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Gwendoline Christie is a British actress who has played several minor roles in films such as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Game of Thrones is her first major role. She is 6’3″ in height.
On Thrones she plays the character of Brienne of Tarth, who debuted in Season 2. She was announced in the role by George R.R. Martin on 8 July 2011. She joined the cast as a guest star in the second season.
Christie first heard about the role of Brienne of Tarth when a friend notified her that there was internet speculation that she was going to be cast in an HBO series (there are only so many 6’3″ tall actresses, thus Christie was on the short list of fansite speculation). Ironically, Christie had never heard about it before, but this very speculation led her to look up fansites and find out what Game of Thrones was, and about Brienne of Tarth. Christie utterly fell in love with Brienne, read the books and everything about them, and subsequently sought out the role.
For her role as Brienne, Christie trained extensively to get into the right physical condition, as well as cutting off her long hair and reading all of the available novels to study her character’s development in detail.HBO also had Christie take horseriding lessons, and she was trained in swordfighting by C.C. Smith.
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