Game of Thrones — it’s not a historical costume TV series, so what is it doing here? It’s fantasy, right? But what you may or may not know is that many of its actors have had (or are about to have) some very historical and very hot roles in costume movies and TV shows.
Let’s count ’em down, from minor to major historical hottie:
Most of us know him as Gendry, bastard son of Robert Baratheon.
Well, he’s currently playing Ned in late 17th-century TV show New Worlds (set in the American colonies and England).
He doesn’t really do it for me as Stannis Baratheon:
Nor did I love him opposite Sophie Marceau in Firelight (1997):
But he cleans up QUITE nicely as Thomas Jefferson in John Adams (2008):
“I’m sorry, what?” you may say when you hear me mention Big Ol’ Meanie Tywin Lannister:
Well, rewind a few decades and you get Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown, set in World War II India:
And as Raymond Brock, Meryl Streep’s husband, in World War II amazingness Plenty (1985), SUCH an stunning movie:
He was the jerk-of-all-jerks as Viserys Targaryen, brother to Daenerys.
He currently plays Harry Percy in Wolf Hall … but it’s not a good look:
Luckily, he was much hotter as Prince Rupert in The Devil’s Whore:
And as Richard Mason, ruiner of weddings and brother of the madwoman in the attic, in 2011’s Jane Eyre (the one with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender):
And as all-around cool guy, Herbert Pocket, in 2011’s Great Expectations (the one with Gillian Anderson):
You know him as noble, reformed baddie Ser Jorah Mormont:
You probably also caught him as Sir Richard Carlisle, who almost married Lady Mary, in Downton Abbey:
But I know him as creepy-yet-hot Mr. Preston in 1830s-set Wives and Daughters (1999):
Remember Edmure Tully, younger brother of Catelyn Stark and the one who couldn’t aim an arrow at his father’s funeral barge?
Well, he played William Elliot, estranged heir to Sir Walter and failed suitor of Anne Elliot (played by Sally Hawkins) in 2007’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
He also broke poor Caesar’s heart in HBO’s Rome (2005-2007) as Brutus:
But he’s probably at his hottest right now, playing the dual roles of Frank Randall (Claire’s 1940s husband) and Black Jack Randall (18th-century villain) in Outlander:
Everyone’s go-to modern, hipster hottie. He’s far better than the original romance-novel-cover Daario Naharis, although I don’t know if he totally suits the world of Westeros:
He also has a small, yet cute, role as Albert’s brother Ernest in The Young Victoria (2009).
People have finally grasped his talent and hotness, thanks to his star turn as Tyrion Lannister:
He hasn’t done ANY historical costume films… yet. I’m hoping. The closest I can get is his hilarious role as Hung in LARP movie Knights of Badassdom (2013):
You can do better, Hollywood.
Oh, Jon Snow. So cute. So noble. Such good taste in the laydeez.
He certainly doesn’t know enough to NOT take the role of Milo in Pompeii (2014):
And he’s about to play Roland Leighton, World War I soldier, in Testament of Youth:
Currently taking over the North as Mance Rayder:
He’s done a number of period films (including HBO’s Rome, as Caesar), but these are his three hottest roles:
As debonair Joe, who romances Frances McDormand in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008):
Dapper! Rich! Can spot a good heart a mile away!
As crusty-but-lovable Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre (1997):
And, most importantly, significantly, and HOTLY, as Captain Wentworth in Persuasion (1995):
I struggle with Littlefinger, because he’s hot! But he’s creepy!
But then I was looking him up and discovered he plays a supporting role as THE CUTEST BOYFRIEND EVER in 1950s Ireland-set Circle of Friends (1995):
He also played the villain in Shanghai Knights (2003), the 19th-century-set sequel to Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson comedy Shanghai Noon:
As golden boy Jamie Lannister:
Surprisingly, no historical costume movies in his filmography, but he’s currently filming Gods of Egypt, co-starring Gerard Butler (YES PLEASE):
Oh, Richard Madden. My favorite Game of Thrones hottie, now sadly gone.
Previously, he did two World War I era films — first as Captain Weir in Birdsong (2012):
Then as Friedrich Zeitz in A Promise (2013):
And it’s not a historical costume movie, but I don’t care, we get to see him and his super-blue eyes in the 2015 live-action Cinderella:
Oh, Sean Bean. Sighs. We miss you as Ned Stark:
But I’m glad we still have him plotting as evil Lovelace in Clarissa (1991):
Saving the day as Regency-era soldier Sharpe in all the Sharpe TV shows (1993-2008):
Getting it ON as Mellors in Lady Chatterley (1993):
And, most importantly, emoting nobly as Vronsky in the only Anna Karenina you need to watch (1997):
Which of these Game of Thrones actors in historical costume movies is your favorite? Did we miss any?