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Nathalie Emmanuel says Game of Thrones “could have done better” in terms of diversity



Game of Thrones has been great at a lot of things, but there’s one big criticism the show has always faced – lack of diversity. Now, a major star of the show has commented on this particular issue. Nathalie Emmanuel, who played the role of Missandei on the show, has said that the show could’ve done better in terms of handling diversity on the show. Read on!

Speaking in a recent interview with Evening Standard, Nathalie discussed the show’s glaring absence of diverse representation in terms of having actors of colour. When asked about what she thought of the criticism the show got for this exact reason, she said:

“I think it was fair.”

She added:

“It’s something that they could have done better on.”

However, Nathalie had good things to say about the matter, as well:

“They really gave the characters of colour they did have some great stories and scenes to play.

In the books, my character isn’t really prominent. They really gave me some beautiful things to do and portray with my amazing friend and colleague Jacob [Anderson, who played Grey Worm].

I felt really supported and looked after in that respect. But I think it’s important to note that they could have done better there.”

Emmanuel also seemed hopeful of the future of diversity in television:

“Hopefully that criticism will be heeded for future shows of that magnitude.

That’s only a positive thing, so I’m excited to see what those conversations have started.”

She also discussed the show ending and her experience being on it:

It will always be bittersweet because we had such an amazing time and amazing experience with one another. We bonded for life.

But I’m excited. I feel really happy to see what other opportunities are out there. Game Of Thrones changed my life, I was working in retail when I got that job.

It’s always going to be sad not going to work with my friends.”

What do guys think? Tell us in the comments, down below!

It is always fun to see our favourite actors play out radically different roles. Iain Glenn, who played the honourable and heroic Ser Jorah Mormont, was seen playing a not-so-heroic role in The Racer.

Directed by Kieron J Walsh, the movie circles around a series of scandals that took place at the 1998 Tour de France. The film was the opening film for the Cork International Film Festival. Though fictional, The Racer shows the dangerous lengths teams will go to for a competitive edge. Iain Glen plays the team’s Mr Fixit with the syringes and vials.

Iain Glenn talked to the Irish Examiner about the movie, “I studied documentaries and a couple of films just to get to know the world it occupied. What drew me to the script was it didn’t hold back its punches. I thought it was a very frank and honest, quite a wry, insightful look at a particularly bad period for drug abuse within the sport.”

He continued, “That tour became known as the Tour de Drugs because of the amount of drugs that were going down at the time. The people within the team and my character, certainly within the context of the film, didn’t have any great qualms about it – everyone was doing it and we were doing it as well. That was the norm. It’s ironic to think that (Lance) Armstrong was about to enjoy his great stretch as being the world-leading cyclist and he won so many tours in a row and this was prior to that. During Armstrong’s time, everyone thought the sport had got its act together a bit more.”

Earlier, Kit Harington was seen playing a shady role in Criminals Season 2. What do you think about the movie? Tell us in the comments below!


The journey of life is an inexplicable mystery. No one knows what one might face in future. The only thing we can be sure of is making memories. These memories stay alive even after they are gone. The year 2020 proved to be a Red Wedding for people all around the world. Earth lost some of it’s brightest stars in the past year, including Game of ThronesDiana Rigg.

Diana Rigg, famous for her role Olenna Tyrell, was a revered figure in the entertainment industry. She was a force to reckon with. Her dominating presence brought directors to their knees. She delivered such a fabulous performance, the audience was left speechless.


Rigg was exceptional as the Queen of Thorns. The veteran actress was also famous for being witty and fun-loving on set. In James Hibberd’s book Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon, producer and writer Dave Hill recalls working with Rigg. Rigg was visiting the brothel owned by Littlefinger, played by Aidan Gillen.

We were preparing for a scene where Olenna meets Littlefinger at the brothel,” Hill said. “And Dame Diana Rigg looked around and went, ‘Shouldn’t there be more sex toys? Shouldn’t there be sheepskin condoms scattered about?’

I’m all, ‘You’re absolutely correct, Dame Diana!’ We appreciated her knowledge of ancient sexual devices.”

The highly talented actress was also a motherly figure to the cast and crew. They remembered her on social media when she passed away. Talk to us in the comments below, and tell us how you miss the revered actress!


All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”- A Shakespearean phrase perfectly sums up the world as a theatre. Game of Thrones stars, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), shared their theatre experience with Vogue.

Vogue presented the Game of Thrones alums with a host of questions. Here’s how they responded:

Vogue: What do you love the most about        theatre?  

Emilia: Oh my goodness! What I love most about going to the theatre… Never thought about it before, it’s the most beautiful experience.

Indira: It’s escape isn’t it?

Vogue: What is your most memorable moment in a theatre?  

Emilia: I was doing Holly GoLightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and there was a stupid scene. I was in a bath and this one particular night I’m butt-naked, slippery from being in the bath. I’m running and I just psssssh (making slipping and landing on butt gesture with hands). I was feeling like I had broken something and then the guys in the flies just being like- “Oh! You alright sweetie?”

Indira: I mean my very first performance. When I was 5 at school and I was angel Gabriel.

Vogue: What is your top tip for learning lines?  

Emilia: When I’m just by myself I do it to my cooker, my oven or I record myself or just badger friends.

Indira: My top tip for learning lines… (f*****g hate learning lines) I mean like I need tips myself. I think it’s about repetition.

Vogue: Sum up performing in theatre in 3 words.  

Emilia: Um raw, electric and home.

Indira: One word is never enough is it, um journalized, communication, fear.

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Both the stars have earlier worked together in the theatre. Tell us what you think of theatre in the comments below!


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