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Meet The New Cast Additions To 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3, Including Nathalie Emmanuel

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 13, 2012 7:36 PM
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Nathalie Emmanuel

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All you Game Of Throne fans, here's your first look at the cast of new faces you'll be seeing next season (the 3rd).

I'm placing the spotlight (for obvious reasons) on Nathalie Emmanuel, the sole face of *color* in the entire group. The bi-racial British actress will be playing child slave Missandei, who works as a translator for Kraznys in Astapor. I'm sure all of that means something to those who've been keeping up with the hit HBO series.

A little digging revealed that the 23 year old actress has done mostly TV in the UK, and may be best known for her role in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, which she was on from 2006 to 2010. She also appeared in one episode of Misfits, season 3.

So this may be Nathalie's highest-profile role to date (depending on how much screen time her character gets of course) giving her some international exposure.

I also happened to find a video clip of Nathalie talking about coming to realize her racial identity, which I think is worth watching. You'll find that clip underneath the video from HBO revealing the new cast members for next season's Game Of Thrones.

So, first, here's the video with the new cast members introducing themselves:

And here's the video with Nathalie talking about her heritage:

Race & Culture - Nathalie Emmanuel from Tambay Obenson on Vimeo.

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  • Mark Dudley | July 16, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    There was actually a brotha on the show this last season. He was the guy who played opposite Jason Momoa in Conan.

  • Laura | July 14, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    I am glad to see Diana Rigg.

  • Langly | July 14, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    Don't quite understand why you found it necessary to mention her racial heritage. Why not mention she is light-skinned and doesn't look to offensively "black" as other struggling actresses of the same African descent heritage who I am sure regardless of parentage has the same racial mixture as her since they too are descended from slaves and slave owners. Thought this site was better than this promoting of us and them within black culture. I mean, you do know that Hollywood makes a difference between people of African descent when it comes to skin and parentage. Shameful!!!!

  • Said in LA | July 15, 2012 11:28 PM

    Anytime I and my associates at Sony need laughter, I'm going to read the below posts by 'Animation.' Because the synonyms of his/her writings don't match the antonym of his/her thought process...either 'Animation' hates him/herself because he/she is African, or hates him/herself because he/she wishes to be African... Tambay, why do you allow such hatred to the Africans to be posted?

    And I agree with some of the post, I can clearly see so so is of whatever black persuasion, I've never understood the reason why its mentioned with most post of Black folk...

  • renee | July 15, 2012 9:11 PM

    get a grip....

  • Animation | July 14, 2012 8:56 PM

    Even if Africans today have never been part of the European and Arab slave trade, Africans today would still be descendants of slavery. Slavery has long been a practice of Africans before Europeans and Arabs. But whatever!

  • Animation | July 14, 2012 8:50 PM

    Actually Anon, the British did have slavery, therefore blacks in the Caribbean and blacks who've been under the British Empire are descendants of slavery. Second, the European and Arab domination of Africa is slavery. Colonialism is not just slavery except far worse because it involves the domination not just of man like slavery in the New World, but complete dominion of the country. Africans can call colonialism whatever they like, but it is still slavery. Africans have not created anything of there own in Africa. The names of African countries are European, as well as the languages. Now the Chinese are delivering there own brand of colonialism on Africa, except without the brutality of the European and Arab rulers. Also lets not forget that Africans are the biggest practicers of slavery and brutality towards there own people till this day. If Africans feel the need to call African Americans descendants of slaves till make themselves feel more superior, that's fine. After all, Africans have nothing else. Africa will forever remain the bain of planet earth. Africans still wish they were under the boot of the Europeans. All Africans are descendants of slavery rather by the Europeans, Arabs, or Africans themselves. If Africans choose to deny their history, I could care less. Africa's not called the Dark Continent for nothing.

  • anon | July 14, 2012 3:48 PM

    umm shes british so where is this slave "ancestry" lol at them and us in bc when a biracial woman plays harriet tubman and you still dont have a problem with mixed people representing black? so dumb!

  • mediatrussed | July 14, 2012 3:22 PM

    we are being introduced to who this actress is. and watching the embedded short interview where she voices her journey as an individual and explains the virtues of learning her heritage and black history is very much relevant to the introduction on this site. she has a place in the diasporic experience and it'll be interesting to see how it unfolds in her artistry and if the writers of GoT pull from it.

  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green | July 14, 2012 8:11 AMReply

    Happy to see the underrepresented light-skinned sisters finally getting some work in Hollywood.

  • anon | July 14, 2012 3:49 PM


  • troy | July 14, 2012 8:24 AM

    Yes and she will have a girl on girl with the inbred Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, her Khalessi.

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