In an interview with New Zealand newspaper The Dominion Post, Alexander Siddig said that he did not draw on his family’s political history when playing his character, Prince Doran Martell, in the new season of Game of Thrones.
Game Of Thrones newcomer Alexander Siddig knows a thing or two about politics – hardly surprising considering his uncle is former Sudanese prime minister Sadiq al Majhd.
Just don’t expect him to draw on his family connections for his role as Doran Martell, a man who needs all the political acumen he can muster as head of the Dornish people, when the new season starts on SoHo this week.
‘‘I would never do that to my poor family,’’ says Siddig.
‘‘Yes, my uncle used to be the prime minister of Sudan, but he is always in and out of prison. I wouldn’t, I couldn’t . . . I should never correlate the two because it might be dangerous for him. They’re still trying to put him in prison and he’s a very old man. So, yes, it’s better just to not give them the ammo, so I never make it part of this thing.’’
Sid also talked about working with Keisha Castle-Hughes again, and his unruly on-screen nieces.
Another challenge, for Doran at least, was managing the Sand Snakes, Oberyn’s hot-blooded and vengeful bastard daughters played by Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and New Zealand’s Keisha CastleHughes.
‘‘They were fantastic. Keisha and I have worked together before.
‘‘She was the Virgin Mary to my Gabriel (in 2006’s The Nativity Story ) and we had a great time, so I knew her very well,’’ says Siddig.
‘‘On screen, I would hate to have them as daughters. These are the most complicated little children I have ever met in my entire life.
‘‘They are vicious, and brilliant at being vicious, and have been taught how to fight and kill at 12. ‘‘So they are little tiny drone jets that deliver missiles. They are going to be great fun. I think they are going to be audience favourites.’’