Emmanuel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016.
|Born||Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel
2 March 1989
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel (born 2 March 1989) is an English actress best known for her role as Sasha Valentine in the soap opera Hollyoaks, Computer Hacktivist Ramsey in the action film Furious 7 and as the interpreter Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Emmanuel was born on 2 March 1989 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Her mother is Dominican and her father is of half Saint Lucian and half English descent. Emmanuel has an older sister, Louise. She attended St Hilda's School, Westcliff-on-Sea and later Westcliff High School for Girls.
Emmanuel credits her mother for the initial motivation to become an actress, "When I was 3 and she started dropping me off at school, I always caused such a huge drama that my mum decided maybe I should channel it more properly — so she started me on acting, singing and dancing classes." At the age of 10, she played Young Nala in the West End production of The Lion King. In 2006, she made her television break by starring as Sasha Valentine in the soap opera Hollyoaks. Emmanuel appeared on the show until 2010, her character's storylines included prostitution, and heroin addiction.
In January 2012, Emmanuel presented BBC Three's Websex: What's the Harm?, investigating the online sexual habits of 16-24 year olds in the UK. Later in the same year she made her film debut in the thriller Twenty8k. The following year, she was cast as Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen's interpreter, in HBO's fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. In 2015, Emmanuel was promoted to a regular cast member on the show. In the same year, she played computer hacker Ramsey in the action film Furious 7 and Harriet in the science fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
|2015||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Harriet|
|2018||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||Harriet|
|2008||Hollyoaks Later||Sasha Valentine||Series 1|
|2009||Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Before||Sasha Valentine|
|2011||Casualty||Cheryl Hallows||Episode: "Only Human"|
|2012||Websex: What's the Harm?||Presenter|
|2013–present||Game of Thrones||Missandei||Seasons 3-4 (Recurring; 15 episodes)
Season 5-present (Main role; 14 episodes)
In the media
FHM magazine ranked Emmanuel as 99th in their 100 Sexiest Women of 2013, and 75th in their Sexiest Women of 2015. In 2015, she also appeared in the April issue of InStyle and GQ magazines.
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- "'Game Of Thrones' Newbie Nathalie Emmanuel Joins Cast Of 'Fast & Furious 7'". Indiewire. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "As Hollyoaks' Gemma Merna leaves the show we look at where the soap's biggest stars are now". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Nathalie Emmanuel goes from Hollyoaks to Hollywood in Game of Thrones". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Websex: What's the Harm?, Targeting girls for sex on social networks". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Twenty8k – review". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Nathalie Emmanuel". A & J Management. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "'Game of Thrones' scoop: See who's becoming a series regular". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Why 'Furious 7' is a bad movie with an all-time tearjerker ending you can't miss". HitFix. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "'Maze Runner: The Death Cur' Sets T.S. Nowlin To Pen". Deadline.com. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Nathalie Emmanuel". FHM. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- "FHM 100 Sexiest 2015". FHM. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "Go Behind the Scenes of Our Shoot With Furious 7 Star Nathalie Emmanuel". InStyle. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- "Think Fast with Khaleesi's Sidekick". GQ. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- "'Game Of Thrones' Actress Nathalie Emmanuel Sizzles In GQ". The Huffington Post. 30 March 2015.