Paddy Considine, who stars in Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, has said he felt responsible for maintaining the quality and legacy of the show.

House of the Dragon is a fantasy tale based on author George RR Martin's book Fire and Blood, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

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.

One of their descendants, Daenerys Targaryen, was a major character in the main series and was played by Emilia Clarke.

Emilia Clarke played Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, the fifth king of the Targaryen dynasty to rule the Seven Kingdoms and older brother of ex-Time Lord and The Crown star Matt Smith, who stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen.

Speaking about Game of Thrones, Considine, 48, told the PA news agency: "There were some really great actors in it, really great performances in it as well.

"There was a duty to sort of try and carry that on. Most of them had set the bar very high and so you just wanted to be responsible and do a good job at the end of the day. Maintain that quality."

Matt Smith stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon

Smith said: "I just hope we’ve created something that’s entertaining. Obviously there’s a huge legacy that comes, we’re never going to recreate the gargantuan success of that show because it’s its own moment in time, it was its own cultural phenomenon, but hopefully we can sort of add something to the pot."

House of the Dragon will air on Sky and streaming service Now from August 22.

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Source: Press Association