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Overview (3)

Born in Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
Birth NameGwendoline Tracey Philippa Christie
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gwendoline Christie was born in Worthing, West Sussex, England and trained in dance and gymnastics as a child. She graduated from Drama Centre London with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2005 and her first job was with Declan Donellan in 'Great Expectations' at the Royal Shakespeare Company that autumn. She then went on to work in regional theatre, world tours and the West End. Her striking appearance motivated photographer Polly Borland to collaborate with her as the subject of a noted series of photographs.

In 2011 Gwendoline was cast in the role of Brienne of Tarth in the successful HBO TV adaptation Game of Thrones (2011). She plays the role of Commander Lyme in the last two Hunger Games movies: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015). She has also been cast as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Absolutely Fabulous:The Movie (2016). Gwendoline is the face of the Vivienne Westwood A/W 2015 campaign.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lauren Whelan

Trade Mark (1)

Towering height

Trivia (5)

Several inches taller than towering leading ladies like Uma Thurman and Sigourney Weaver, she is one of a small handful of professional actresses with a successful film & TV career who stands over 6 feet tall. Another is fellow Brit Janet McTeer, who is 6'1".
A lifelong fan of Madonna, while filming S2 of Top of the Lake (2013) in Australia, Gwendoline received an invitation text from Madonna's manager Guy Oseary to attend the final leg of her 2016 "Rebel Heart Tour" in Sydney. Not only did she attend, but she was invited onstage to perform alongside her idol.
Weirdest fan encounter occurred in a restaurant when she visited the ladies' room. No sooner was she seated on the 'throne' when a woman's hand reached in under the cubicle door with a phone and a vocal request for a selfie.
During an interview with Radio Times, she claimed that she and her mother had "lost track" of her age. Her comment was likely an exaggeration, as business records filed by her company, Christie Ventures Ltd, state she was born in 1978.
After finding out that HBO didn't put her name forward for an Emmy Award consideration (for her role of Brienne in Game of Thrones (2011)), she did it herself and received a nomination in the category "Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series". She explained that she did it for the character and what she feels she represents.

Personal Quotes (8)

I don't really have any interest in playing the same part again and again. Let's just keep everything crossed that doesn't happen.
I don't know, so much of women's femininity is tied up with their hair.
As a woman, we all want to feel attractive. We all want to feel that we're making the very best of ourselves so we can accept ourselves.
Part of the reason why I love acting is that you do hope that somehow your work will connect to people and somehow expand their consciousness somewhat, and being able to challenge notions of prejudice through work - through my work - is really thrilling.
Genuine and true love is so rare that when you encounter it in any form, it's a wonderful thing, to be utterly cherished in whatever form it takes.
I'm certainly really rather tall at 6 foot 3, and I've been this way since I was 14, but for years, women who are even 5 foot 10 have come up to me in the street and said, 'Oh, it's so nice to see a woman who is taller than me. I've always felt like a giant.'
Game of Thrones (2011) is a fantasy show not dedicated to any specific time, but it seems to exist in sort of a 1400s medieval fantasy world, and in that setting, I wouldn't have had a six-pack.
I was a semi-professional gymnast as a child. I did rhythmic gymnastics, but I sustained an injury and strained all the muscles in my spine.

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