Ramsay Snow/Bolton turned into a character that everyone recognized, thanks to his extreme actions being shared across social media. We couldn't help but love to hate Ramsay, and although George R.R. Martin and the Game of Thrones screenwriters have much to do with that, there's no denying that Iwan Rheon made it easy. But were you aware that the actor who plays him is also an incredible singer-songwriter?
Needless to say, there's a lot of talent in the Game of Thrones cast! I think you'll be surprised at how musically talented some of your favorite faces are! So sit back, and have a listen to nine Game of Thrones stars that continue to stun us!
1. Kristian Nairn (Hodor/Wylis)
While we may not see any more of Hodor, and the odds finding him in World of Warcraft may be slim, we'll definitely see Nairn behind a DJ booth at various venues! There doesn't seem to be much info floating around on where and how he started getting into DJing, but if you're still wanting to hear more, you can always head over to his SoundCloud page.
2. Jacob Anderson, a.k.a. Raleigh Ritchie (Grey Worm)
Anderson was signed to Columbia Records in 2013. Using the stage-name Raleigh Ritchie, he first released The Middle Child, a free 3-track EP, which was then followed by the Black and Blue EP in 2014. His first album, You're a Man Now, Boy, was released on February 26, 2016.
3. Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow/Bolton)
Before we ever knew Rheon as an actor, he was a singer-songwriter at just 16 years old. First, as the lead singer in The Convictions, though he eventually left to pursue his acting career. In 2010, he recorded his first solo work, a 4-track EP, called Tongue Tied. His second EP, Changing Times, was released in 2011. His third EP, Bang! Bang!, in 2013. And finally, his first album, Dinard, in 2015.
4. Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane — 'The Hound')
While it is known that Rory McCann was once in a band called Thundersoup with Carol Smilie in the early '90s, I can't seem to dig up much information on it. Though there is this old video of him with the band (he's the one in the orange wig and rainbow... suit... thing). Thundersoup aside, here's a clip of him singing (and dancing) to "Honky Tonk Woman" by the Rolling Stones.
5. Natalia Tena (Osha) in Molotov Jukebox
Tena began acting in 2002, with her debut as Ellie in About a Boy. She would later go on to play as Nymphadora (but don't call her that!) Tonks in the Harry Potter series. But before all that, she decided to learn how to play the accordion while in the theater group, KneeHigh. For a time, she played with Nat Jenkins (and the HeartCaves), but later left to form her own band, Molotov Jukebox, with her boyfriend.
6. Jerome Flynn (Ser Bronn) in Robson & Jerome
You have to hear the story behind this one! A British television drama series, Soldier Soldier, aired in 1991, featuring Jerome Flynn and Robson Green. In 1994, the duo performed a cover of "Unchained Melody" on the episode "Band of Gold," and it was such a hit that fans of the show were looking to buy the song.
Simon Cowell noticed the interest in the song, and began pursuing the actors for the next four months to record the song — to the extent that Robson even threatened legal action to stop Cowell pestering them. The actors were eventually persuaded to sign a recording contract with Cowell and record "Unchained Melody" as a duo.
The hit cover song immediately reached No. 1, staying there for seven weeks, and was the best selling song of 1995. They later went on to record their first album, self-titled Robson & Jerome, which was released in November 1995 and became the best-selling album of the year, ahead of Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Unfortunately though, Robson & Jerome didn't stick around for very long. The cover band was only active for two years. The actors decided to quit in 1997, despite being offered $4 million by Simon Cowell for the production of a third album.
7. Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis)
Huisman started out as the singer and guitarist in the Dutch band, Fontane. They released several singles, such as "1+1=2". After 2 band members left, Fontane split up and Huisman began pursuing music on his own. He released several solo singles, such as "Deel Van Mij." You may have also seen him on an episode of Nashville (as Liam), singing "Postcard from Mexico" with Connie Britton (as Rayna).
8. Carice van Houten (Melisandre — 'The Red Woman')
We don't know a whole lot, but we do know that there was an adaptation of the 1977 musical Foxtrot, which was released in 2001 under the same name. Van Houten sang several songs in the musical, including "To be or not to be." She also sang "No Surrender" with Kane in 2010 during the televised The Netherlands Helps Haiti. Her first album, See You on the Ice, was released on September 27, 2012.
9. Kerry Ingram (Princess Shireen Baratheon)
She may be young, but that doesn't mean she hasn't already made a big impact! In 2010, Kerry Ingram played the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical. After departing the show in 2012, she received an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She then went on to play a small role in Les Miserables (2012).
Although Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) doesn't sing, his sister, Lily Allen, does! She even wrote a song ("Alfie") about her "lazy," then 19-year-old brother, who didn't have a job. You gotta love siblings, am I right? On the plus side, the song is pretty irrelevant now that Alfie has a spot in a show that most people could only dream for (Even if it did mean getting tortured by Ramsey)!