Game of Thrones star, Gwendoline Christie, who was nominated for an Emmy on Tuesday, put herself forward for the award after network HBO did not.

Christie, who played Ser Brienne of Tarth in the fantasy TV drama, successfully submitted herself for best supporting actress in a drama series.

HBO confirmed to CBS News they put Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner up for the gong instead.

The show’s Alfie Allen and Carice van Houten also nominated themselves.

Both went on to receive nominations as well.

She’ll be up against Game of Thrones co-stars Headey, Williams and Turner for the award, as well as Ozark’s Julia Garner and Fiona Shaw for Killing Eve.

Van Houten – who portrayed the darkly mercurial Melisandre – made the shortlist for best guest actress in a drama series. Meanwhile Allen – who played the downtrodden Theon Greyjoy – earned his nomination in the category for supporting actor in a drama series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, they all had to stump up the $225 (£180) entry fee for their nominations, adding it’s not uncommon for actors to do so.

In 2011, then sitcom newbie Rob Lowe entered himself in the lead comedy actor category for Parks and Recreation, despite playing what many considered to be a supporting role in the NBC ensemble series.

Prior to that, Friends actor Matthew Perry also withdrew his Emmy nomination in 2000 after learning NBC had submitted him in the lead actor category, when the cast had an agreement only to compete in the supporting categories.


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