Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley rode a career as an accomplished journeyman actor to that rarest of show business phenomena, a signature breakthrough role for an actress in her mid-40s, with her turn as an intrepid noblewoman on HBO's ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1964

Filmography

Actor (24)

The White Princess 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Rebellion 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heart of the Sea 2015 (Movie)

Mrs. Nickerson (Actor)

Montana 2015 (Movie)

DCI Rachel Jones (Actor)

Resurrection 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ironclad: Battle for Blood 2014 (Movie)

Joan De Vesci (Actor)

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart 2014 (Movie)

Brigitte Helm (Voice)

Game of Thrones 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Philomena 2013 (Movie)

Sally Mitchell (Actor)

Suits 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anton Chekhov's The Duel 2010 (Movie)

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Chatroom 2010 (Movie)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Hermione's Mum (Actor)

Births, Marriages and Deaths 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Others 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Marlish (Actor)

Births, Marriages and Deaths 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hideous Kinky 1999 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

Miss O'Shaunessy (Actor)

Henry Fielding's Tom Jones 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Way Through the Woods 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Agenda 1990 (Movie)

Teresa Doyle (Actor)

Hidden City 1988 (Movie)

Cleaner (Actor)

Fortitude (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Michelle Fairley rode a career as an accomplished journeyman actor to that rarest of show business phenomena, a signature breakthrough role for an actress in her mid-40s, with her turn as an intrepid noblewoman on HBO's sumptuous sword-and-sorcery hit "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). A native of Northern Ireland, Fairley transplanted to London and found consistent work in the theater and bit television roles in the 1990s. By the late years of the decade, she landed some higher-profile television work, including a lead in the Belfast-set BBC comedy "Safe and Sound" (1996). Her theatrical career took an upturn in 1997 when she landed the female lead in the Conor McPherson play "The Weir," which began in London and jumped the Atlantic for a successful Broadway run. Her stage imprimatur grew in the early 2000s, reaching critical mass with a flurry of lauded stage performances, notably her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Michael Grandage restaging of Shakespeare's "Othello" in 2007 and her scene-stealing turn in Frank McGuinness' "Greta Garbo Came to Donegal." Though her stage successes rarely translated to bigger screen presence - her highest-profile project being her turn as Hermione's mother in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" (2010) - that would change with her winning the role of Catelyn Stark, a tentpole heroine of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Led by her distinctively huge, expressive eyes, Fairley was revealed to international audiences as one of British theater's best-kept secrets.

Milestones

2014

Starred alongside Kiefer Sutherland on the series "24: Live Another Day."

2011

Joined the cast of the series "Game of Thrones" as matriarch Catelyn Stark.

2009

Starred in "Dancing at Lughnasa" at the Old Vic Theatre.

1996

Starred on the series "Safe and Sound."

1993

Starred in "Oleanna" at the Royal Court Theatre.

1987

Made her film debut with a small role in the movie "Hidden City."

Bonus Trivia

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Was encouraged to attend her first audition by a school drama teacher.

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Was offered her role on "Game of Thrones" after writers from the series saw her play Emilia in a production of "Othello" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2008.

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Had several jobs before finding success as an actor, working as a waitress, a gardener, and at an establishment that sold handkerchiefs, requiring her to spend her entire day folding.

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"You watch other actors constantly in this profession and learn something new with every job. Certain jobs are about certain things. I did Othello at the Donmar with Ewan McGregor and it was wonderful to watch him evolve his way through a character like Iago." - from Metro.co.uk, Mar. 30, 212

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