Nathalie Emmanuel

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Nathalie Emmanuel
Nathalie Emmanuel by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Emmanuel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016.
Born Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel
(1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 27)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel[1] (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.

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 and later Westcliff High School for Girls.[6][7]


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."[8] 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.[9][10][11]

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.[12] Later in the same year she made her film debut in the thriller Twenty8k.[13][14] The following year, she was cast as Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen's interpreter, in HBO's fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.[11] In 2015, Emmanuel was promoted to a regular cast member on the show.[15] In the same year, she played computer hacker Ramsey in the action film Furious 7[16] and Harriet in the science fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.[17][18]



Year Title Role
2012 Twenty8k Carla
2015 Furious 7 Ramsey
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Harriet
2017 Fast 8 Ramsey
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Harriet


Year(s) 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"
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[edit]

FHM magazine ranked Emmanuel as 99th in their 100 Sexiest Women of 2013, and 75th in their Sexiest Women of 2015.[19][20] In 2015, she also appeared in the April issue of InStyle and GQ magazines.[21][22][23]


  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. ^ "Are you excited for Season 5 of Game of Thrones, Southend?". Love Southend. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Culbertson, Alix (21 June 2016). "Teacher at one of Britain's best state schools charged with child sex offences". Sunday Express. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "'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. 
  9. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Newbie Nathalie Emmanuel Joins Cast Of 'Fast & Furious 7'". Indiewire. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ a b "Nathalie Emmanuel goes from Hollyoaks to Hollywood in Game of Thrones". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Websex: What's the Harm?, Targeting girls for sex on social networks". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Twenty8k – review". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Nathalie Emmanuel". A & J Management. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "'Game of Thrones' scoop: See who's becoming a series regular". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Maze Runner: The Death Cur' Sets T.S. Nowlin To Pen". 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Nathalie Emmanuel". FHM. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest 2015". FHM. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "Go Behind the Scenes of Our Shoot With Furious 7 Star Nathalie Emmanuel". InStyle. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Think Fast with Khaleesi's Sidekick". GQ. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Actress Nathalie Emmanuel Sizzles In GQ". The Huffington Post. 30 March 2015. 

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