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Michelle Fairley, 2013
17 January 1964 |
Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Michelle Fairley (born 17 January 1964) is a Northern Irish actress, best known for her roles as Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dr. Ava Hessington in multiple episodes of USA Network series Suits.
Fairley was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to locally renowned publicans Theresa and Brian Fairley. She attended a Roman Catholic grammar school. As a teenager, she became a member of the Ulster Youth Theatre, where she fell in love with acting. Upon graduation, she moved to Belfast where she honed her skills with the repertory company Fringe Benefits, alongside a fellow alumnus of the Ulster Youth Theatre, Conleth Hill.
She appeared in a range of British television shows, including The Bill, Holby City and Heartbeat. Some of her earlier roles were as Cathy Michaels on ITV1's Inspector Morse in the episode titled "The Way Through The Woods" and as Nancy Phelan in Lovejoy in the episode 9 of Season 3 titled "Smoke Your Nose".
She took over the role of Mrs. Granger from Heather Bleasdale (who had played Mrs. Granger in Chamber of Secrets) in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. On 19 March 2010, it was announced that she would play the role of Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones replacing Jennifer Ehle who played the character in the original pilot episode.
Fairley maintains a home in London when not working abroad.
|2007||Othello (Donmar Warehouse)||Emilia||Olivier Award Nomination|
|2009||Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic)||Kate|
|2010||Greta Garbo Came to Donegal||Paulie Hennessy|
|2006||The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse)||Gina|
|2003||Scenes From The Big Picture (on Broadway)||Helan|
|2003||Loyal Women, Neverland (Royal Court Theatre)||Brenda|
|2006||Gates Of Gold (Trafalgar Studios)||Alma|
|1993||Oleanna (Royal Court Theatre)||Carol|
|2004||Ashes To Ashes Pinter (Lyric Theatre)|
|1990||Hidden Agenda||Teresa Doyle|
|1998||A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries||Miss O'Shaunessy|
|1998||Hideous Kinky||Patricia||Known as Marrakech Express in France|
|2000||The Second Death||Aisling|
|2001||The Others||Mrs Marlish||Also known as Les autres (France) and Los otros (Spain)|
|2001||Byw yn dy Groen (Living in your Skin)||Gina||Welsh language film, set primarily in Pembrokeshire|
|2002||Shearing||Yvonne||2002 Cannes Film Festival premiere (directed by Eicke Bettinga)|
|2006||The Catherine Tate Show: Series 3||Rosemary||Sketch character about a Northern Irish mother with a gay son|
|2009||Best: His Mother's Son||Ann Best|
|2010||Cup Cake||Annie McNabb|
|2010||Anton Chekhov's The Duel||Marya|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Mrs. Granger|
|2010||Midsomer Murders||Iris Holman||Episode "The Noble Art"|
|2011||Silent Witness||DI Suzy Harte||Episode "First Casualty"|
|2011–2013||Game of Thrones||Lady Catelyn Stark||25 episodes
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2013||The Invisible Woman||Caroline Graves||post production|
|2013||Suits||Ava Hessington||Season 3 Recurring Character|
- Michelle Fairley at the Internet Movie Database
- Fairley Mad - Michelle Fairley fansite featuring news, photos, and fan art.