Meet Ian Whyte: The Actor Who Has Played Four Different Characters on Game of Thrones

HBO
HBO

Game of Thrones is, of course, one of the biggest shows in television history. Over the course of its eight seasons (only seven of which we've seen), hundreds—if not thousands—of extremely talented actors have worked tirelessly during long shoots to bring the world of Westeros, and the characters you love, to life. While Ian Whyte may not be one of the show's leads, he's played an integral part of the cast since the series' earliest days—and holds the record for most characters played in Game of Thrones.

The 47-year-old Welsh actor and stuntman began his Game of Thrones gig playing a White Walker in the show's first two seasons and was one of three actors to play Ser Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. The Mountain, in season two. In season 3, he played an unnamed giant, then moved on to playing yet another giant—Wun Wun the Wildling—in season 5.

Whyte, who stands 7 feet 1 inch, didn't start out as an actor. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he began his career as a basketball player for the Newcastle Eagles. After retiring as an athlete, he turned to acting and stunt work as a career. He played a Predator in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and had major roles in Clash of the Titans (2010) and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012).

Given his popularity with Game of Thrones's team, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see him again in the new season—maybe even playing a record fifth character.

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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