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Joseph Maxwell Dempsie (born 22 June 1987) is an English actor, known for the roles of Chris Miles in the E4 teen comedy-drama Skins (2007–2008) and Gendry in Game of Thrones (2011–2013; 2017–2019).

Joe Dempsie
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Dempsie in 2018
Joseph Maxwell Dempsie

22 June 1987 (1987-06-22) (age 31)
ResidenceLondon, England[1]
EducationWest Bridgford Comprehensive School
Alma materCentral Junior Television Workshop
Years active2000–present
Home townWest Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

Dempsie's earlier acting credits include the medical dramas Peak Practice (2000), Doctors (2001, 2003), and Sweet Medicine (2003), as well as the films One for the Road and Heartlands (2003). He also appeared in This is England '86 (2010) and This is England '90 (2015), Born and Bred, a BBC documentary-drama about Norfolk farmer Tony Martin, and the villainous John in The Fades (2011).


Early life and careerEdit

Dempsie was born in Liverpool in 1987, but grew up in West Bridgford in Nottingham.[2] He received his acting training from the Central Junior Television Workshop, Nottingham. He was also educated at The West Bridgford School. His father was a social worker and Scottish.[citation needed]

He has been the voice of the Clearasil advertisements in the UK.[3][4] Dempsie is a keen Nottingham Forest football fan and attends many home and away matches, he appeared on the UK Saturday morning football show Soccer AM wearing a Nottingham Forest football shirt. He is also a fan of the Scotland national football team. He appeared alongside Skins co-star Nicholas Hoult.[citation needed]

In episode 6 of the fourth series of Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Daughter", that aired on 10 May 2008, Dempsie played the character Cline,[5] a soldier who watches his comrades die.[6] On 18 April 2008, Dempsie appeared on Friday Night Project with Geri Halliwell.[7] On 20 July 2008, he appeared at T4 on the Beach in Weston Super Mare alongside fellow Skins cast members. He appeared as Duncan McKenzie in 2009's The Damned United alongside Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Graham and Timothy Spall. In November 2008, he appeared in The Moment of Truth, episode 10 of the BBC show Merlin. He plays Will, who is an old friend of Merlin's, from the village in which they grew up together.[8]

In 2010, he voiced Steven, a gay teenager from Nottinghamshire in the Radio 4 play Once Upon a Time.[9] He plays the character of Gendry in HBO's series Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels.[10] As of 2019, he has appeared in the first three, seventh and eighth of its eight seasons. He also appeared in the Channel 4 mini-series This Is England '86, as well as the follow-ups This Is England '88 and This Is England '90. He has also appeared in Harry & Paul on BBC Two, appearing as a northerner who was presented as a gift from the character Harry was playing to his daughter.[11] Recently he has appeared in the BBC Three series The Fades (episodes 3 to 6), as John.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Leon Series 10, episode 10, "Playing God"
2001 Doctors Lee Lindsay Series 3, episode 1, "Sins of the Brother"
2003 Sweet Medicine Ben Campbell Series 1, episode 2
2004 Doctors Danny Series 6, episode 132, "Rabbit in the Headlights"
2005 Born and Bred Humphrey 'Bogie' Locke Series 4, episode 3, "Community Spirits"
2006 To Kill a Burglar Fred Barras TV Movie
2007–2008 Skins Chris Miles Series 1, 2
2008 Doctor Who Cline Series 4, episode 6, "The Doctor's Daughter"
Merlin William Series 1, episode 10, "The Moment of Truth"
2010 This Is England '86 Higgy Episodes 1 and 3
Game of Thrones Gendry Recurring (season 1–2; 9 episodes)
Main cast (season 3, 7–8; 15 episodes)
2011 The Fades John Episodes 3, 4, 5 and 6
Moving On Kieran Murphy Episode 5
2012 Murder: Joint Enterprise Stefan One-off drama
Accused Martin Cormack Episode 2
2013 Southcliffe Chris Cooper
2014 New Worlds Ned Hawkins
2015 The Gamechangers Jamie King One-off drama
This Is England '90 Higgy
2016 One of Us Rob Elliot
2016 Ellen Jason One-off drama
2018 - 2019 Deep State series 1 and 2 Harry Clarke
2020 The Right Stuff Gordon Cooper


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Heartlands Craig
2003 One for the Road Joyrider
2009 The Damned United Duncan McKenzie
2010 Edge Philip
2011 Blitz Theo Nelson
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Frankie
2015 Burn Burn Burn James
2017 Dark River David
2018 Been So Long Kestrel


Year Title Role Station
2009 Black Hearts in Battersea Simon BBC Radio 4
2010 Once Upon A Time Steven BBC Radio 4
2013 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Arthur Seaton BBC Radio 4
2016 The Beach (Book at Bedtime) Narrator BBC Radio 4
2016 Waiting for the Boatman Cecco BBC Radio 4

Voiceover workEdit

Year Title
2008 Clearasil 'Lipstick' advert
2011 Sky One
2017 Final Fantasy XIV 'Warrior of Darkness, Arbert' and Arenvald Lentinus


  1. ^ "Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie on his life and career". Archived from the original on 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ skinsonline (26 January 2008), Joe Dempsie Clearasil Voice Over 2, retrieved 30 April 2019
  4. ^ "5 Cute Facts You Did Not Know About Joe Dempsie | Fan World". 28 February 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Saturday 10 May". Radio Times. No. 10–16 May 2008. BBC. April 2008. p. 68.
  6. ^ 1 April 2008, 16:44 BST (1 April 2008). "Digital Spy article". Digital Spy article. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  7. ^ Friday Night Project on Channel 4
  8. ^ The Moment of Truth, retrieved 9 May 2019
  9. ^ "5 Cute Facts You Did Not Know About Joe Dempsie | Fan World". 28 February 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  10. ^ Take a Bow 10 August 2010 at 10:12 PM (10 August 2010). "Not A Blog – Take a Bow". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  11. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Harry & Paul Harry & Paul - Series 3, Episode 3". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  12. ^ "BBC iplayer credits". 11 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

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