Bran Stark, arguably one of the most enigmatic characters on Game of Thrones, is played by 20-year-old English actor Isaac Hempstead Wright. Bran, also known as the Three-Eyed Raven, has been making the rounds to promote the highly-anticipated final season of the fantasy series.
Hempstead Wright stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, where he addressed some of the fans' questions about Bran, who after being pushed off a ledge by Jaime Lannister in the first season has been unable to walk. Since then the character has developed his other senses, namely his greensight, which allows him to have prophetic visions. He is also a warg, able to psychically inhabit his direwolf Summer.
Bran is also possessed of an intense stare that stops many characters in their tracks. In this season’s first episode last Sunday, Bran once again crossed paths with Jaime, who finally arrived in Winterfell. Needless to say, Bran gave Jamie a seemingly fateful star. Kimmel, of course, brought the moment up. “The look you gave him…” the host said during the interview.
“I’m kind of getting good at this sort of intense stare,” Hempstead Wright said. “But it’s kind of aided by the fact that I’m completely blind when I’m on set. I don’t have my glasses, and I don’t have contact lenses.”
Apparently, though Bran can see deep into the souls of his counterparts, Hempstead Wright is not really seeing his castmates at all. The actor recounted a moment during filming last season in which Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, said to him, “Isaac, your stare is like — you’re staring into my soul.” Hilariously, the actor responded, “I can’t see you!”
Born in Surrey, England, Hempstead Wright studied at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Faversham, Kent. Though he had no interest in acting, he joined the drama club to avoid playing football early on Saturday mornings during the cold winter months. He made his film debut in The Awakening but got his big break when he was cast as Bran Stark on Game of Thrones in 2011.
While filming the show, Hempstead Wright was a first-year student at the University of Birmingham where he studied math and music. He hopes to return to the university and complete his degree now that his role on Game of Thrones has come to an end. The actor will next star in The Blue Mauritius, a thriller about five international thieves that meet in Cape Town, South Africa, to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.