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Joe Dempsie
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Dempsie in August 2018
Joseph Maxwell Dempsie

22 June 1987 (1987-06-22) (age 32)
Liverpool, England
Years active2000–present
Home townWest Bridgford, England

Joseph Maxwell Dempsie (born 22 June 1987) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Chris Miles in the E4 teen comedy-drama Skins (2007–2008) and Gendry Baratheon in Game of Thrones (2011–2019).

Dempsie's earlier acting credits include the medical dramas Peak Practice (2000), Doctors (2001–2003), and Sweet Medicine (2003), as well as the films One for the Road and Heartlands (2003). He also appeared in This is England '86 (2010) and This is England '90 (2015), Born and Bred, a BBC documentary-drama about Tony Martin, and as the villainous John in The Fades (2011).

Early life[edit]

Joseph Maxwell Dempsie was born in Liverpool on 22 June 1987. His Scottish father was a social worker.[citation needed] He grew up in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.[1] He received his acting training from the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham, and was also educated at The West Bridgford School.


Dempsie has been the voice of the Clearasil advertisements in the UK.[2][3] In episode 6 of the fourth series of Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Daughter", that aired on 10 May 2008, Dempsie played the character Cline,[4] a soldier who watches his comrades die.[5] On 18 April 2008, Dempsie appeared on Friday Night Project with Geri Halliwell.[6] On 20 July 2008, he appeared at T4 on the Beach in Weston Super Mare alongside fellow Skins cast members. He appeared as Duncan McKenzie in 2009's The Damned United alongside Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Graham and Timothy Spall. In November 2008, he appeared in The Moment of Truth, episode 10 of the BBC show Merlin. He plays Will, who is an old friend of Merlin's, from the village in which they grew up together.[7]

In 2010, he voiced Steven, a gay teenager from Nottinghamshire in the Radio 4 play Once Upon a Time.[8] He plays the character of Gendry in HBO's series Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels.[9] As of 2019, he has appeared in the first three, seventh and eighth of its eight seasons. He also appeared in the Channel 4 mini-series This Is England '86, as well as the follow-ups This Is England '88 and This Is England '90. He has also appeared in Harry & Paul on BBC Two, appearing as a northerner who was presented as a gift from the character Harry was playing to his daughter.[10] Recently he has appeared in the BBC Three series The Fades (episodes 3 to 6), as John.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dempsie resides in London.[12] He is a Nottingham Forest FC fan, and once appeared on Soccer AM wearing the team's shirt. Being half Scottish, he is also a fan of the Scotland national football team.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Leon Episode: "Playing God"
2001 Doctors Lee Lindsay Episode: "Sins of the Brother"
2003 Sweet Medicine Ben Campbell Episode 2
2004 Doctors Danny Episode: "Rabbit in the Headlights"
2005 Born and Bred Humphrey 'Bogie' Locke Episode: "Community Spirits"
2006 To Kill a Burglar: The Tony Martin Story Fred Barras Television film
2007–2008 Skins Chris Miles 19 episodes
2008 Doctor Who Cline Episode: "The Doctor's Daughter"
Merlin William Episode: "The Moment of Truth"
2010 This Is England '86 Higgy 2 episodes
Game of Thrones Gendry Baratheon 24 episodes
2011 The Fades John 4 episodes
Moving On Kieran Murphy Episode: "The Poetry of Silence"
2012 Murder Stefan Episode: "Joint Enterprise"
Accused Martin Cormack Episode: "Mo's Story"
2013 Southcliffe Chris Cooper 3 episodes
2014 New Worlds Ned Hawkins 4 episodes
2015 The Gamechangers Jamie King One-off drama
This Is England '90 Higgy 2 episodes
2016 Retribution / One of Us Rob Elliot 4 episodes
2016 Ellen Jason Television film
2018–2019 Deep State Harry Clarke 16 episodes
2019 Adult Material Rich 4 episodes


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Heartlands Craig
2003 One for the Road Joyrider
2009 The Damned United Duncan McKenzie
2010 Edge Philip
2011 Blitz Theo Nelson
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Frankie
2015 Burn Burn Burn James
2017 Dark River David
2018 Been So Long Kestrel


Year Title Role Station
2009 Black Hearts in Battersea Simon BBC Radio 4
2010 Once Upon A Time Steven BBC Radio 4
2013 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Arthur Seaton BBC Radio 4
2016 The Beach (Book at Bedtime) Narrator BBC Radio 4
2016 Waiting for the Boatman Cecco BBC Radio 4

Voiceover work[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Clearasil 'Lipstick' advert
2011 Sky One
2017 Final Fantasy XIV Arbert/Ardbert and Arenvald Lentinus


  1. ^ Humphreys, Georgia; Wilson, Simon (1 May 2019). "'It's like leaving school' - Notts actor Joe Dempsie on saying goodbye to Game of Thrones and his new TV role in Deep State". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  2. ^ skinsonline (26 January 2008), Joe Dempsie Clearasil Voice Over 2, retrieved 30 April 2019
  3. ^ "5 Cute Facts You Did Not Know About Joe Dempsie | Fan World". 28 February 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Saturday 10 May". Radio Times. No. 10–16 May 2008. BBC. April 2008. p. 68.
  5. ^ 1 April 2008, 16:44 BST (1 April 2008). "Digital Spy article". Digital Spy article. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  6. ^ Friday Night Project on Channel 4
  7. ^ The Moment of Truth, retrieved 9 May 2019
  8. ^ "5 Cute Facts You Did Not Know About Joe Dempsie | Fan World". 28 February 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  9. ^ Take a Bow 10 August 2010 at 10:12 PM (10 August 2010). "Not A Blog – Take a Bow". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  10. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Harry & Paul Harry & Paul - Series 3, Episode 3". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  11. ^ "BBC iplayer credits". 11 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie on his life and career". Archived from the original on 17 July 2015.

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