Isaac Hempstead-Wright is an English actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of eleven, Hempstead-Wright is best known for his role as Bran Stark on the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Young Supporting Actor in a TV Series. Isaac Hempstead-Wright had no interest in acting until he joined a drama club to get out of playing football on Saturday mornings during the cold months of the year. Hempstead-Wright started acting in commercials, and studied acting at the Kent Youth Theatre in Canterbury, England. He made it his screen debut in the horror film, The Awakening. But, the big break came when he was cast as Bran Stark on Game of Thrones, he was part of the initial starring cast and remains a member of the starring cast for the second, third, and fourth seasons which earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations as Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series at the 18th and 20th Screen Actors ... Read More
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Isaac Hempstead Wright voices a character named Eggs, a boy raised by creatures called Boxtrolls, in the upcoming 3D stop motion film, The Boxtrolls, which releases in theaters across the country on September 26.

The Boxtrolls is loosely based on Here Be Monsters!, a novel from the Ratbridge Chronicles book series by Alan Snow.

“It’s a very expansive, several volume story,” Isaac explained. “It’s fairly different from the final film, just because it’s a bit like trying to fit Game Of Thrones into a feature-length film. You just couldn’t do it.”

Before The Boxtrolls, Isaac had only done live action acting. The stop motion movie put him in a recording studio and tested his talents in an entirely new way.

“It’s really different, because in live action you provide everything,” he said. “You provide the body, the face and the voice. But in stop motion, you really are only the voice, and the second part of your job is done by the animators.”

This makes it especially crucial to get the vocal work just right.

“You’ve got to put more through your voice, because that’s all you’ve got to express the performance,” he said. “Furthermore, you’re not onset, where you feel as though you are where the character is. You’re in kind of a sterile recording booth, so to a certain extend you have to imagine it a bit more and get a bit more into the zone.”

Isaac recorded most of his voice work in a studio with a reader, rather than the other voice actors, but he did get a few chances to work in the booth with the other stars of The Boxtrolls.

“I was lucky enough to do a couple of sessions with Elle [Fanning] and Sir Ben [Kingsley] and Simon Pegg, and those were great,” he said. “The performance comes to life a bit because you are actually conversing with the characters who people will see you conversing with onscreen. You see our real reflections between each other.”

In The Boxtrolls, Ben Kingsley plays the wicked Archibald Snatcher, who sets out to exterminate the Boxtrolls, despite his knowledge that they are kind and harmless creatures.

We asked Isaac what it was like to share a recording booth with the star.

“Absolutely terrifying!” he replied. “If you think it’s scary watching him onscreen, imagine being in a tiny booth with him. I recorded with him in this really quaint little studio in Oxford. You’re in a really tiny booth and things aren’t helped by his very large reclining chair, which he uses to get the voice from the right part of his body. You’re kind of squished into a tiny corner with a Shakespearean actor in the other corner, screaming at you and trying to kill you.”

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How Isaac Hempstead-Wright now enjoys global fame

Keen to avoid playing football on a cold winter’s day at his school in Faversham, Isaac Hempstead-Wright made a decision which would change his life forever.

Choosing, instead, to attend drama club, it would put him on a path to stardom which, on Monday, saw him part of the return of a global phenomenon.

Because Isaac – who turned just 15 on Wednesday – is one of the key characters in fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones.

The TV series has captured the imagination of millions around the world since it launched in 2011.

Such was the demand, when the first episode of the fourth series debuted on Monday it was first shown at 2am in the morning, to coincide with its launch in the US, just so everyone could watch it at the same time.

But it was Monday night when fans who didn’t want to get up quite so early were able to finally settle down and welcome it back to its home on Sky Atlantic.

And among those returning was Bran Stark – the character portrayed by the teenager.

What’s more, he’s now a global commodity with jobs flooding in.

His path to stardom, however, was rather more modest and one which will give plenty of youngsters attending local drama clubs, the belief that they too could one day make it big.

After being bitten by the acting bug at school, he enrolled with the Kent Youth Theatre, based in Chilham.

From there, he landed a part in the horror flick The Awakening, alongside Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Rebecca Hall.

It was that which saw him attract the attention of the makers of Game of Thrones.

Not that it was ideal viewing for a 12-year-old.

The series is renowned for its levels of sex, violence and bad language, alongside the gripping storylines.

