Matt Smith Says Young ‘House of the Dragon’ Actors Will ‘Emerge As Stars’


  • Matt Smith is one of the most famous actors in HBO’s “House of the Dragon.”
  • He starred in “Doctor Who” and “The Crown” and many other major projects during his career.
  • Smith told Insider that he thinks his younger castmates will appear as stars in “House of the Dragon.”

Matt Smith, 39, is one of the most famous stars of HBO’s new “House of the Dragon” series. His television career has included mega-hits like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Crown’, while many of his new cast members are younger actors who seem poised for a big break.

“Many of the young actors in it are going to be stars, I think,” Smith said during a roundtable discussion with Insider, Popsugar and Metacritic ahead of the series premiere of “House of the Dragon.”

In particular, Smith’s character Daemon Targaryen has shared several key scenes with Milly Alcock – the 22-year-old Australian who stars as the younger version of Rhaenyra Targaryen (Daemon’s niece).

Both Alcock and Emily Carey (who plays the young version of Alicent Hightower) play teenagers against the older actors like Smith. “Game of Thrones” had a similar dynamic, with Sean Bean starring as Ned Stark opposite much younger actors getting a big break from the HBO series.

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke were both in their early 20s when “Game of Thrones” began, and others, like Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, were even younger.

Daemon Targaryen and Rhaenyra in episode one of "House of the Dragon" on HBO.

Daemon Targaryen and Rhaenyra in episode one of “House of the Dragon” on HBO.


Smith said filming “House of the Dragon” involved long shoots and there was plenty of opportunity to joke with costars like Fabien Frankel (the 28-year-old actor who plays Ser Criston Cole).

“But I will say that the cast came together and there was a great sense of camaraderie,” he said. “We laughed at ourselves because we have to – if only to laugh at Fabian trying to get into the harness. That gave me such joy every day. Poor Fabian. Bless him. He was in the harness all the time and That’s not easy, but there were some wonderful great characters on that set.”

Smith concluded by saying that there were “wonderful performances” that came out of those long days, especially from his fellow players like Alcock.

New episodes of “House of the Dragon” air Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. To learn more about the new series, read our roundup of the best details you may have missed in the latest installment.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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