How to be an extra on Game of Thrones in Belfast?

I lived with a lot of Game of Thrones’ extras!

Last year I started my journey in Belfast, Northern Ireland. What’s really funny about it, is that every time I meet someone from Belfast, they systematically ask me why the hell I chose to come live in this town! Well 3 words: GAME OF THRONES (Not only that but that’s the not what we want to talk about today!^^)

I started to work in a hostel where most of the extras stayed in: the Global Village! I came there a year before and I loved this place (I quit after 2 weeks but I’ll tell you why in another post 😉 ) So I lived with them and got to hear about their filming anecdotes and struggles (because man it’s exhausting!) and how they got to be an extra on Game of Thrones!

Most of them were working on the 9th episode of season 6 names the “Battle of bastards”which took about 2/3 weeks to shoot!

Of course, they couldn’t tell us anything specific but we were able to figure out some things anyway about what was going to happen on the season 6! I kept my mouth shut even though I went to the Game of thrones wrapping party and definitely knew Jon Snow wasn’t dead !

Partying with Jon Snow!

Here a photo of Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow!12112282_10153195921581593_9018283962652012938_n

Imagine hundreds of bearded men taking over a pub in Belfast ^^ (in that case it was at Filthy McNastys but you can also spot the cast of Game of Thrones at Laverys or at a fancy restaurant called The Barking Dog)

Where is Game of Thrones filmed?

All those guys told us how to become an extra for Game of thrones! It’s pretty easy to be one if you happen to be in Belfast because most of the filming happens in Northern Ireland and in the Titanic Studios in the city.

The Titanic Studios where Game of Thrones is filmed (taken from the Titanic Museum)
The Titanic Studios where Game of Thrones is filmed (taken from the Titanic Museum)

Funny how people rush to go to the Titanic Museum when 2 years ago my friend and I were nicely “stalking” the place just next to it: the Studios ! haha

When is it filming?

Game of thrones season 7 is actually filming right now so try your luck! They usually film from August to December but I heard this year it got a bit delayed because winter is here!! So they needed less sunny days not that it is so sunny in Belfast anyway haha!!

What are the requirements to be an extra on Game of thrones?

Basically, if you’re a guy with a beard you have a good chance of being taken. If you are a woman you have to have long hair although women have less chance to get in since there are way fewer parts for them.

Also, you have to be available to fly to Belfast almost at once!

Finally, you have to stay connected! You can be called anytime! A friend of mine received a call at 4 am !

How much is it paid?

You usually get one first call to set a fitting date: the fitting day is also paid.

It depends on the hours you make but you can make around 100 pounds for a day of work but ExtraNI gets something like 15% of your first salary.

You are paid through PayPal around 6 weeks after you worked. Personally, I would to it for free just to see the behind the scenes of Games of Thrones !

Apply to be an extra on Game of thrones!

To become an extra it’s very simple you have to register here at ExtraNI Agency. You can do it for free you just have to take your measurements and scan your passport.

But be careful though! A friend said it was like knowing Santa Claus didn’t exist. It might change the way you watch the show forever ! ^^ On the other side you get to chit chat with cast members soooo I would choose to do it!!

Almost all of my colleagues from the hostel got to be an extra on the show except me boooooh. I’m trying again this year ! I’ll keep you posted if it works out for me!!

You have all the tools to be an extra on Game of thrones, all you need now is to apply ! 😉

Let me know in the comments below if you got it in!! Good luck!!

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When I lived in Belfast, I met a lot of people who were working on Game of Thrones so now I can tell you how they did to be an extra on the show!

  1. Wow, this is so interesting. How many extras tended to stay in the hostel at one time? It would be really cool to see the behind the scenes of GoT though £100 seems quite low if this was your normal job. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Had no idea Game of Thrones was filmed in Belfast! The things you learn. I’ve seen many advertisements but I’m ashamed to say I have never seen even one episode! Pretty cool experience for you!

  3. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones before! But I think I need to keep up with the program because the show keeps popping up during my recent travels to Belfast and Morocco. I didn’t know you can even apply to be an extra on the set. Pretty awesome!

  4. That is so awesome! I think it would be so much fun to be an extra on Game of Thrones. Too bad I am not a man with a giant beard – might need to see if my Hubby would be willing to grow a beard and head to Belfast. The pay sounds decent, plus you get to work with the hotties from GOT! Amazing!

  5. LOVED this post- huge GoT fans here too! That’s amazing that you got to meet all these people. EPISODE 9 WAS SOOOOO SICK lol holy crap I couldn’t get enough of it. When we went to Dubrovnik we took a GoT Tour and our guide was an extra for Season 2. He said fitting, rehearsing, filming would take an entire day and only a couple of frames would successfully come out of that. And I don’t blame them because the show is just SO AMAZING haha. This is so neat! I’ll have to go to Belfast next to add to my GoT destination list 😛

    1. yes! I have to write a post about GOT destinations in Northern Ireland (and Iceland as well) I’ve been almost everywhere twice 😉

  6. I am a huge fan of the show and I would have loved to meet at least some of the cast members. Since I am neither a bearded man or a long haired European women, I doubt I will be selected. Hopefully you will get in this year. Best of luck.

  7. While we don’t watch the show, it still would be fun to be an extra in Game of Thrones! I wonder how long they will be shooting in Belfast? One of us has a beard, we’ve got to check this out if we ever head to Belfast 😉 Thanks for the tips!

  8. I never thought about how extras castings work, but it seems like such a cool experience! For large scenes like the ones pictured, I can’t even imagine how many costumes and hair/make-up artists there are on set to do the extras and how long it takes! I hope you’re able to snag a part next time 🙂

  9. I never realised it was filmed in Belfast!!! I have just started watching season 3, I am so far behind. Started on the books and still struggling with them!! Only on book 2!! It would be cool to be an extra though i guess filming in winter it’s going to be cold!!!

    1. yes! even colder in Iceland! ^^ The books are kind of tough 😀 ! You’ll see from season 5 the TV show differs a lot from the books ! Hang on though it worth it! Tell me when you finished season 3 !! The end of this season is awesome !

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