STAGE PRESENCE: Nonso Anonzie will join the cast of HBO hit series Game of Thrones
BRITISH ACTOR Nonso Anozie has won a role in critically-acclaimed medieval fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
The Conan the Barbarian actor will play Qartheen merchant-prince Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the second season of the HBO show which has been snapped up by Sky Atlantic.
In the novels by George RR Martin, on which the show is based, the character was white and described as ‘pale-skinned’ sparking debate among the book’s die-hard fans.
His character offers the exiled Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, and her followers shelter and advice in the city of Qarth.
Anozie, 31, made his name as a stage actor setting a record for being the youngest actor to play King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) after graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama.
In 2005, he won the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Othello.
Off the stage, Anonzie, whose parents are from Nigeria, has had bit parts in films like Atonement starring Keira Knightley and Guy Richie’s RocknRolla but it was in the 2008 big screen biopic Cass that he won a starring role.
Anonzie played the title character based on the true story of Jamaican orphan Cass Pennant who was adopted by white British parents and went on to become the leader of West Ham’s notorious violent football firm.
The portrayal of the black boy struggling to gind his identity in a racist society earned the Camden-raised actor a Screen Nation Award for emerging talent.
Season One of Game of Thrones is currently being aired on Sky Atlantic