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Game Of Thrones prequel casts Doctor Who actor John Simm and four other series regulars to join Naomi Watts

DOCTOR Who star John Simm is one of five new actors cast in the Game Of Thrones prequel, The Long Night, alongside lead Naomi Watts.

According to Deadline, the BAFTA nominated actor, who played The Master on the BBC show for 10 years,  joins Marquis Rodriguez, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx as series regulars.

The supporting actors also join leads Josh Whitehouse, 28, British actress Naomi Ackie 27, and acclaimed Irish actress Denise Gough, 38,

The prequel is set thousands of years before the first episode of Game Of Thrones and will unravel "the horrifying secrets of Westeros" history.

In October, Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin accidentally leaked the name of the series' upcoming prequel.

And while the remaining details were meant to stay a secret, the author let slip the show's title on his blog.

George, who penned the books that inspired Game Of Thrones, was congratulating Naomi on the job when he accidentally revealed more than he should have.

Confirming the new show's title, he wrote yesterday: "Casting is now underway for The Long Night, the first of the Game of Thrones successor series ordered to film.

"HBO has just announced the first cast member: Naomi Watts is coming on board as one of our stars… I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi."

Giving even more insight into the spin-off, despite HBO's famous secrecy surrounding the series, he went on: "Jane Goldman scripted the Long Night pilot and will be running the show.

"She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.

"Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can't tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could."

According to Variety, the Australian actress, 50, will play a "charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret".

Little else is known about the spin-off, but in George's books The Long Night refers to a lengthy period of darkness, which spread famine and terror across the Known World.

The series will air after the much-anticipated final series of Game Of Thrones, set to hits screens in spring 2019.

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