Gemma Whelan

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Gemma Whelan
Born Gemma Elizabeth Whelan
(1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 34)
Leeds, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2005–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (167 cm)[1]

Gemma Elizabeth Whelan (born 23 April 1981) is an English actress and comedian best known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.[2]


In addition to being an actress and comedian, Whelan is also a professional dancer and is highly skilled in the tap and jazz dance styles. She is a member of the dance troupe The Beaux Belles, who are based in London.[3] She is also trained in musical theatre and has a mezzo-soprano singing voice. Whelan can speak conversational Spanish.[4] She currently lives in London.


As a comedian, Whelan won the Funny Women Variety Award for stand-up comedy in 2010.[5]

On screen, she played supporting roles in several films and TV shows, including in the 2010 films Gulliver's Travels and The Wolfman.[6][1]

In August 2011, she was cast as Yara Greyjoy (based on the character of Asha Greyjoy from the George R R Martin novels A Song of Ice and Fire) in the second, third and fourth seasons of the HBO fantasy-drama television series Game of Thrones.[7] In 2015, it was announced that Whelan would be returning for the sixth season.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Madness of the Dance Sister Grace Short film
2007 Frites Marie-Anne Short film
2008 Shortbread and Tea Mildred
2009 Ding Dong Dr. Pretty Short film
2010 The Wolfman Gwen's Maid
Gulliver's Travels Lilliputian Rose


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Enforcers Holly
2009 10 Minute Tales Pretty Nurse 1 episode
2010 The Persuasionists Josephine 2 episodes
2011 Threesome Wendy 1 episode
Living Doll Moaning Mona
For the Win Various Pilot
2012 Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul Daughter 1 episode
Cardinal Burns Claire
2012–present Game of Thrones Yara Greyjoy Recurring, 6 episodes
2013 The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains! Unknown Mini-series, 1 episode
Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment Various
Claudia O'Doherty Comedy Blaps Sarah Mini-series, 3 episodes
2014 Live at the Electric Chastity Butterworth Series 3, 3 episodes
Siblings Ruth
Badults Juliet Series 2, 1 episode "Neighbours".
Mapp and Lucia Quaint Irene Coles
2014–present Almost Royal Narrator
2015 Uncle Veronica Series 2, 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Newsrevue Various Edinburgh Festival
2006 Shakespeare for Breakfast Petruchio C Venues
Celebrity Love Panto Island Various Canal Cafe Theatre
2008 Red Death Lates Unknown Gideon Reeling
Improvathon Bunny Valentine The Sticking Place
2009 Infinite Variety Various Whoopee Productions New Players Theatre
2010 Stephen & the Sexy Partridgesaab 90 Chanel Trafalgar Studios
2013 One Man, Two Guvnors Rachel Crabbe Royal National Theatre
Dark Vanilla Jungle Andrea Supporting Wall & Pleasance Theatre
Chastity Butterworth & the Spanish Hamster Chastity Butterworth Pajama Men Productions
2014 Dark Vanilla Jungle Andrea Supporting Wall
2015 Radiant Vermin Jill and others

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Squadron 42 TBA Voice / Motion Capture

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Funny Women Awards Best Variety Herself Won


  1. ^ a b "Spotlight: Gemma Whelan". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Spotlight on ... Gemma Whelan". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Beaux Belles". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gemma Whelan female voiceover artist". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Funny Women Award Winners". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gemma Whelan". PBJ and JBJ Management. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Game of Thrones' casts Theon's fierce sister". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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