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Gwendoline Christie in Giles Deacon

Gwendoline Christie in Giles Deacon

In Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie, 35, plays the broadsword-wielding knight Brienne of Tarth. Honour-bound and armour-clad, she is one of the show’s most brilliant, and complex, characters. At 6ft 3in, the actress is all too aware that finding female parts is a challenge. So when she heard about the role of Brienne, she maximised her chances  by losing a stone through a brutal gym regime, and chopped her hair into an androgynous Tilda Swinton bob. ‘George RR Martin has created a world for strong female characters, but I don’t think their strength lies physically or in their ability to gain power. It comes from somewhere deeper.’

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‘Game of Thrones’: Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s beauty

March 20, 2014

“Game of Thrones” returns in less than a month, bringing the world of Westeros back to the small screen after a 10-month hiatus. The fourth season of the sprawling HBO TV show, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy book series, premieres April 6.

Judging by the trailers, the season promises plenty of action and, of course, intrigue as the Lannister, Stark and Tyrell clans deal with the fallout of the so-called Red Wedding, which saw a host of main characters massacred. Cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) prepares to marry Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay. (If any of this sounds fuzzy, fans can catch up on the show’s third season, now out on Blu-ray — watch an exclusive clip featuring Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark and Rory McCann’s Sandor “The Hound” Clegane.)

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in “Game of Thrones.” (HBO)

Not least among the show’s massive cast of characters is fan favorite Brienne of Tarth, the principled and highly skilled warrior woman portrayed in the series by Gwendoline Christie. Tasked by Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) with exchanging prisoner Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) for her daughters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya, Brienne and Jaime set off on a journey to King’s Landing that found Jaime losing a hand and Brienne facing off against a bear.

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Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie Dishes Hints for Season 4

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