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Game of Thrones stars look unrecognisable nearly ten years on from when show first aired

Game Of Thrones' prequel House Of The Dragon premiered last week, much to the delight of fans.

It's been nearly ten years since the hit HBO show propelled onto our TV screens, making Hollywood names out of Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke.

And now, some of the cast look worlds away from their characters in the science fiction adaptation of George R. R. Martin's fantasy novels -having starred on the show when they were just children.

Out of costume and nearly a decade since Game Of Thrones started, some actors are all grown up from their days in King's Landing and sporting very different looks.

Nell Tiger Free - Princess Myrcella

Nell Tiger Free, 22, played Myrcella Baratheon (Supplied by LMK)

Nell Tiger Free, 22, played Myrcella Baratheon, was the daughter of incestuous siblings Jaime and Cersei Lannister.

The actress played the role between 2015 - 2016, replacing Aimee Richardson in the role.

Myrcella's harrowing assassination, orchestrated by Ellaria Sand, rocked fans as she passed away on a boat telling Jaime she always knew her father after being poisoned.

Seven years on, long gone are the days of her bleach blonde waves (Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock for BAFTA)
Nell is now starring in Apple TV's Servant as Leanne Grayson (Marion Curtis/StarPix for AppleTV+/REX/Shutterstock)

Seven years on, long gone are the days of her bleach blonde waves and porcelain skin.

With honey brown hair and a love of 90s grunge - Nell is worlds away from her days of royalty.

She is now starring in Apple TV's Servant as Leanne Grayson, a nanny who has been employed to look after a baby doll called Jericho, who her employer believes is a real child.

Lino Facioli - Robin Arryn

Lino Facioli played Robin Arryn in the show (HBO)
Robin wasn't a particularly well-liked character (HBO)
Lino has a ripped physique which he shows off on Instagram (instagram/lino.facioli)

Lino Facioli, who played Robin Arryn in the show wasn't a particularly well-liked character.

The young lord enjoyed watching people being thrown to their death out of the Moon Door and his relationship with his mum was enough to make Lucian Freud spin in his grave.

Lino has been compared to Harry Potter's Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom for his 'glow up' during the programme.

Now 22, the Brazilian stars as Dex Thompson in Netflix's Sex Education and isn't afraid to show off his ripped physique on Instagram.

Hannah Murray - Gilly

Hannah played wildling Gilly on the hit series (©2017 Home Box Office, Inc. All)
Hannah first made her name in the world of TV for the role of Cassie in Skins (Channel 4)
She now boasts glossy brown locks and a glam wardrobe (PA)

Hannah first made her name in the world of TV for the role of Cassie in 00's teen cult series Skins.

The actress, 33, went on to star on Game Of Thrones as wildling Gilly for seven years up till 2019, ditching her blonde locks for a earthier brown tone, in keeping with her character.

She studied at Cambridge University and was nominated for an Screen Actors Guild award for her performance in Game Of Thrones.

More recently, Hannah looks worlds away from wildling Gilly with her glamorous wardrobe and glossy brown locks.

Art Parkinson - Rickon Stark

Art Parkinson landed the Rickon Stark gig when he was 10 - now he's all grown up (getty)

Cute little Rickon is all grown up now. Art Parkinson, now 20, played Ned Stark's youngest child.

He was just 10 in the show and became a much-loved character.

Since then, he's gone on to play roles in Dracula Untold and San Andreas.

He also starred as Rob Armstrong alongside Morven Christie and Daniel Ryan in ITV's The Bay.

Art acting in The Bay (ITV/Ben Blackall/REX/Shutterstock)

Kristofer Hivju - Tormund Giantsbane

Kristofer Hivju was known as the Viking inspired raider, Tormund Giantsbane, who sported a huge head of hair, bushy beard and became unlikely pals with Jon Snow.

The warrior left fans baffled after sharing a snap of him without his famous facial hair - with some finding him almost unrecognisable.

Kristofer Hivju was known as the Viking inspired raider, Tormund Giantsbane (©2017 Home Box Office, Inc. All)
Kristofer Hivju has ditched his famous facial hair (instagram/khivju)

The 43-year-old captioned the post: "The man has no beard… #ThrowbackThursday #bigbeard-VS-nobeard."

Despite this, he was a huge hit with his followers, with some comparing him to a Disney prince.

Harry Lloyd - Viserys Targaryen

Harry Lloyd's character Viserys Targaryen r (HBO)

Game Of Thrones was known for its grizzly death scenes and killing off main characters.

But Harry Lloyd's character Viserys Targaryen really did go out with a bang.

He was left choking on a pot of molten gold as it was poured over his head.

Harry, 38, played Prince Viserys - Emilia Clarke's Daenery's sibling and wore a platinum blonde wig.

Now he sports a handsome brown head of hair and a more tailored wardrobe - a far cry from his character's mythical costume.

(Joanne Davidson/REX/Shutterstock)

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Many of the stars were at the show's highly-anticipated prequel House Of The Dragon.

The show kicked off yesterday and it has recieved glistening reviews.

Shortly before the show begun, HBO brought the drama with teaser clips of short scenes of dragons, betrayals, jousts, and more.

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