Here's what the 'Game of Thrones' cast looked like when they first started acting

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  • Game of Thrones” has an ensemble cast.
  • Some of the cast, including Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, made their acting debut on the HBO series.
  • Other cast members have been acting for decades.

The “Game of Thrones” cast is now one of the most recognisable in the world.

While some of the stars owe their careers thanks to the hit HBO show, others joined the cast as established actors.

After Redditor davyloper put together a great throwback gallery, INSIDER was inspired to look back at the cast’s earlier acting roles.

The series returns for its eighth and final seasonSunday, April 14. Here’s what the cast looked like in their earlier roles.

You might not recognise Mark Addy, who played Robert Baratheon, in one of his earlier roles as Fred Flintstone in “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.”

Universal Pictures and HBO‘The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Charles Dance may be known for his villainous role as Tywin Lannister, but the actor’s first film role was as the villain in the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only.”

United Artists and HBO‘For Your Eyes Only’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Lena Headey made her film debut in 1992’s “Waterland” before she was ever Cersei on “Game of Thrones.”

Focus Lune Features and Helen Sloan/HBO‘Waterland’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

We may know him as Tyrion Lannister, but Peter Dinklage’s breakout role was in 2003’s “The Station Agent.”

Miramax Films and HBO‘The Station Agent’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Known for playing Jaime Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s first movie was the 1994 Danish film “Nightwatch.”

Thura Film/All Right Film Distribution and HBO‘Nightwatch’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Jack Gleeson portrayed the despised Joffrey Baratheon, but one of his earliest roles was playing an adorable little kid in “Batman Begins.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

The 67-year-old Anton Lesser is known as Qyburn on “Game of Thrones,” but the actor has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was in a number of TV movies starting in 1979.

ITV and HBO‘Twelfth Night, or What You Will’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Julian Glover portrayed the old Grand Maester Pycelle, but the actor (who has been acting since the ’60s) was once in a “Star Wars” movie.

20th Century Fox and HBO‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

71-year-old Jonathan Pryce played the High Sparrow on “Game of Thrones.” He began his career as a stage actor, but his breakthrough film role was in 1985’s “Brazil.”

20th Century Fox and HBO‘Brazil’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Jerome Flynn is hilarious as Bronn, but in the ’90s, he was part of a music duo with his co-star from “Soldier Soldier.”

RobsonandJeromeVEVO/YouTube and HBO‘Unchained Melody’ video and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Diana Rigg is iconic as Lady Olenna Tyrell, but the actress has been in the industry since the ’60s, well-known for her role on the spy series “The Avengers,” and was even a Bond girl in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

ITV and HBO‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Natalie Dormer made her film debut in 2005’s “Casanova” before playing Margaery Tyrell.

Buena Vista Pictures and HBO‘Casanova’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

One of Iain Glen’s earliest roles before playing Jorah Mormont was in 1988’s “Gorillas in the Mist.”

Universal Pictures and HBO‘Gorillas in the Mist’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Harry Lloyd may have played Viserys Targaryen, but he was known for his role on BBC’s “Robin Hood” series before that.

BBC One and HBO‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Emilia Clarke had two TV roles before landing the part of Daenerys Targaryen, one of which was the TV movie “Triassic Attack.”

Syfy and HBO‘Triassic Attack’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Jason Momoa’s first role ever was on “Baywatch: Hawaii.” Now, he’s known for his former role as Khal Drogo.

NBC and HBO‘Baywatch: Hawaii’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

Conleth Hill may be bald as Varys but the actor sported a head full of brown hair on the ’90s British sitcom “Blue Heaven.” He does still have a full head of hair — it’s just white.

Channel 4 and HBO‘Blue Heaven’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

If you want to see his white hair, take a look at what “Game of Thrones” actors look like in real life.

Nathalie Emmanuel is Missandei, Daenerys’ right-hand. Her first on-screen role ever was on “Hollyoaks.”

Channel 4 and HBO‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Jacob Anderson is known for his portrayal of the brilliant warrior Grey Worm, but he’s been acting since 2004.

4321themovie/YouTube and HBOBehind-the-scenes feature for ‘’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Liam Cunningham is fan-favourite Davos Seaworth, but the 57-year-old began acting in the ’90s in projects like “A Little Princess.”

Warner Bros. and HBO‘A Little Princess’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Stephen Dillane is well-known for his former role as Stannis Baratheon, but he started acting in the ’80s.