Since making the role his, Isaac’s career has not stopped. Last year he appeared with Eric Bana and Jim Broadbent in crime thriller Close Circuit.

Now he is the voice of lead character Egg in the animated The Boxtrolls, which also features Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Plus he appears as Octavius in Caesar, alongside Maidstone’s Mackenzie Crook.

Both titles are in post-production and due for release this year.

But, as usual, with stardom comes the difficulties. Isaac’s grammar school is, for example, keen to keep tight-lipped about their famous pupil.

One member of staff told us: “He has done well, but we are not allowed to talk about him, sorry.”

However, in an interview, the young actor explained how he combined his studies and career.

He explained: “I’ve had lots of time off…but my school has been really supportive. They prepare work for me which I do with a tutor or my mum. It works well, so far.”

He has already earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for ‘outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series’ and it seems likely they will not be his first and last. But he reamins determined to get a good education first.

Quoted in another interview, he said: “I’m quite focused on school. I’d like to go to university and maybe do a PhD in something. But I think definitely I’d like to continue with the acting.

“It’s so much fun — you interact as an adult, and you get to have these experiences. I suppose it really accelerates your maturity. It’s also really fun to hang out.”

He added of his academic interest: “Some kind of science, particularly neuroscience. Or I’d like to go into classical piano.”

His talent was spotted early too.

In 2009, a review of his work at the Kent Youth Theatre said Isaac was out to “test the water with his individual routine he had prepared and practiced the week before. All that can be said about Isaac is watch this space because his talent holds no bounds”.

Boss at Kent Youth Theatre, Richard Andrews, added: “Isaac’s three-minute stand up performance about his mother was brilliant.

“The moment he arrived with us, all the girls liked him. He has great charisma.

“We were taking him to stage auditions almost immediately because he is a born natural.

“He remembers his lines and knows how to deliver them. I am so delighted we have helped kick start his career.”

Despite him saving up his Game of Thrones salary to get through university, Isaac may yet end up on the other side of the camera.

He said: “It is pretty incredible getting paid to have all this fun, but to be honest, my mum doesn’t really like me spending my money, because she wants me to save it for university funds. Luckily though, she did let me buy a few things, the first of which was a Canon HV30 video camera and some editing software so I could start making my own films.”

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It’s almost time for another season of HBO’s fantasy hit “Game of Thrones,” and with it, more dark days and tough times and, of course, another big wedding. Ahead of the action, three of the youngest stars from the series stopped by TODAY to talk about where the show has been and where it’s headed.

It’s very confusing,” Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, said of the plot so far. “There are a lot of different story lines. … Everyone’s fighting for the throne basically, ultimately.”

That is, everyone who’s left. Last season’s Red Wedding saw the Stark clan significantly reduced (and saw fans reduced to tears).

I had no idea how it was going to turn out,” Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) said of the nuptials. “But everyone seemed to hate it, which is great,” she added with a smile.

But what’s really great about “Game of Thrones,” as far as she’s concerned, are the characters — especially the women.

I mean, the great thing about the writing is that they’ve written these (female) characters that you don’t really get to see — that you haven’t seen before — because they’re so strong, and probably the strongest characters in the show,” Turner said.

So what’s next for those strong Stark ladies and their remaining male counterpart?

It seems they’re heading further and further apart now,” according to Williams.

But fans are never far from the drama.

I find it just really exciting,” said Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark. “I love it. What’s nice is there are people who are hugely passionate about it. It’s not like they’re just sort of regular fans; they’re superfans who absolutely love everything about it.”

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HBO’s epic masterpiece Game of Thrones is back for Season 3, with bigger battles, devastating betrayals and more deaths, as everyone fights for control of the Iron Throne.  Now that magic is growing stronger and the dragons have been let loose, there’s no telling who might be in jeopardy or in power next.

At the show’s press day, co-stars Michelle Fairley (“Catelyn Stark”), Maisie Williams (“Arya Stark”) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Bran Stark”) talked about bonding during the first season, how hard it is for Catelyn to be separated from her family, how the Reeds will add to the dynamic of the group, how much they know of their characters from the books, what it’s like to see the fans react to all of the show’s surprises, how different it is to do the show now, experiencing the fandom in America, who they’d like to have scenes with, and whether or not they’ve ever tried sitting on the Iron Throne.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Question:  Was there a lot of bonding between you guys, in that very first season?

