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Game of Thrones: which world figures would fit into Westeros?

Julia Gillard compared herself to Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke in HBO's Game of Thrones. Photograph: c.HBO/Everett/REX

In her review of the first episode of the new series of Game of Thrones, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke of her affinity with the character Daenerys Targaryen. That got us to thinking, which world figures would slot nicely into Westeros? We've given six suggestions here but are keen to hear what you think.  We've put a list of characters at the end of the article. Let us know which figure you think matches up closest to their looks and/or personality.

Vladimir Putin and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). Photograph: HBO, ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images.

Lord Tywin Lannister - The head of House Lannister is the richest man in the Seven Kingdoms and fiercely asserts the dominance of his family over Westeros. Just like Putin, Tywin has no qualms about crossing internationally respected boundaries to come out on top.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Photograph: HBO, BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images.

Margaery Tyrell – she is the only daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell, who is keen for her to become the Queen of Westeros. Politically savvy and beautiful, this socially mobile young woman also happens to look a bit like the Duchess of Cambridge.

Boris Johnson and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) Photograph: HBO, Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

Brienne of Tarth - Brienne is the only living child and heir of Lord Selwyn Tarth of Evenfall. Not respected at first glance, she wins the support of the rich Jaime Lannister to assert her place in Westeros. We also think that she has a close resemblance to Boris Johnson.

William Hague and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) Photograph: /HBO, Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

Varys (AKA the Spider) – the eunuch member of the small council has a great network of spies across King's Landing, gives him the title of Master of Whisperers. William Hague does not only look like Varys but has reportedly shown a similar aptitude for political gamesmanship in the past. In 2012, when Tories were said to be rising up against reform to the House of Lords, Nicolas Watt wrote:

«It is understood that Hague is approaching rebels with a twinkle in his eye and saying he needs to speak to them about Lords reform. He pauses and then adds: "There we are. I have spoken to you about Lords reform».

Kim Jong-un and Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). Photograph: HBO, KNS/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: /Photograph: HBO, KNS/AFP/Getty Images.

Joffrey Baratheon – both Joffrey and Jong-un came to power through lineage (although Joffrey's is disputed). Joffrey's unexpected execution of Ned Stark mirrors the similar treatment of Jong-un's uncle. The boy king and the baby-faced ruler have both been cruel and brutal in the treatment of challengers to their reign.

Piers Morgan and Petyr Baelish (Aiden Gillen) Photograph: HBO, John Shearer/WireImage.

Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) - one of Ned Stark's biggest mistakes when coming to King's Landing is trusting brothel owner and small council member Littlefinger, who actually openly speaks of his dishonesty to the Lord of Winterfell. Baelish and Morgan are both charismatic players who ascend the ranks as they get up close and personal with the powerful.

Game of Thrones: which world figures would fit into Westeros? // Taku Dzimwasha and George Arnett theguardian.com, Tuesday 8 April 2014

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