Sophie Turner bursts into tears when something bad happens to her 'Game of Thrones' character.

The 18-year-old actress has grown so attached to the role of Sansa Stark in the HBO fantasy TV series that she becomes emotional when she is reading the script and finds out her character or her alter-ego's family are going to get harmed, but the star is grateful she hasn't been left ''damaged'' by the show.

She said: ''Sansa and I have grown up together for the past five years, and so when I'm reading the script and something happens to her, I cry all the time.

''There is a real connection between us - I feel everything she feels.

''I'd come on set and see something like Ned's [her character's father's] beheading, a heavy, heavy scene to shoot.

''Having my mum on set for the first three years was really important back then. Because if you get too wrapped up in that darkness, it can really damage you.''

The actress admits she is constantly expecting her character to be killed off but doesn't find it funny when the writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss jokingly write in fake deaths to try to catch the stars out.

She explained: ''I think we're all very used to it by now. David and Dan will write in fake death scenes just to freak us all out, which is really not fun. We're very much on the edge of our seat.

''They sign us up for all of the seasons, so we don't even know via contract if we're safe or not. We're all expecting it - it's 'Game of Thrones', after all.''

But Sophie is hoping she still has plenty more scenes to shoot as Sansa because she will ''really freak out'' when she is not in the programme.

She added to Town & Country magazine: ''I do think about what it will be like when it's all over. Although I don't want to. My whole adolescence has been on 'Game of Thrones'.

''I don't know what I'm going to do without it. There's this huge family that I've come back to every year. And the first time it gets to July and I don't go back there, it's really going to freak me out.''

The full interview will appear in the spring issue of Town & Country - on sale 3 February and online at: www.townandcountrymag.co.uk