Gemma Whelan

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Gemma Whelan
BornGemma Elizabeth Whelan
(1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 33)
Leeds, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
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
NationalityBritish
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]

Biography[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
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
SiblingsRuth
BadultsJulietSeries 2, 1 episode "Neighbours".
2015Mapp and LuciaQuaint Irene Coles

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
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]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2010Funny Women AwardsBest VarietyHerselfWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spotlight: Gemma Whelan". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Spotlight on ... Gemma Whelan". londonisfunny.com. 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". EW.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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