Joe Dempsie auditioned for Jon Snow before landing part of Gendry in Game of Thrones after his 'worst ever audition'

GAME of Thrones star Joe Dempsie auditioned for Jon Snow before landing the part of Gendry despite having his 'worst ever audition'.

The 31-year-old spoke at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival in London on Sunday night ahead of the start of the eighth and final series of the hit HBO series.

He told the audience: "I auditioned for Jon Snow eventually, pretty much every actor of a certain age went for it.

"18 months after that I auditioned for Pip and another of Jon's mates at the wall.

"My audition for Gendry is the worst I'd ever done, after every scene there was silence and they said they were worried nobody would understand me."

While Kit Harington won the role of Jon Snow, thankfully show bosses cast Joe as Gendry and he quickly gained a legion of fans.

So much so, Joe believes they were fundamental in his return in series seven.

He said: "At the end of season three when they said Gendry would disappear for a while, they did say the plan was for me to come back.

"So I always had that in the back of my mind. They wanted to leave it long enough that people started to forget about him, so him coming back was a surprise.

"In some ways I think Twitter got me my job back, they wanted fans to forget about Gendry but they underestimated them.

"The longer a loose end is left untied the more conspicuous it gets rather than just fading from memory."

Meanwhile Joe's co-star Sophie Turner left Game of Thrones fans fearing her character Sansa Stark dies during the final series.

The 23-year-old actress posted a picture of herself sleeping on Instagram while on set, but many thought it was a hint Sansa will perish before the final episode.

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