How much ‘Game of Thrones’ actors earn per episode and their total net worth
Game of Thrones has been a ratings powerhouse ever since it debuted on HBO in 2011. Over eight memorable seasons, millions of people have tuned in to enjoy the riveting drama of the fantasy series based on the George R. R. Martin books.
Many of the actors on the show have gained immense popularity from their roles. Actors’ salaries have reflected the growing popularity of the series over the years. While those with more prominent roles can earn up to $500,000 an episode, others earn much less. Which actors have had the highest salary or net worth on Game of Thrones? Keep on reading to find out.
Kit Harington – Jon Snow
Kit Harington is mainly known for his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones. Jon is known as a rash but noble person, doing anything to protect those he cares about. As the series progresses, the character matures and develops into a seasoned leader. Harrington does a phenomenal job of portraying Jon Snow as a relatable and flawed character.
Harington has also been cast in other roles, although not all of them have been well received. Some of the roles Kit has taken on previously include voicing Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Robert Catesby in Gunpowder. Kit Harington makes $500,000 per episode of Game of Thrones and has a total net worth of $12 million.
Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey plays the merciless Cersei Lannister, a prominent character without many redeeming qualities. Queen Cersei isn’t known by audiences for caring about anything or anyone that doesn’t serve her purposes. Headey has perfected that cruel glare that Cersei has become so well known for throughout the series.
Headey has also played characters such as Queen Gorgo in 300 and Mary Sandin in The Purge outside of Game of Thrones. Lena Headey is among the top earners on Game of Thrones, earning around $500,000 per episode for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister. She is currently sitting at around $9 million in total net worth.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister
Cast as Jaime Lannister, the twin brother of Queen Cersei, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of the actors who makes the most on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Jaime’s relationship with his sister is one of the more complicated on the series. Jaime is a surprisingly relatable character, despite his horrible actions. Coster-Waldau earned an Emmy nomination for his performance as Jaime in 2018.
Coster-Waldau was cast as Horus in the poorly received Gods of Egypt and Jacob “Money” Harlon in Shot Caller. The actor makes $500,000 per episode of Game of Thrones. He’s been on the popular show since the first season, so he’s had plenty of opportunities to make that money.
Aidan Gillen – Littlefinger/Petyr Baelish
Playing one of the longest-lasting core characters on Game of Thrones, Aidan Gillen made a name for himself as the deceitful and cunning Petyr Baelish, also known as Littlefinger. Gillen brought a crooked charm to the role that helped define the character. Littlefinger is one of sneakiest characters on the show and has had interactions with many other characters.
Gillen has an extensive filmography stretching back a few dozen years and has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including Netflix’s original series Peaky Blinders. Aiden Gillen took home between $100,000 to $200,000 per episode of Game of Thrones that he starred in. The actor has a total net worth of $8 million.
Conleth Hill – Lord Varys
Conleth Hill’s role as Lord Varys, a secretive eunuch living in King’s Landing, has been one of the most memorable characters on Game of Thrones. Throughout the series, Varys has served multiple leaders, pledging his allegiance to whoever serves his interests at the time. He always manages to stay in the good graces of those in power.
Varys’ conversations with Tyrion Lannister are always some of the most well-written moments on the series, although he has plenty of other significant moments as well. Conleth Hill is responsible for one of the more critical supporting characters on Game of Thrones. Hill takes home anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 for his acting work as Lord Varys.
Rory McCann – The Hound/Sandor Clegane
Rory McCann plays one of the most vulgar and violent characters on all of Game of Thrones, which is saying something. Sandor Clegane, more commonly known as The Hound, has been around since the show first began. Some of McCann’s best-acted scenes as The Hound happen when his character clashes with Arya Stark.
The Hound is Rory McCann’s most prominent role in the last few years, and with Game of Thrones ending soon, it will be interesting to see what the actor does in the coming years. McCann makes anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 per episode of Game of Thrones.
Iain Glen – Jorah Mormont
Iain Glen has been on Game of Thrones since the very beginning, cast as Jorah Mormont. Most of Glen’s scenes have been with Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen. Jorah is known as a stoic character who takes loyalty incredibly seriously. His relationship with Daenerys is tinged with deep longing, something Glen is able to convey in a genuine way.
Glen has had a long career, but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. He’s had dozens of roles, one of the most memorable includes Dr. Isaacs in the popular Resident Evil films. Iain Glen earns $100,000 to $200,000 per episode for his role as Jorah Mormont.
