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The actress and fashion favorite is just as strong as her warrior character in Game of Thrones, finds HERMIONE EYRE

Photographs by EMMA TEMPEST


Gwendoline Christie arrives at the St Pancras Hotel in London looking magnificent in a Giles Deacon cape, exclaiming, “And WHY haven’t we met before?” in a swooping, resonant voice. “WHO has been keeping us apart?” Christie often speaks in CAPITALS, her expressive voice changing registers and layering emphasis as she delivers her conversational lines. “IT WAS DIVINE” (her verdict on Anna Nicole, the opera); “I’m BATS about Miu Miu and Prada.” She also uses my name frequently, in the teasing manner of a natural flirt. She is wittier and a thousand times more feminine than her most famous role (to date), the stern-faced, bone-crunching warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s epic Game of Thrones, a television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.


PROFESSION: Actress/enemy slayer
MY STYLE IS: Mythic Space Horse with chocolate-box tendencies.
GO-TO LABELS: Gile Deacon, Miu Miu, Prada, Roksanda Illincic, Richard Nicoll and Louise Gray – being in her studio is endlessly fun.
FAIL-SAFE PIECES: For day, Acne Studios jeans. For evening, a black crepe Miu Miu dress – it’s a dear old faithful – and a cashmere cape by Giles that transforms any outfit.
FAVORITE ACCESSORIES: My Roger Vivier pumps are timeless.



So impactful is her performance that Barack Obama is reported to have asked the show’s producers after her character’s well-being, and Mike Tyson once accosted her on the red carpet for a joint selfie (with the stipulation that she put him in a headlock).


In 2015, Christie’s fortunes look set to rise further with roles in blockbusters The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two and Star Wars VII. Her coterie of influential friends insist this is simply nature taking its course: the actor Simon Callow, her friend and mentor after she left London’s Drama Centre, said he could “smell success” coming her way.
“I was incredibly lucky to leave drama school and work with [director] Declan Donnellan at the Royal Shakespeare Company for my first job,” says Christie. “I never had to go too long without being employed.” Still, for eight years, she walked Callow’s dogs to earn extra money. “I miss them so much,” she says. “They were the best friends I ever had! Two boxers called Biff and Roxy; two glorious beings that I fell in love with.” She was busy taking Biff and Roxy for four-hour romps across north London’s parks and canals when it came to her attention that fans of Game of Thrones were lobbying online for her to play Brienne in the TV adaptation of the novels.


“There was this wonderfully encouraging wave of support,” says Christie. “I read the books and I really, really wanted to play the part. I started kundalini yoga, kickboxing and running, and completely changed my diet. I felt I wanted to undergo what was necessary for the part.” This was all before her first audition. “I love a challenge,” she shrugs. “And I love defying limitation, gender stereotypes and people’s expectations of me as an actress.”


“I love DEFYING limitation, gender STEREOTYPES and people’s expectations of me as an ACTRESS”


Life had already set expectations for Christie to defy. Growing up in a hamlet near England’s South Downs, she was conspicuous, having reached almost her full height of 6ft 3in by the age of 14. She rejected the growth inhibitors offered by her doctor and struggled to belong at school. At home, she read, watched Hitchcock and  ellini films, and devoured fashion magazines. “By hook or by crook, I got my mitts on them,” explains Christie.



“My life was very quiet, sedate and bookish, and it was so exciting to me to see what was going on in nightclubs and communities of artists and subcultures around the world. It gave me a taste for transformation – the idea that  a woman could be a chameleon.”

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Gwendoline on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound

Marlow Stern


The towering British actress discusses her strenuous mountaintop battle sequence, her love of Oathkeeper, and embracing ‘my androgyny.’

[WARNING: Spoilers]


Valar morghulis.


The High Valyrian saying translates to “All men must die,” which served as the tagline for the fourth season of HBO’s sweeping fantasy epic Game of Thrones. “All Men Must Die” was also the title to the series’ second season finale—one that saw Lady Catelyn Stark’s sworn protector, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), happen upon the desecrated corpses of three women lynched by House Stark henchmen while transporting the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister, to King’s Landing to swap for Sansa and Arya Stark. When the warrior runs into the Stark soldiers, she disposes of them with extreme prejudice, silencing the chatty Jaime.

One of the standout sequences of the fourth season finale, entitled “The Children,” sees Brienne clash with The Hound, played by Rory McCann. Sporting Jaime’s armor and Valyrian steel, “Oathkeeper,” the towering blonde had been on the road most of this season searching for the two Stark girls, when she happens upon The Hound and Arya. Brienne demands the deformed, less savage Clegane brother fork her over, but he refuses, hell-bent on receiving his bounty. And what transpires is one of the most gripping showdowns all season—a duel to the death atop a mountain that sees “I’m no lady” Brienne emerge victorious. It’s a scene that, like many this season, deviated considerably from George R.R. Martin’s books.

