Who is Gwendoline Christie?
Gwendoline Christie is an English actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, the hit HBO fantasy series, and as Captain Phasma in two films of the Star Wars franchise.
Worthing, West Sussex, England
Christie’s full name is Gwendoline Tracey Philippa. Since 2013, she has been dating fashion designer Giles Deacon.
Christie took up acting due to a spinal injury that prevented her from becoming a gymnast. In addition, she had an unconventional physique, which made others tell she would not make it.
She graduated from Drama Centre London in 2005, but she started modeling in 2002 for photographer Polly Borland.
On stage, she appeared in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline with Tom Hiddleston, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and as Lucifer in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.
Her screen debut happened in 2007 with a short titled The Time Surgeon, which started a long collaboration with director Nathaniel Mellors. Her feature film debut occurred in 2009 in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
In 2011, Christie was cast as Brienne of Tarth in the second season of Game of Thrones. Her unique physique helped with the role, as Brienne was meant to be a woman with unusual looks who pursued knighthood. She was cast right away and was thrilled to get the role with a lot of preparation.
She first showed up in the second season’s third episode to critical acclaim.
Christie was in the show Wizards vs. Aliens, appearing between 2012 and 2013 in a central role. In 2013, she was in the film The Zero Theorem by Terry Gilliam.
Christie appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which was the last part of the franchise in 2015.
The same year, she appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Captain Phasma. While her presence was acknowledged, fans and critics were disappointed by her limited presence in the film.
In 2017, she landed a main role in Top of the Lake, specifically in the second season. Her character was written especially for Christie. In 2017, she also appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, reprising her role as Captain Phasma. She would go back to the role the next year, voicing the character for Star Wars Resistance.
In 2018, she was in The Darkest Minds, In Fabtrc, and Welcome to Marwen. 2019 saw the end of Game of Thrones and Christie’s first Emmy nomination for her performance as Brienne.
In 2021, Christie was announced as Lucifer for the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.
Christie is over 6 ft 3 in or 1.91 m tall. Her height led to her being bullied, and even as an adult, she received critical comments that doubted she would ever be able to make it on screen. However, her height and appearance have become a trademark of her and have led to specific roles where she has truly shined.
Christie was proposed for Brienne of Tarth before castings, and the actress herself was passionate about it. She was an almost unanimous choice, especially after she showed up to audition dressed like Brienne.
Christie underwent an extensive training regimen to play the knight to build up muscle.
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