Money Is Coming! How much do the stars of Game Of Thrones make?
Game Of Thrones was a phenomenon over the eight seasons that it ran on HBO. Fans of the show flocked to see dragons, White Walkers, epic battles, and personal conflicts between the characters. With one of the largest ensemble casts ever created for television, many of the actors commanded high salaries which increased with the show’s immense popularity. Others were paid much less than you might expect, owing to the large cast and smaller parts. But who earned the highest salary in the Seven Kingdoms? And who had the highest net worth? Winter Is Coming, and so the are answers to your questions…
Kit Harington played one of the lead characters, Jon Snow, for all eight seasons on Game Of Thrones. Before being cast as Jon Snow, Harrington was a stage actor in his native England. Game Of Thrones was his first television work, and he rose to prominence in parallel to his character’s rise as part of the Night’s Watch. Harrington earned $500,000 per episode during the eighth season and has an estimated net worth of $12,000,000.
Lena Headey played the always-scheming Cersei Lannister, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Before playing the merciless Cersei, Headey worked steadily in film and television and was particularly known by American audiences for playing Sarah Connor in the TV spin-off of the Terminator film series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She was also one of the highest-paid actors on Game Of Thrones, and by the final season, earned $500,000 per episode, with an estimated net worth of $9,000,000.
The actor behind Jaime Lannister was Danish-born Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Before his performance as the twin brother of Cersei and oldest Lannister sibling, Coster Waldau was well known in the US for playing Medal Of Honor recipient Gary Gordon in the acclaimed film Black Hawk Down. Coster-Waldau received a Primetime Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jaime Lannister and was well-compensated for it: $500,000 per episode during the final season and an estimated net worth of $16,000,000.
Petyr Baelish, popularly known as Littlefinger was the master of coin on the king’s council of Westeros. He was played by Aidan Gillen. Before he played the untrustworthy Littlefinger, Gillen was best known for playing Tommy Carcetti on another show on HBO, The Wire. He also acted on the Broadway stage, winning a 2004 Tony Award for his work in the stage play, The Caretaker. Gillen would prove to be a “master of coin” in real life too, taking home $200,000 per episode in the last season and having an estimated net worth of $8,000,000.
Conleth Hill was the actor behind Varys, a former slave eunuch who became the master of whisperers in King’s Landing. Before portraying the character also known as the Spider, Hill was a stage actor in Belfast, London, and New York, winning two Olivier awards for his work on the London stage. On Game of Thrones, Varys was one of the most important supporting characters and his relationship with Tyrion Lannister was one of the most significant relationships on the show. Befitting such an important character, Hill took home $200,000 per episode and has an estimated net worth of $2,000,000.
Sandor Clegane, also called The Hound, was portrayed by Scottish actor Rory McCann. The Hound is perhaps the most violent character on Game Of Thrones and had complicated relationships with Arya and Sansa Stark. Game Of Thrones was McCann’s largest role to date, although he is recognized by many audiences for appearing in the 2007 film Hot Fuzz. For playing The Hound, McCann was paid $200,000 per episode in the final season. He has a net worth of $6,000,000
Iain Glen played Jorah Mormont who was the advisor to Daenerys Targaryen on Game Of Thrones. Mormont was loyal to The Mother Of Dragons, and his unrequited love for her is one of the show’s most intriguing relationships. Before he played the son of the lord commander of the Night’s Watch, Glenn appeared in TV and films such as 1990’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. On Game Of Thrones, Glenn earned $200,000 per episode in the final season and has a net worth of $3,000,000.
Theon “Reek” Greyjoy was one of the most tortured characters on Game Of Thrones. Over eight seasons, Greyjoy was tortured, beaten, and eventually castrated and forced to rename himself “Reek.” The actor behind Reek, Alfie Allen, was barely known before being cast as the damaged character, only appearing in a few bit parts in movies and television shows. He was also one of the lowest-paid actors on the show, only making $10,000 per episode in the first few seasons, but made $300,000 by season 8. His estimated net worth is $6,000,000.
