Hannah Murray

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Hannah Murray
Born Tegan Lauren-Hannah Murray
(1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 24)
Bristol, England,U.K
Nationality British
Education Queens' College, Cambridge
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Hannah Murray (born Tegan Lauren-Hannah Murray 1 July 1989) is an English actress, best known for playing Cassie Ainsworth in the E4 teen drama Skins from 2007 to 2008, and again in 2013. She is also known for the role of Gilly from the series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Hannah Murray had an ordinary childhood in Bristol, England. Her parents taught at Bristol University and no one in her family had pursued acting. However, when Murray became a teenager she decided to take acting classes.

At the age of 16 years old she heard about an audition for young actors in Bristol, and decided to audition just for experience. The auditions were for the British series Skins, and she impressed the producers of the series and was cast as Cassie Ainsworth, one of the main characters of the first generation.


Murray's breakthrough television role was in Skins, playing the role of Cassie Ainsworth, a gentle, creative, yet self-destructive teenager with an eating disorder. At nearly 17 years old, she had learned that auditions were taking place for the series through her local youth theatre and decided to audition for the experience. She and April Pearson were the first two to get cast for the show.[1] Murray went on to appear in the first two series which broadcast in 2007–2008 on E4. Along with the primary cast members, she left at the end of the show's second series to make way for a new generation of characters. On the decision to replace the cast, Murray has said that "it would be really silly to be in a teenage drama if you're no longer a teenager".[2]

Following Skins in May 2008, Murray made her stage debut as Mia in the critically acclaimed That Face, a West End production at the Duke of York's Theatre.[3] That same year she had a small role in the black comedy In Bruges, but her scene was eventually cut from the final version of the film.[4]

In 2009 Murray appeared in the ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, and appeared in Womb, released in 2010.

For 2010 Murray starred in an adaptation of Enda Walsh's Chatroom, directed by Hideo Nakata.[5] In early January, she appeared in Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia,[6] an adaptation of the Linda La Plante novel.

On 8 August 2011, HBO confirmed that Murray would play the part of Gilly in the second season of Game of Thrones, a role she reprised for the third season.[7]

In 2012 she filmed The Numbers Station, a thriller starring John Cusack and Malin Åkerman. In 2013, Hannah Murray appeared in a two episode feature, in the seventh and final series of Skins where she continues her role as a more serious, solemn, and independent Cassie Ainsworth.[8]

She also starred the video clip of the band Belle & Sebastian, called "Your Cover's Blown" dircted by Graeme O'Hara. The music is part of the album "The third eye centre".[9]

In 2014 she starred in God Help The Girl, alongside Emily Browning and Olly Alexander. The movie is about three musicians in Glasgow, Scotland and is directed by the lead singer and songwriter of celebrated indie band Belle & Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and Hannah shared the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for the Delightful Ensemble Performance.

She will also star an American drama in 2014 called Lily & Kat about inseparable best friends who struggle to make the best of their last few days together, savouring the city nightlife with an enigmatic artist one of them takes a liking for.

Personal life[edit]

Murray earned an English degree at Queens' College, Cambridge.[10] She attended North Bristol Post 16 Centre[11] and was also a member of the Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Murray's father is a university professor and mother is a research technician in the same field.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Womb Monica
2010 Chatroom Emily
2011 Wings Ellie
2012 Dark Shadows Hippie Chick
2012 Little Glory Jessica
2013 The Numbers Station Rachel Davis
2014 God Help the Girl Cass Main role
2014 Lily & Kat Kat Post-production
2014 Suburbs Sara Post-production
2015 No Way to Live In Development
Year Title Role Notes
2007–2008; 2013 Skins Cassie Ainsworth 19 Episodes
2009 Marple: Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Dorothy Savage
2010 Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia Emily Wickenham
2012-present Game of Thrones Gilly
Year Title Role Theatre
2008 That Face Mia Duke of York's Theatre
2014 Martine Martine Finborough Theatre
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2013 "Your Cover's Blown(Miaoux Miaoux Mix)" Belle and Sebastian

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
2008 Skins Monte Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2008 Skins NXG Awards Best Actress Nominated
2009 Skins Bafta Awards Audience Award (TV) Won
2014 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 God Help The Girl Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for the Delightful Ensemble Performance Won


  1. ^ Goodhart, Benjie (14 January 2007). "April Pearson". The National Student Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Alkayat, Zena (21 April 2008). "Skins actress is the perfect problem child". Metro. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Rynn, Melissa; Jackson, Kate (12 May 2008). "Review Round-up: Stenham Saves West End Face". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Keely (25 July 2009). "'Skins' veteran Hannah Murray". Goodprattle.com. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (30 April 2009). "Hannah tangles with the sinister side of the web". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hannah Murray". Troikatalent.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Elio (8 August 2011). "Updated: Gilly Cast (Confirmed)". Westeros.org. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Hannah Murray, Jack O'Connell and Kaya Scodelario return to Skins – Channel 4 – Info – Press. Channel 4 (16 October 2012).
  9. ^ G1 – Atriz de 'Game of thrones' estrela novo clipe de Belle & Sebastian – notícias em Música. G1.globo.com (28 August 2013).
  10. ^ Sauma, Luiza (10 February 2008). "Hannah Murray". The Independent (FindArticles). Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hannah Murray". TV.com. 

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