Budding East Midlands superstar Hannah Annette is the latest to join the cast of the hugely popular Game of Thrones.

The ten-year-old from Derby will join an A-list cast including Sean Bean and Kit Harington.

The TV show more closely resembles a Hollywood blockbuster and centres on the fantasy world of Westeros.

Its adult and often raunchy themes have been the subject of much scrutiny but the fifth season of the HBO programme, shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK, was aired in 170 countries.

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The show has included some of the UK’s finest talent – and another star could be born in ten-year-old Annette.

She said: “I had such an amazing time and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I especially loved working with Lena Headey, Anton Lesser and Julian Glover.”

Annette, who plays Frances, attends the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Derby. She won her role through the academy’s agency, Quirky Kidz Creative Management.

Quirky Kidz have secured roles in productions such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables and Matilda in the West End, Fortitude, on Sky, and EastEnders.

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Her dad Michael said: “I am so proud of the incredibly professional way she worked on her first-ever role.

“Watching her was amazing and the whole process of filming was fascinating.”

Game of Thrones has received a wealth of recognition, including 26 Primetime Emmy Awards and 86 nominations. Its fourth season recorded an average gross audience of 18.6 million – beating the record set by The Sopranos.

The story is told across seven kingdoms and involves a large number of characters – portrayed by names as big as Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister, and Sean Bean, playing Eddard “Ned” Stark, and Kit Harington, who has shot to fame as Jon Snow.

The television series takes its name from the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, by George R R Martin, which was published in 1996.