It's always fun to learn the real-life identities of your favorite Game of Thrones characters, but did you know that so many of the cast members hail from the island of Ireland? 

For instance - once that evil Joffrey Baratheon was axed from the show, the Cork lad who played him, Jack Gleeson, had more time to focus on the theater company he runs with his friends, Collapsing Horse - even taking one of their productions, Bears in Space, all the way to New York City.  

Or when Conleth Hill isn't playing the Master of Whisperers Lord Varys, he has a full head of hair and an Antrim accent! 

Get the full scoop here. 

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HBO

Michelle Fairley - Catelyn Stark

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HBO

Ser Davos Seaworth - Liam Cunningham

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HBO

Mance Rayder - Ciarán Hinds 

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HBO

Littlefinger, Lord Petyr Baelish - Aidan Gillen

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HBO

Berric Dondarrion - Richard Dormer 

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HBO

Ser Barristan Selmy - Ian McElhinney

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HBO

Lord Varys - Conleth Hill 

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HBO

King Joffrey - Jack Gleeson 

What other Irish actors would you most like to see appear in Game of Thrones? Tell us in the comment section. 

Littlefinger and Lord Varys are played by Aidan Gillen and Conleth HillHBO