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Iron Throne goes on tour as Game of Thrones House of the Dragon lands on NOW & Sky TV

Beefeaters flank the Iron Throne at The Tower of London

The Iron Throne is touring the UK, as part of the build up to the launch of Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.

The iconic throne lands at the Tower of London August 8, ahead of the UK premiere of the hotly anticipated series on August 22.

In addition to offering fans the opportunity to visit the Iron Throne at the Tower of London, there’s also a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the Sky premiere of the show in Leicester Square on August 15.

The Tower of London will be home to the Iron Throne for two days only, before it makes its way to the glitzy Sky premiere in Leicester Square.

Game of Throne fans will also have a chance to see the Iron Throne around the country. It’ll be in Cardiff August 17-18, White City, London August 20-21 and Carlton Hill, Edinburgh on August 24-25.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood and set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans. 

Legend has it the throne was forged by the first king of the Targaryen dynasty, King Aegon, from the blades of his fallen foes. 

Matt Smith in House of the Dragon costume on a windswept beach
House of the Dragon takes place 200 years before Game of Thrones

Who’s who in Game of Thrones House of the Dragon

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal.  A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings. 

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon.  But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air… 

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.  

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.  

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake.” Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.  

Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, a dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who Never Was” was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favoured her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.  

Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, of Dornish descent, the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven.  Cole has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honour and his preternatural skill with a sword. 

Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, who came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall.  She could have wilted… but instead she rose to become the most trusted — and most unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne. 

Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower. The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.  

Milly Alcock as young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. She’s the king’s first-born child, of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man. 

Bethany Antonia as Baela Targaryen, eldest daughter of Laena Velaryon and rider of the young dragon Moondancer. 

Phoebe Campbell as Rhaena Targaryen, second daughter of Lady Laena and sister to Baela. 

Emily Carey as young Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. Alicent was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen. 

Harry Collett as Jacaerys Velaryon, eldest son of Rhaenyra Targaryen.  

Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong. ’Breakbones’, Harwin is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms.  Ser Harwin is the eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal.  

Tom Glynn-Carney as Aegon Targaryen, first-born son of King Viserys. 

Jefferson Hall as Ser Tyland Lannister, a crafty and calculating politician, twin to Lord Jason Lannister.  

Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock and twin to Ser Tyland Lannister.  

David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos, a voice of reason and trusted advisor to King Viserys. 

Wil Johnson as Ser Vaemond Velaryon, younger brother to Coryls Velaryon and commander in the Velaryon navy. 

John Macmillan as Ser Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon and  Rhaenys Targaryen. 

Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling, who has served in the Kingsguard since the days of King Jaehaerys; he is a paragon of chivalry and honour.  

Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen, second-born son of Viserys, nephew to Daemon, and half-brother to Rhaenyra. 

Theo Nate as Ser Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen. 

Matthew Needham as Larys Strong, younger son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong, brought to court by his father.  

Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury, Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin on King Viserys’s small council.   

Phia Saban as Helaena Targaryen, second-born daughter of Viserys, sister to Aegon and Aemond, half-sister to Rhaenyra. 

Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong, Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal.  

Savannah Steyn as Lady Laena Velayron, daughter of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen.

The dragons are played by themselves.

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