When Liverpool schoolboy Matteo Elezi landed a part in Game of Thrones, little did he know he would end up chatting football with one of the show’s biggest characters – Jon Snow.
Matteo made his first appearance in season six, episode two, entitled ‘Home’, yesterday in the UK.
But the 10-year-old reveals that as he showed up to have his hair cut for the role, there was a hugely recognisable face sitting alongside him.
Only it wasn’t until after the youngster had chatted about his beloved Everton FC that he realised the friendly man in the next seat was in fact actor Kit Harington.
‘I only realised he was Jon Snow afterwards!’
Matteo says: “I was getting my hair cut by the stylist in the costumes department and I was next to Jon Snow when he getting his hair cut as well.
“He was really chatty and kind, and we talked about football.
“I told him I supported Everton and I think he said that was good.
“We were chatting about international teams like England. But I didn’t know who he was at the time.”
The Liverpool College pupil, who started acting when he was five, played a young Benjen Stark in the flashback scene viewed via Bran Stark’s powers.
Although the character has been introduced, an appearance in further episodes or season seven is being kept under wraps – in typical Game of Thrones fashion.
Both the revealing scene, filmed in Belfast , and his audition involved quite a bit of fighting.
Luckily for Matteo, professional stuntmen, who had worked on movies such as Thor, were on hand to help him prepare for the action, as well as dialect coaching.
Before that the budding star practiced by play sword fighting with his dad Landi at their Calderstones home.
Here he talks about fighting, filming for one of TV’s biggest franchises and his forthcoming film assignment, Final Fantasy XV.
How does it feel to be cast in a programme watched by millions?
It was an amazing experience and it is awesome to be part of the show.
The day I found out I had been cast was the best day of his life. When my mum Lynda told me the news at school, I literally jumped for joy.
What was your favourite part of filming?
Having my own trailer on set was cool. We had our own dining table, a big kitchen and the bedroom was huge. I loved hanging out in there.
Was the Winterfell set as big as it looks on screen?
It was quite small. It looked really real though.
The scene was amazing. It had to look like winter but it was in the middle of summer. But we were filming in Ireland though so it wasn’t too hot.
Did you do a lot of training for the fight scenes?
We worked with these professional stuntmen and we had a routine where we had to slice the sword down twice.
We filmed for hours on end and I had to keep falling down during the scene, but I had padded cushioning on my bum.
How did you land the part?
My agent said there was an audition for it. I knew it was something to do with fighting. I did the audition and they said I could have a recall.
When they said they’d like to use me I was gobsmacked!
What do your school friends think?
Some of them I have told and they think it’s really cool. But I haven’t told everyone, I don’t want to show off.
How did it feel to watch yourself in Game of Thrones?
It was exciting because it’s the whole word is watching almost, there’s so many people!
I think there’s 18 million viewers in the US so I was a bit nervous.
We all sat round at home and watched my scene. It was awesome.
What’s on your CV?
I’ve done TV adverts for London Zoo and Mcdonald’s, been in Moving on and appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Jason Donovan and Duncan James.
I’m going to be in a new Final Fantasy XV movie called, Kingsglaive [which stars Lena Headey and Sean Bean – both from Game of Thrones – and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.
- Watch Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Mondays.