Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo has criticised Game Of Thrones for failing to cast actors of colour in prominent roles.
Oyelowo, known for his film roles in Selma and The Butler, argued that the fantasy series tends to consign non-white actors to roles “on the margins” of the major storylines.
“The fact that they put any ethnic minorities in that means that there should be space for bigger characters,” he told RadioTimes.com. “Because you’re not just saying ‘OK this is purely a white world, and here are very story-driven reasons why that’s the case.'”
He continued: “You are interspersing people of colour into it, and so therefore it’s a conscious decision to put them on the margins, as opposed to put them front and centre. Even if for whatever reason, it’s a world in which people of colour in those stories are subservient, or they are more in a helper role, that doesn’t mean they can’t have prominent storylines. All you have to do is shift the focus to focus on those characters.”
Oyelowo, who received an OBE for services to drama earlier this year, and is well-known as an advocate for greater on-screen diversity, concluded: “So for me, there is absolutely no excuse in a show like that [for] why there aren’t more prominent characters of colour.”