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Israeli actors set to star in Game of Thrones

Yousef Sweid and Ania Bukstein to appear in Season 6, due to be aired next spring

Actress Ania Bukstein (Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)
Actress Ania Bukstein (Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

Israeli actors Yousef Sweid and Ania Bukstein are set to appear in the sixth season of the hit series Game of Thrones.

The new season, to be filmed in Europe, is due to be aired on the HBO network (and in Israel on the Yes network) in the spring of 2016.

It is not yet known which parts the actors — the first Israelis to appear on the show — will play. They were required to sign confidentiality agreements, Channel 10 reported.

Sweid and Bukstein are not the first Israeli actors to have auditioned for Game of Thrones; Yuval Scharf, Neta Garty and Leem Lubany have also tried out. It is rumored that Lubany will play a Dosh Khaleen widow in the sixth series.

Israeli Arab actor Joe (Yousef) Sweid (left). (Chen Leopold/Flash 90)
Yousef Sweid (left). (Chen Leopold/Flash 90)

Bukstein, 33, is a household name in Israel, having appeared in several film, television and theater roles including Rabies, False Flag and The Secrets.

Sweid, 39, is an Arab Israeli actor, dancer and director known for his roles on screen and in the theater including Homeland and Walk on Water.

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