Miramax Films and HBO‘Firelight’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Rory McCann plays a foreboding Sandor “the Hound” Clegane, but his first major role was in the comedy “The Book Group.”

Channel 4 and Helen Sloan/HBO‘The Book Group’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Sean Bean played the beloved Ned Stark, but he has been in the business since the ’80s.

Atlantic Releasing and HBO‘Stormy Monday’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Michelle Fairley played the Stark family matriarch Catelyn Stark, but she began her professional acting career in 1989.

October Films and HBO‘A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Richard Madden played the handsome Robb Stark, but he got his start as a child actor in 1999.

Avalanche Home Entertainment and HBO‘Complicity’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Kit Harington had only been in the National Theatre (and later West End) production of “War Horse” before being cast as Jon Snow.

Simon Annand/Twitter/War Horse and HBO‘War Horse’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Maisie Williams was 12 when she scored her first acting role, playing Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones.”

HBO‘Game of Thrones’ season one and seven.

Sophie Turner also made her acting debut on “Game of Thrones” as Sansa Stark.

HBO‘Game of Thrones’ season one and season seven.

Isaac Hempstead Wright made his film debut in “The Awakening” the same year he began playing Bran Stark.

StudioCanal UK and HBO‘The Awakening’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Max von Sydow, 89, has had a prolific career, dating all the way back to 1949. One of his most recent roles was as the Three-Eyed Raven.

United Artists and HBO‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Gwendoline Christie is the powerful Brienne of Tarth, but she only made her film debut three years earlier as a shopper in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.”

Sony Pictures Classics and Helen Sloan/HBO‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Kristofer Hivju rocks a beard as Tormund, but when he started his career in the early 2000s, he didn’t have one.

Instagram/khivju and HBOA throwback photo Kristofer shared and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Aidan Gillen nailed it as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, but the 50-year-old started his career in the ’80s. He broke through with his role on the 1999 series “Queer as Folk.”

Channel 4 and HBO‘Queer as Folk’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

David Bradley is great at playing the creepy Walder Frey, but the 76-year-old has been acting since the ’70s.

ITV and HBO‘A Family at War’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

You probably also recognised him as Filch from “Harry Potter”!

Alfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy, but he first made his debut in 1998 with a TV movie comedy “You are Here” and a brief appearance in “Elizabeth.”

Gramercy Pictures and HBO‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Pilou Asbæk’s career started in Danish projects, like 2008’s “To verdener” (“Worlds Apart”), before being cast as Euron Greyjoy.

Nordisk Film and HBO‘To verdener’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Comedian Gemma Whelan made her film debut in 2010’s “The Wolfman” as a maid. Now, she’s Yara Greyjoy.

Universal Pictures and HBO‘The Wolfman’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Before she was Melisandre, Carice van Houten was in numerous Dutch films and TV series, including “Suzy Q.”

Staccato Films and HBO‘Suzy Q’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Michiel Huisman, who plays Daario Naharis, starred alongside Carice van Houten in “Suzy Q” and later in “Black Book.”

A-Film Distribution and HBO‘Black Book’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Paul Kaye was known for his comedic character Dennis Pennis on “The Sunday Show,” but on “Game of Thrones” he played Thoros of Myr.

BBC Two and Helen Sloan/HBO‘The Sunday Show’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

John Bradley made his on-screen debut on “Borgia,” the same year he joined “Game of Thrones” as Samwell Tarly.

Netflix and HBO‘Borgia’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Hannah Murray plays Gilly now, but her first role ever was on “Skins.”

E4 and HBO‘Skins’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Joe Dempsie, who recently returned as Gendry to the series, was also on “Skins.”

E4 and HBO‘Skins’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Thomas Brodie-Sangster made his feature film debut in “Love Actually” and is known for his former role as Jojen Reed.

Universal Pictures and Helen Sloan/HBO‘Love Actually’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Richard Dormer is an actor and playwright now known for playing Beric Dondarrion on “Game of Thrones.” Earlier in his acting career, he had a few small roles on TV series and in the TV movie “My Boy Jack.”

ITV and Helen Sloan/HBO‘My Boy Jack’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Tobias Menzies’ career began with parts on British series including “Casualty,” “Midsomer Murders,” and “Foyle’s War.” He plays Edmure Tully on “Game of Thrones.”

All3Media and HBO‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

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