Game Of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju tests positive for coronavirus

Game Of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju has tested positive for coronavirus. Stock image Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Game Of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju has announced he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Norwegian actor, best known for playing Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s sprawling fantasy epic, said on Instagram that he and his family are self-isolating and he only has “mild symptoms of a cold”.

The 41-year-old urged fans to be “extremely careful” to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has thrown the entertainment industry into chaos.

“Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals,” Hivju said.

Irish actor Liam Cunningham, another star of Game Of Thrones, commented on his Instagram post: “Get well soon my friend. X.”

Hivju was recently cast as Nivellen in season two of Netflix’s fantasy series The Witcher.

He is not the only actor to reveal a Covid-19 diagnosis.

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive last week, while Idris Elba said on Monday he had the illness.

Hanks and Wilson have since left hospital while Elba assured fans he was fine.