Joe Dempsie

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Joe Dempsie
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Born Joseph Maxwell Dempsie
(1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 27)
Liverpool, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Joseph "Joe" Maxwell Dempsie (born 22 June 1987) is an English actor, best known for playing the role of Chris Miles in the E4 teen drama Skins. Dempsie's earlier acting credits include the medical dramas Doctors, Peak Practice and Sweet Medicine, as well as the films One for the Road and Heartlands. He also appeared in Born and Bred and a BBC documentary-drama about Norfolk farmer Tony Martin. He recently played the villainous John in the BBC TV series The Fades and is currently playing the role of Gendry in the HBO series Game of Thrones.


Dempsie received his acting training from the Central Junior Television Workshop, Nottingham. He was also educated at The West Bridgford School in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. He is now[when?] the voice of the Clearasil advertisements in the UK.[citation needed] Dempsie is a keen Nottingham Forest football fan and attends many home and away matches, he appeared on the UK Saturday morning football show Soccer AM wearing a Nottingham Forest football shirt. He appeared alongside Skins co-star Nicholas Hoult.[citation needed]

In episode 6 of the fourth series of Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Daughter", that aired on 10 May 2008, Dempsie played the character Cline,[1] a soldier who watches his comrades die.[2] In addition to this appearance, he conducted a small interview with Doctor Who Magazine which appears on the final page of issue 396 (June 2008). On 18 April 2008, Dempsie appeared on Friday Night Project with Geri Halliwell.[3] On 20 July 2008 he appeared at T4 on the beach in Weston Super Mare alongside fellow Skins cast members. He appeared as Duncan McKenzie in 2009's The Damned United alongside Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Graham and Timothy Spall. In November 2008, he appeared in The Moment of Truth, episode 10 of the BBC show Merlin. He plays Will, who is an old friend of Merlin's, from the village in which they grew up together.

In 2010 he voiced Steven, a gay teenager from Nottinghamshire in the Radio 4 play Once Upon a Time.[citation needed] He plays the character of Gendry in HBO's series Game of Thrones based upon George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels.[4] As of 2013, he has appeared in all its three series. He also starred in the Channel 4 mini series This Is England '86. He has also appeared in Harry & Paul on BBC 2, appearing as a northerner who was presented as a gift from the character Harry was playing to his daughter.[citation needed] Recently he has appeared in the BBC Three series The Fades (episodes 3 to 6), as John.[5]


Dempsie garnered critical and popular acclaim for his portrayal of Chris Miles, the drug-addicted wastrel and party animal in the unorthodox and controversial teen drama Skins.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Leon Series 10, episode 10, "Playing God"
2001 Doctors Lee Lindsay Series 3, episode 1, "Sins of the Brother"
2003 Sweet Medicine Ben Campbell Series 1, episode 2
2004 Doctors Danny Series 6, episode 132, "Rabbit in the Headlights"
2005 Born and Bred Humphrey 'Bogie' Locke Series 4, episode 3, "Community Spirits"
2007–2008 Skins Chris Miles Series 1, 2
2008 Doctor Who Cline Series 4, episode 6, "The Doctor's Daughter"
2008 Merlin William Series 1, episode 10, "The Moment of Truth"
2010 This Is England '86 Higgy Episodes 1 and 3
2011–present Game of Thrones Gendry 16 Episodes
Guest cast (season 1–2)
Main cast (season 3)
2011 The Fades John Episodes 3, 4, 5 and 6
2011 Moving On Kieran Murphy Episode 5
2012 Murder: Joint Enterprise Stefan One-off drama
2012 Accused Martin Cormack Episode 2
2013 Southcliffe Chris Cooper
2014 New Worlds Ned Hawkins


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Heartlands Craig
2003 One for the Road Joyrider
2009 The Damned United Duncan McKenzie
2010 Edge Philip
2011 Blitz Theo Nelson
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Frankie


Year Title Role Station
2009 Black Hearts in Battersea Simon BBC Radio 4
2010 Once Upon A Time Steven BBC Radio 4

Voiceover work[edit]

Year Title
2008 Clearasil 'Lipstick' advert
2011 Sky One


  1. ^ "Saturday 10 May". Radio Times (BBC) (10–16 May 2008): pp 68. April 2008. 
  2. ^ 1 April 2008, 16:44 BST (1 April 2008). "Digital Spy article". Digital Spy article. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Friday Night Project on Channel 4
  4. ^ Take a Bow 10 August 2010 at 10:12 PM (10 August 2010). "Not A Blog – Take a Bow". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "BBC iplayer credits". 11 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 

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