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THERE are cur­rently five Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works over at HBO – and one of them is set to star a lead­ing North Wales ac­tress.

It’s just been re­vealed that Os­car-nom­i­nated Naomi Watts will be the lead in one of the highly an­tic­i­pated pre­quels, re­ports The Guardian.

Watts, best known for roles in David Lynch’s Mul­hol­land Drive and hor­ror fran­chise The Ring, will play “a charis­matic so­cialite hid­ing a dark se­cret”.

The ac­tress was born in Kent but spent a num­ber of her for­ma­tive years in North Wales, liv­ing in Llan­gris­ti­o­lus in An­gle­sey with her grand­par­ents.

She also spent time in Llan­fair­p­wll and brought the spot­light to the area af­ter pro­nounc­ing the town’s name dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on Amer­i­can chat show Jimmy Kim­mel Live.

It was at age 14 that the ac­tress left the UK for Aus­tralia along with her mother My­fanwy and brother Ben.

Watts’ new role is the work of Kings­man screen­writer Jane Gold­man, who will pen the pi­lot.

Gold­man, the wife of pre­sen­ter Jonathan Ross, will be work­ing along­side the fran­chise’s orig­i­nal author Ge­orge R R Mar­tin, who will co-cre­ate the new se­ries.

Cur­rently un­ti­tled, it will take places thou­sands of years be­fore Game of Thrones, chron­i­cling the de­scent from the Golden Age of he­roes to the world’s dark­est hour.

HBO said: “Only one thing is for sure: from the hor­ri­fy­ing se­crets of Wes­teros’ his­tory to the true ori­gin of the White Walk­ers, the mys­ter­ies of the East to the Starks of leg­end – it’s not the story we think we know.”

Gold­man pre­vi­ously re­vealed that the se­ries will in­clude both hu­mour and gore, telling Dig­i­tal Spy: “Those are things I love, and things I like to do.”

The se­ries, if or­dered, isn’t ex­pected to air un­til at least a year af­ter the end of Game of Thrones, which will con­clude in 2019 with “six one-hour movies”.

Naomi Watts, who grew up on An­gle­sey, will be the lead in one of the highly-an­tic­i­pated Game of Thrones pre­quels

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