In addition to Game of Thrones, Christie was recently cast in an unspecified role in J.J. Abrams’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, as well as the part of Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2—arguably the two biggest films of 2015.

The British actress spoke to The Daily Beast about the spellbinding Thrones finale, femininity, how online fan forums inspired her to play Brienne, and much more.


Are you in London… in a galaxy far, far away?

[Laughs] I am indeed in London and I believe I’m allowed to say, now, that I’m heavily ensconced in that. I can’t say anything about Star Wars whatsoever!


Let’s talk about your massive Game of Thrones finale. What was it like shooting this epic showdown with Rory McCann’s The Hound?

It’s so entertaining to be involved with so many projects that are so enshrouded in secrecy. It was absolutely mammoth—a mammoth task—and one that took an awful lot of preparation. Rory and I trained for two months for it, and we’ve seen Brienne sword fighting before like on the bridge with Jaime Lannister, which took two weeks of training, but this was something else entirely. The brilliant C.C. Smiff [GoT swordmaster], who taught me to sword fight, also taught me to fight. I’d done boxing before in preparation for playing Brienne at the Trinity Boxing Club in L.A., but this was something that was entirely out of my comfort zone. I went through several periods wondering if I’d be able to do this incredible fight justice since it wasn’t an organized form of fighting—it was a scrappy, rough-and-tumble form of fighting. But Brienne believes she’s serving a moral cause; that she’s still working to serve her oath to Catelyn Stark.


“I felt it would be a useful challenge to let go of those things and embrace something else—to embrace my androgyny.”


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Gwendoline on her brutal finale fight: ‘I was screaming, going insane’

By James Hibberd on Jun 15



Warning: The interview below contains spoilers from Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale..


Gwendoline Christie wants to reveal her big secret. We were sitting on a wooden bench on the Game of Thrones set in Croatia last September and talking about standard character details — Brienne’s relationship with Jaime, her new suit of armor, her run-in with Cersei. But there was something the passionate and high-spirited Christie was holding back. Something that she was incredibly excited about for this season, yet wasn’t supposed to mention because it was a huge finale spoiler that’s not in George R.R. Martin’s novels. Would I promise to keep it secret, keep it safe? Would I swear to not tell a single solitary soul between now and the finale nine months later? I promised.

“I fight The Hound!” she exclaimed with a big grin. “We filmed it—three days in Iceland and it’s the biggest hardest fight I’ve ever done. It was on the rocks with swords and fists and we both came out unscathed, but it was one of the f–king hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. My hands were like tramps feet — like swollen. They looked after me, they always do, but inevitably things happen. We were fighting up hills, down hills, rolling, fighting on rock face with a sheer down drop. [The Hound actor] Rory McCann is an amazing actor and a very strong man, and that was a challenge — not just as actors, but as characters. It’s a f–king really intense challenge.”


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you do additional training?

Yeah, I did. I trained for six weeks beforehand — three, four days a week — and then I was with my trainer the rest of the time. I was just knackered. I didn’t know how any of my friends put up with me because I was no fun.


Now you’ve gotten pretty much as many sword fight scenes as anyone in the show.

Yeah, I suppose. I mean this one is really long and very complex. It’s one of the biggest they’ve had. And it’s not just physical fighting.


And what was going through your mind when you were filming that? Having to face such a huge opponent?

It was boiling hot, as it happened, and I really felt for Rory. The costumes are amazing, and they did a great job at making it much easier for me than it has been before, but they’re tough to work with. What’s going through my mind? I’m so into the scene that it becomes real. Rory and I might not be killing each other, but you’re both making contact with those swords. We are two people that really go for it in that situation. Like poor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau last season with the [sword fight] said, “Can you take 10 percent off this please, rather than smashing at me?” Rory and I were quite serious about it. We want there to be contact —rolling around in the dirt on a rock face with your hand bleeding. You’re in pain, just emotional and screaming through it, and blood is pouring out of your mouth and you’re falling over when you’re meant to and falling when you’re not meant to. I like it to be real. So certain things that are done that are very real and you’re genuinely scared because you look into the other person’s eyes and they mean it. It’s frightening—that is one of the few times I’ve not had to do any acting. I was screaming, “F–k you! Come on!” Blood everywhere, going insane. It is f–king mental. You were there on top of a mountain with this surreal landscape around you and the sun is shining and your adrenaline is pumping and you’ve got what looks like blood everywhere and you’re in pain and you’ve got swords and you’re on the floor hitting the living daylights out of each other. I actually lost it at points and would just go in screaming … There’s a beautiful arc to it. The fighting is an immaculate story that goes on and Alex and C.C. Smiff and poor [Paul] Herbert and Dave [Foreman]—all the stuntmen. I didn’t just want it to be a fight, I wanted it to be a physical story that was being told. I worked with [director] Alex Graves and he made it one of the most wonderful experiences. It just looks beautiful and earthy and surreal and it’s a complex emotional scene — and it’s not over yet.


