In a bid to reach a younger, less stuffy audience, luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce enlisted English actor Gwendoline Christie, best known as Brienne of Tarth, the first female knight in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
With its extraordinary price tags, Rolls-Royce became known as a sign on conspicuous consumption, only affordable by the fabulously wealthy (and often fabulously snooty). A new spot from photographer and filmmaker Rankin has Christie breaking the unwritten rules of driving a Rolls. She gets a Phantom covered in dirt, takes it to the beach with a surfboard strapped to the roof and drives it straight through a barrier (after wisely retracting the hood ornament).
Christie has made a career of playing unconventional characters, turning her 6’3” frame into an asset instead of the detriment she had once feared it would be. In keeping with that attitude, she recently entered her own name for an Emmy award, after HBO declined to include her in their official entries. Just this week, it paid off with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.