Speculation started when the show appeared on the actor’s CV page on his talent agency’s website, before being quickly removed, according to Variety magazine. The entry stated that he’d be working with ‘various’ directors on the show, hinting that he may be in multiple episodes.
The casting has now been confirmed, with a spokesman for ARG Talent telling the Evening Standard: “I can confirm that Richard has been cast in Game Of Thrones.”
Richard E Grant (Matt Crossick/PA)
Details of the character played by the Withnail And I star have not yet been released.
The 58-year-old is now the third Downton Abbey actor to make the trip to Westeros. He follows Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte in GoT and maid Gwen in Downton, and Iain Glen, who had the role of Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton before becoming Ser Jorah Mormont in GoT.
Richard E Grant in Downton Abbey (Nick Briggs/ITV)
Richard is set to star in ITV’s Jekyll And Hyde this autumn alongside Tom Bateman and Natalie Gumede. He has recently appeared in Doctor Who as villain the Great Intelligence, and as Jasper in Girls.