‘Game of Thrones’ Finds A New Queen

Former 'Tudors' actress Natalie Dormer becomes the first new cast member for the second season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last Sunday, "Game of Thrones" wrapped up its first season with a record high of 3 million viewers in its initial showing. With second season slatted to begin filming soon, the creative team behind the show has added the first new cast member of the year.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Natalie Dormer has signed on to portray Margaery Tyrell, a young woman from House Tyrell.

Dormer is perhaps best known for her role as the doomed Queen of England, Anne Boleyn (pictured above) on Showtime's original series, "The Tudors." Dormer has also appeared in "City of Life," "Flawless," "Casanova," "Silk" and the upcoming "Captain America: The First Avenger."


In the second season of "Game of Thrones," Dormer's character Margaery will be pledged to marry Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) as part of her family's attempt to get Renley on the Iron Throne and throw King Joffrey and the Lannisters out of power. Of course, as season one viewers know, Renly is actually in a relationship with another man, Ser Loras Tyrell… who also happens to be Margaery's brother.


"Game of Thrones" will also have a major presence at the San Diego Comic Con next month, with George R. R. Martin set to moderate a panel with showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss as well as Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and other cast members who will be announced closer to the convention.

The second season of "Game of Thrones" is also set to begin filming near the end of July.