Gemma Whelan

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Gemma Whelan
BornGemma Elizabeth Whelan
(1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 33)
Leeds, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active2005–present
Height5 ft 6 in (167 cm)[1]
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Gemma Whelan
BornGemma Elizabeth Whelan
(1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 33)
Leeds, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active2005–present
Height5 ft 6 in (167 cm)[1]

Gemma Elizabeth Whelan (born 23 April 1981) is an English actress and comedian best known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.[2]


In addition to being an actress and comedian, Whelan is also a professional dancer and is highly skilled in the tap and jazz dance styles. She is a member of the dance troupe The Beaux Belles, who are based in London.[3] She is also trained in musical theatre and has a mezzo-soprano singing voice. Whelan can speak conversational Spanish.[4] She currently lives in London.


As a comedian, Whelan won the Funny Women Variety Award for stand-up comedy in 2010.[5]

On screen, she played supporting roles in several films and TV shows, including in the 2010 films Gulliver's Travels and The Wolfman.[6][1]

In August 2011, she was cast as Yara Greyjoy (based on the character of Asha Greyjoy from the George R R Martin novels A Song of Ice and Fire) in the second, third and fourth seasons of the HBO fantasy-drama television series Game of Thrones.[7]



2006Madness of the DanceSister GraceShort film
2007FritesMarie-AnneShort film
2008Shortbread and TeaMildred
2009Ding DongDr. PrettyShort film
2010The WolfmanGwen's Maid
Gulliver's TravelsLilliputian Rose


2006The EnforcersHolly
200910 Minute TalesPretty Nurse1 episode
2010The PersuasionistsJosephine2 episodes
2011ThreesomeWendy1 episode
Living DollMoaning Mona
For the WinVariousPilot
2012Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & PaulDaughter1 episode
Cardinal BurnsClaire
2012 – presentGame of ThronesYara GreyjoyRecurring
2013The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains!UnknownMini-series, 1 episode
Nick Helm's Heavy EntertainmentVarious
Claudia O'Doherty Comedy BlapsSarahMini-series, 3 episodes
2014Live at the ElectricChastity ButterworthSeries 3, 3 episodes
BadultsJulietSeries 2, 1 episode "Neighbours".
2015Mapp and LuciaQuaint Irene Coles


2005NewsrevueVariousEdinburgh Festival
2006Shakespeare for BreakfastPetruchioC Venues
Celebrity Love Panto IslandVariousCanal Cafe Theatre
2008Red Death LatesUnknownPunchdrunk Theatre
ImprovathonBunny ValentineThe Sticking Place
2009Infinite VarietyVariousWhoopee Productions New Players Theatre
2010Stephen & the Sexy PartridgeChanelTrafalgar Studios
2013One Man, Two GuvnorsRachel CrabbeRoyal National Theatre
Dark Vanilla JungleAndreaSupporting Wall & Pleasance Theatre
Chastity Butterworth & the Spanish HamsterChastity ButterworthPajama Men Productions
2014Dark Vanilla JungleAndreaSupporting Wall

Awards and nominations[edit]

2010Funny Women AwardsBest VarietyHerselfWon


  1. ^ a b "Spotlight: Gemma Whelan". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Spotlight on ... Gemma Whelan". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Beaux Belles". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gemma Whelan female voiceover artist". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Funny Women Award Winners". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gemma Whelan". PBJ and JBJ Management. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Game of Thrones' casts Theon's fierce sister". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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