Hannah Murray’s biographyTegan Lauren-Hannah Murray is the star of the iconic Game of Thrones series, musical God Help the Girl, dramas Skins, Womb, Chatroom and Bridgend, the holder of the prestigious BAFTA Audience Award (the British equivalent of the American Emmy); she’s received film festival awards such as the TriBeCa in New York, Evolution in Mallorca, as well as Best Actress category at the Ourense Independent Film Festival, and the Sundance grand jury prize.
ChildhoodThe future film star was born on July 1, 1989, in Bristol, England, where she spent her childhood. She was brought up in the family of local university professor Martin Murray and Rosemary Silvester, laboratory assistant at the Chemistry department of the same institution.
'Skins'. First rolesAt the age of 17, Hannah found out that there were auditions held in her town for the teenage series Skins, decided to give it a try and she’s had quite the impression on the producers. She got one of the leading roles, the one of Cassie, a girl dealing with different psychological issues. In 2009, her astonishing transformation and portrayal of the complex character earned her a BAFTA award.
In May 2008, she made her debut in drama, which offered her a considerable career boost and she received high praise in the press. She played the role of Mia, at Duke of York’s Theatre, based on the play That Face written by 19-year-old Polly Stenham.
’Game of Thrones’. Career highlightThe same year Hannah joined the acting crew of the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ series in its second season, playing the role of young Gilly, who has had a rough time living beyond the Wall, namely she was being abused by her own father which resulted in her giving birth to his child.
In 2013, combining the filming for one of the most popular contemporary series, she made an appearance in the role of Rachel in the action movie The Numbers Station with John Cusack. He played the key role of a CIA agent who saved Hannah’s heroine’s life.
During the same period, Murray appeared in the music video to the song Your Cover’s Blown by the popular Scottish band Belle & Sebastian from the album The Third Eye Centre.
Also in 2014, while still filming for ‘Game of Thrones’, Hannah played the main role in the play ‘Martine’ by the French playwright Jean-Jacques Bernard, the representative of the movement known as the art of the unexpressed. Her performance, solely relying on mimicry, gestures, and silence to express emotion, was appreciated with a nomination for the award of the independent London theaters Off West End Awards in the category Best Female Performance.
That’s when the Danish movie ‘Bridgend’ came out, based on the real-life teenage suicide cases in the town. The transformation of Hannah into the movie’s heroine named Sara was highly appraised at the premiere, which was held at the TriBeCa Film Festival, earning her an award for the best female role. She was also proclaimed as Actress of the Year at the Palma-de-Mallorca and Ourense festivals.
Hannah Murray’s personal lifeThere’s not much to talk about in her private life. Rumors had it that she was dating her ‘Game of Thrones’ co-star John Bradley, and even that she was pregnant because she had gained some weight towards the end of the series.
The actress is a convinced vegetarian.
Hannah Murray nowShe appeared in the movie ‘Charlie Says’ released in 2019, which tells the story of Charles Manson (played by Matt Smith), the founder of the hippie-commune ‘Family’ and his followers. One of the gruesome murders committed by his ‘family’ was the one of model Sharon Tate (wife of producer Roman Polanski), in her own home while she was 9 months pregnant. They also murdered 8 more people. Hannah delivered an outstanding performance of a girl charmed by a criminal, for whom she abandoned her freedom, personality, name, and all responsibility.
In 2020, The Expecting premiered, in which Hannah played Cara. According to the plot of the thriller series, the main character mysteriously becomes pregnant and tries to expose the conspiracy built around her.