Kate Dickie

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Kate Dickie
Kate Dickie by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dickie in 2017
Born1971 (age 51–52)
Alma materRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Years active1994–present

Kate Dickie (born 1971)[a] is a Scottish actress who has appeared in television series, stage plays and films. She is known for her television roles as Lex in the BBC series Tinsel Town (2000–2001) and Lysa Arryn in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011, 2014).

Dickie is also known for her portrayal of the security operative Jackie in her 2006 feature-film debut Red Road, directed by Andrea Arnold, for which she won several awards, including Best Actress at the British Academy Scotland Awards and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. She again won Best Actress at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards for the film Couple in a Hole. Her other film appearances include Prometheus (2012), Filth (2013), The Witch (2015), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

She supports the theatre company Solar Bear, which is known for its collaborations with deaf people, in part through her role as a patron.

Early life[edit]

Dickie was born in East Kilbride, Scotland. She spent part of her childhood in different parts of Scotland, Wigtownshire, Galloway, Perthshire and Ayrshire, due to frequent moves by her family. From an early age she discovered her passion for acting, which her parents supported. Coming from a working-class family (her father was a farmer and gardener) in which no family member had been in the arts before, she was embarrassed to call herself an actress since she was afraid to be called pretentious.[3]

Her desire for drama classes supported her to overcome her insecurities that appeared through the frequent school changes and helped her dealing with adjusting to new people and surroundings. After leaving school she went to college in Kirkcaldy to study for a national certificate in drama. In 1990, she won a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and decided to stay in Glasgow.[3]


Dickie started to work in theatre. She achieved her breakthrough in 2000, in the BBC Scotland / Raindog series Tinsel Town.[3]

Through Dickie's performance in her film debut Red Road with her former drama school mate and co-star Tony Curran, she gained more recognition as a serious actress.[4][5][6][7]

In the stage play Aalst, based on the true story of a couple who had killed their children and were sentenced in a high-profile trial, Dickie plays one of the parents. Her motivation to perform this role was her feeling of "responsibility to play people like that and to give them a voice. People that are not necessarily good or nice and have good lives."[3]

She reprised the role of Jackie in Donkeys, a follow-up to Red Road which is directed by Morag McKinnon. She portrayed Mary in the United Kingdom supernatural thriller film Outcast.[8] Dickie was a swimming trainer in the 2010 television film Dive.[citation needed] She appears in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, where she plays the role of Lysa Arryn.[9] In 2018, Dickie appeared in a season 5 episode of Shetland. In 2020, she appeared with Emma Stansfield in the music video for Sleaford Mods' previously unreleased song "Second".[10]



Year Title Role
1994 Bonjour Tristesse
1997–98 Timeless
1999 Electra Electra
1999 Mainstream
2000 AD
2001 Blooded
2002 Running Girl Running Girl
2002–03 Lament
2003 The Entertainer
2005 Boiling a Frog Fooaltiyeman
2005 Trojan Woman Andromache
2007 Aalst Cathy Delany


Year Title Role Note
1994 Rab C. Nesbitt Young girl (1 episode) – "Mother"
2000–2001 Tinsel Town Lex
2003 The Vice Beverly (1 episode) – "Gameboys"
2003 Taggart (1 episode) – "Penthouse and Pavement"
2004 Still Game Pregnant Girl (1 episode, Series 3) – "Swottin"
2006 Film '72 Herself
2007 Taggart Wendy Nuget (1 episode) – "Island" (2003)
2008 He Kills Coppers Janis
2010 Five Daughters Isabella Clennell (2 episodes)
2010 Dive Alison (2 episodes)
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Agnes Builder
Game of Thrones Lysa Arryn (5 episodes)
2012 New Tricks DCI Fiona MacDougall (1 episode) – "Glasgow UCOS"
2013 By Any Means Patricia Brooks Episode #1,2
2015 London Spy Editor (1 episode) – "Strangers"
2015 The Frankenstein Chronicles Mrs. Bishop
2016 One of Us Sal (4 episodes)
2017 Vera Nell Hinkin (1 episode) – "The Blanket Mire"
2018 The Cry Morven Davis
2019 Shetland DI Sam Boyd (1 episode)
2019 Peaky Blinders Mother Superior (1 episode) - "Strategy"
2019 The Alienist Scotch Annie (1 episode) - "There Bloody Thoughts"
2020 The English Game Aileen Suter (2 episodes)
2020 The Nest Sergeant McClelland
2021 Summer Camp Island Professor Elliott (1 episode) – "Oscar and the Monsters Chapter 3: Witches Brew"
2022 Inside Man Morag
2023 Loki


Year Title Role Note
2003 Room for the Night Prostitute Short film
2005 Who Do You Love? Mum Short
2006 Accidents Mum Short
2006 Red Road Jackie
2006 The Harvest Emma Bovey Short
2008 Somers Town Jane
2008 Summer Janice
2008 Trace Karen Short
2008 Pussyfooting Joan Short
2009 Believe Janice
2010 Outcast Mary
2010 Native Son Policewoman Short film (Cinema Extreme)
2010 Donkeys Jackie
2012 Prometheus Ford
2012 Shell Claire
2013 Filth Chrissie
2013 Not Another Happy Ending Anna le Fevre
2013 For Those in Peril Cathy
2014 Soror Amanda Short
2014 Catch Me Daddy
2015 The Witch Katherine
2015 Couple in a Hole Karen
2015 Gracie Mary Short
2016 Prevenge Ella
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi First Order Officer
2018 Tell It to the Bees Pam Kranmer
2019 Balance, Not Symmetry[11] Mary Walker
2019 Get Duked! Sergeant Morag
2019 Our Ladies Sister Condron
2020 Wildfire Veronica
2021 The Green Knight Queen Guinevere
2021 Shepherd Fisher
2022 The Northman Halldora the Pict
2022 Matriarch Cellia

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2020 The Complex

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2000 British Academy Scotland Award Best Television Performance Tinsel Town Nominated
2006 British Academy Scotland Award Best Actress in a Scottish Film Red Road Won
2006 British Independent Film Award for Best Actress in a British Independent Film Red Road Won
2006 Montreal Festival of New Cinema Acting Award for Best Actress Red Road Won
2007 London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Red Road Nominated
2016 British Academy Scotland Award for Best Actress in a Scottish Film Couple in a Hole Won


  1. ^ Sources vary on Dickie's birthdate, though the majority state 4 July 1971.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Katie Dickie". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Katie Dickie Biography". TV Insider. Archived from the original on 2 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Waiting in the wings Kate Dickie wasn't prepared for the fame that | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET Archived 18 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Red Road – Movie Review
  5. ^ Movie Review: Red Road Archived 20 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ BBC – Movies – review – Red Road
  7. ^ The Brit pack of UK cinema – Features, Film & TV – The Independent[dead link]
  8. ^ AFM '09: First Image, Details on Thriller 'Outcast'
  9. ^ The Sir Cafe Mom Archived 30 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Martin, Josh (7 May 2020). "Sleaford Mods share video for 'Second', featuring 'Game of Thrones" Kate Dickie". NME. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  11. ^ Grater, Tom (5 October 2018). "Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite, Lily Newmark board 'Balance, Not Symmetry' with Biffy Clyro (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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