a Nazi for the Dutch resistance, but I can’t really remember anything specific! Huisman plays Rob, a sailor who helps van Houten’s character.

2006 Black Book

Starting him young at getting his shirt off!

2006 Black Book



Margot (2009)

Seeing that Huisman had played Rudolf Nureyev in this TV biopic about ballerina Margot Fonteyn (Anne-Marie Duff) is what inspired this post, because I immediately thought “DANCE TIGHTS!!!”

2009 Margot


2009 Margot

Someone cropped this photo too high!


The Young Victoria (2009)

Yep, Huisman played the small role of Ernest, younger brother of Prince Albert, in this Queen Victoria bio-pic. Personally, I’d reverse the casting and make Huisman play Albert! Because rowr!

2009 The Young Victoria

That’s Ernest/Huisman on the right.

2009 The Young Victoria

Escorting the Duchess of Kent in an excellently tall hat.

The Young Victoria (2009)

Helping Albert make big decisions with cutely floppy hair.


Game of Thrones (2014-16)

Nope, it’s not historical, but if I don’t list it Every Single Person will tell me I forgot it!

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The Age of Adaline (2015)

Huisman plays the love interest in the modern portion of this decades-spanning film, but I don’t care, he’s pretty!

The Age of Adaline

He does beards SO well (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP)

The Age of Adaline

He gets dapper!

The Age of Adaline (2015)

And he gets his kit off!


Harley and the Davidsons (2016)

A TV miniseries about the family that founded the motorcycle company.

Harley and the Davidsons 2016


Harley and the Davidsons 2016

Nice boots!


The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)

A film set in World War I in which a Turkish military officer (Huisman) falls in love with an idealistic nurse. It’s gotten TERRIBLE reviews.

2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant

I like his pants, but she’s lost all her hairpins.

2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant

I feel like she’s in safari/Game of Thrones-wear?

2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant

ooo a cape!


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Love interest-ing again, this time with Lily James in this 1946-set film adaptation set on Guernsey.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

He does wool very well!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

And caps, even if this expression is dorky.

What’s your favorite of Michiel Huisman’s historical roles?


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

11 Responses

  1. mmcquown

    Young Victoria. I saw GOT and Black Book, but he had more scope in Victoria; characters tend to get lost in GOT unless they’re major ones.

  2. Kat

    Doesn’t help the Ottoman Lieutenant that it was released at almost the same time as The Promise, and was a joint Turkish-American production set during WWI, yet makes no mention of the Armenian Genocide; came out unintentionally looking like they heard about The Promise and went “well we’re going to make a better movie that tells the real truth about how we totally didn’t try to kill off an entire group of people. Quick look at the pretty bland people falling in lurve.”

  3. MsNomi

    Yeah, The Ottoman Lt. was a bit of a snoozer, but it was worth watching just for his gorgeousness. I loved The Potato Peel Society, just because that’s my sort of thing, but he was definitely an added bonus. My top choice for Man Candy!

  4. SarahV

    He’s not precisely platonically handsome – but my oh my does he take my breath away.

  5. Heather Ripley

    My heart is all a flutter. I need to see more of his films!

  6. mjsamuelson

    Saw him in Young Victoria and Game of Thrones, but fell really hard for him in Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’ve watched that movie so many times, if it were a cassette I would already have had to replace it.

  7. Addictedtomichiel

    He is, quite simply, perfection. Not only is he an incredibly talented actor but is also an amazing musician. I am totally addicted to this man 💙

  8. Lily Lotus Rose

    Oh dear…I just don’t know what to say. To me, Michael Huisman is one of those actors who I think IS good looking, but whose attractiveness always catches me by surprise. It’s like in every 5th thing I see him in, I think, “Whoa…WHAT A HOTTIE.” And in the other 4 pics I’m very mildly like, “yeah, he’s generically attractive.” Go figure!

    I just don’t know WHAT to think of him as a blond. I mean, he looks UNRECOGNIZABLE!!
    Is it nitpicking to point out that Huisman (though oh-so fine in ballet costume) is about 8 inches taller than Nureyev?? Even so, now I want to see this movie because I love Nureyev and Fonteyn.
    I read the Guernsey book before seeing the movie and I felt that Huisman was entirely too attractive for his part. In the book, the romance between to two characters sneaks up on them. And with Huisman looking like “HANDSOME CHOICE #1” from the first moment he’s on screen, it really undermined the surprise romance aspect of the book.