Isaac Hempstead Wright

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Isaac Hempstead Wright
Hempstead Wright at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Isaac William Wright

Surrey, England
Years active2011–present

Isaac Hempstead Wright is a British actor. He is best known for his role as Bran Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Young Supporting Actor in a TV Series. He also voiced Eggs in the 2014 animated film The Boxtrolls.[1]

Early life[edit]

Isaac Hempstead Wright was born in Surrey, England.[2] His mother and father are both teachers, and his step-father runs a printing company.[3] He studied at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham, Kent. He had no interest in acting until he joined a drama club to avoid playing football on Saturday mornings during the cold months of the year;[4] he later studied acting at the Kent Youth Theatre in Canterbury.[5]


Hempstead Wright began his acting career by auditioning and acting in commercials.[6]

Hempstead Wright's big break was as Bran Stark in the hit television series Game of Thrones, which premiered in April 2011. He was part of the initial starring cast and remained a member of the starring cast for the second, third, and fourth seasons, which earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations as Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series at the 18th and 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards.[7][8] He did not appear in Season 5,[9] but returned as part of the main cast in season 6.[10] The eighth and final season of the show premiered in April 2019, with Hempstead Wright in a starring role, making him one of a handful of Game of Thrones actors who have remained on the show over its nine years of production.[11]

Hempstead Wright's film debut was as Tom Hill in the horror film The Awakening, which premiered in September 2011. Hempstead Wright also had a supporting role in the 2013 crime thriller Closed Circuit.[12] Hempstead Wright also voice acted in the 2014 animated fantasy-comedy film, The Boxtrolls, a 2014 episode of the American show Family Guy,[13] and Part 2 of the 2016 TV special Revolting Rhymes.[14]

Hempstead Wright appears in the Foals song "Exits" music video. Directed by Albert Moya, it also features French actress Christa Théret as students at a clandestine fencing academy in a random series of interconnected vignettes of a surrealist nature. The video was filmed in Budapest.[15]

In 2018, Hempstead Wright was cast in the feature film The Blue Mauritius. The heist movie was expected to begin filming in Cape Town, South Africa in mid-2018 but has remained in pre-production. As of 2021, he is still attached to the project.[16][17]

In April 2019, it was announced that Hempstead Wright was attached to the upcoming sci-fi film Voyagers as part of an ensemble cast which includes Colin Farrell and Tye Sheridan. The film was produced in 2019 and was released in April 2021.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Beginning in 2017, Hempstead Wright was a student at the University of Birmingham until dropping out early in order to focus on his acting career.[20] In 2019 he returned to university to study neuroscience in London, saying that he intended to continue to act while doing so.[21][22]

In December 2019, Hempstead Wright, a secular humanist, became a patron of the humanist charity Humanists UK.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Awakening Tom
2013 Closed Circuit Tom Rose
2014 The Boxtrolls Eggs Voice
2021 Voyagers Edward


Year Title Role Notes
Game of Thrones Bran Stark 40 episodes
2014 Family Guy Aidan (voice) Episode: "Chap Stewie"
2016 Revolting Rhymes Jack (voice)[24] Television film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated [25]
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series Nominated [26]
2013 TiBS Scifi Awards Best Young Actor Won [27]
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor Nominated [1]
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series Nominated [26]
2017 Nominated [28]
2019 Nominated [28]


  1. ^ a b "2013 NOMINATIONS". Young Artist Awards. 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. ^ "The voices behind The Boxtrolls". 12 September 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  3. ^ Hempstead-Wright, Isaac (20 May 2019). "'Game of Thrones' Star Isaac Hempstead Wright on His Path to That "Extraordinary" Ending (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  4. ^ Slotek, Jim (23 September 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Isaac Hempstead-Wright talks 'The Boxtrolls'". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ Honey, Sam (11 November 2022). "Game of Thrones' Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead Wright's quiet life in Kent From Westeros to Canterbury". Kent and Sussex Courier. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  6. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi (20 May 2019). "All About Isaac Hempstead Wright, Whose Game of Thrones Character Unexpectedly Prevailed as King". Yahoo!. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  7. ^ "The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Archived from the original on 27 June 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  8. ^ "The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  9. ^ "'Game of Thrones' showrunner explains why Bran is not in season 5". Entertainment Weekly. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (December 28, 2015). "Game of Thrones: First look at Bran Stark in season 6 return". Entertainment Weekly.
  11. ^ Smith, Josh (15 May 2019). "'There are a couple of BIG moments!' Isaac Hempstead Wright gives us clues about the epic Game of Thrones ending". Glamour UK. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  12. ^ "CLOSED CIRCUIT (2013)". BBFC. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Isaac Hempstead-Wright". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes to be adapted for BBC One". BBC News. 21 October 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Exits - Foals Official Blog". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  16. ^ "D Street Media Group". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  17. ^ "International heist film to kick off filming in Cape Town next year". Channel. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  18. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (26 April 2019). "'Voyagers': Colin Farrell, Lily-Rose Depp, Tye Sheridan Among Cast For Neil Burger's Sci-Fi-Thriller; Uni Int'l Buys Major Markets From AGC". Deadline. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (9 October 2020). "Lionsgate Pushes 'Fatale' & 'Voyagers' To 2021". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  20. ^ "This Game of Thrones star is now a Birmingham fresher". 20 September 2017.
  21. ^ Chang, Kee (13 April 2019). "Q&A with Isaac Hempstead Wright". Anthem. Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  22. ^ Parker, Sam (6 September 2019). "Shelf Life: Isaac Hempstead Wright". Penguin Books. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  23. ^ "Humanists UK welcomes new patron, Isaac Hempstead Wright". Humanists UK. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Revolting Rhymes: Two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Scream Awards 2011". Spike. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  26. ^ a b "Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 25 April 2014. Archived 16 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ Prentice, Robert (9 February 2013). "TiBS First Annual SciFi Award Winners Announced". Three If By Space. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®". SAG-AFTRA. Retrieved 16 December 2019.

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