Alfie Allen – Theon Greyjoy
This actor is among the younger cast members and is originally from London, England. Some of the movies he’s been a part of include highlights like The Predator and John Wick, but his real breakthrough came with being cast in the massively successful Game of Thrones.
Alfie Allen has developed close friendships with some of his fellow Game of Thrones castmates, including Kit Harington and Richard Madden. Theon Greyjoy’s character has received a lot of screen time on the entirety of Game of Thrones, but Alfie Allen only brings in around $10,000 an episode for his portrayal of the troubled character.
Isaac Hempstead Wright – Bran Stark
Isaac Hempstead Wright is one of the youngest main cast members on Game of Thrones. Wright is still young, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to branch out much from his role as Bran Stark. Since the character is paralyzed in the show, Wright has had to adapt his acting style so that he can convey what he needs to without being able to move as much as the other characters.
Bran is known for being stone-faced and hiding his emotions behind an almost all-knowing smile. Although Isaac Hempstead Wright doesn’t play one of the most popular characters in Game of Thrones, he still manages to rake in around $10,000 per episode.
John Bradley – Samwell Tarly
Cast as one of the more soft-spoken and underappreciated characters in Game of Thrones, John Bradley has had some harrowing moments as Samwell Tarly. The closest friend to Jon Snow, Samwell’s greatest qualities include loyalty, honesty, and kindness. Bradley’s performance as Sam has brought many fans into his corner over the years.
Bradley’s filmography mostly consists of smaller appearances on TV. Among John Bradley’s filming credits are television series roles such as Shameless and Merlin. Despite Samwelll Tarley’s increasingly prominent role in Game of Thrones, Bradley only makes about $10,000 per episode. We think he deserved more considering he put a smile on our faces every time he graced our screens on Sunday nights.
Maisie Williams – Arya Stark
A huge fan favorite, Maisie Williams has not only made a name for herself as Arya Stark, but also for her quirky personality outside of her role. Arya starts out as a feisty child but progressively comes into her own as a fighter that rivals even the most skilled assassins. As she grows up and is thrown into life-threatening situations, she is quickly made to mature.
Maisie’s first professional acting credit was actually on Game of Thrones as Arya Stark. She has grown so much in her popularity on the show that today she makes $100,000 to $200,000 per episode and now has a $6 million total net worth.
Liam Cunningham – Davos Seaworth
Liam Cunningham has been acting for over 20 years, with many of his acting credits spread out in both film and TV. His performance as Davos Seaworth on Game of Thrones has landed him several nominations as part of an ensemble cast. Davos started out serving Stannis Baratheon but things quickly changed as multiple armies clashed.
Cunningham plays one of the lesser (although still vital) characters on the show, but he is still somehow able to bring in $300,000 per episode of Game of Thrones. As one of the more seasoned members of the cast, Cunningham is perfect for the role of the wizened Davos Seaworth.
Nathalie Emmanuel – Missandei
Nathalie Emmanuel joined the Game of Thrones cast later on in the series, but still managed to make a significant impact on the show as Missandei. Advisor to Daenerys Targaryen, Missandei used to be a slave before she was freed and recruited by the dragon queen.
Emmanuel’s portrayal of Missandei is soft and kind but still fierce when she needs to stand up for her queen. The biggest movies that Emmanuel has been a part of include Furious 7 and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. She makes a decent amount of money per episode of Game of Thrones — around $100,000.
Natalia Tena – Osha
Natalia Tena plays the mysterious and wild Osha on Game of Thrones. Osha arrived early on in the series, clinging to Bran Stark and protecting him from any threats. Tena brought a strangeness to the role that was oddly fitting for the character.
Tena also landed a supporting role in the Harry Potter film franchise, playing a witch named Nymphadora Tonks. Despite her lengthy stay on Game of Thrones, Tena was never able to earn more than $10,000 per episode that she acted in. A successful actress in her own right, Tena’s total net worth is at least $5 million.
Gwendoline Christie – Brienne of Tarth
One of the tallest members of the Game of Thrones cast, Gwendoline Christie has cemented herself in her role as Brienne of Tarth. Brienne is portrayed as a powerful character with some moments that are very raw and human. Christie is an excellent actress, giving some of the most heartwarming and emotional performances on Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie is also well-known for her role as Captain Phasma in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is one of the higher earners on Game of Thrones, making $100,000 to $200,000 per episode. Her unique ability to emote while hardly changing her facial expression was consistently outstanding and relatable. She’s worth every penny she earned!
Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister
Peter Dinklage has become one of the most well-known actors on television for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. Dinklage’s acting ability always shines through in his scenes on Game of Thrones. Tyrion is arguably the wittiest and funniest character on the show, so it’s fitting that Dinklage got the opportunity to bring life to the role.
