'Game of Thrones' casts Gwendoline Christie for Season 2
The 6-foot-3 Christie will play Brienne, aka the Maid of Tarth and "Brienne the Beauty," in the second season of the HBO series, author George R.R. Martin revealed on his blog.
"The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne," Martin writes. "Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect."
Christie has primarily done stage work in London; her only credit on IMDB is a small role in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Her character, who plays a significant role in "A Clash of Kings," the second book in Martin's series, is skilled with a sword and serves in Renly Baratheon's ( Gethin Anthony) guard. She's also frequently mocked for her looks by the other members of the guard, so presumably the "Game of Thrones" makeup team will have some work to do.