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"The key to Varys is that he's one way in public, when he's working, very fey, giggly, and effete for want of a better word, but there are moments when he drops all that and speaks honestly. That stuff is great to play. When Ned asks Varys who he truly serves, and Varys answers, "The realm," I think that's true. There's a moral code there... He sees in Tyrion someone who plays the game well, and Varys loves playing the game. Ned was too honorable and too good - he disdained the game."
Conleth Hill on playing Varys[1]

Conleth Hill (born 24 November 1964) is a Northern Irish film, stage and television actor. His career has been focused on stage work, where he has been twice nominated for the Tony Award and has won the Laurence Olivier. He recently appeared in the film Whatever Works with Larry David, directed by Woody Allen, and was a regular on the Jennifer Saunders comedy series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.

Game of ThronesEdit

In Game of Thrones, Hill is playing the role of Varys. He was confirmed in the role on 15 July 2010. He initially appeared as a guest star in the first season and joined the starring cast for the second season. He also voices the character of Varys in the Game of Thrones role-playing video game.

Conleth Hill originally auditioned for the role of King Robert Baratheon before being cast as Varys.[2]

George R.R. Martin has repeatedly praised Hill's performance as Varys, citing him as one of the actors who comes the closest to exactly how he mentally pictured a character in the novels. As Martin explained, he had his own image of the characters and their mannerisms in his head for nearly 20 years before the live-action series began, and while he certainly enjoys the performance of many actors (even Sean Bean as Ned Stark), few of them come close to exactly how he pictured them acting in his mind.

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Guest starringEdit

Season one credits
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

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Season two credits
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Season three credits
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Season four credits
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name *
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Season five credits
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy
Season six credits
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

* - uncredited.

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