Peter Dinklage has been one of the top earners on Game of Thrones since the beginning, pulling in approximately $500,000 per episode. Already successful outside of the popular fantasy series, Dinklage has built up a total net worth of $16 million.
Natalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell
Before Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer was already known for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn on the TV show The Tudors. Dormer played Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, where her signature smirk has become an integral part of the character. Margaery is one of the kinder characters on Game of Thrones, a quality that doesn’t keep many characters around for long.
She has been on several different TV shows, but she also found fame when she was cast in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Dormer managed to get anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 per episode during her stint on Game of Thrones.
Charles Dance – Tywin Lannister
Having been in the acting business since the early seventies, Charles Dance was able to bring a presence to Game of Thrones that few could match. Dance plays one of the more commanding characters on the HBO drama — Tywin Lannister, a ruthless and intelligent leader. Tywin is a man of conviction who cares about his family above all else.
It’s difficult to pick out just a few of Dance’s standout roles in the past few decades because he’s had such a long and productive career. Although it’s not clear exactly how much Charles Dance made per episode, he does have a total net worth of $5 million.
Sean Bean – Eddard Stark
At this point, almost everyone knows that Sean Bean was only on Game of Thrones for one season as Eddard “Ned” Stark. Fans were devastated when Ned met his early demise in the first season of the show. Bean crafted a relatable and warm presence as Ned Stark, which is why it was so sad for fans to see him die.
Sean Bean has been cast in several box office hits and is one of the highest-profile actors on the show. He also has an extensive filmography in TV, with a recent credit in 2019 as The General in Curfew. With a net worth of $20 million, Sean Bean is worth significantly more than most other actors in Game of Thrones.
Gemma Whelan – Yara Greyjoy
Gemma Whelan plays the only other Grejoy on this list. She was cast as Yara Greyjoy, Theon’s older and only sibling. Although her role is smaller than Alfie Allen’s, it’s still an important one. Yara is a brutal fighter who lacks remorse for what she does to her enemies and family.
Whelan injects a menacing quality into the role, which creates a dynamic effect with other characters. Although she doesn’t appear in many episodes of Game of Thrones, Gemma Whelan has made a huge impact on some of the show’s main characters. The actress is worth somewhere around $1.5 million.
Iwan Rheon – Ramsay Bolton
Iwan Rheon’s role as Ramsay Bolton rivals Jack Gleeson’s as King Joffrey in terms of how hated they are. Ramsay is one of the cruelest and most twisted characters on Game of Thrones, drawing a huge amount of resentment from fans. When Ramsay isn’t torturing others, he’s busy conquering lands that don’t belong to him.
Although the actor spent a short amount of time on the hit HBO show, his portrayal of Ramsay still managed to be one of the more memorable from the villains. Rheon has appeared in several other roles on TV including Inhumans and Riviera and has a cool net worth of $2 million to his name.
Michelle Fairley – Catelyn Stark
Michelle Fairley was already a veteran actress when she joined the cast of Game of Thrones as Catelyn Stark. Catelyn is one of the strongest and most independent characters on the show, pushing beyond what is expected of her. She does anything for her children and for her husband, no matter the cost to herself or to those around her.
Although she wasn’t on the show for too long, Michelle Fairley had one of the larger roles on Game of Thrones when the show first started in 2011. Fairley has a net worth of $3 million and many acting credits under her metaphorical belt.
Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark
As a steadily rising talent in Hollywood, Sophie Turner has had the spotlight on her for several years now. She plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, a young girl who begins her journey as an innocent child of royalty. Due to a whole barrage of suffering heaped on her throughout the series, Sansa is forced to quickly mature as a person.
Sophie Turner has also become well-known as the powerful Jean Grey in the X-Men films, culminating in her performance as the Phoenix in 2019’s Dark Phoenix. Turner makes somewhere in between $100,000 and $200,000 per episode and is worth $5 million.
Jerome Flynn – Bronn
Jerome Flynn plays one of the smaller roles on Game of Thrones, although there is nothing small about his performance as Bronn. Bronn is a mercenary with more than enough charm to go around. His life is mainly motivated by money or women — or a combination of both. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see nearly enough of him in the final season.
He mainly works for Tyrion Lannister, but will serve anyone for the right price. In real life, Jerome Flynn has also found success in his music career. His total net worth of at least $3 million comes from his numerous professional pursuits. Who would’ve thought that Bronn of the Blackwater was so multi-talented?
