Who is John Bradley?
Bradley is an English actor best known for portraying Samwell Tarly in the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones. His character was among the central supporting cast throughout the eight seasons.
Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Bradley attended Loreto College in Manchester for Drama and Theatre Studies. He graduated in 2007. In 2010, he graduated with a BA in acting at the Manchester School of Theatre. Since 2017, Bradley has been dating Rebecca May, a journalist working in the entertainment industry.
Bradley debuted in the role of Samwell Tarly, three months out of drama school. It was his first audition. Tarly appears alongside Jon Snow as a friend of the character, who provides comic relief and remains part of the supporting cast with significant growth and development. Samwell is a member of the Watch that starts more as comic relief but over the seasons shows other aspects to his character. Even though he is at first more on the funny side, eventually, he shows his great intelligence and wisdom that leads to him taking a role more as a researcher into the past of Westeros and a chronicler of the events of the series. Tarly remains as part of the show until the final season and plays a role in the finale.
In 2011, he appeared in Borgia in the role of Pope Leo X, a member of the de’ Medici family.
In 2012, he was cast on Merlin as Tyr Seward, making an appearance in a single episode in season 5. The same year he also appeared on Shameless in two episodes of season 10.
In 2015, he was in Closely Observed Trains, a BBC Radio Salford radio play.
In 2017, he was featured in American Satan.
In 2018, he appeared in Patient Zero, opposite Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer.
In 2019, he had a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live alongside Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.
In 2020, Bradley appeared in the series Urban Myths as young Les Dawson. Bradley was also seen in the 2022 Sci-fi movie Moonfall.
There is another release scheduled for 2022 featuring Bradley: Marry Me.
Samwell Tarley, as portrayed by Bradley, was an acclaimed and well-received character. George R.R. Martin, the author of the Song of Ice and Fire book saga that provided the basis for Game of Thrones, stated that this character and this actor are who he would be if he were on the show.
He supports Manchester United.
The actor also plays the drums on an expert level and has done standup comedy.
His audition for Game of Thrones was meant for the Jon Snow character. He found the role through his college website and managed to land Samwell Tarly on his first audition, which is a rarity in the film and TV business.
With the exception of Game of Thrones, he has mostly worked on British productions, staying close to home in Manchester. He has worked a lot with the BBC.
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