Oona Chaplin

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This article is about the actress and granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin. For the fourth wife of Charlie Chaplin, see Oona O'Neill.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Castilla and the second or maternal family name is Chaplin.
Oona Chaplin
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Oona Chaplin attending the Press Night for 'Limbo' (May 2013)
Born Oona Castilla Chaplin
(1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 30)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress, Television Actress
Years active 2007–present
Parent(s) Geraldine Chaplin
Patricio Castilla

Oona Castilla Chaplin [ˈuna kasˈtija ˈt͡ʃaplin] (born 4 June 1986) is a Spanish actress. She is the daughter of Geraldine Chaplin, granddaughter of English film star Charlie Chaplin and the great-granddaughter of American playwright Eugene O'Neill.[1] She is best known for playing the role of Talisa Maegyr in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Oona Chaplin was born in Madrid to Anglo-American actress Geraldine Chaplin and Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla, and was named after her maternal grandmother, Oona O'Neill Chaplin. She spent her childhood mostly in Spain, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Cuba, but also travelled often because of her mother's film career.[2][3] She started dancing ballet, salsa and flamenco at an early age.[3][4]

When Chaplin was fifteen, she began studying at Gordonstoun School in Scotland on a drama scholarship.[5] During her time there, she appeared in several school plays, touring the United Kingdom in an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and impersonating her grandfather in the role of Bottom in an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[3][6] After leaving Gordonstoun, she was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 2007.[3]


Since graduating from RADA, Chaplin has acted in mainly British and Spanish short and feature films. She has played alongside her mother in three feature films: Inconceivable, ¿Para qué sirve un oso? and Imago Mortis. Chaplin has also had several supporting roles in British and American television. In 2010, she appeared as a Brazilian cage dancer in ITV's Married Single Other (2010), followed by roles as the wife of one of the main characters, Hector Madden, in the BBC period drama The Hour (2011–2012), as Dr. John Watson's girlfriend in an episode of BBC's Sherlock (2012) and as Talisa Maegyr in HBO's Game of Thrones (2012–2013).[2][7]

She played Kitty Trevelyan, a lead character, in the BBC drama The Crimson Field, which was screened in Britain in 2014, and starred in the movie The Longest Ride (2015) as Ruth Levinson, wife of Ira Levinson.

She has been confirmed as playing Zilpha Geary in Taboo, a mini-series which will air on the UK's BBC One and FX (TV channel) in the US at some point in 2016.




Year Title Role Notes
2008 Inconceivable Laura Chappel
2008 First, Love? Laura – Flower Girl Short film
2008 Quantum of Solace Perla de las Dunas receptionist
2009 Imago Mortis Arianna
2009 Pelican Blood Linda
2010 High and Dry Sandra Short film
2010 Vampyre compendium Short film
2011 ¿Para qué sirve un oso? Rosa
2011 Devil's Double, TheThe Devil's Double Beauty
2011 Salar Sandra Short film
2012 The Sorrows[8] Sarah
2013 Powder Room Jess
2013 What if... Julianne
2014 Aloft[9] Alice
2015 The Longest Ride Ruth


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Spooks Kate Episode: "The Virus (Part 2)"
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Kate Episode 2
2009 Married Single Other Fabiana 3 episodes
2010 El Gordo: Una historia verdadera Silvia 2 episodes
2011–12 Hour, TheThe Hour Marnie Madden 12 episodes
2012 Sherlock Jeanette 1 episode: "A Scandal in Belgravia"
2012–13 Game of Thrones Talisa Maegyr/Stark 11 episodes
2013 Dates Mia 5 episodes
2014 Inside No. 9 Sabrina Episode: "A Quiet Night In"
2014 The Crimson Field Kitty Trevelyan Main role, 6 episodes
2014 Black Mirror[10] Greta Feature-length special:
"White Christmas"
2016 Taboo Zilpha Geary 8 episodes"


  1. ^ "Chaplin's granddaughter acts up". BBC News. 23 July 2003. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (16 July 2011). "Funny Girl: The not-so-silent star Oona Chaplin". The Independent. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Oona Chaplin". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Tyzack, Anna (11 August 2011). "My Perfect Weekend: Oona Chaplin". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Ross, David (28 April 2009). "Students step back in time to celebrate 75 years: Pupils and staff make it a special 1930s anniversary for Gordonstoun school". The Herald. p. 3. 
  6. ^ Thynne, Jane (30 July 2003). "Parents: Just like mum: Choosing the same career as a parent is very common – but not necessarily a good idea". The Guardian. p. 14. 
  7. ^ Charlie Chaplin's Granddaughter Cast In Game Of Thrones SFX. 17 August 2011
  8. ^ "DigiSPAA Announces 2012 Finalists" (PDF). 17 October 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Trumbore, Dave (6 February 2014). "First Images from ALOFT Starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent and William Shimell". Collider.com. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Joins 'Black Mirror'". Variety.com. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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