Nathalie Emmanuel

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Nathalie Emmanuel
Born Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel
(1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 26)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel[1] (born 2 March 1989) is an English actress best known for her role as the interpreter Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones and computer hacker Ramsey in Furious 7.

Early life[edit]

Emmanuel was born on 2 March 1989 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.[2][3] Her mother is Dominican and her father is of half Saint Lucian and half English descent.[4] Emmanuel has an older sister, Louise.[5] She attended St Hilda's School, Westcliff-on-Sea from the age of 3 to 11, then moved schools, attending Westcliff High School for Girls from the age of 12.[citation needed]


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 mom decided maybe I should channel it more properly — so she started me on acting, singing and dancing classes."[6] At the age of 10, she played Young Nala in the West End production of The Lion King.[3] 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.[7][8][9]

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.[10] Later in the same year she made her film debut in the thriller Twenty8k.[11][12] The following year, she was cast as Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen's translator, in HBO's fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.[9] In 2015, Emmanuel was promoted to a regular cast member on the show.[13] In the same year, she played computer hacker Ramsey in the action film Furious 7[14] and Harriet in the science fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.[15][16]



Year Title Role
2012 Twenty8k Carla
2015 Furious 7 Ramsey
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Harriet


Year Title Role Notes
2006–2010 Hollyoaks Sasha Valentine
2008 Hollyoaks Later Sasha Valentine Series 1
2009 Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Before Sasha Valentine
2011 Casualty Cheryl Hallows Episode: "Only Human"
2011 Misfits Charlie Episode: "3.1"
2013–present Game of Thrones Missandei 22 episodes

In the media[edit]

FHM magazine ranked Emmanuel as 99th in their 100 Sexiest Women of 2013.[17] In 2015, she appeared in the April issue of InStyle and GQ magazines.[18][19][20]


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1984–2004.
  2. ^ "Celeb Birthdays for the Week of March 1-7". The New York Times. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Game of Thrones's Nathalie Emmanuel Gears Up for Furious 7". Vanity Fair (Condé Nast). March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones' Fetching Consigliere: Nathalie Emmanuel on Missandei and Grey Worm vs. Obama". The Daily Beast. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lifelong Jacko fan Louise is set for a Thriller of a time". Southend Standard. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "'Game of Thrones' puts Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Emilia Clarke's aide, on the way to royal ranks of acting". Daily News. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Newbie Nathalie Emmanuel Joins Cast Of 'Fast & Furious 7'". Indiewire. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ a b "Nathalie Emmanuel goes from Hollyoaks to Hollywood in Game of Thrones". Liverpool Echo (Trinity Mirror). 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Websex: What's the Harm?, Targeting girls for sex on social networks". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Twenty8k – review". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Nathalie Emmanuel". A & J Management. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "'Game of Thrones' scoop: See who's becoming a series regular". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). 17 January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "'Maze Runner: The Death Cur' Sets T.S. Nowlin To Pen". 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Nathalie Emmanuel". FHM. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Go Behind the Scenes of Our Shoot With Furious 7 Star Nathalie Emmanuel". InStyle. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Think Fast with Khaleesi's Sidekick". GQ. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Actress Nathalie Emmanuel Sizzles In GQ". The Huffington Post. 30 March 2015. 

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