HBO confirmed at the end of last week that former Misfits star Iwan Rheon has been cast to appear in S3 of Game Of Thrones.

His role has only been revealed as “the boy”, though insiders who have seen a scene involving him and one other major character have said it points to him playing the part of Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of the Dreadfort. Ramsay was name-checked in a couple of episodes at the end of S2, mainly by his father Lord Roose Bolton, but not actually seen. He was sent by his father to deal with Theon Greyjoy and his Iron Born who had taken Winterfell.

In the books Ramsay Snow was introduced much earlier, though as a character known only as Reek. He is a favorite of fans but a nasty piece of work and every inch his fathers son. For any wondering why it is Ramsay has the same surname as Jon Snow – the bastard son of Ned Stark – it is because it is tradition in Westeros to name bastard children with the same surname depending on what part of the country they come from. All northern bastards are called Snow.

Iwan is best known in the UK as Simon from the series Misfits.