Littlefinger in Game Of Thrones
How do you feel your character has developed?
So much of what Littlefinger is was laid out in the books, so it was almost about trying to hold something back and add a little shade in each season. The fact that Littlefinger’s journey became so entwined with Sansa’s wasn’t something I anticipated. Within that, I’ve always tried to show a warmer side. She’s a kid, or she started as a kid. She’s clever. So why would she trust him?
Was much training required to get in shape for Game Of Thrones?
The costume has been so tight-fitting that yeah. For about two months before I’d come back every year, I’ve got on my bike and cycled 50-70km rides, maybe three to four times a week up in the Dublin mountains, just to make sure I fit!
Littlefinger’s shifting accent has been much talked-about. What’s your take on it?
I think a little bit more has been made of that than it warrants! His beginnings are quite humble, and he’s been working his way up into the courts of the King’s Landing, and pretending he’s something else – he does things to wrong-foot people. I think that’s part of my job.