Carice van Houten – Melisandre
Carice van Houten has played the sensual and manipulative Melisandre for the majority of Game of Thrones’ time on air. The Red Woman rarely lets others know what’s she’s feeling or thinking while she does the bidding of the Lord of Light. Carice’s performance as Melisandre has drawn in audiences and shocked them as the series has steadily progressed.
Although she has been more recently known as Melisandre the witch, Carice has had a career that has lasted more than 20 years. She is currently filming a new miniseries for TV named Temple. Carice van Houten has a combined total net worth of around $5 million.
Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon
Jack Gleeson played one of the most openly hated characters on Game of Thrones, Joffrey Baratheon. He’s one of the cruelest characters on the popular fantasy series, punishing and hurting others for his own sick pleasure. The actor (thankfully) is nothing like King Joffrey and instead is polite and pleasant. This is perhaps the biggest testament to his acting ability.
The young actor seems to have passions that lie beyond acting, as he has not appeared in anything major since 2014. Despite his absence from Hollywood, Gleeson has been able to amass a substantial net worth of $6 million throughout his career.
Richard Madden – Robb Stark
Already having established a reputation as a skilled actor in several television shows, Richard Madden quickly gathered a fan following as Robb Stark. The Game of Thrones actor played the oldest of the Stark children. Robb was thrust into a leadership role early on and tasked with overwhelming responsibilities.
Richard Madden has mainly spent his acting career on TV, but has been cast in a handful of films as well. His latest credits include the character David Budd on the TV series Bodyguard. Madden claims to have been paid very little for his time on Game of Thrones, but now has a substantial net worth of $6 million.
Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen
One of the most recognizable faces on Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke is also one of the top-earning actors for the series. She plays Daenerys Targaryen, known as the Dragon Queen and Breaker of Chains (we won’t go into all her names — there are too many of them). She has been a prominent character in the show since the first season, eventually gaining and raising three dragons.
Emilia Clarke has become a high-earning actress and makes approximately $500,000 per episode of Game of Thrones. She also has a large net worth of $13 million. Clarke is among the few Game of Thrones’ actors who have landed a role in the Star Wars franchise — she was a main character in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Jacob Anderson – Grey Worm
Jacob Anderson joined the Game of Thrones cast later in the game but has still managed to snag a faithful fanbase of his own as Grey Worm. The serious soldier hides his emotions behind a wall of dead bodies and cold expressions, but still has a soft side underneath it all. Grey Worm is loyal to Daenerys, risking everything as one of her generals.
Some of his most touching moments happen when he’s with Missandei. Beyond Game of Thrones, some of Anderson’s most notable credits include Overlord and Broadchurch. Anderson also has a successful music career, which has helped get him to a total net worth of $3 million.
Kristofer Hivju – Tormund Giantsbane
For his role as Tormund Giantsbane, Kristofer Hivju has become an unlikely fan favorite in the later seasons of Game of Thrones. Tormund is one of the more intimidating characters on the show but gradually embraces a more comedic edge. His most dynamic relationships are those he has with Jon Snow and Brienne of Tarth, the latter being his primary love interest.
Kristofer Hivju is originally from Oslo, Norway so he doesn’t have extensive English acting credits yet. Game of Thrones was his first major English-speaking role since he started acting in the early 2000s. Hivju has amassed a total net worth of around $3 million during his career.
Jason Mamoa – Khal Drogo
Jason Momoa was only on Game of Thrones for one season but he still managed to leave a mark on audiences. His role as Khal Drogo saw him interact mainly with Emilia Clarke. Most of his lines were spoken in Dothraki, a language spoken in the fictional universe of Game of Thrones.
Khal Drogo was a sullen character with plenty of anger and violence to go around. Jason Momoa has a bigger spotlight on him now, with his superhero film role of Aquaman in Aquaman and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has become a well-known actor and has built up a net worth of over $14 million.
Rose Leslie – Ygritte
Although not on Game of Thrones for too long, Rose Leslie quickly won over audiences with as Ygritte the Wildling. Leslie’s portrayal of Ygritte is mouthy and also snarky, bouncing off of Kit Harrington’s more reserved character (Jon Snow) dynamically.
Some of Rose Leslie’s most notable roles were Gwen Dawson on the series Downton Abbey and Chloe in the film The Last Witch Hunter. She is originally from Scotland and is now married to her former co-star Kit Harrington, who she met on Game of Thrones. Leslie is now worth around $4 million, with plenty of room to expand her wealth.
