The 11 hottest <em>Game of Thrones</em> stars

We're going to have to wait until well into 2014 for the next season of Game of Thrones to hit SA screens. While we wait, we can rewatch our DVDs of the first three seasons or re-read our George R. R. Martin books.

But I know most of us will be missing some of the delicious actors who star in our favourite show. So here's a list of the yummiest actors, what they look like off-duty and what you can see them in next.

Robb Stark – played by Richard Madden

It was a sad, sad day when Robb and Catlyn Stark were treacherously murdered at The Red Wedding. While we reeled in horror at the injustice of it all, we also cried uncontrollably at the thought of never seeing Richard Madden as Robb Stark again. Madden doesn't have much before-GoT history, other than a few appearances in the TV series Hope Springs (which I've never watched, but understand it was quite popular). But good news – his role as the blue-eyed hottie of the Stark boys has landed him a few more Hollywood gigs. He's up for a few movies still in pre-production, while his biggest upcoming film, also still in production but with a lot more details confirmed, is Cinderella. Madden will play Prince Charming, obviously. He's starring with some big names in this one – Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter are also confirmed. So even though there’s no more Robb, this handsome actor is going nowhere.

Jon Snow – played by Kit Harington

Unlike his series half-brother, Jon Snow is still alive, so we're just waiting for season 4 to see the guy who most have voted the hottest man on Game of Thrones. With nothing too note-worthy pre-GoT, Harington has got an impressive string of future projects. He's currently filming Pompeii, a film about a slave heading to Naples who's fighting to get home and rescue the woman he loves along with one of his friends who's suffering slavery as a gladiator. It's based in the time leading up to the explosion of Mt Vesuvius, and also has a big cast: Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland and Paz Vega. He's also voicing a character in How To Train Your Dragon 2, along with Cate Blanchett, Kristin Wiig, Gerard Butler and Jonah Hill. The next thing you're likely to see him in is Seventh Son, which also stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Set in the 18th Century, young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook (WTF?) to learn to fight evil spirits. Interesting…

Khal Drogo – played by Jason Momoa

My personal favourite. This Hawaiian native was in Baywatch before he landed the mighty role of Khal Drogo in series one. He also starred as the title character in Conan, and the TV series Stargate: Atlantic. Momoa starred in and directed Road to Paloma, which is the next thing you’re likely to see him in. It’s about two bikers riding through the vast West escaping their troubled pasts.  He’s also got two horror movies coming out, though I’ll be honest, none of them looks particularly awesome, and there aren’t any big stars or co-stars to draw viewers. Let’s hope one of them surprises us. Otherwise you’re going to have to haul out those season 1 DVDs to see more of the big-muscled hunk.

Tyrion Lannister – played by Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage has been around for ages so it would be impossible tell you everything he’s been in. Some worthy of a mention are his roles in TV series Nip/Tuck, the original and US version of Death at a Funeral, and Ice Age: Continental Drift. His portrayal of The Imp, Tyrion Lannister won him leagues of fans (and an Emmy!), so it’s no surprise that his career is sky-rocketing. He has seven movies in the pipeline, in various stages of production, with his role as Boliver Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past looking like the most exciting.

Jaime Lannister – played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is undoubtedly delicious, and he’s been around for a while after starting his career in Danish film. He had roles in Black Hawk Down, Wimbledon and Kingdom of Heaven before Game of Thrones gave him the enviable role of the handsome and arrogant Jaime Lannister. His next movie, which should be released this year, is called A Thousand Times Good Night, in which he stars with Juliette Binoche. He’s got three other movies in production, along with season 4 of GoT.

Cersei Lannister – played by Lena Headey

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Lena Headey got the attention of the world – particularly every man on the planet – when she played Queen to Gerard Butler's King Leonidas in 300, but she’s been in film and TV for years. Coincidentally, she’s currently filming the follow up to 300, called 300: Rise of an Empire. Before Game of Thrones she starred as Sarah Connor in the series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She’s also got four other films lined up.

Sansa Stark – played by Sophie Turner

As one of the youngest stars of Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner doesn’t have much film history. She has landed a couple of movie roles since her role as Sansa, most notably The Thirteenth Tale, which follows aging novelist Vida Winter (Vanessa Redgrave), who enlists a young writer (Turner) to tell the story of her life. She also stars in Panda Eyes, about a young girl haunted by a secret past, along with Jonathan Rhys-Myers (yummy), Rhys Ifans and Claire Forlani (where the hell as she been, by the way?).

Daenerys Targaryen – played by Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke, like Kit Harington, has been dubbed the uber-babe of GoT in her role as Daenerys Targaryen, and has reaped the rewards of getting her boobs out in each episode. I joke. Love her. And her boobs (which she’s no longer showing on GoT, as she feels "enough’s enough"). She starred in the West End’s My Fair Lady production, and her soon to be released movie Dom Hemingway stars Jude Law and Richard E. Grant. It's about a safe cracker back on the streets of London ready to "collect what he’s owed". You also won’t be left wanting more Dany time in the next season of GoT.

Ygritte – played by Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie gets to call herself Kit Harington’s girlfriend in real-life too, so try not to hate her too much. Her most notable role before Ygritte was as Gwen Dawson in Downton Abbey. Though there’s nothing to be found about any future work she may be doing, I’m sure the pretty red-head will be landing some big roles soon. She’s fiery, pretty and she IS the one who gets to say, "yehr nerr nerthen Jerrn Snerr" all the time.

Margaery Tyrell – played by Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer will undoubtedly get a lot more screen time in the next season of Game of Thrones, as Joffrey’s bride-to-be, Margaery Tyrell. She’s one of the most experienced actors from GoT actually, with her most notable role being that of Anne Boleyn in the TV series The Tudors. She starred in that with Jonathan Rhys-Myers (again, yum) and the man who is now Superman, Henry Cavill. She was also in Captain America: The First Avenger, Madonna’s W.E., and she has six movies lined up – three of which are complete, another three in production phases. Despite her nervous twitchy need to pout in every photo, I can’t help but love the pretty girl who plays the charming but cunning soon-to-be Queen of Westeros.

Melisandre – played by Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten is quite plainly put, stunning. She has a long list of accomplishments in Dutch film and theatre, but she was also in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise and played South African poet Ingrid Jonker in the movie Black Butterflies. Her saucy character Melisandre hasn’t won her any other big Hollywood roles, but who cares? She’ll be back in season 4.

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