John Bradley (English actor)

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Bradley at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
John Bradley West

(1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 33)
Alma mater
Years active2011–present

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

Early life[edit]

Bradley was born in September 1988.[1] He 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 who is 13 years older than he is.[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 in acting at the Manchester School of Theatre, graduating in 2010.[6]


Three months after he graduated from drama school, in his first audition, Bradley won the part of Samwell Tarly in the 2011 HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, whom he would play for all 8 seasons of the show.[1][7] His character is a friend of Kit Harington's Jon Snow and provides occasional comic relief, especially in season 1.[8][9] As the series progressed, Bradley's Tarly developed significantly.[10][11][12] One reviewer called him "a wonderful comedic and cowardly yin to Jon's dour yang".[13] George R. R. Martin said that the character that Bradley portrays is the character he would be, if he were on the show.[14]

In 2011, Bradley 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."[15] The same year, he appeared on the Channel 4 TV series, Shameless, in the role of Wesley, Frank Gallagher's boss, in two episodes of series 10.[15] In 2015, Bradley played the role of Miloš Hrma in the BBC Radio Salford radio play production of Closely Observed Trains.[16]

In 2018 Bradley appeared as Scooter in the film Patient Zero, starring alongside Stanley Tucci and fellow Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Bradley is a supporter of Manchester United F.C..[1]

Bradley plays the drums.[6][18]

Bradley has been in a relationship with entertainment journalist Rebecca May since July 2017.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Anna Karenina Austrian Prince Uncredited
2015 Traders Vernon Stynes
2015 Man Up Andrew Uncredited
2016 Grimsby Derrick Fellner/Fan in Pub
2016 Roger Roy Short film
2017 American Satan Ricky Rollins
2018 Patient Zero Scooter
2022 Moonfall KC Houseman Post-production
2022 Marry Me Collin Calloway Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011–19 Game of Thrones Samwell Tarly Main role; 48 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
2016 The Last Dragonslayer Gordon (adult) Television film
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Kit Harington/Sara Bareilles"
2019 Robot Chicken Gordon Ramsay, Quint, Eric (voice) Episode: "Boogie Bardstown in: No Need, I Have Coupons"
2020 Urban Myths Young Les Dawson Episode: "Les Dawson's Parisienne Adventure"
TBA The Three-Body Problem Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Apprentice Marten Webb


  1. ^ a b c d e f 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. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Alumni - Loreto College". Loreto College.
  5. ^ "A "Game of Thrones"". Loreto College. 23 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b Ashdown, N (2010). "Manchester School of Theatre – Alumni – Graduates 2010 – John Bradley-West". Manchester School of Theatre.
  7. ^ Handler, Chelsea; Bradley West, John (23 July 2017). "John Bradley Explains Game of Thrones" (Video interview). Chelsea. Netflix.
  8. ^ Hoare, James (13 March 2012). "Game of Thrones Season 2: Samwell Tarly is "going to change"". SciFiNow.
  9. ^ Elio (11 March 2011). "Interview with John Bradley".
  10. ^ Wigler, Josh (5 July 2016). "'Game of Thrones': John Bradley on the "Success Story" of Samwell Tarly". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Collins, Sean T. (19 July 2017). "Game of Thrones' John Bradley on Sam's Morality, Cleaning Bedpans, and Fake Poop". Vulture.
  12. ^ Bradley, Bill (15 June 2015). "'Game Of Thrones' Actor John Bradley Calls Shocking Death 'Heartbreaking'". The Huffington Post.
  13. ^ Singh, Ti (21 June 2011). "Game of Thrones episode 10 review: Fire And Blood: season finale". Den of Geek.
  14. ^ Hall, Matthew T. (28 July 2014). "If George R.R. Martin were in 'Game of Thrones,' this is how he'd die". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  15. ^ a b "John Bradley Showreel 2016". Shepherd Management. 13 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Closely Observed Trains" (Radio play). BBC Radio Salford. 29 August 2015.
  17. ^ Bennion, Chris (4 April 2016). "Game of Thrones' Sam Tarly: 'This is the end for Jon Snow and Sam' - Q&A". The Daily Telegraph.
  18. ^ Scherzinger, Nicole; Dommet, Joel; Bradley West, John (28 October 2015). "Game of Thrones Star John Bradley Amazing Drumming" (Video). Bring the Noise. Sky 1.
  19. ^ Fox, Killian; Bromwich, Kathryn; Hogan, Michael (31 March 2019). "'It was madness': Game of Thrones stars on how it changed their lives". The Guardian (in British English). ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 31 March 2019.

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