To help put this in some perspective, the combined net worth of the 15 actors on this list from Game of Thrones is $109 million.
15. Gwendoline Christie – $500,000
This is what makes GoT so interesting. The writers there are casting away as many stereotypes as they can and they have done a great job with Gwendoline Christie’s character, Brienne of Tarth in making those stereotypes a thing of the past. Finding Christie, who is 6’3”, taller than NBA point guards, was a huge find because she absolutely does not fit the stereotype of women often portrayed in entertainment. The character’s taste for the martial arts are something that most female characters would never consider and it has made the show so incredibly good. Because Christie has played this role so fabulously, she has managed to amass a small, but respectable fortune in the meantime.
14. Lena Heady – $1.5 Million
To make ends meet, actors have to sometimes take on some kind of crazy roles. For the ultra-desperate, they will just have sex on camera because that is always a winner. For some, even if they are not doing something as risky as adult entertainment, they have to take on some roles that may make it difficult to talk about work at cocktail parties. Lena Heady, who plays Cersei Lannister on GoT, is one of those people who reportedly was dead broke before she landed the role of the conniving, evil, incestuous character. Now, she is having money fights with the other crew members in their champagne bubble baths.
13. Alfie Allen – $2 Million
The other interesting thing about Allen is that he comes from a family of entertainers. Both Allen’s mom and dad are both entertainment industry veterans. The guy even has a cousin, Sam Smith, who is a very accomplished singer, having performed most notably at Lollapalooza in 2015. Hopefully, Allen can ride this wave and know that he has made his mark in the family business.
12. Rory McCann – $2 Million
The worst part is that Americans are not alone. At least in the United States there is a strong belief that it is a country of immigrants who are focused on democracy and freedom. However, Americans are still human beings and like what they understand. In the world of entertainment, this ethnocentricity is no different.
Because of this, it is important to understand who Rory McCann is as an actor. Rory McCann, who plays The Hound on GoT, is one of the most accomplished actors in Europe, having one what is called the BAFTA Scotland award for his acting in some earlier acting roles. Because it does not happen in America, it is important to explain what BAFTA is. BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is basically the British version of the group that hands out the Academic Awards here. In the United Kingdom, where theatre is legendary, a BAFTA award holds a lot of weight. GoT producers were aware of this and have conversely given McCann a lot of weight in his bank account too for his excellent portrayal of The Hound.
11. Iain Glen – $3 Million
In addition to Game of Thrones, some of Glen’s acting credits include playing in the highly popular British show Downton Abbey and countless roles for the British Broadcasting Company since the late 1980’s. Although the show does not look at things from his point of view, his support to the main cast has helped the show reach levels that its creators could have only imagined. As such, he has been rewarded handsomely.
10. Emilia Clarke – $3 Million
The other kind of actor is the one that grows up as a child star. These actors will star in some big hit movie or television show as a young child and make millions before they turn 18. The only problem is that many child stars do things like fill a swimming pool full of cocaine or steal a cop car for fun and ruin their lives in the process.
Emilia Clarke is neither of these kinds of actors. Attending school in the United Kingdom to help work on her dramatic acting, Clarke did not really start seriously acting until her teenage years. Then, GoT came calling and the whole game changed for her. Because she did not have to struggle for years and because she did not experience immediate success as a child, Emilia has managed to parlay the luck that came from GoT until a net worth of millions of dollars and a swimming pool free of coke.
9. Jason Momoa – $4 Million
The most interesting part for Jason Momoa, who played Drogo on GoT, is that this will likely be the second most popular thing that he will star in. For those who are unaware, Momoa is slated to play the lead character in the movie Aquaman and its relevant Justice League movie companions.
8. Kit Harington – $4 Million
For now, Kit Harington is starting to experience that thrill of going from nobody to somebody in show business. Despite his wealth playing Jon Snow on GoT, Kit has a relatively small resume. Unlike some of his co-stars on the show, Kit is still learning the business, but he is managing to get as much of it as he can out of it in the meantime.
7. Sophie Turner – $5 Million
Sophie Turner is definitely one of those stars that many people are growing up right alongside. Starting out at 15 on the show, Sophie, now 20, has gone from girl to woman in what seems to have just been overnight.
With a net worth of $5 million, fans can rest assured that even though they may be going through similar things as her, having too much money is not a problem most people will share with her.
6. Nicolaj Coster – $5 Million
Another show to have a massive fan following, Breaking Bad, was excellent not only because of its acting, but because the writers, directors, and producers all had enough sense to find out what people would actually watch and tailored the show to fit it. With GoT, the same kind of sense has applied.
This is where the casting of Nicolaj Coster comes in. Chances are there were hundreds of actors who auditioned for the role, but Nicolaj is the one that was chosen. Casting one of the few non-British actors for this decidedly British show was a smart move that has allowed Jaime Lannister to become one of the show’s most popular characters.
5. Carice van Houten – $5 Million
On GoT, Carice’s character, Melisandre, is a powerful Red Priestess whom nobody should ever mess with. For a former slave, her character has grown tremendously to the point where human sacrifices are kinda just a normal thing.
In real life, van Houten is a very accomplished actress who adds to the diversity of the GoT cast of characters. Originally from the Netherlands, she is adding a bit of multi ethnic flair to a show that is overwhelmingly English. Speaking German, French, English, and Dutch, this World Wildlife Federal ambassador is in a class of her own.
4. Richard Madden – $6 Million
One of the other reasons is because of the impeccable casting of young stars on the show. Many shows find actors that are in the same age range because the show is appealing to a certain demographic. For instance, the show Friends had a primary cast of people all born within five years of each other. On GoT, there are young people and older actors alike bringing together people of several generations.
By casting Richard Madden, one of show business’ up and coming stars, GoT put its eggs in the basket of a largely unknown stage actor. But because the producers are smart, they found someone who could fill the role of Robb Stark with ease and put a face to Eddard Stark’s eldest son.
3. Jack Gleeson – $8 Million
For British actors, there are hardly stories of them being discovered on their front porch. In true British fashion, there is formalized training and education for everything, even if it means that they are educating students on how to wear tights and sing.
For Jack Gleeson, whose net worth has ballooned to $8 million, he has been taking drama classes since he was a little kid. Although it is paying off, the road to riches was not easy.
2. Peter Dinklage – $10 Million
This is what makes Dinklage’s story so amazing. Among all of these amazing and accomplished actors, the shortest, oddest looking guy in the entire bunch managed to eek out the highest riches of them all. Keep in mind that roles for people like Dinklage are rare. Their height is often just a punchline for all of the other actors, often forcing guys like Dinklage to typecast themselves to a ton of competition and a lot of disappointment. For Dinklage however, his menacing looks, deep voice, and commitment to his craft have made him easily the most popular character on the show.
1. George R.R. Martin – $50 Million
The reason that it is easy to determine that Martin is so rich is because he is the worst dressed member of the Game of Thrones team. He wears silly hats, baggy clothes, and hardly shaves. For most people, they are either so poor they do not have to care how they dress or they are so rich that they don’t have to care how they dress. It is clear that Martin falls into the latter camp.
Regardless of his appearance, Martin has created something and sold it in a way that has hardly been replicated. Hence, he tops the list.