Pilou Asbaek – Euron Greyjoy
Pilou Asbaek didn’t join the huge Game of Thrones cast until later on in season seven. Asbaek plays Euron Greyjoy, a cutthroat warrior seeking to take over the Iron Islands. The uncle of both Yara and Theon Grejoy, Euron claims to have the rightful claim to the islands.
The actor is still young but has already landed some prominent roles in both film and TV. Some of his roles in film include that of Wafner in Overlord and Batou in Ghost in the Shell. Pilou Asbaek’s net worth is somewhere around $2 million, which isn’t bad for the Danish actor.
Richard Dormer – Beric Dondarrion
Richard Dormer has appeared sporadically throughout Game of Thrones as the death-defying Beric Dondarrion. Beric is one of the few characters on Game of Thrones who has died and come back to life. Dormer’s best interactions happen between him and Rory McCann, who plays Sandor “The Hound” Clegane.
Richard Dormer was born in Northern Ireland and has a filmography stretching back to the early 90s. Although there isn’t a solid estimate for Dormer’s net worth, some sources say he is worth anywhere between half a million to a million and a half dollars. As one of the more minor characters, it isn’t surprising Dormer made less than some of the other cast members.
Joe Dempsie – Gendry
Joe Dempsie has been in Game of Thrones since the very beginning, as a minor character and skilled blacksmith. Gendry’s relationship with Arya Stark is one of the focal points of Dempsie’s character and his motivations. More than anything, his drive throughout the story has always been staying alive by keeping his ancestry a secret. Everything would come crashing down for Gendry if Cersei found out that he was the son of Robert Baratheon, the previous King of Westeros and Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
An interesting and fun fact about Joe Dempsie is that he has acted in Clearasil commercials in the United Kingdom. Some of his acting credits include Daniel in Adulting and several characters in Final Fantasy XIV, a popular video game. Dempsie is currently worth somewhere in the ballpark of $1 million.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson – Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane is played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson on Game of Thrones. It’s almost impossible to say his name but it’s pretty easy to spot the actor in a crowd. He is over six feet and nine inches in height. Gregor is Sandor “The Hound” Clegane’s brother, one of the other incredibly tough characters on the slow.
Björnsson makes an appearance in Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj’s collaboration single music video for “Swish Swish” back in 2017. His net worth is somewhere in the range of $2 million. He was also known as the World’s Strongest Man of 2018.
Stephen Dillane – Stannis Baratheon
Stephen Dillane was cast as one of the original villains on Game of Thrones, Stannis Baratheon. One of the most stoic characters on the show, Stannis has little room for mercy or even patience. Dillane’s interpretation of Stannis Baratheon is emotionless and menacing.
Stephen Dillane is an older actor, but still capable of knocking out his acting roles. He plays Thomas Jefferson in the HBO TV mini-series John Adams. One of his upcoming roles, The Damp Man, in the film The Man in the Hat, is still in pre-production. The actor is worth around $6 million for his acting abilities.
Vladimir “Furdo” Furdik – Night King
Vladimir “Furdo” Furdik plays one of the few notable characters on Game of Thrones who doesn’t speak any lines. Furdik was cast in the role of the Night King, leader of the White Walkers. One of the largest threats in all of Westeros, the Night King has a mysterious charm about him hidden behind a menacing smile.
Two of the more notable films he participated in include Robin Hood and the James Bond film Skyfall. Furdik was recently cast in The Witcher Netflix Original series, which is not released yet. His net worth is reported to be worth just around $1 million.
Kristian Nairn – Hodor
Kristian Nairn’s single most prominent role is Hodor on the majority of the Game of Thrones series. Nairn’s role is remembered fondly due to Hodor’s use of a single word throughout the show: “Hodor.” Nairn’s acting is punctuated by a distant stare and lumbering movements.
Kristian Nairn’s filmography is comparatively small but does include voiceover for the PC game World of Warcraft. His role as Hodor was so popular that people even created an app where English phrases could be translated into “Hodor.” Nairn is also a professional DJ from Ireland with a net worth of just about half a million dollars.
Pedro Pascal – Oberyn Martell
Pedro Pascal was only in Game of Thrones for one season but is fondly remembered as the striking Oberyn Martell. Oberyn was portrayed as one of the wittiest and most energetic characters up to that point on the show. Pascal is a Chilean-born American actor, known for his accent.
One of Pascal’s most popular roles is that of Javier Peña in the Netflix Original series Narcos. Two huge upcoming roles for Pascal include a spot on The Mandalorian, a Star Wars TV series, and a role in Wonder Woman 1984. Pascal has a nice net worth of over $2 million.