NICHOLAS SAYRE, PLAYED BY GARRETT HEDLUND Nicholas Sayre is the nephew of the Chief Minister of Ancelstierre, and a close friend of Sameth. He's an unwitting participant in the scheme to release Orannis, and is possessed by Orannis himself. Nick and Lirael are around the same age and Jacob's almost thirty, I think. Anyway! Garrett works well too, he displays a great acting range - especially in Four Brothers - and I'd love to see him opposite Gemma Arterton in an adorable little romance.