The Identity of Game of Thrones’ Matt Damon Guy – Revealed!

24 May

If you watched the first episode of HBO’s new series ‘Game of Thrones’ – or even the first 14 minutes of the first episode – you probably had the same thought as me (and, based on how many people find my blog by googling ‘Game of Thrones Matt Damon’, myriad other viewers) – “wait, is that Matt Damon!??!”

I am speaking, of course, of this guy:


The snotty fur-wearing guy who met his fate while home viewers thought “wait, isn’t he on 30 Rock right now? Is that arc over? He was really good on that. But I guess this could have been filmed a while ago, maybe he’s friend with a writer or something – no, it can’t be him, that guy’s much younger. But it’s so dark, maybe?! No WAIT, from that angle that is TOTALLY MATT DAMON. Wait, is it?!?!”

Well, I am pleased to announce conclusively that that is not actually Matt Damon. It is, in fact, a British actor by the name of Rob Ostlere, seen here in a definitively non-starring-in-The-Bourne-Identity photo:

Or, in this adorable shot from his RADA resume, presumably a few years ago:

According to George R. R. Martin’s blog, he’s a recent grad of RADA (so maybe the photo’s just really old?) who came in to read for a few different roles and was impressive in all, so when they had to recast this role (the character name is Ser Waymar Royce, and apparently the original actor was Jamie Campbell Bower, who couldn’t come back to be re-decapitated by snowy woodland Imhoteps because he had to go star in the series ‘Camelot) they thought of him. This series has been extremely well cast, imho, so who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing much more of him. Like perhaps a charming movie about a young tough math genius, or an adventure series about casino heists.

But alas, we do know we won’t be seeing more of him on ‘Game of Thrones’. Unless, of course, he can find another way to, ahem, get ahead, if you get what I’m sayin’.


13 Responses to “The Identity of Game of Thrones’ Matt Damon Guy – Revealed!”

  1. Absinthe May 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Thanks! I thought maybe Matt Damon had a brother or cousin or something!

    • bloggledygook May 25, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      You’re very welcome! And Welcome to the blog! And I wondered that too – it really is a crazy resemblance. At least if Hollywood ever needs someone to play the younger version/brother/cousin of Matt Damon, they know who to call!

  2. Amber July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #


  3. Bre November 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks, I just watched it and couldn’t believe it. Uncanny. Figured I was never going to find out who it was simply cause he was only in the first few minutes. But he did a good job.

  4. dr4mri March 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Nice work. I was struck by how much he looked like Matt Damon in that short segment if GOT, episode 1 when I first saw it, & even moreso when rewatching in anticipation of Season 2.

  5. Fargo April 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Just to point out, but in the book the character Matt Damon Guy portrays (Ser Waymar Royce) is killed, but not decapitated, and he rises again at the end of the scene as a wight — one of the blue-eyed walking dead. So we may indeed see him again…

    • bloggledygook April 6, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      Thank you!! That does solve a mystery – I was wondering why Jamie Campbell Bower would be playing such a small part originally, but if the character has a potential spooky future it makes sense. I’ll keep an eye out! And, I’ll secretly hope that if there are more of them, they cast someone who looks like Ben Affleck.

  6. Alexander April 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    My goodness,when I saw him I immediately thought it was Matt Damon,wow the resemblance is absolutely amazing,he looks just like him,in the scene at least.Thanks for clearing this up xD

  7. Janet Newton May 5, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    That’s funny–I kept on asking if it was Mark Wahlberg…”Wait–he’s too young….Wait–who is that? If that were Mark Wahlberg, he wouldn’t be decapitated in the first 5 minutes. Maybe he was a producer and is doing a cameo…”

    Took me a long time to accept that I was seeing things.

    • bloggledygook May 16, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Right?! If that guy decides not to have his own career, he would have a great career as a stand-in for various people in Hollywood!

  8. Jeff Hamilton March 21, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Wow I never saw Matt D. but it is true I suppose this young man drove me to search out his name. In that short apperance in G. of Thrones I was amazed he is a TERRFIC actor. who knows others have come back when killed on the OTHER side of the wall.

  9. saisatyash March 11, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    Thanx Pal..

  10. Michael April 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm #


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