Sports Doppelgangers: 'Game of Thrones' Edition

Laura Depta@lauradeptaFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2016

Sports Doppelgangers: 'Game of Thrones' Edition

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    Steven Adams is having a serious postseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the first 10 games, he averaged 9.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 31.3 minutes per game.

    He also looks like he stepped right out of Vaes Dothrak itself.

    The 7-foot center bears a striking resemblance to Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in the early episodes of Game of Thrones.

    Since there are only 10 precious weeks to obsess over GOT, and since doppelgangers are always fun, here are a few other sports folks who could easily work as stunt doubles in the offseason.

    FYI: There will be spoilers. 

Kristofer Hivju and Nat Borchers

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    Ah, Tormund Giantsbane—everyone's favorite Wildling. Jon Snow's enemy-turned-bestie is played by Kristofer Hivju, but Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers could stand in at any moment. Just take a look at this stellar image if you're not convinced. 

    Not just anyone can grow a glorious red beard. As for Borchers, his crimson locks appear to be here to stay. Even after the Timbers won the MLS Cup in December, he couldn't bring himself to part with them. 

Jack Gleeson and Jamie Vardy

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    King Joffrey relieved GOT viewers of his presence in Season 4, much to the delight of most, but Leicester City fans haven't truly escaped him.

    Forward Jamie Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals en route to perhaps the most unlikely championship in sports history. He also looks a lot like Jack Gleeson, the actor who portrayed GOT's psychotic child king.

    Let's be honest, though: If Joffrey Baratheon were an actual Baratheon (aka a brunette), he and Duke basketball guard Grayson Allen would pretty much be twins.

Alexander Siddig and Quique Sanchez Flores

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    Doran Martell, played by Sudanese-British actor Alexander Siddig, has always seemed like a good dude. The Prince of Dorne isn't quite a main character in GOT, but he definitely has a sports doppelganger. 

    That would be Quique Sanchez Flores, a former Spanish footballer and current manager of Watford FC. His team sits at 13th in the Premier League for 2015-16.

Kit Harington and Daniel Carcillo

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    Kit Harington has always been a fan favorite. His rugged good looks, combined with the heroic qualities of his character, Jon Snow, make the guy pretty darn likable. 

    And while no one looks exactly like Harington's alter ego, former NHL left winger Daniel Carcillo comes close in the right light.

    Dark shaggy locks? Check. Playoff beard? Check. Soulful gaze? Just about.

Peter Dinklage and Danny Ings

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    Peter Dinklage won a Golden Globe in 2012 and an Emmy in 2015 for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, GOT's resident complicated yet delightful political genius.  

    Meanwhile, English footballer Danny Ings is running around pitches looking just like him. The Liverpool forward shares Tyrion's angular facial features and Dinklage's IRL dark hair.

    Unlike Meereen's temporary ruler, however, Ings' abilities include footballing. Tyrion himself declared his notable talents in Season 6: "I drink, and I know things."

John Bradley-West and Braun Strowman

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    John Bradley-West does not play a particularly tough person on GOT. In fact, his character, Samwell Tarly, could be described as the antithesis of a traditional action hero.  

    Bradley-West's sports doppelganger, however, makes his living acting tough in the rings of WWE wrestling matches. Braun Strowman could intimidate people just by looking in their direction.   

Nathalie Emmanuel and Misty Copeland

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    English actress Nathalie Emmanuel plays Missandei, former slave and right hand to the Mother of Dragons.  

    Misty Copeland is an up-and-coming ballet dancer, the first black female principal in the history of the American Ballet Theatre.

    Side by side, they look as though they could easily be sisters.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Herve Renard

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    Jaime Lannister might be the most complicated GOT character—he rescued Brienne from a giant bear, but he also shoved Bran Stark out of a window.

    Played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jaime's most famous doppelganger is Prince Charming from Shrek (spot on). But he also looks a lot like French football manager Herve Renard, particularly as pre-haircut Jaime from the early seasons.

    Renard is a former player and now manages the Moroccan national team.

Owen Teale and Woody Paige

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    Does anyone else watch ESPN's Around the Horn and feel like Ser Alliser Thorne is staring out at them from the screen? The actor who plays Jon Snow's nemesis, Owen Teale, sure looks a lot like sports media personality Woody Paige. 

    Neither is afraid to speak his mind, either. 

Sophie Turner and Alena Zavarzina

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    Sophie Turner, like her GOT character Sansa Stark, has long red hair and striking blue eyes.

    Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina shares those traits in some photos, making her a fairly accurate Sansa doppleganger.

    With an Olympic bronze medal from Sochi, however, Zavarzina has seen a few more things go her way than young Sansa.

Aidan Gillen and Sacha Kljestan

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    If Littlefinger had a mustache, he would be New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

    Really though, Kljestan's resemblance to GOT's master manipulator, played by Aidan Gillen, might make fans do a double take. 

    At minimum, there is certainly an eerie similarity. 

Jason Momoa and Steven Adams

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    This one is easy. Jason Momoa played Khal Drogo in Season 1 (and a snippet of season 2). His tall, dark and scary look was on point for the Dothraki king.

    And while Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams isn't necessarily scary, the 7-footer could definitely find work as a Khal Drogo stunt double. 

Alfie Allen and Danny Willett

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    The big story of the 2016 Masters was the collapse of defending champion Jordan Spieth—a turn of events that allowed Danny Willett to become a first-time major winner.

    The second big story of the Masters was how much Willett looks like Theon Greyjoy, played by English actor Alfie Allen.