Faye Marsay

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Faye Marsay
Faye Marsay by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Marsay at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1986-12-30) 30 December 1986 (age 30)
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Faye Elaine Marsay (born 30 December 1986) is an English actress. Her notable roles include Anne Neville in The White Queen, Amy in Need for Speed, the recurring character Candice in Fresh Meat, Steph in the film Pride, Blue Colson in the Black Mirror episode "Hated in the Nation", and the Waif in the fifth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Marsay was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. She attended Laurence Jackson school in Guisborough, North Yorkshire and went on to Prior Pursglove College, before joining the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she played the roles of Sissy Jupe in Hard Times, First Wyrd Sister and Fleance in Macbeth, Runt in Disco Pigs, and Shen Te in The Good Soul of Szechuan. It was during her time at the school she won the Spotlight Prize 2012. As soon as she graduated, she landed a main role in The White Queen.[1]ll


In 2008, Marsay played Sue in the comedy drama Is That It?. She rose to prominence in 2013, playing Anne Neville in The White Queen.[2] Next, Marsay played new "fresher" Candice Pelling in the TV series Fresh Meat.[3]

In 2014, Marsay played the role of Lizzie Lancaster in series two of The Bletchley Circle.[1] In September, she had two projects debut, the first being BAFTA nominated film Pride, in which she played the character of Steph.[4] The second was the TV miniseries murder mystery Glue.[5] Marsay played the character Janine Riley. Marsay also appeared in the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special "Last Christmas" as Shona McCullough.

2015 began with Marsay appearing in the fifth season of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones as the Waif.[6][7] In June, Marsay was cast as new character Katie Springer in the TV series My Mad Fat Diary for the final season. At the beginning of October, Marsay was named one of Screen International's 2015 Stars of Tomorrow[8] which highlighted up-and-coming creative professionals.

In October 2015, a radio drama debuted on BBC Radio 4 called The Price of Oil.[9] The episode "No Two Days" starred Marsay as Izzie. In November, Marsay appeared as Amy in the video game Need for Speed, donning an American accent. Next, the short film NippleJesus, based on the short story by Nick Hornby, debuted at the Austin Film Festival and premiered in London, though it has not yet been made available to mass audiences. Marsay plays Siobhan.

2016 brought Marsay the role of Christine in the sixth season of ITV's Vera. She then continued her role as the Waif in Game of Thrones later that month. In May and June 2016, Marsay played the leading role of Nina Stibbe in the BBC's Love, Nina.[10][11] Later that year, she appeared in "Hated in the Nation", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror[12] as Blue Colson alongside Kelly MacDonald.

In 2017, Marsay is slated to appear in the BBC/AMC's McMafia [13] with James Norton, costar in the Daisy Aitken's debut feature You, Me and Him with Lucy Punch and David Tennant, and appear in the film Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman.

She is currently filming the television series Bancroft[14] with Sarah Parish.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Pride Steph Chambers
2017 You, Me and Him Alex


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Is That It? Sue
2013 The White Queen Anne Neville 10 episodes
2013 Fresh Meat Candice Pelling 8 episodes
2014 The Bletchley Circle Lizzie Lancaster 4 episodes
2014 Glue Janine Riley 7 episodes
2014 Doctor Who Shona McCullough Episode: "Last Christmas"
2015 My Mad Fat Diary Katie Springer 3 episodes
2015–2016 Game of Thrones The Waif 11 episodes
2016 Vera Christine Episode: "Dark Road"
2016 Love, Nina Nina Miniseries: 5 episodes
2016 Black Mirror Blue Colson Episode: "Hated in the Nation"
2017 McMafia Katya Godman Miniseries[15]
2018 Bancroft Katherine Stevens Miniseries: 4 episodes


Year Title Role Company
2008 Hansel and Gretel Woodfolk Northern Stage
2009 Peter Pan Tinker Bell/Tiger Lily Northern Stage
2009 Five Kinds of Silence Susan Live Across Newcastle
2010 The Journey (UK Regional Tour) Owen Taproot Theatre Company
2011 The Cherry Orchard Dunyasha BOVTS
2011 Canopy of Stars Cheryl BOVTS
2011 All's Well That Ends Well Diana BOVTS
2011 Hard Times Sissy Jupe BOVTS
2012 Macbeth First Wyrd Sister/Fleance BOVTS
2012 Disco Pigs Runt BOVTS
2012 The Good Soul of Szechuan Shen Te BOVTS


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Price of Oil Izzie Episode: "No Two Days"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Need for Speed Amy Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2012 Spotlight Spotlight Prize Won
2015 Screen International Stars of Tomorrow Achievement
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (For Game of Thrones) Nominated


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