Game Of Thrones Season 7 confirms Harry Potter star

The penultimate season of Game Of Thrones adds its first new actor

Having wiped out a lot of its cast in Season 6, it’s high time for Game Of Thrones to start recruiting Westeros inhabitants once more – and they’ve picked a great first name, with none other than Jim Broadbent.

Needing no introduction to genre fans, having starred in the likes of Harry Potter, Cloud Atlas, Arthur Christmas and The Chronicles Of Narnia among many other things, his role is being kept under wraps at present (the source, Entertainment Weekly, describe it only as “significant”), but that hasn’t stopped people theorising as to who he could be.

Many are predicting him to be a high-ranking maester of sorts, perhaps someone who Samwell Tarly encounters while at the Citadel in Oldtown – which we can see, as he has that air about him. Alternatively, he could be a lord of a certain unknown house.

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince.

Remember, just because he’s a relatively big name, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll play a recognisable character, or that he will be sticking around for long. The likes of Ian McShane and Richard E Grant both played new characters, while Max von Sydow and Ciaran Hinds’ lifespans were sadly short.

Still, it’s nice to see, both because Broadbent is an excellent actor, and because at this point he must have been one of the few British actors not to have been cast in the show up until now. Not before time, we say.

He joins a cast that already includes the returning likes of Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, John Bradley, Alfie Allen, Gemma Whelan, Conleth Hill, Jerome Flynn, Gwendoline Christi, Diana Rigg and many more.

Game Of Thrones: Season 7 will air on HBO and Sky Atlantic sometime in 2017. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.