Game of Thrones has the most diverse set of characters ever seen on a TV show. And while we all love the story and the devious plot twists spanning across nations and continents of Westeros, one other thing that’s fairly easy to appreciate is the stunningly beautiful actresses. And there’s a whole bunch of them. Although this top list only includes 7 of the most memorable Westerosi women, trust me, there are plenty more.
1. Emilia Clarke
Daenerys Targaryen, the only daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen, was exiled from King’s Landing with her brother, who then sold her to a Dothraki in exchange for a golden crown. He did not like that one bit. She became the Khaleesi (Queen) and later on the Mother of Dragons. Hands down one of the best, if not the best, character in the whole show.
In real life Emilia Clarke started out taking small roles in commercials on television but after joining the Game of Thrones in 2011, she won an Emmy Award as the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. Of course, you might have also seen her in the recent blockbuster Terminator: Genisys as Sarah Connor. Her middle name should be badass… Emilia “Badass” Clarke.
2. Carice van Houten
Melisandre of Asshai, the priestess of the Red God R’hllor, who manipulated Stannis Baratheon into leading his army against his own brother. All she needed to do was show off her sexy body and predict some future events. Oh and let’s not forget her Shadow Baby. Creepy-creepy stuff.
Outside of the Westerosi drama, Carice has earned multiple Golden Calf Awards including Best Actress in movies like Undercover Kitty and Black Butterflies. Moreover, she even recorded her own pop-rock album aptly named “See You on the Ice”. And by the way, she is totally going to resurrect that one guy, just you wait.
3. Natalie Dormer
If I start describing Natalie’s character, I’ll end up spoiling a lot of the plot twists of the show, so let’s just say that Margaery Tyrell is one of the most cunning and manipulative (yet still extremely likable) Game of Thrones characters. Long live the Queen!
Not only did Natalie manage to snag a nice role in the first Captain America movie, she also stars in both parts of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Not to mention her quirky smile made the internet blow up with GIFs, memes and even some new smile-related fetishes. Keep doing what you’re doing, Nat.
4. Lena Headey
Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, mother of 3 royal children is one of the most cold-hearted b$%ches in Westeros. Unlike the character she’s portraying, Lena Headey is actually a really cool person. This only proves how great of an actress she is, since anyone can play a good guy but being a villain for this long and make the viewers hate you – that’s mad skills. She’s almost as good as Jack Gleeson, who will forever remain Joffrey in the hearts of millions.
5. Roxanne McKee
Doreah is not as well known as any of the previous characters but when it comes to blowing off steam between the sheets (or in this case animal skins), who’d do it better than a charming Dothraki sex tutor? Yeah, she’s the one who taught Khaleesi how to ride Khal Drogo’s you-know-what.
6. Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark used to be a shy and quiet little princess from the North with her own direwolf and a loving family. At the time when she was betrothed to Joffrey Baratheon she had no idea what kind of treachery and misery awaits her. Eventually, Sansa became the cornerstone of many important plot twists in the game of thrones.
IMHO, Sansa and Arya have the best dramatic story arcs on this show. Sure, she starts off a little whiny but what would you do if you were suddenly a prisoner at some under-aged psycho’s castle? You’d probably get yourself killed, that’s what.
7. Rose Leslie
Another burning-hot redhead on our list – Ygritte of the Free Folk, Jon Snow’s one and true love. Being his first and probably his last, she’s taught him quite a few tricks, if you know what I mean. Before they’ve met Jon Snow pretty much knew nothing. For purely subjective reasons I’d say Rose Leslie is the hottest GoT actress (so far) and I’d like to see you prove me wrong.