Game of Thrones is back on our TV screens on April 14 and the medieval fantasy series has made stars of many of its actors, including Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke.
It’s clear that being part of the HBO blockbuster, which started in 2011, has boosted its stars’ bank balances considerably — so much so that they’ve been busy snapping up properties in the UK and abroad.
British actress Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei Lannister, made an £800,000 profit on her Los Angeles home when she sold it for £1.5 million.
Headey, who previously starred in ITV and BBC dramas, was rumoured to have paid £609,000 for the five-bedroom home in 2014. The Yorkshire-born actress sold the house to move back to the UK.
Meanwhile, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, and her American singer-songwriter fiancé Joe Jonas are on a house-hunting mission in London. A UK base is a must for Northampton-born Turner, who got engaged to the pop rocker in 2017.
Having already viewed homes in New York and LA, Turner and Jonas have been looking in the £3.5 million to £5 million range for their new home.
In a backdrop straight out of the series, Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte in the cult show, recently married in real-life in a castle in Scotland.
The celebrity couple, who confirmed their relationship in early 2016, tied the knot at Wardhill Castle, the ancestral home of Leslie’s clan. Owned by the family for a staggering 900 years, the magical 12th-century Aberdeenshire pile, set in breathtakingly beautiful countryside, is currently in the hands of Leslie’s brother, Will.
Wardhill Castle is already set up for weddings and events, so it’s no surprise the stars chose it for their own reception.
And it seems the quest for the Iron Throne isn’t quite enough for Emilia Clarke, who is believed to have invested more than £8 million in a house in Hampstead.
London-born Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, is said to have fallen for a Grade-II listed six-bedroom house with Victorian features in the capital’s favourite “village”.
London’s favourite ‘village’ is a favourite for Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke (Alamy Stock Photo)
She also recently splashed out on a modern house in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, paying £3.81 million for the 2009 property. She fell in love with the two-bedroom house and offered £246,000 above the asking price to seal the deal on her California base.
And finally, ITV chat show host Jonathan Ross and his screenwriter wife Jane Goldman may be moving to Belfast, where much of the series has been filmed.
Goldman has teamed up with George RR Martin, author of the novels from which the show is adapted, to co-write a prequel to Game of Thrones, and the family are said to be looking for a new home in Northern Ireland.
Ross has enjoyed his visits to Belfast and was overheard saying he is considering buying a property there.
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