Faye Elaine Marsay (born 30 December 1986) is an English actress. Her notable roles include Anne Neville in The White Queen, Amy in Need for Speed, the recurring character Candice in Fresh Meat, Steph in the film Pride, Blue Colson in the Black Mirror episode "Hated in the Nation", and the Waif in the fifth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones.
Marsay at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Faye Elaine Marsay
30 December 1986
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
Marsay was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland. She attended Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough, Cleveland, and went on to Prior Pursglove College, before joining the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she played the roles of Sissy Jupe in Hard Times, First Wyrd Sister and Fleance in Macbeth, Runt in Disco Pigs, and Shen Te in The Good Soul of Szechuan. It was during her time at the school she won the Spotlight Prize 2012. As soon as she graduated, she landed a main role in The White Queen.
In 2008, Marsay played Sue in the comedy drama Is That It?. She rose to prominence in 2013, playing Anne Neville in The White Queen. Next, Marsay played new "fresher" Candice Pelling in the TV series Fresh Meat.
In 2014, Marsay played the role of Lizzie Lancaster in series two of The Bletchley Circle. In September, she had two projects debut, the first being BAFTA nominated film Pride, in which she played the character of Steph. The second was the TV miniseries murder mystery Glue. Marsay played the character Janine Riley. Marsay also appeared in the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special "Last Christmas" as Shona McCullough. The character of Shona was intended by showrunner Steven Moffatt to become a new, permanent companion, replacing Jenna Coleman who had decided to leave the production. Coleman changed her mind during filming and an additional final scene was added at the very last minute, reversing her exit, and leaving Shona to her current life.
2015 began with Marsay appearing in the fifth season of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones as the Waif. In June, Marsay was cast as new character Katie Springer in the TV series My Mad Fat Diary for the final season. At the beginning of October, Marsay was named one of Screen International's 2015 Stars of Tomorrow which highlighted up-and-coming creative professionals.
In October 2015, a radio drama debuted on BBC Radio 4 called The Price of Oil. The episode "No Two Days" starred Marsay as Izzie. In November, Marsay appeared as Amy in the video game Need for Speed, donning an American accent. Next, the short film NippleJesus, based on the short story by Nick Hornby, debuted at the Austin Film Festival and premiered in London, though it has not yet been made available to mass audiences. Marsay plays Siobhan.
2016 brought Marsay the role of Christine in the sixth season of ITV's Vera. She then continued her role as the Waif in Game of Thrones later that month. In May and June 2016, Marsay played the leading role of Nina Stibbe in the BBC's Love, Nina. Later that year, she appeared in "Hated in the Nation", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror as Blue Colson alongside Kelly Macdonald.
In 2017 Marsay costarred in Daisy Aitkens' debut feature You, Me and Him with Lucy Punch and David Tennant, and appeared in the film Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman. She also appeared in a revival of Jim Cartwright's play Road at the Royal Court Theatre In December 2017, Marsay starred in ITV drama Bancroft alongside Sarah Parish. In 2017, she also appeared in Channel 4 drama Shamed.
|2017||You, Me and Him||Alex|
|2018||A Private War||Kate Richardson|
|2019||Seconds Out||Stella||Short film|
|2008||Is That It?||Sue|
|2013||The White Queen||Anne Neville||10 episodes|
|Fresh Meat||Candice Pelling||8 episodes|
|2014||The Bletchley Circle||Lizzie Lancaster||4 episodes|
|Glue||Janine Riley||7 episodes|
|Doctor Who||Shona McCullough||Episode: "Last Christmas"|
|2015||My Mad Fat Diary||Katie Springer||3 episodes|
|2015–2016||Game of Thrones||The Waif||11 episodes|
|2016||Vera||Christine||Episode: "Dark Road"|
|Love, Nina||Nina||Miniseries: 5 episodes|
|Black Mirror||Blue Colson||Episode: "Hated in the Nation"|
|2017||Bancroft||Katherine Stevens||4 episodes|
|Shamed||Sarah Ivy||TV movie|
|2019||Deep Water||Joanne Aspinall||Miniseries: 6 episodes|
|2008||Hansel and Gretel||Woodfolk||Northern Stage|
|2009||Peter Pan||Tinker Bell/Tiger Lily||Northern Stage|
|2009||Five Kinds of Silence||Susan||Live Across Newcastle|
|2010||The Journey (UK Regional Tour)||Owen||Taproot Theatre Company|
|2011||The Cherry Orchard||Dunyasha||BOVTS|
|2011||Canopy of Stars||Cheryl||BOVTS|
|2011||All's Well That Ends Well||Diana||BOVTS|
|2011||Hard Times||Sissy Jupe||BOVTS|
|2012||Macbeth||First Wyrd Sister/Fleance||BOVTS|
|2012||The Good Soul of Szechuan||Shen Te||BOVTS|
|2015||The Price of Oil||Izzie||Episode: "No Two Days"|
|2015||Need for Speed||Amy||Voice and live-action cutscenes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2015||Screen International||Stars of Tomorrow||Achievement|
|2016||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (For Game of Thrones)||Nominated|
|2018||Lady Filmmakers Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress Feature (You, Me and Him)||Won|
- "Curtis Brown". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "In Profile: Faye Marsay - Wonderland Magazine". wonderlandmagazine.com. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "Fresh Meat season 3: Faye Marsay introduces new fresher Candice". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "Pride: Exclusive Interview With Faye Marsay And Ben Schnetzer". www.msn.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Faye Marsay interview: Glue, Pride and Doctor Who". denofgeek.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "'Game of Thrones': Faye Marsay Faces the Waif's Fate". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "Game of Thrones Season 6 Production Update".
- "Faye Marsay, Stars of Tomorrow".
- "BBC Radio 4 – Drama, The Price of Oil, No Two Days".
- "Why actress Faye Marsay is stealthily rising to the top". independent.co.uk. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "Interview: Game of Thrones' Faye Marsay on her new BBC drama, Love, Nina". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "Joe Wright To Direct 'Black Mirror' Episode For Netflix; Bryce Dallas Howard & Alice Eve To Star". Deadline. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- "Royal Court Theatre announces cast for Jim Cartwright's play Road". British Theatre. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Jame's Norton's joined by Game of Thrones' star".
- "Meet the cast of Deep Water". Radio Times. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
- "Shamed (2017)". IMDb. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
- "Further casting announced for epic new BBC One drama McMafia". BBC. 15 November 2016.