Isaac Hempstead Wright
The Three-Eyed Raven, Bran Stark, was played by English actor Isaac Hempstead Wright. As the enigmatic Bran, he had to convey some of the more complicated acting on Game Of Thrones. His character was paralyzed from being thrown out of a window by Jaime Lannister in the first season. Wright was an unknown before Game Of Thrones and was one of the youngest cast members. Like several of the younger cast members, Wright only made $10,000 in the first few seasons of the show, but now has an estimated net worth of $4,000,000.
Samwell Tarly, as played by John Bradley, was one of the quieter and more low-key characters on Game Of Thrones. As the closest friend to Jon Snow, he brought a sense of warmness and honesty to a setting that was not always filled with those qualities. The show was one of the first professional appearances for Bradley, and he only made $10,000 per episode. His net worth has grown since the first few seasons, and he is now worth $4,000,000.
A fan-favorite character, Arya Stark had one of the longest and most complicated character arcs on Game Of Thrones. She went from a young child to a full-fledged assassin over the course of the show, and the actress who played her, Maisie Williams, grew up before our eyes as well. Game Of Thrones was the first professional credit for Williams, but she has gone on to appearances on TV shows such as Doctor Who and now has her own production company, Daisy Chain Productions. Maisie was one of the highest-paid young actors on the show, making $150,000 per episode, and she now has an estimated net worth of $6,000,000.
Liam Cunningham played the grizzled Davos Seaworth on Game Of Thrones. He was one of the smaller characters on the show, but still a vital member of the supporting cast. Cunningham has had a long career in film and TV, and was able to bring in a surprising $300,000 per episode, perhaps owing to that long career. His net worth is $4,000,000
Missandei began as a slave in Westeros, but grew to be one of Daenerys’s closest advisors after she was freed by the Mother Of Dragons. Emmanuel had several small parts in movies and TV shows and played the character of Young Nala in the London West-End stage production of The Lion King. For her role on Game of Thrones, she was paid $100,000 per episode and has a smaller net worth of $1,000,000.
The actress behind the mysterious Osha, Natalia Tena, is well-known to fantasy fans for playing Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter movie series. On Game of Thrones, she provided a bit of a wild touch to her portrayal of Osha and protected Bran Stark from any threats. She only made $10,000 per episode, but over her career, she has earned a net worth of $5,000,000.
The tallest woman in the cast at 6’2”, Gwendolyn Christie, played the powerful knight Brienne of Terth. Christie has made her mark in two of the biggest fantasy franchises of all-time: Game of Thrones and Star Wars, where she played the chrome-plated Captain Phasma. Her nuanced performance as Brienne of Terth paid off handsomely for the actress: $200,000 per episode in the final season. She has a net worth of $3,000,000.
And now to the shortest member of the cast...Peter Dinklage played the intelligent and quotable Tyrion Lannister. Dinklage won four Primetime Emmys for his performance on Game Of Thrones, an all-time record for a single actor. He has become one of the most well-known actors in the world with many movie and TV appearances to his name, including an appearance hosting Saturday Night Live. As befitting such a lauded actor, Dinklage was one of the highest-paid members of the cast, earning $500,000 per episode, and has an estimated net worth of $25,000,000.
Natalie Dormer played Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones. Before playing the Queen, she had appeared in another royal role: Anne Bolyn on the TV show The Tudors. She has gone on to star in numerous TV shows, most notably Elementary (playing the character of Irene Adler in two seasons) and appearing as Cressida in The Hunger Games films. Dormer earned $200,000 per episode.
The ruthless leader of House Lannister was Tywin Lannister, played by veteran actor Charles Dance. Dance has one of the longest careers of any of the actors on Game Of Thrones, dating back to the 1970s. He has had many notable roles, usually playing a leader, commander, or king. His salary on Game Of Thrones is unreleased, but he has a net worth of around $5,000,000.
