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Hannah Murray
Tegan Lauren-Hannah Murray[1]

(1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 35)
Bristol, England
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
Years active2006–present

Tegan Lauren-Hannah Murray (born 1 July 1989) is an English actress. She played Cassie in Skins (2007–2008, 2013) and Gilly in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2012–2019), for which she has been nominated along with her castmates for three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her film roles include the 2014 musical romance film Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl which won her a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and 2015 drama film Jeppe Rønde's Bridgend for which she won the Tribeca Film Festival for Best Actress Award.

Between her screen roles she appeared on stage in Polly Stenham's play That Face in West End (2008) and in the Off West End play Martine (2014).

Early life[edit]

Murray was born on 1 July 1989 in Bristol. Her parents work at the University of Bristol, her father as a professor and her mother as a research technician.[2] She earned an English degree at Queens' College, Cambridge.[3][4] She attended North Bristol Post 16 Centre,[5] and was a member of the Bristol Old Vic Young Company.[citation needed]


At the age of 16, Murray heard about an audition for young actors in Bristol, and decided to audition for the experience. The auditions were for the E4 teen drama series Skins. She impressed the producers of the series and was cast as Cassie Ainsworth, a gentle and creative but self-destructive teenager with an eating disorder. Murray and April Pearson were the first two to be cast on the show.[6] Murray went on to appear in the first two series, from 2007 to 2008. 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".[7]

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. She was highly praised for her acting in the play, and it was considered a milestone in her career.[8] That same year, she had a small role in the black comedy In Bruges, but her scene was cut from the film.[9]

Murray (right) and John Bradley (left) at San Diego Comic-Con International to promote Game of Thrones

In 2009, Murray appeared in the ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, playing Dorothy Savage. She also appeared in the thriller film Womb (2010). Later that year, Murray starred in an adaptation of Enda Walsh's Chatroom. The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In early January, she appeared in the British television thriller Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia,[10] an adaptation of Linda La Plante's novel, in a small role.

On 8 August 2011, HBO confirmed that Murray would portray Gilly in the second and third seasons of Game of Thrones. She was upgraded to a series regular for the fourth season. Her character is a young woman who has a baby by her own father, and becomes protected by the character Samwell Tarly.[11] In 2012, she appeared in the action thriller film The Numbers Station.

In 2013, Murray appeared in a two-episode feature, in the seventh and final series of Skins, where she reprised her role as a more serious, solemn, and independent adult Cassie Ainsworth.[12] She also starred in the music video for "Your Cover's Blown" by Belle & Sebastian.[13]

In 2014, Murray starred in God Help the Girl, about three musicians in Glasgow. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, and Murray shared the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for the Delightful Ensemble Performance. Later that year she continued her role as Gilly in Game of Thrones season 4. She also starred in the acclaimed revival of Jean-Jacques Bernard’s play Martine, playing the title role. Her performance was considered one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking of the year by the public and critics, and she was nominated for Best Female Performance at the Off West End Awards.[14]

Murray starred in Lily & Kat (2015), an independent American film and the first feature directed by Micael Preysler, 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 to.

In 2015 she played Sara in the Danish film Bridgend, based on the Bridgend suicides of South Wales. The film premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and received positive reviews. The film then had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won 3 awards, including Murray for Best Actress.

In 2016 Murray played Sylvia Ageloff, a young Jewish American intellectual from Brooklyn and a confidante of Trotsky, in the film The Chosen.

In 2017, Murray starred in Kathryn Bigelow's drama Detroit, based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 12th Street Riot. The film was critically acclaimed.[15]

In 2018, she played the lead role of Leslie "Lulu" Van Houten, the American convicted murderer and former member of the Manson Family, in the film Charlie Says by Mary Harron. The movie premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and was based on the books The Family, by Ed Sanders, and The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten, by Karlene Faith.[16]

Acting roles[edit]

Murray at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015


Year Title Role Notes
2008 In Bruges Prostitute Deleted scene
2010 Womb Monica
Chatroom Emily
2011 Wings Ellie Short Film
2012 Dark Shadows Hippie Chick
Little Glory Jessica
2013 The Numbers Station Rachel Davis
2014 God Help the Girl Cassie
2015 Lily & Kat Kat
Bridgend Sara
2016 The Chosen Sylvia Ageloff
2017 Detroit Julie Hysell
2018 Charlie Says Leslie Van Houten


Year Title Role Notes
Skins Cassie Ainsworth Main cast, 19 episodes
2009 Agatha Christie's Marple Dorothy Savage
2010 Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia Emily Wickenham
2012–2019 Game of Thrones Gilly Season 2–3 (Recurring; 9 episodes)
Season 4–8 (Main cast; 24 episodes)
2020 The Expecting Cara Main cast; 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2008 That Face Mia Duke of York's Theatre
2014 Martine Martine Finborough Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully Lucy Alexander 11 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title
2013 Belle and Sebastian "Your Cover's Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix)"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2020 Shady Part of Me The Little Girl (voice)

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
2014 Martine Off West End Awards Best Female Performance Nominated
2015 Bridgend Tribeca Film Festival Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film Won
2015 Bridgend Ourense Independent Film Festival Best Actress Won
2015 Bridgend Palma de Mallorca Evolution IFF Best Actress[17] Won
2016 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 Bridgend Bodil Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2016 Game of Thrones CinEuphoria Awards Merit - Honorary Award for an Ensemble Won
2020 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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  2. ^ "California Girl: Game of Thrones Star Hannah Murray on Moving to LA and Working With the Greatest Female Directors". Phoenix UK. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  3. ^ Sauma, Luiza (10 February 2008). "Hannah Murray". The Independent. FindArticles. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  4. ^ "BATS | Queens' College".
  5. ^ "Hannah Murray". TV.com. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  6. ^ Goodhart, Benjie (14 January 2007). "April Pearson". The National Student Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  7. ^ Alkayat, Zena (21 April 2008). "Skins actress is the perfect problem child". Metro. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  8. ^ Rynn, Melissa; Jackson, Kate (12 May 2008). "Review Round-up: Stenham Saves West End Face". Whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  9. ^ Weiss, Keely (25 July 2009). "'Skins' veteran Hannah Murray". Goodprattle.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Hannah Murray". Troikatalent.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  11. ^ Elio (8 August 2011). "Updated: Gilly Cast (Confirmed)". Westeros.org. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  12. ^ Hannah Murray, Jack O'Connell and Kaya Scodelario return to Skins – Channel 4 – Info – Press. Channel 4 (16 October 2012).
  13. ^ G1 – Atriz de 'Game of thrones' estrela novo clipe de Belle & Sebastian – notícias em Música. G1.globo.com (28 August 2013).
  14. ^ "Martine - 2014 - Finborough Theatre".
  15. ^ Hinds, Julie (22 June 2016) [June 21, 2016]. "Detroit 1967 riot movie will film here—at least partly". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  16. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (28 January 2016). "'American Psycho' Team Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner Reunite For Manson Pic 'The Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Bridgend". Retrieved 18 July 2017.

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