MICHELLE FAIRLEY:  Yeah, a lot.  We had such fun.  Even though we don’t work together, our schedules overlap, so we do see each other in Belfast.  We’ll see each other in the hotel, or maybe they’ll be shooting in one studio and we’re in another one, so we do see each other.  Unfortunately, we just don’t work together.  A lot of the stuff is in studio in the north of Ireland, and also on location around the north, as well.  Then, they go to Iceland, Croatia and Morocco.

MAISIE WILLIAMS:  Cross-over would be nice.

FAIRLEY:  But, it’s incredible just watching them grow up. 

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This Game is far from over.

Game of Thrones has been renewed for a fourth season, HBO announced Tuesday.

The pickup was considered inevitable even before the epic notched a new ratings record with Sunday’s Season 3 premiere. The episode drew a series-best audience of 4.4 million total viewers, rising 13 percent from the drama’s sophomore opener and up 4 percent from the previous finale.

Folding in two encores broadcasts, the premiere amassed 6.7 million viewers, up 7 percent versus Season 2′s opening night cume.

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It’s been a while since fans saw the Stark family together onscreen in”Game of Thrones.” Catelyn Stark said goodbye to her children Bran and Arya in Season 1, and hasn’t set eyes on either of them since. That’s why it was nice to see actors Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright together once again at a recent press day for Season 3 of the hit HBO fantasy series.

Zap2it sat down with the trio during a roundtable interview and got some teases of what fans can expect in the next 10 episodes. Here are some spoiler-free highlights of what’s in store for Bran, Catelyn and Arya.

On what their characters are doing in Season 3…

Williams: “We kind of pick Arya up not too long after we left her and she’s just had her encounter with Jaqen H’ghar and she’s got the coin and all that. And I think maybe she’s got like a quiet confidence that she’s going to get home. To the boys she’s completely confident, but I think inside she’s doubting it a little bit. There’s a limited amount I can say but vaguely she’s got good feelings about what’s to come.”

Fairley: “Catelyn’s storyline picks up directly where it was left in Season 2. She’s still estranged from her son [Robb] because she has released Jaime Lannister in the hope that she’s going to get her daughters back in turn. The realization is dawning that she’s been duped and damaged the relationship with her son. And he is the only child she has any contact with. Basically it’s a progression of her becoming more introverted. She spends so much time on her own and she becomes reflective about the possibility she is the reason that this tragedy is happening to her family.”

Hempstead-Wright: “In Season 3 Bran’s group is joined by two new characters who add sort of a new dynamic to it and Bran’s storyline picks up in Season 3. In the past two seasons he has just been waiting in Winterfell and now he’s really striving toward something.”

“I think Bran this season starts to really control his own group, because in Season 2 we saw him take responsibility over Wnterfell, and now I think he’s taken responsibility over his own group and guided his own group.”

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Focus Features and Oregon-based animation house LAIKA, the companies behind the Oscar-nomninated stop-motion filmParaNorman, have announced their third collaborative project is set to begin with the kick off of production on The Boxtrolls. The new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on October 17, 2014, Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight stated in the announcement.

The Boxtrolls is a 3-D stop-motion/CG hybrid animated feature, based on the popular fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. The film will be a comedic fable unfolding in the posh Victorian-era town of Cheesebridge obsessed with wealth, class and fine cheeses. Below its streets live the four monstrous Boxtrolls who come out at night to steal the townsfolk’s children…and cheese–or so it is thought. The Boxtrolls are actually quirky and lovable oddballs raising a human boy named Eggs. When their underground community is targeted by a malicious exterminator, the Boxtrolls must rely on their adopted boy and an adventurous rich girl to bridge the two worlds.

The Boxtrolls is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective story, absurdist comedy and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome heart,” says LAIKA’s Knight. “It’s Dickens by way of Monty Python. Tony [Stacchi] and Graham [Annable] have crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do. But at its core, like all LAIKA films, The Boxtrolls is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance. We’re thrilled to partner with Focus Features and Universal to bring this remarkable story to family audiences around the world.”

The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated featureOpen Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Travis Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcomingThe World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).

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Story:
It’s 1921 and Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of “Seeing Through Ghosts” and London’s foremost expert on debunking paranormal hoaxes, has been called to a boarding house for young boys to investigate the mysterious death of a student that’s been linked to a ghost that’s said to haunt the school’s halls. Little does she know that there’s more to this place beyond being another job and there are ties to her own past that have lay dormant.

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