It is a running joke that Sean Bean often plays characters who are killed off, and his character on Game Of Thrones, Ned Stark, was no exception. His death early in the first season was one of the first “shock” moments of the show, signaling to the audience that no character was safe. Bean was probably the most well-known actor before his brief tenure on the show, appearing in The Lord Of The Rings series of films as well as the James Bond film, GoldenEye. And, yes, he was killed off in both of those two franchises as well! Bean has an estimated net worth of $20,000,000.
Yara Greyjoy appeared in only a few episodes of Game Of Thrones, played by Gemma Whelan, but was still a significant supporting character. Yara is a tough fighter who has no qualms about crushing her enemies. Surprisingly, before appearing on the show, Whelan was mostly known as a stand-up comedian in the UK. Her salary is also not known, but she has an estimated net worth of $1,500,000.
Perhaps the second-most hated character on Game Of Thrones, Ramsey Bolton was one of the most evil and relentless characters in Westeros. Between torturing Theon Greyjoy and sacking Winterfell (after agreeing to spare it), Bolton was despicable. Welsh-born Rheon had a stage and screen career before Game Of Thrones, and went on to shows such as Riviera and Inhumans. He has a net worth of $2,000,000.
Catelyn Stark often broke expectations. Her loyalty to family, and especially her children, eventually led to her death. Fans often hoped that she would return as “Lady Stoneheart” as she did in the novels, but that plot twist was left unexplored. She was played in the TV show by Michelle Fairley, who is a veteran actress with a 30-year career. She has a $3,000,000 net worth and continues to act, most recently in the UK TV show The Feed.
Another young actor on Game Of Thrones was Sophie Turner, who played the princess Sansa Stark. Over 8 seasons, Sansa went from an innocent character to a mature young woman. This show was Turner’s first acting credit, although she has gone on to play Jean Grey in the most recent series of X-Men films. Turner earned $100,000 per episode and has a net worth of $5,000,000.
Bronn was a mercenary motivated by only two things: money and women. Jerome Flynn played the character with a charm devoid of smugness - a difficult balance. Flynn is also known as a musician as part of the group Robson & Jerome during the 1990s. He took on the role of Bronn after a 10-year sabbatical from acting. With such a multi-layered career, Flynn has earned a $3,000,000 net worth.
Carice Van Houten
One of the more mysterious and manipulative characters on the show was Melisandre, also known as the Red Queen. This powerful servant of the Lord of Light was played by veteran actress Carice Van Houten. Van Houten had a fifteen-year career prior to Game Of Thrones, acting in many TV shows and movies. She has a reported net worth of $5,000,000.
The most hated character on Game Of Thrones was Joffrey Baratheon. As King of Westeros, there was nothing that he wouldn’t do to make others suffer. The actor behind him, Jack Gleeson, appeared in a bit part in Batman Begins, but Game Of Thrones was his first major appearance. Gleeson has reportedly retired from acting, but he was able to earn a substantial $6,000,000 from his acting career.
Robb Stark wasn’t on Game Of Thrones for very long, but he was played by actor Richard Madden. Robb was tasked as the leader of House Stark and was the oldest brother to Sansa and Arya. Richard Madden had a steady career in TV, but has said that he was paid very little for his work on Game Of Thrones. He has an estimated net worth of $6,000,000.
One of the central characters on Game Of Thrones was the Mother of Dragons, the Breaker Of Chains, the Khaleesi...but she was best known as Daenerys Targaryen. As played by Emilia Clarke, she had one of the longest character arcs on the show, eventually deploying her dragons to great effect in the show’s final battles. Clarke has gone on to be one of the highest-paid actors on the show, appearing in several other franchises, such as Star Wars and the James Bond series. Not surprisingly, she was one of the highest-paid actors on this show as well, earning $500,000 per episode with a net worth of $11,000,000.
A later addition to the cast, Jacob Anderson portrayed the stoic Grey Worm. A general to Daenerys, Grey Worm hid his emotions as one of her most loyal advisors. Anderson appeared in such shows as Broadchurch and Overlord. Like some others on Game Of Thrones, Anderson also has a successful music career and has earned over $3,000,000 in total.
