Got a beard and a sword? Get along to TV auditions

Derry’s budding thespians, fans of medieval sagas and bearded men are being encouraged to audition for the second series of Game of Thrones.

Filming on series 2 of the hugely successful HBO drama - starring Sean Bean - gets underway in Belfast on July 25 and producers are on the look out for local people to get on board as extras. Extras NI, who are holding an open casting on July 4 in Belfast, say they are particularly keen to see men with beards and long hair, farmhands, blacksmiths, archers, swordfighters and people with military experience - and they say they are also casting for “some special extra roles”.

“If you are male - please start growing your hair and facial hair immediately and be prepared to keep it long from now until January 2012,” a spokesman says. More information on the casting is available online at