Joe Dempsie spills all on the Game of Thrones cast WhatsApp group... and reveals its unusual name
26 April 2019, 14:10 | Updated: 29 April 2019, 13:32
Real-life Gendry told Heart all the gossip from the Game of Thrones cast WhatsApp group
Game of Thrones, one of the biggest TV shows of all time with an estimated audience of a whopping 1 billion people, is currently in its final season.
And we're almost as obsessed with the cast as we are with the show itself (they look like they had a right laugh at that final season premiere), so we sat down with Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, to get the behind the scenes gossip - and asked the question everyone wants to know: Does the cast have a WhatsApp group?
"We do," he told us. "It's called 'Mates', weirdly. But it's changed names a few times, but also - somehow - Ian Glenn's daughter [Ian Glenn plays Jorah Mormont] seems to get hold of his phone quite often and play about and change it to some sort of indecipherable gobbledygook.
"There's quite a lot of people in the group," he continued. "And because we all love and admire each other so much, it's a big deal to post something in the group. If you've got a little joke or a meme, you want to take the Mick out of someone else in the group, you've got to be pretty sure that that's going to hit the mark.
"My little sad hobby that I've got is collecting old football shirts. And I remember once instigating a conversation about that in the Game of Thrones WhatsApp. And, bless their hearts, Daniel Portman and Alfie Allen and John Bradley joined in with me, and I could feel through the phone everyone else's eyes just glaze over. I could feel them reaching for the 'mute for eight hours option.
"Because obviously I want to know what Sophie Turner thinks of the Scotland Away strip from 1994."
Joe, who as well as Game of Thrones has appeared in Skins and This Is England, is currently starring in Deep State, which has just returned for a second series.
Describing the show, Joe said: "It's a complex, cerebral espionage thriller that takes place all over the world and examines the uneasy links between big businesses and our elected representatives."