Game of Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead Wright has revealed that his character’s intense stare is due to his poor eyesight.

Hempstead Wright appeared on American chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live and explained that as he does not wear his glasses or contact lenses when in character as Bran Stark, his vision is impaired.

He said: ‘Yeah, I’m kind of getting good at this intense stare, but it’s actually aided by the fact that I’m completely blind when I'm on set.’

The actor also recalled shooting a scene with his co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark. She commented that she was impressed by the power of his gaze.

‘She said, “Isaac, your stare is like you’re staring into my soul!” And I was like, “I can’t see you! That’s why.”’