Tormund Giantsbane was an intimidating figure on Game of Thrones at first, but developed a softer side when paired with Brienne of Terth. In the final season of the show, he became romantically involved with her, and a softer side emerged for both of them. The actor behind the character was Norweigian-born Kristofer Hivju. He had no English-language acting credits before this show, but has still amassed around $3,000,000 during his career.
Jason Momoa is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, and his breakout role was as the barbaric Khal Drogo on Game Of Thrones. Despite the fact that most of his lines were spoken in Dothraki, a language invented for the show, Momoa oozed a brutal charisma. He has gone on to portray Aquaman in Justice League and will soon have his own show on Apple TV+, SEE. He has acquired a net worth of around $14,000,000.
The wilding Ygritte was played by Rose Leslie. Leslie was instantly recognizable from her work in Downton Abbey, where she played one of the maids, Gwen Dawson. More recently, she has starred in the CBS show, The Good Fight as one of the lead characters, Maia Rindell. Leslie was not on Game Of Thrones for very long, but it was a productive time for her. Not only was she paid $10,000 per episode, but she also met her now-husband Kit Harington on the set. She has a net worth of $4,000,000
Danish actor Pilou Asbaek joined the cast of Game Of Thrones in season seven. He played Euron Greyjoy, the ruthless uncle of Theon and Yara Greyjoy. As one of the younger actors, Asbaek had very few acting credits prior to Game Of Thrones, but he was well-known in his native Denmark for his portrayal of Caspar Juul in the series Borgen. Asbaek has amassed over $2,000,000 in his career.
Beric Dondarrion was a unique character on Game of Thrones. He only appeared a few times in season 3, and seasons 6-8 but managed to die and come back to life. Dormer was a playwright and stage actor in his native Ireland before the show. His net worth and salary are unknown, but he's estimated to be worth around $1,000,000.
The blacksmith Gendry was one of the characters in Game Of Thrones that started out as a minor character and saw his role grow in the course of all eight seasons. His relationship with Arya Stark was particularly notable, as he was her only real love interest on the show. Before he portrayed the character, Dempsie was a commercial actor in the UK and is often recognized for being in a commercial for Clearasil. He has a net worth of $1,000,000. Not bad for a poor blacksmith!
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
The Mountain was the most intimidating and scary fighter on Game Of Thrones. The actor who played him, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, is an intimidating presence in real life too. Standing at six feet, nine inches in height, Björnsson won the title of World's Strongest Man in 2018. He has earned over $2,000,000 in his career.
Stannis Baratheon was THE villain in the early seasons of Game Of Thrones. He showed very little emotion as he destroyed everything and everyone who stood in his way. The actor who played the merciless Stannis, Stephen Dillane, had a long career in TV and films and is best-known to American audiences for playing Thomas Jefferson in the HBO mini-series, John Adams. Dillane has made over $6,000,000 in his career.
The ultimate "big bad" on Game Of Thrones was The Night King, played by Vladimir Furdik. He was the leader of the White Walkers who lie beyond the Wall. Notably, Furdik had no spoken lines during the series, despite being a constant menacing presence. He was also the second actor to portray the Night King, as British actor Richard Brake had played the character in his first appearances. Furdik has also appeared in the James Bond movie Skyfall. He has earned around $1,000,000 in his career.
Hodor! Hodor hodor hodor! Fans of Game Of Thrones know exactly what these words mean, as Kristian Nairn's Hodor used his own name for all of his communication on the show. Hodor was his first acting role, as he had been a DJ in his native Northern Ireland before being cast as the monosyllabic servant. Hodor hodor hodor $500,000 net worth hodor hodor!
Oberyn Martell only appeared for one season, played by Pedro Pascal. Like many of the other characters, he was looking for vengeance against the Lannisters. He's a skilled fighter and nearly beats The Mountain in combat, but falls prey to his own ego. Pedro Pascal was in several films and TV series before being cast on Game Of Thrones and is known in the US for playing DEA agent Javier Pena in the Netflix show Narcos. Pascal has earned over $2,000,000 in his career.