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Gemma Elizabeth Whelan (born 23 April 1981) is an English actress and comedian, best known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones. She plays a detective, Eunice Noon, in The End of the F***ing World on Netflix.
Whelan at Antwerp Convention 2014
Gemma Elizabeth Whelan
23 April 1981
As a stand-up comedian, Whelan won the 2010 Funny Women Variety Award. She performed at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe with her show Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster. In 2014 she recorded a pilot chat show as her character Chastity Butterworth for BBC Radio 4.
On screen, she has played supporting roles in several films and TV shows, including in the 2010 films Gulliver's Travels and The Wolfman. She was a series regular on Ben Elton's BBC Two comedy Upstart Crow and on The End of the F***ing World, and has had roles in other comedies, including Uncle and The Agency.
In August 2011, she was cast as Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama television series Game of Thrones, and appeared as a recurring cast member from the second season onward. In 2017, she portrayed Karen Matthews in the two-part TV drama The Moorside, based on the 2008 disappearance of 9-year-old Shannon Matthews. In 2019, she appeared as Marian Lister in the BBC drama Gentleman Jack.
In September 2019, a stage play adaptation of Upstart Crow was announced for the Gielgud Theatre, which is due to run from 7 February to 25 April 2020. Whelan will reprise the role of Kate, whom she played in the original TV version.
Whelan gave birth to her first child in 2017. She lives in London with her husband, comedian and actor Gerry Howell, and their daughter.
|2006||Madness of the Dance||Sister Grace||Short film|
|2008||Shortbread and Tea||Mildred|
|2009||Ding Dong||Dr. Pretty||Short film|
|2010||The Wolfman||Gwen's Maid|
|Gulliver's Travels||Lilliputian Rose|
|2018||Surviving Christmas with the Relatives||Miranda|
|2009||10 Minute Tales||Pretty Nurse||1 episode|
|2010||The Persuasionists||Josephine||2 episodes|
|Living Doll||Moaning Mona|
|For the Win||Various||Pilot|
|2012||Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul||Daughter||1 episode|
|2012–14, 2016–19||Game of Thrones||Yara Greyjoy||Recurring, 16 episodes|
|2013||The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains!||Unknown||Miniseries, 1 episode|
|Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment||Various|
|Claudia O'Doherty Comedy Blaps||Sarah||Miniseries, 3 episodes|
|2014||Live at the Electric||Chastity Butterworth||3 episodes|
|Badults||Juliet||Series 2, 1 episode: "Neighbours"|
|Mapp and Lucia||Quaint Irene Coles|
|Not Safe for Work||Davina||1 episode|
|Murder in Successville||Nurse Adele||Series 1, 1 episode|
|2016–present||Upstart Crow||Kate||Series regular|
|2016–2017||Hetty Feather||Ida Battersea|
|2016||Morgana Robinson's The Agency||Kat Cassidy||4 episodes|
|2017||Decline and Fall||Diane Fagan||2 episodes|
|The Moorside||Karen Matthews||Two-part drama|
|The Crown||Patricia Campbell||1 episode|
|The End of the F***ing World||Eunice|
|Eat Your Heart with Nick Helm||Herself||1 episode|
|2019||Gentleman Jack||Marian Lister|
|Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Solaria Butterfly (voice)||1 episode|
|2020||White House Farm||Ann Eaton|
|Untitled Pajama Men Project||Glenda||Post-production|
|Killing Eve||Geraldine Martens|
|2006||Shakespeare for Breakfast||Petruchio||C Venues|
|Celebrity Love Panto Island||Various||Canal Cafe Theatre|
|2008||Red Death Lates||Unknown||Gideon Reeling|
|Improvathon||Bunny Valentine||The Sticking Place|
|2009||Infinite Variety||Various||Whoopee Productions New Players Theatre|
|2010||Stephen & the Sexy Partridge||Chanel||Trafalgar Studios|
|2013||One Man, Two Guvnors||Rachel Crabbe||Royal National Theatre|
|Dark Vanilla Jungle||Andrea||Supporting Wall & Pleasance Theatre|
|Chastity Butterworth & the Spanish Hamster||Chastity Butterworth||Pajama Men Productions|
|2014||Dark Vanilla Jungle||Andrea||Supporting Wall|
|2015||Radiant Vermin||Jill and others||Soho Theatre|
|2019||Pinter Seven: A Slight Ache||Flora||Harold Pinter Theatre|
|2020||Upstart Crow||Kate||Gielgud Theatre|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Threnn/Maryden/Winterwatch Tower Cultist/Redcliffe Soldier/Redcliffe Villager/Emerald Graves Civilian (voices)|
|2015||Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward||Igeyorhm (voice)|
|2017||Mass Effect: Andromeda||Zevin Raeka (voice)|
|TBA||Squadron 42||Becca Farneway||voice and motion capture|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Funny Women Awards||Best Variety||Herself||Won|
|2016||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2017||WFTV Awards||The MAC Best Performance||Herself||Won|||
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