House Of The Dragon star Rhys Ifans said acting in the Game Of Thrones prequel was a great opportunity to work with "incredibly talented" actors he admires including Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke.

The star-studded cast and creators of the series walked the red carpet on Monday in Leicester Square, ahead of the show's launch on Sky.

House Of The Dragon is a fantasy tale based on author George RR Martin’s Fire And Blood which is set 200 years before the events of Game Of Thrones.

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The HBO drama chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen and the events leading up to the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons.

Ex-Time Lord and The Crown star Smith stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne, while Cooke plays Alicent Hightower.

Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans, 55, who plays Cooke’s on-screen father and hand of the king Otto Hightower, told the PA news agency: "It’s always wonderful when you know you are going to be working with somebody who is incredibly talented.

"I think what defines a great actor is creative generosity and every single actor who I worked with on this show has that in bounds.

"We’ve become very close as a cast as a result, beautiful."

Matt Smith

He added: "I heard in lockdown that I was going to do it, I got a script and read a few episodes.

"I think Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Olivia Cooke were already on board, three actors I really admire, they’d obviously read it and liked it, so I thought 'if they’re in, I’m in’.

"It was a great opportunity to work with some quality talent."

House Of The Dragon will air on Sky and streaming service Now from August 22.

Source: Press Association