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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The world of Game of Thrones can be a cruel place for children—just ask any of the Stark kids. But for teenage actors on the show, it must be the job of a lifetime. And no one appears to be having more fun than Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the 15-year-old who plays Bran Stark. I rolled my eyes back into my head and warged into a chinchilla to interview the young star, and we talked about Hempstead-Wright literally outgrowing Bran, which Stark child has had it worst, and what’s coming up for Bran in Season 4.

Each season of Game of Thrones has a different dominant feeling. Season 1 was an introduction, Season 2 was about war, and Season 3 was about ripping our hearts out. What tone can we expect from Season 4? 
Usually each season has a climax point, and it’s all leading up to something. And I guess Season 4 is, in a way, that something. Everything that has happened previously is culminating and reaching this huge explosive conclusion-y point. There are lots of different parts of the season, there is no climax as in the previous seasons. There are lots of crazy things happening all over the place.

And how much Bran will we be seeing this season?
There’s a bit less of Bran, but his storyline is hopping up and getting truly interesting now. I think I’m in four episodes.

When we last saw you, you were going beyond the Wall. That doesn’t seem like a very safe place, how is Bran going to handle that?
Obviously, everybody is going south of the Wall, and Bran, who is a cripple, with only a giant, two strangers he met, and a wolf, are heading into the deep dark North with all the horrible creatures. [laughs] He’s taking a huge risk. But at the same time, he absolutely knows he has to go north. There’s no other way for him to go, he can’t just hang about elsewhere or head south to see his family, because he hasn’t got a family anymore. He’s on his own now, he has to be his own Stark family and himself. And there’s this supernatural force calling him to somewhere, or rather, and he doesn’t know where it is or what it is or why, but he just knows he has to follow it.

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SEASON 4 of the hit TV series Game Of Thrones will hit the small screens here this Sunday with more treachery and tests of loyalty amongst the nobilities of Westeros jostling for power.

In the continent where summers and winters can last for years, the only thing that is eternal seems to be the lust for power. This surefire element guarantees that the series, based on the best selling fantasy book by George R.R. Martin, continues to be a hit.
As the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show survives another season, followers and fans see the power base increasing with even the child actors not spared from entering the game of power struggle and treachery.
Just how have these young characters coped and evolved this far in a series that deals with sex, gore, violence, betrayal, disloyalty and forbidden relationships?
Meeting them several times before the start of every season, it would seem that they are coping admirably well, considering the sordid, albeit addictive nature of the story.
For example, few can forget the scene from the first episode in the first season where the wee Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is pushed out of a window by the sinister but devilishly good looking knight Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
It is the first scene depicting the incestuous relationship between Jaimie and his sister, Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady), wife of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). So much is at stake in the scene that the child has to be brutally removed (Bran shatters his spine and is paralysed).

BLOOD AND GORE
Isaac, 15, was only 10 when he played Bran, son of Lord Eddard Stark (played by Sean Bean), head of the House Stark (one of the Great Houses of Westeros) and Hand Of The King.
“By the time it was screened I was 11 or 12, and obviously rather young to be watching something with lots of sex and violence. However, the violence was very much debunked because, you’d be walking around the set, taking pictures of the (decapitated) heads, you’d see buckets of blood.
“When you watch it, you will know that with every beheading scene, behind a stone, there is a guy pumping blood out of the body. So, that wasn’t too much of a problem,” said the teen actor at a recent event to launch the show’s fourth season during a chilly London winter in February.
In another interview he was quoted as saying that it was pretty much every teenager’s dream to be able to step into a world of swords and beheaded heads.
The sex part, admittedly, was more difficult but he said his mother gave him “appropriate talks on that”.
As Bran lives the life of a cripple, without his family and loved ones, he finds companionship in Jojen Reed, played by the youthful looking Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
“Bran has to grow up very quickly because not only has he lost his leg after the unfortunate incident at the tower, but he has also lost his family and his home,” said Isaac about his character.
“That is going to make someone grow up very quickly because he hasn’t got this patriachal or matriachal figures in his life and he is left to fend for himself. He has to become so much more matured and to take on so much more responsibility than any child his age,” he added.
Issac started acting in commercials and studied acting at the Kent Youth Theatre in Canterbury. He also had a part in in the horror flick The Awakening.
Asked how the Game Of Thrones series had affected his life, he said: “I had been doing it from quite a young age. This has become something I do for 1½ years. I go to school and from June, I will be in Belfast taking part in some sort of crazy game of fantasy. It is still surreal, but it hasn’t dominated my life in the way that some people think it might have.”
Although his classmates may ignore the fact that he is that famous face in the hit TV series, his teachers wouldn’t let him forget that.
“I would go into class and my teacher would say, ‘Ooh did you see the Red Wedding (episode)?’, and then we’d have a long blown conversation about it.”
When an English teacher who was new to his school realised who he was, he told Isaac he was only going to broach the subject in winter.
“He was going to come in and wait for someone to say, “It is really cold outside, and then he’d say Winter Is Coming!” referring to the first episode of Game Of Thrones.

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Game Of Thrones is a giant hit for HBO and is being treated as such — receiving a two-year renewal a day after the fourth-season premiere delivered the fantasy series’ biggest ratings to date and HBO’s largest audience since The Sopranos finale. This is the first multi-season pickup for Game Of Thrones, which is now assured to run for least six seasons. How far can the hit go seems to be in the hands of the novels’ writer George R.R. Martin, who is still writing Book 6 in the seven-book series. There is breathing room — the current Season 4 chronicles events that take place toward the end of the third book. “Game Of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “(Creators) David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by Martin, Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Season 4 premiere this past Sunday was watched by an average of 6.6 million viewers, up 52% over last season’s debut and 23% over last season’s finale. The show added an additional 1.6 million viewers from the 11 PM and 1 AM replays, for a gross premiere-night audience of 8.2 million viewers. Season 3 of the series had an average audience of 14.4 million viewers per episode across various platforms. Executive producing Season 4 are Benioff, Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin; and producers are Chris Newman and Greg Spence.

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Mark Hoppus from the band Blink-182 was having a hard time figuring out the storylines behind Game of Thrones. So we got Isaac Hempstead-Wright, better known as the character Bran Stark, to try explaining it to him.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres April 6 at 9PM, only on HBO.

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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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Public Appearances > 2014 > At the Today Show studios in NYC [18/03]

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The cast of Game of Thrones attended the Press Conference for the 4th season of the show in New York on March 19.

Public Appearances > 2014 > “Game of Thrones” Season 4 Press Conference in NYC [19/03]