Kate Dickie (born 23 March 1971) is a Scottish actress who has appeared in television series, stage plays and films. She is known for her television roles as Lex in the BBC series Tinsel Town (2000–2001) and Lysa Arryn in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011, 2014). She supports the theatre company Solar Bear, which is known for its collaborations with deaf people, in part through her role as a patron.
|Born||23 March 1971|
East Kilbride, Scotland
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama|
Dickie is also known for her portrayal of the security operative Jackie in her 2006 feature-film debut Red Road, directed by Andrea Arnold, for which she won several awards, including Best Actress at the British Academy Scotland Awards and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. She again won Best Actress at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards for the film Couple in a Hole. Her other film appearances include Prometheus (2012), Filth (2013), The Witch (2015), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
Dickie was born in East Kilbride, Scotland, but spent part of her childhood in different parts of Scotland, Wigtownshire, Galloway, Perthshire and Ayrshire, due to frequent moves by her family. From an early age she discovered her passion for acting, which her parents also supported. Coming from a working-class family (her father was a farmer and gardener) in which no family member had been in the arts before, she was embarrassed to call herself an actress since she was afraid to be called pretentious. Her desire for drama classes supported her to overcome her insecurities that appeared through the frequent school changes and helped her dealing with adjusting to new people and surroundings. After leaving school she went to college in Kirkcaldy to study for a national certificate in drama. In 1990, she won a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and decided to stay in Glasgow. Dickie started to work in theatre and had the opportunity to perform with some of Scotland's best companies. She finally achieved her breakthrough in 2000, in the BBC Scotland / Raindog series, Tinsel Town.
Through Dickie's performance in her film debut Red Road (in which she plays a security camera operative who gets involved with people's everyday lives through her camera perspective and who begins to stalk a man for reasons relating to her past) with her former drama school mate and co-star Tony Curran, she gained more recognition as a serious actress.
In the stage play Aalst, based on the true story of a couple who had killed their children and were sentenced in a high-profile trial, Dickie plays one of the parents. Her motivation to perform this role was her feeling of "responsibility to play people like that and to give them a voice. People that are not necessarily good or nice and have good lives."
Dickie was a swimming trainer in the 2010 television film Dive.
|2002||Running Girl||Running Girl|
|2005||Boiling a Frog||Fooaltiyeman|
|1994||Rab C. Nesbitt||Young girl||(1 episode) – "Mother"|
|2003||The Vice||Beverly||(1 episode) – "Gameboys"|
|2003||Taggart||(1 episode) – "Penthouse and Pavement"|
|2004||Still Game||Pregnant Girl||(1 episode, Series 3) – "Swottin"|
|2007||Taggart||Wendy Nuget||(1 episode) – "Island" (2003)|
|2008||He Kills Coppers||Janis|
|2010||Five Daughters||Isabella Clennell||(2 episodes)|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Agnes Builder|
|Game of Thrones||Lysa Arryn||(5 episodes)|
|2012||New Tricks||DCI Fiona MacDougall||(1 episode) – "Glasgow UCOS"|
|2013||By Any Means||Patricia Brooks||Episode #1,2|
|2015||London Spy||Editor||(1 episode) – "Strangers"|
|2015||The Frankenstein Chronicles||Mrs. Bishop|
|2016||One of Us||Sal||(4 episodes)|
|2017||Vera||Nell Hinkin||(1 episode) – "The Blanket Mire"|
|2018||The Cry||Morven Davis|
|2019||Shetland||DI Sam Boyd||(1 episode)|
|2019||Peaky Blinders||Mother Superior||(1 episode) - "Strategy"|
|2019||The Alienist||Scotch Annie||(1 episode) - "There Bloody Thoughts"|
|2020||The English Game||Aileen Suter||(2 episodes)|
|2020||The Nest||Sergeant McClelland|
|2003||Room for the Night||Prostitute||Short film|
|2005||Who Do You Love?||Mum||Short|
|2006||The Harvest||Emma Bovey||Short|
|2010||Native Son||Policewoman||Short film (Cinema Extreme)|
|2013||Not Another Happy Ending||Anna le Fevre|
|2013||For Those in Peril||Cathy|
|2014||Catch Me Daddy|
|2015||Couple in a Hole||Karen|
|2017||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||First Order Officer|
|2018||Tell It to the Bees||Pam Kranmer|
|2019||Balance, Not Symmetry||Mary Walker|
|2019||Get Duked!||Sergeant Morag|
|2020||The Green Knight||Post-production|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2000||British Academy Scotland Award Best Television Performance||Tinsel Town||Nominated|
|2006||British Academy Scotland Award Best Actress in a Scottish Film||Red Road||Won|
|2006||British Independent Film Award for Best Actress in a British Independent Film||Red Road||Won|
|2006||Montreal Festival of New Cinema Acting Award for Best Actress||Red Road||Won|
|2007||London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year||Red Road||Nominated|
|2016||British Academy Scotland Award for Best Actress in a Scottish Film||Couple in a Hole||Won|
- Celebrated at Cannes, but work still not easy for Kate THEATRE: | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET[permanent dead link]
- Waiting in the wings Kate Dickie wasn't prepared for the fame that | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET Archived 18 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Red Road – Movie Review
- Movie Review: Red Road Archived 20 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- BBC – Movies – review – Red Road
- The Brit pack of UK cinema – Features, Film & TV – The Independent
- AFM '09: First Image, Details on Thriller 'Outcast'
- The Sir Cafe Mom Archived 30 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Martin, Josh (7 May 2020). "Sleaford Mods share video for 'Second', featuring 'Game of Thrones" Kate Dickie". NME. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
- Grater, Tom (5 October 2018). "Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite, Lily Newmark board 'Balance, Not Symmetry' with Biffy Clyro (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
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