John Bradley-West

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John Bradley-West
John Bradley 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
John Bradley-West at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International
Born John Bradley-West
September 1988 (age 26)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present

John Bradley-West (born 1988), credited as John Bradley, is an English actor, best known for his role as Samwell Tarly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Bradley grew up in the Wythenshawe district of Manchester, where he attended St Paul's RC High School. He graduated from Loreto College in Hulme and the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.[1]


Bradley's first appearance on television was in the TV drama Borgia where he played a minor role as Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici.

Bradley also plays the major character Samwell Tarly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. His character is a friend of Kit Harington's Jon Snow and provides occasional comic relief.[2][3] One reviewer called him "a wonderful comedic and cowardly yin to Jon's dour yang".[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Borgia Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici Minor recurring character
2012 Anna Karenina Austrian Prince Uncredited
2012 Merlin Tyr Seward Episode 5.7
2011–present Game of Thrones Samwell Tarly Main Role
2012 Shameless Wesley Episode 10.1
Episode 10.2
2015 Traders Vernon Stynes
2016 Patient Zero Filming


  1. ^ "Graduate to star in blockbuster". Manchester School of Art. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Hoare, James (13 March 2012). "Game of Thrones Season 2: Samwell Tarly is "going to change"". SciFiNow. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview with John Bradley". 11 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Singh, Ti (21 June 2011). "Game of Thrones episode 10 review: Fire And Blood: season finale". Den of Geek. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

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