Game of Thrones Adds Rome's Indira Varma

'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Cast Indira VarmaFirst, Game of Thrones cast its Red Viper; now, it’s introducing us to the mother of some Sand Snakes.

Rome alum Indira Varma will play Ellaria Sand in the HBO drama’s upcoming fourth season, reports.

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The character is the sexually frisky lady friend of Oberyn Martell (aka the Red Viper), a part the show recently filled with Graceland‘s Pedro Pascal. The pair have four daughters together who — along with some of Martell’s other illegitimate offspring — are collectively known as the Sand Snakes.

Varma played Lucius’ wife Niobe on HBO’s Rome. Her other credits include HuntedHuman Target, Bones and Luther

Game of Thrones started production on Season 4 this month; the fantasy series will return in 2014.

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  1. Tim says:

    Won’t comment on the actress’ ability since I didn’t watch Rome but she at least looks the part which is always a good start :)

  2. Polly says:

    I love her! She’s awesome.

  3. Thedornisharecoming says:

    The perfect Ellaria Sand in my book.

  4. Michelle says:

    This is EXACTLY who I wanted!

  5. The Duke says:

    She was great in Rome, fantastic casting decision. Now they need to get Ray Stevenson as Victarion.

  6. Aleksa says:

    Brilliant casting.

  7. Kristina says:

    Never seen her before but she looks like she’d be good in the role. Excited about all the casting going on for Season 4!

  8. Anon says:

    Love HER!!! She is gonna tear up the screen!

  9. Gemma says:

    For Doctor Who/Torchwood fans, she was also Suzie Costello in S1 of Torchwood.

  10. TVDIVA says:

    She has been in a lot of US and UK TV serie. I first saw her and Naveen Andrews (Lost, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) in Karma Sutra: A Tale of Love in 1996.

  11. Andrew says:

    Indira Varma was WONDERFUL as Niobe on Rome. If you like Game of Thrones, you’ll love Rome. I cried at the famous last scene in the last episode of Season One of Rome.

  12. Van Der Merve says:

    Wow, Why do the casting directors of Game of Thrones always cast English actors in all the main roles.

    • Simon Jester says:

      English actors like Peter Dinklage? Or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau?

      Yeah, they cast a lot of Brits, too. But so what? Talent, not the color of their passport, is what matters.

    • Mikael says:

      The show films overseas, so it’s probably easier for casting, much like how many shows are shot in Canada these days and end up casting mostly Canadians. Plus GOT has a kind of medieval vibe to it which most people associate with the UK.

  13. Ty says:

    Oh Human Target, how I miss that show. I’ve never particularly liked the characters that Indira Varma has played; whether on Human Target, Rome, or Luther. Hopefully she can mix things up a bit in GoT.

  14. Gary says:

    I think for victorian they should cast that gargantuan wrestler they cast as Michael Myers in the new Halloween and speaking of
    wrestlers they could get undertaker to play crows eye or even damphair