The rule-breaking, risk-taking actor and model on what’s next after Game Of Thrones. By Tom Lamont

Little about the actor and sometime model Gwendoline Christie is strictly conventional: she describes herself as someone who sees a norm and wants to sprint in the opposite direction. Even so, in the hours before we meet, Christie has really outdone herself. The 40-year-old is just back from New York fashion week, where she stunned a Manhattan crowd silly by walking the runway dressed in a huge, floral, giant, rainbow-coloured… What was that thing, I ask?

“I like to think of it as a sexy sea cucumber,” Christie says. “It moved like an underwater creature. It was incredible to wear something that was the product of someone’s unbridled imagination.” The outfit (feathery, like a Sesame Street costume minus the headpiece) was made by the Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi, and judging by the reaction of Christie’s fans online it was a hit. For at least a few hours, their excited chatter about the imminent final series of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, in which she plays the warrior Brienne of Tarth, was put aside for discussion of the dress.

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