Suffering in a right royal role
RICHARD Madden has joked he couldn’t walk for three months after he started training for Game of Thrones. The actor portrays Robb Stark, King of the North and Lord of Winterfell, in the sprawling fantasy TV drama, which follows seven families as they battle for control.
Madden spends a great deal of time atop his trusty steed on the show, so had to learn not to be afraid of the animal before the cameras started rolling.
‘‘When I got the part I went into full-blown horse training – Robb has grown up with horses, so I started going riding four times a week. I couldn’t walk properly for three months. But now I’m really confident on the horse,’’ Madden tells Radio Times magazine.
Gwendoline Christie portrays Brienne of Tarth in the mythical show, which is based on the novels by George RR Martin. The character is one of the best swordsmen in the country, which is what attracted the actress to the role.
‘‘To be involved in something that is genuinely challenging gender stereotyping is what I’ve always wanted. I don’t have to worry about whether I look attractive. Brienne looks like a bag of dung – that’s the character and that’s fine – so I can focus on other things,’’ she says.
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