Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner adopted her direwolf

Sophie Turner at home with Zunni.

Sophie Turner at home with Zunni.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has adopted her character’s dog after falling in love with the pooch on-set.

The 17-year-old British actress plays Sansa Stark, who is accompanied by her pet direwolf, Lady, on the show.

After the animal was written out of the gory fantasy series, handlers in charge of the performing dog, whose real name is Zunni, were looking to re-home her.

But Turner jumped at the chance to become Zunni’s real-life owner.

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‘‘Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set,’’ Turner told Britain’s Coventry Telegraph newspaper.

‘We knew Lady died (onscreen) and they wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.’’

- via WENN