Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel[1] (born 2 March 1989) is a British actress and model. Emmanuel began her acting career appearing in theatre in the late 1990s, accruing roles in various West End productions such as the musical The Lion King.[2] In 2006, she began her on-screen career by starring as Sasha Valentine in soap opera Hollyoaks, after which she appeared in various British television series until her debut film appearance in Twenty8k. Emmanuel gained international recognition for her role as Missandei in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2013–2019), and continued her career with supporting roles in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) and its sequel Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), and in the Fast & Furious films Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and F9 (2021).

Nathalie Emmanuel
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Emmanuel at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel

(1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 31)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2006–present

Early lifeEdit

Emmanuel was born on 2 March 1989 in Southend-on-Sea, a seaside resort town in Essex, England.[2][3] Emmanuel is the second child of a half Dominican (Dominiquais) and half English mother, and a father (Joseph James) of half-Saint Lucian and half English ancestry.[4][5] Emmanuel demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; she recalled that her mother first took notice of her passion and desire to become an actress during Emmanuel's attendance at the independent St Hilda's School (now closed) and later grammar Westcliff High School for Girls.[6][7] In an interview with the New York Daily News, she commented, "When I was 3, [I'd] always cause drama that my mum decided maybe I should channel it properly—so she started me on acting, singing and dancing classes".[8] At the age of 10, she played Young Nala in the West End production of the musical The Lion King.[8]

CareerEdit

 
Emmanuel speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con

In 2006, she made her television debut, starring as Sasha Valentine in the soap opera Hollyoaks. Emmanuel appeared on the show until 2010, her character's storylines included prostitution, and heroin addiction.[9][10][11]

In January 2012, Emmanuel presented BBC Three's Websex: What's the Harm?, investigating the online sexual habits of 16–24 year olds in the UK.[12] Later in the same year she made her film debut in the thriller Twenty8k.[13][14]

The following year, she was cast as Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen's interpreter, in HBO's fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.[11] In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she confirmed that she received the news about winning the role when she was working in a clothes store as a shop assistant.[15] In 2015, Emmanuel was promoted to a regular cast member on the show.[16] Missandei was the only prominent character that was a woman of colour in the show, and her death scene, which took place whilst she was in chains, was unpopular among fans, being called an example of fridging and evoking an image of slavery.[17][18] Emmanuel later told The Guardian:[19]

The reaction to Missandei’s death was so big because she was the only one. I think a lot of the people who felt othered or disenfranchised had connected with her, or felt represented by her, especially women of colour. When she died – and in the way that she did – it was so painful for people because they were like, ‘Wait, no! That’s how they’re going to do the only woman of colour?’

Also in 2015, she played computer hacker Ramsey in the action film Furious 7,[20] and Harriet in the science fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.[21][22] For the former Emmanuel won the Screen Nation award for Best Female Performance in Film.[23] She played Harriet once again in the movie Maze Runner: The Death Cure in 2018.

In 2017, Emmanuel said that she learnt "the art of subtlety" playing Missandiei, and that as she was working on soundstages and with greenscreens when playing Ramsey, that role developed the use of her imagination when acting.[24] She reprised her role of Ramsey in The Fate of the Furious in 2017[25] and is set to continue the role in F9, which was due to be released in May 2020 but was postponed until April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[26][27] Emmanuel played Maya, a political speechwriter, in the romantic comedy television series Four Weddings and a Funeral for Hulu,[28][19] and was the voice of Deet in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Netflix series, both released in 2019.[29] In July 2020 Emmanuel costarred opposite Kevin Hart and John Travolta in the Quibi original action-comedy series Die Hart.[30]

In the mediaEdit

FHM magazine ranked Emmanuel as 99th in their 100 Sexiest Women of 2013, and 75th in their Sexiest Women of 2015.[31][32] In 2015, she also appeared in the April issue of InStyle and GQ magazines.[33][34]

Personal lifeEdit

Emmanuel is vegan for health reasons, and told Glamour magazine in 2017 that "I don’t trust the food industry, I don’t trust what they put in our food - it makes me feel sick actually."[35]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year(s) Title Role Notes Ref.
2006–2010 Hollyoaks Sasha Valentine 191 episodes [11]
2008 Hollyoaks Later Sasha Valentine Series 1 (4 episodes) [36]
2009 Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Before Sasha Valentine [37]
2011 Casualty Cheryl Hallows Episode: "Only Human" [38]
2011 Misfits Charlie Episode 3.1 [39]
2011 Scream if you Know the Answer! Guest Series 1, Episode 9 [40]
2012 Websex: What's the Harm? Presenter [12]
2013–2019 Game of Thrones Missandei Seasons 3 & 4: recurring (15 episodes)
Season 5-8: main role (23 episodes)
2019 Four Weddings and a Funeral Maya Miniseries [19]
2019–present The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Deet
(voice)
Main role

StreamingEdit

Year(s) Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 Die Hart Jordan 10 episodes [41][42]

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 Twenty8k Carla [13]
2015 Furious 7 Ramsey [20][25]
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Harriet [43]
2017 The Fate of the Furious Ramsey [25]
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Harriet [44]
2018 The Titan Warrant Officer Tally Rutherford [45]
2020 Holly Slept Over Holly [46]
2021 F9 Ramsey Post-production [26]

RadioEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Love Henry James: The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant [47]

Recognition and awardsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [48][49]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [50][51]
Empire Awards Empire Hero Award (Ensemble) Won [52][53]
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [54]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [55]

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