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John Bradley West (born September 15, 1988),[1] credited professionally as John Bradley, is an English actor, best known for his role as Samwell Tarly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.[2]

John Bradley West
Bradley West in 2017
Bradley West in 2017
Born John Bradley
(1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 29)
Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Nationality British
Other names John Bradley
John Bradley-West
Alma mater Manchester School of Theatre
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present

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Early life and educationEdit

Bradley West was born and grew up as a Catholic in the Wythenshawe district of south Manchester and attended St Paul's Roman Catholic High School.[3] Bradley West has an older sister who is 13 years older than him.[1]

In 2005, he began attending Loreto College in the Hulme area of Manchester, where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies. He graduated from Loreto in 2007.[4][5] He received a BA (Hons), Acting at the Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2010.[6][7]

CareerEdit

Bradley West's big break was in the 2011 HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones playing the character Samwell Tarly,[8] a part that was his first audition, three months after he graduated from drama school.[1][6] His character is a friend of Kit Harington's Jon Snow and provides occasional comic relief, especially in season 1.[9][10] As the series has progressed, Bradley West's Tarly has developed significantly.[11][12][13]

One reviewer called him "a wonderful comedic and cowardly yin to Jon's dour yang".[14] George R. R. Martin said that the character that Bradley West portrays is the character he would be, if he were on the show.[15]

In 2011, Bradley West also appeared in the Canal+ drama, Borgia, in the role of Pope Leo X, Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici.[1]

In 2012, Bradley West played the character, Tyr Seward, in the BBC production of Merlin, in series 5, in the episode called "A Lesson in Vengeance."[16]

Also in 2012, Bradley West appeared on the Channel 4 TV series, Shameless, in the role of Wesley, Frank Gallagher's boss, in two episodes of series 10.[16]

In 2015, Bradley West played the role of Miloš Hrma in the BBC Radio Salford radio play production of Closely Observed Trains.[17]

In 2017, Bradley West will appear as Scooter in the film, Patient Zero, which stars Game of Thrones' actor, Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

He is a Manchester United supporter[1][19] and plays the drums.[6][7][20]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Anna Karenina Austrian Prince Uncredited
2015 Traders Vernon Stynes
2015 Man Up Andrew Uncredited
2016 Grimsby Fan in Pub
2016 Roger Roy Short
2016 The Last Dragonslayer Gordon (adult) Miss Strange's new assistant
2017 American Satan Ricky Rollins
2017 Patient Zero Scooter Filming

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Samwell Tarly Main Role; 42 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013–15)
2011 Borgia Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici 5 episodes
2012 Merlin Tyr Seward Episode: "A Lesson in Vengeance"
2012 Shameless Wesley 2 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Fire and Blood (3 June 2011). "Interview with John Bradley". Winter is Coming. 
  2. ^ Wigler, Josh (17 July 2017). "'Game of Thrones': John Bradley Describes Shooting Premiere's Filthiest Scene". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ "Former Pupils: John Bradley West". Saint Paul’s Catholic High School. 
  4. ^ "Alumni - Loreto College". Loreto College. 
  5. ^ "A "Game of Thrones"". Loreto College. 23 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "From Wythenshawe to Westeros: Met Magazine meets the alumnus behind Game of Thrones character Samwell Tarley". Met Magazine. Manchester, England: Manchester Metropolitan University (3): 14–19. Spring 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Ashdown, N (2010). "Manchester School of Theatre – Alumni – Graduates 2010 – John Bradley-West". Manchester School of Theatre. 
  8. ^ Handler, Chelsea; Bradley West, John (23 July 2017). "John Bradley Explains Game of Thrones" (Video interview). Chelsea. Netflix. 
  9. ^ Hoare, James (13 March 2012). "Game of Thrones Season 2: Samwell Tarly is "going to change"". SciFiNow. 
  10. ^ Elio (11 March 2011). "Interview with John Bradley". Westeros.org. 
  11. ^ Wigler, Josh (5 July 2016). "'Game of Thrones': John Bradley on the "Success Story" of Samwell Tarly". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ Collins, Sean T. (19 July 2017). "Game of Thrones' John Bradley on Sam's Morality, Cleaning Bedpans, and Fake Poop". Vulture. 
  13. ^ Bradley, Bill (15 June 2015). "'Game Of Thrones' Actor John Bradley Calls Shocking Death 'Heartbreaking'". The Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Singh, Ti (21 June 2011). "Game of Thrones episode 10 review: Fire And Blood: season finale". Den of Geek. 
  15. ^ Hall, Matthew T. (July 28, 2014). "If George R.R. Martin were in 'Game of Thrones,' this is how he'd die". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  16. ^ a b "John Bradley Showreel 2016". Shepherd Management. 13 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Closely Observed Trains" (Radio play). BBC Radio Salford. 29 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Bennion, Chris (4 April 2016). "Game of Thrones' Sam Tarly: 'This is the end for Jon Snow and Sam' - Q&A". The Daily Telegraph. 
  19. ^ Sheen, Tom (17 July 2017). "Game of Thrones stars Gendry and Samwell meet Manchester United players at pre-season training in LA". The Sun. 
  20. ^ Scherzinger, Nicole; Dommet, Joel; Bradley West, John (28 October 2015). "Game of Thrones Star John Bradley Amazing Drumming | Bring The Noise" (Video). Bring the Noise. Sky 1. 

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