Game Of Thrones has opened a whole new world to its viewers – and a lot of new doors for British actor Finn Jones.
Jones plays Ser Loras Tyrell in the HBO series, which returns with season four on Foxtel’s Showcase channel on April 7.
The cult following of Game Of Thrones (GOT) around the world has made it much easier for Jones to get noticed in Hollywood.
He has already made one sortie to LA to meet agents and producers, and says being on GOT provided him with audition opportunities and meetings he otherwise might never have received.
“It’s bizarre the opportunities this has given everyone and I’ve got to see the world because of Game Of Thrones,” Jones tells AAP.
“I met some people about some really interesting TV projects and some really big film projects, which has excited me, and so far everything seems to be going really well.
“It’s pretty much my first crack at Hollywood.”
Jones, along with fellow GOT star Gethin Anthony, who plays Renly Baratheon, is in Australia for the Supanova Expo on the Gold Coast on April 5 and 6 and in Melbourne on April 12 and 13.
Jones has been in every GOT season, but that has not affected his ability to gain outside work.
He recently made the feature films The Last Showing, with Robert England, and Sleeping Beauty, with Olivia d’Abo and Casper Van Dien.
“I love going to conventions because I get to travel, I get to meet fans, which is a pleasure, and I also get to meet up with my buddies from the show,” Jones says.
“I’m not typecast in Game Of Thrones and it’s helped progress my career as an actor to more enjoyable and interesting roles.
“It feels like I am trying my best and it seems to be going good so far.”
He admits he had never read the George R.R. Martin novels on which GOT is based until he landed the role of Ser Loris.
“As soon as I was cast, I started reading them,” Jones said.
Jones says Game Of Thrones is basically faithful to Martin’s fantasy novels.
“What the show does is take all the good bits out of the book and really enhances the story.
“The book can sometimes go on a little bit … but the show takes the core spirit of the books and enhances it.”
* Games Of Thrones returns on Monday, April 7 at 3.30pm on Foxtel’s Showcase channel.