DeObia Oparei may have been cast as the ruthless guard on the upcoming season of hit TV show, Game Of Thrones but he has admitted that his past hasnâ€™t been so glamorous
â€˜I did everything, I used to be a drag queen, I used to be a stripperâ€™ he said candidly.
After touring Australia with a theatre company while performing with the Shakespeare Company when he was 22, Oparei said his desire to live in Sydney was the catalyst for the change of direction in his career.
â€˜â€¦I thought I want to live here and I want to stop acting and I want to learn to danceâ€¦.â€™
Flashing the flesh! The British actor revealed that when he lived in Sydney during his younger years he performed as a male stripper and a drag queen
He spent seven years performing as an adult entertainer where he even work-shopped a character called â€˜The Witchdoctorâ€™.
â€˜I would dance half naked and then I got invited to do hens nightsâ€¦I just thought if I want to be an actor, how could I be an actor and not have experienced different parts of lifeâ€¦â€™
He joined the cast of the fantasy drama this year in the role of Areo Hotah where he will debut for the upcoming fifth season.
Meanwhile, fellow cast members Finn Jones and Daniel Portman are coincidentally in Australia in support of the Oz Comic Con over the weekend.
Big time role:Â He joined the cast of the fantasy drama this year Areo Hotah and will make his debut for the upcoming fifth season this month