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LIFE ON THE GAME – Thrones star Josephine Gillan was coke-addict call girl before telly ‘hooker’ role saved her

GoT beauty reveals how fantasy drama rescued her from life of drugs and vice

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IN the bloodthirsty fantasy world of Game Of Thrones, Josephine Gillan has stayed the course – but then she is a born survivor.

Many popular characters have been unexpectedly slaughtered in the steamy TV saga about warring families, but the 27-year-old remains a GoT veteran.

Josephine Gillan

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Hard life … Josephine Gillan survived a troubled childhood and a debauched porn star past, when she sold her body to fuel her drug addiction

The Brit has played prostitute Marei since the second series and will be back for the seventh which starts shooting later this year.

More importantly, she has survived a troubled childhood and a debauched porn star past, when she sold her body to fuel her drug addiction.

She is deadly serious when she says GoT saved her from an early grave.

Josephine says: “Game Of Thrones saved my life.

“I couldn’t have gone on for much longer.

“I was addicted to cocaine and to keep the supply I needed I had to sell my body three or four times a week.

“I was earning thousands of pounds a time for sleeping with wealthy punters.

“They’d pay a fortune knowing they were having sex with a porn star.

“I’d get as much as £4,000 for an all-night session.

“I should have been set up for life but all the money was being blown on drugs.

“I was a train crash.”

Josephine Gillan

Resilient … Josephine has played prostitute Marei since the second series and will be back for the seventh which starts shooting later this year

Today, the petite redhead is a rising star thanks to the Emmy-winning show, one of the most-watched dramas on TV thanks to it’s 8.6million viewers an episode.

It means Josephine is much in demand at fantasy conventions, where fans queue up for autographs and to have their photo taken with her.

She is also signed up for three independent films.

One will be shot in Mexico this summer and another, Mikva, is about sexuality within the orthodox Jewish community.

It is an amazing turnaround for someone who feared she was destined for a life of prostitution and addiction.

Josephine recalls: “I was filming porn during the day as Sophie O’Brien, my alias, with a Twitter following of 8,000 fans, and turning tricks with men from 18 to 80 at night for anything from £200.

“Most punters couldn’t even have sex.

“They were either too drunk or just couldn’t get it up.

“Most of them were pathetic, they just wanted a cuddle and someone to talk to.

“If they wanted to pay me lots of money to sleep with me it was fine.

“I had drugs to buy.”

Josephine then met a wealthy punter who wanted to marry her.

She says: “It was straight out of the film Pretty Woman.

“He wanted to marry me and proposed two days before my 22nd birthday.

“I said yes and we were happy for two years.

“I gave up working as a prostitute and he was OK with me carrying on in the porn industry.

“Then one day I was crying and out of the blue he slapped me across the face five times.

“I packed my bags and left.

“I wasn’t going to have anyone hit me and I wasn’t going back for more.

“I was forced back into my old life again.

“One day I overdosed snorting cocaine.

“My heart stopped and the medical staff had to fight to save my life.

“It was a lucky escape.”

Josephine Gillan

Ready for her close-up … despite having no formal acting training, she sent off a photo and was snapped up as Marei without even having to audition

Two days after recovering she took another near-fatal hit of cocaine.

Once again paramedics saved her.

In hospital she vowed to ditch drugs.

It was then that Josephine spotted an ad on an adult website looking for wannabe actresses comfortable with nudity and raunchy sex scenes to star in Game Of Thrones.

Despite having no formal acting training, she sent off a photo and was snapped up as Marei without even having to audition.

A few weeks later, in the summer of 2011, she was in Northern Ireland filming her first scenes.

It was a huge point in her life.

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