‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes Israeli actress-singer


(JTA) — Russian-Israeli actress Ania Bukstein recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

Bukstein, a Moscow native who immigrated to Israel at 8, plays Red Priestess Kinvara, debuting on the episode that aired Sunday night.

Bukstein, 33, is a household name in Israel for roles in shows and movies such as “Rabies,” “False Flag” and “The Secrets.”

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According to the Times of Israel, Bukstein has “won broad praise” for the initial performance, with numerous mentions and videos appearing on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

A former model, Bukstein is also a pop vocalist and this week released her fourth single, “We Have a Chance.”

“Game of Thrones,” in its sixth season, is based on the fantasy book series by George R. R. Martin.

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