Did You Recognize These Game Of Thrones & Downton Abbey Connections In Godless?

Most of the time, while watching Godless, I was cringing at the elongated scenes of gun violence. The rest of the time, I was focusing on the nagging itch somewhere somewhere in my pop culture memory. I knew I recognized Whitey Winn, the sheriff's overeager deputy, from one of his past roles. Yet his dust-covered, gun-slinging appearance was too far off from his past work for me to fit two and two together.
Eventually, I did the adult thing: Admitted defeat and went on IMDb. I fell into a bout of self-loathing when I found the answer, which was far too obvious. Of course Whitey Winn was played by the one and only Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who also played the lovesick elementary schooler from Love Actually — and had a few other notable roles.
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Godless has a sprawling and impressive cast. While some of the show's stars, like Samuel Marty (Truckee) are total newcomers, many have been acting for decades. Get ready to find out just why Frank Griffin's face is so, so familiar.
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Character: Whitey Winn
Played By: Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Whitey is the sheriff's deputy. He's a great gunslinger, and an abjectly terrible fiddler.
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Where you know Thomas Brodie-Sangster from:

No biggie, but the 27-year-old British actor has appeared in some of the most popular franchises of the past decade. Brodie-Sangster played Jojen Reed, the warg who accompanied Bran Stark to the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones. He's also been in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Maze Runner series.

When he was younger, Brodie-Sangster played Sam, the elementary-schooler madly in love with an American girl in Love Actually.
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Character: Roy Goode
Played By: Jack O'Connell

Roy Goode's on the run from his adoptive father, the no-good outlaw Frank Griffin. He's an expert shot, and is able to tame wild horses practically just by looking at them.
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Where you know Jack O'Connell from:

First of all, you should know that Roy Goode is masking a deep British accent. He played the volatile, wild James Cook on Series 3 and 4 of Skins. He also starred in Angelina Jolie's 2014 biopic, Unbroken, about a U.S. soldier (and former Olympian) who survives 47 days on a raft in the Pacific, then endures a terrible tenure in a Japanese P.O.W. camp.
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Character: Alice Fletcher
Played By: Michelle Dockery

Alice is a twice-widowed woman who lives on the outskirts of La Belle with her son and mother-in-law. She's ostracized from the community because of a land dispute, but people start to play nice because she just inherited a whole bunch of nice horses.
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Where you know Michelle Dockery from:

Two words: Downton Abbey! Dockery played Lady Mary Crawley, one of the three Crawley sisters, for the entire duration of Downton Abbey. After that tremendous success of a show, she played Letty Raines on Good Behavior.
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Character: Frank Griffin
Played By: Jeff Daniels

Frank Griffin is a remorseless, terrifying outlaw, hellbent on achieving one thing and one thing only: Revenge on his adopted son, Roy Goode. He'd happily extinguish an entire town if it meant he could get closer to catching Roy Goode.
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Where you know Jeff Daniels from:

Jeff Daniels is one of those actors you probably recognize from a lot. In terms of other TV shows, Daniels played Will McAvoy for the entirety of The Newsroom. He's also been in many movies — most recently, The Martian (2015) and Steve Jobs (2005).

Despite his lengthy filmography, you're most likely to recognize Daniels from his work as Harry Dunne, opposite Jim Carrey's Lloyd Christmas, in Dumb and Dumber.
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Character: Ed Logan
Played By: Kim Coates

Ed Logan marches into La Belle with his mining company, and pronounces that he's the new sheriff.
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Where you know Kim Coates from:

Coates is most recognizable for is wok as Tig on Sons of Anarchy. He also appeared in Black Hawk Down (2011) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010). How could you forget those blue eyes?
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Character: Mary Agnes
Played By: Merritt Wever

One wishes, for Mary Agnes' sake, she could move to Themyscira with the Amazons and live in an actual all-woman community. She's the widow of the former mayor, the sister of the current sheriff, and is totally fed up with the new mining company trampling all over the town.
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Where you know Merritt Wever from:

Prior to Godless, Wever's most significant TV roles had been as Dr. Denise Cloyd on The Walking Dead, and Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie, for which she won an Emmy (and gave a very memorable speech). She also played Anne in the Best Picture-winning Birdman (2014).
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Character: Bill McNue
Played By: Scoot McNairy

Alert! Sheriff Bill McNue is not going blind, as he thinks. He's just terribly nearsighted! Bill goes on a quest to kill Frank Griffin before he makes it to La Belle.
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Where you know Scoot McNairy from:

McNairy has gotten a lot of mileage out of his distinctive mustache. You might recognize McNairy's mustache from when he played Tommy O'Hara, Amy's ex-boyfriend, in Gone Girl, or when he appeared in 12 Years a Slave. For his role as Gordon the AMC show Halt and Catch Fire, McNairy occasionally had a full-on beard, too.
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Character: Truckee
Played By: Samuel Marty

Truckee is Alice Fletcher's son. He almost certainly wants to be Roy Goode when he grows up.
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Where you know Samuel Marty from:

Godless is Marty's big break. An indigenous actor from Canada, Marty had previously appeared in the thriller Diablo (2015) and one episode of Fargo — he played young Hanzee.
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