I have to admit that I haven't watched a single episode of Game Of Thrones, despite how much praise it's received; it's been near-universal! And I'm a fantasy enthusiast, so you'd think I'd be all over it; nope, I haven't been. I also haven't read the literary work by George R. R. Martin that the TV series is based on either (A Song of Ice and Fire which comprises of 7 books - 2 that have yet to be published).

Shame on me :(

Ah well, in time I guess.

But fans of the series, take heed of the following news. As you probably already know, HBO picked up a second season of the series, just two days after season one's premiere, and has been casting for it for a couple of months now.

The most recent casting announcement is for a character called Xaro Xhoan Daxos, described as "a wealthy merchant who takes in Daenerys, the members of her khalasar (the Dothraki that stuck with her after the death of husband Khal Drogo), and her knight, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glenn), and becomes an adviser of sorts."

Now, you see, none of that means anything to me, because, once again, I haven't been keeping up with the series. But I assume it'll make some sense to those of you who have (or who have read the books).

The role will be played by British up-and-comer Nonso Anozie, whom long-time readers of this site might recognize as the star of a 2009 Brit flick we profiled based on the life of football hooligan Cass Pennant, leader of England’s most feared football gang; also, most recently, he featured in RockNRolla, Atonement, Conan the Barbarian, and co-stars in the upcoming in-the-wild thriller, The Grey, alongside Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney and others, directed by Joe Carnahan.

The massive 6ft 6inch 32-year-old Anozie, who looks like he's at least 250, has appeared in several stage plays, films, and TV shows. He grauated from the famed Central School of Speech and Drama, in London in 2002.

We'll be watching his progress, especially now that he's making a name for himself on this side of the pond.

Thanks Jug for the tip.

[Spoiler TV]