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Essie Davis joins 'Game of Thrones' for Season 6

By
Karen Butler
Actress Essie Davis poses at the May 12, 2004 Tony Award nominee luncheon in New York. Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
Actress Essie Davis poses at the May 12, 2004 Tony Award nominee luncheon in New York. Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Australian actress Essie Davis will appear on HBO's Game of Thrones in Season 6.

Variety confirmed the casting news Saturday and reported that Davis will play an actress portraying the scheming, royal Cersei Lannister in a stage play called The Bloody Hand seen within the show.

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The character of Cersai has been played by British actress Lena Headey on the medieval, fantasy drama series since Season 1.

Davis' film credits include The Babadook, The Girl with the Pearl Earring and two Matrix sequels.

Also joining Game of Thrones this season will be Ian McShane, Pilou Asbæk and Freddie Stroma.

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