John Bradley (English actor)

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John Bradley
Bradley in 2017
Bradley in 2017
Born
John Bradley West

(1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 30)
NationalityBritish
Alma materManchester School of Theatre
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present

John Bradley West (born 15 September 1988),[1] credited professionally as John Bradley, is an English actor, best known for his role as Samwell Tarly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bradley was born and grew up as a Catholic in the Wythenshawe district of south Manchester and attended St Paul's Roman Catholic High School.[3] He has a sister 13 years older than he.[1]

In 2005, he began attending Loreto College in the Hulme area of Manchester, where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies. He graduated from Loreto in 2007.[4][5] He received a BA (Hons), Acting at the Manchester School of Theatre, graduating in 2010.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Bradley's big break was in the 2011 HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones playing the character Samwell Tarly,[8] a part that was his first audition, three months after he graduated from drama school.[1][6] His character is a friend of Kit Harington's Jon Snow and provides occasional comic relief, especially in season 1.[9][10] As the series has progressed, Bradley's Tarly has developed significantly.[11][12][13]

One reviewer called him "a wonderful comedic and cowardly yin to Jon's dour yang".[14] George R. R. Martin said that the character that Bradley portrays is the character he would be, if he were on the show.[15]

In 2011, Bradley also appeared in the Canal+ drama, Borgia, in the role of Pope Leo X, Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici.[1]

In 2012, Bradley played the character Tyr Seward in the BBC production of Merlin in series 5, in the episode "A Lesson in Vengeance."[16]

Also in 2012, Bradley appeared on the Channel 4 TV series, Shameless, in the role of Wesley, Frank Gallagher's boss, in two episodes of series 10.[16]

In 2015, Bradley played the role of Miloš Hrma in the BBC Radio Salford radio play production of Closely Observed Trains.[17]

He will appear in the upcoming film Patient Zero, which stars Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci.[18]

Personal life[edit]

He is a Manchester United supporter[1][19] and plays the drums.[6][7][20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Anna Karenina Austrian Prince Uncredited
2015 Traders Vernon Stynes
2015 Man Up Andrew Uncredited
2016 Grimsby Fan in Pub
2016 Roger Roy Short
2016 The Last Dragonslayer Gordon (adult) Miss Strange's new assistant
2017 American Satan Ricky Rollins
2018 Patient Zero Scooter

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Samwell Tarly Main role; 42 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013–15)
2011 Borgia Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici 5 episodes
2012 Merlin Tyr Seward Episode: "A Lesson in Vengeance"
2012 Shameless Wesley 2 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Apprentice Marten Webb

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Fire and Blood (3 June 2011). "Interview with John Bradley". Winter is Coming.
  2. ^ Wigler, Josh (17 July 2017). "'Game of Thrones': John Bradley Describes Shooting Premiere's Filthiest Scene". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ "Former Pupils: John Bradley West". Saint Paul’s Catholic High School.
  4. ^ "Alumni - Loreto College". Loreto College.
  5. ^ "A "Game of Thrones"". Loreto College. 23 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "From Wythenshawe to Westeros: Met Magazine meets the alumnus behind Game of Thrones character Samwell Tarley". Met Magazine. Manchester, England: Manchester Metropolitan University (3): 14–19. Spring 2017.
  7. ^ a b Ashdown, N (2010). "Manchester School of Theatre – Alumni – Graduates 2010 – John Bradley-West". Manchester School of Theatre.
  8. ^ Handler, Chelsea; Bradley West, John (23 July 2017). "John Bradley Explains Game of Thrones" (Video interview). Chelsea. Netflix.
  9. ^ Hoare, James (13 March 2012). "Game of Thrones Season 2: Samwell Tarly is "going to change"". SciFiNow.
  10. ^ Elio (11 March 2011). "Interview with John Bradley". Westeros.org.
  11. ^ Wigler, Josh (5 July 2016). "'Game of Thrones': John Bradley on the "Success Story" of Samwell Tarly". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ Collins, Sean T. (19 July 2017). "Game of Thrones' John Bradley on Sam's Morality, Cleaning Bedpans, and Fake Poop". Vulture.
  13. ^ Bradley, Bill (15 June 2015). "'Game Of Thrones' Actor John Bradley Calls Shocking Death 'Heartbreaking'". The Huffington Post.
  14. ^ Singh, Ti (21 June 2011). "Game of Thrones episode 10 review: Fire And Blood: season finale". Den of Geek.
  15. ^ Hall, Matthew T. (July 28, 2014). "If George R.R. Martin were in 'Game of Thrones,' this is how he'd die". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  16. ^ a b "John Bradley Showreel 2016". Shepherd Management. 13 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Closely Observed Trains" (Radio play). BBC Radio Salford. 29 August 2015.
  18. ^ Bennion, Chris (4 April 2016). "Game of Thrones' Sam Tarly: 'This is the end for Jon Snow and Sam' - Q&A". The Daily Telegraph.
  19. ^ Sheen, Tom (17 July 2017). "Game of Thrones stars Gendry and Samwell meet Manchester United players at pre-season training in LA". The Sun.
  20. ^ Scherzinger, Nicole; Dommet, Joel; Bradley West, John (28 October 2015). "Game of Thrones Star John Bradley Amazing Drumming | Bring The Noise" (Video). Bring the Noise. Sky 1.

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