'Skins' UK Actress & Former British Soap Star Join 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2

A former star of the British version of “Skins,” actress Hannah Murray, has joined the cast of “Game of Thrones” Season 2.

HBO confirmed to Access Hollywood that the redheaded actress will play Gilly in the series, news first reported by Westeros.org.

Fans of the books will know that Gilly plays a major role in the life of Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) best friend on the Night’s Watch – Samwell Tarly (played by Manchester-bred actor John Bradley West).

Gilly is a wildling woman, who men of the Night’s Watch meet as they journey beyond the wall in Season 2.

She is not only the pregnant daughter of Craster, a “friend” of the Night’s Watch, but in a move set to put the Lannister clan to shame – one of his wives.

In related “GOT” casting news, Karl Davies, who starred in the UK soap “Emmerdale,” has signed on as Alton Lannister, HBO confirmed to Access Hollywood. Alton is not in the books by author George R. R. Martin, and no character description was immediately available.

Murray and Davies are the latest in a long line of new cast members coming into the Emmy-nominated fantasy series, based on the books by George R. R. Martin, for Season 2 including Roy Dotrice as Hallyne, the pyromancer, German actor Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H’ghar, Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy (in the books as Asha), Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Liam Cunningham as Davos, Stephen Dillane as Robert Baratheon’s heir and brother – Stannis, Dutch actress Carice van Houten as the red priestess Melisandre, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne, knight to Renly Baratheon, and “Tudors” actress Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Renly’s wife.

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