The 18-year-old tweeted earlier this week: “So excited to be an ambassador for Playbox Theatre. This is where I learnt my craft with the most incredible acting teachers I could wish for.”

Born in Northampton, she moved to the area when she was two but since she started playing Sansa in Game of Thrones – currently in its fourth series – her face is now recognised all over the world.

Stewart McGill, Director of Playbox said: “All of us are, naturally, delighted that Sophie is willing to continue her links with Playbox in this new role of Patron.

“We all have very fond memories of her as a vibrant and energetic young actor which clearly reflects in her career.

“We look forward to seeing her at The Dream Factory once again and, of course, following her career with pride and anticipation.”

Sophie performs in the Playbox production of Seven.

Sophie performs in the Playbox production of Seven.

Sophie was the lead in the company’s Scary Play in 2009, and was memorable in the 2006 production of RED and the 2008 production of Seven, where her circus skills came to the fore.

Playbox Theatre hope to announce a Q&A session with Sophie at The Dream Factory on Shelley Avenue to discuss Game of Thrones and her other film and television projects.

Sophie, left, in Scary Play.

Sophie, left, in Scary Play.