How long did it take you to recover?
I was very lucky because I worked with my amazing conditioning expert Phil Murney—he’s very good with me about all these things like recovery and stuff. I think physically it took me only a week to recover. And you know, I have to admit I had pretty strange dreams going on. Rory said the same thing. It’s an emotional, hard, physical thing — I wish I could come up with other adjectives, or be lighter about it but…



Well you’re always so passionate about your character, and that’s awesome. I think it comes across in your performance.

It’s very good casting. We’re both insane — you get like this explosion of hard core aggression, physicality, and combat. He’s bigger than her, stronger than her, he’s merciless. He doesn’t care—he even says that. He’s literally killing her.

Source: EW

Actress Gwendoline Christie’s warrior alter-ego captures the castle


Actress Gwendoline Christie’s warrior alter-ego captures the castle

Photograph by Alice Hawkins.

Articles written from interviews by Sophie Robinson, edited by Natalie Smith.


Raised in the countryside, witty, attracted to the unconventional:  actress Gwendoline Christie is describing Cassandra, the narrator of I Capture the Castle but could almost be describing herself.


We’re filming in a gritty Hoxton warehouse, a far cry from the landscape of Game of Thrones.


“I feel a connection to Cassandra. Cassandra wants to be a writer. She wants to take a different path and that resonated with me.”


“This book is the story of a young girl, Cassandra Mortmain, whose family lives in a dilapidated castle, in a state of genteel poverty. She’s negotiating life, moving from a child into an adult.”


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Game of Thrones would easily beat Downton Abbey in a fight

“We’ve been training on Game of Thrones for this kind of big showdown for nearly four years. And secondly, there’s only so much damage you can do with a tea tray”

Gwendoline Christie: Game of Thrones would easily beat Downton Abbey in a fight
Written By
Benji Wilson

In Game of Thrones, you spend a lot of time in full armour. Would you recommend it?

Hmm, not really. But it does help the character. The whole thing about armour is that you can’t move with any degree of grace or ease in it. It’s very difficult to fight in it – even walking is hard. But if Brienne was a real person, that’s what she’d be having to overcome. It says in the books that at night she sleeps pretty much in armour as well because she’s so fearful of being raped. It’s round the clock.

Last season, you had a fight scene with a real bear. What advice would you give to other actors on working with bears?

Make sure there’s country and western music playing. And don’t cuddle it. Our bear was called Bart and he was a real diva. When he stepped out of his trailer, you had to give him a round of applause. None of the rest of the cast is so demanding.

How are you with a sword?

I’m all right, actually. I was taught fencing at school, but I hadn’t done it extensively. The swords are as real as possible. We have a brilliant fight director called CC Smiff who is not only really diligent about every single aspect, but lots and lots of fun. When he first got me I was a bit of a wuss. He had to get me to butch up a lot. He got me to walk about with a kettlebell to get a sense of weight of the sword.

What’s your desert island box set?

I’m very interested in the new HBO series called Looking. I’m told it’s like a gay Girls, set in San Francisco, and I think it shows HBO tackling things that are very current and necessary. And I wholeheartedly support that. It’s the sort of brave new material that shouldn’t necessarily have to be labelled “brave”.

Do you keep an eye on the TV competition?

I tend to watch films, but I’ve been enjoying House of Cards, and I really want to watch True Detective. I love
a bit of the dark stuff – I enjoy 
American Horror Story.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Strictly, The X Factor, I watch all of those. I even loved Splash! No shame with me. 

If you got the opportunity to take part in one reality contest, which would it be?

The X Factor. I haven’t got a particularly good voice but I like to think I could style it out.

If the cast of Game of Thrones had to take on the cast of Downton Abbey, who would win?

I think that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? For a start, we’ve been training on Game of Thrones for this kind of big showdown for nearly four years. And secondly, there’s only so much damage you can do with a tea tray. 

Game of Thrones continues on Mondays at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic

Source: Radio Times

Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal Talk Season Four, No Spoilers

By Juan Barquin

Tue., Apr. 15 2014


Pedro Pascal and Gwendoline Christie.

To say people are excited about the return of Game of Thrones is an understatement. More viewers are tuning in to watch the HBO series than ever before. The promise of another colorful wedding is only part of the appeal; the furthering of unexpected relationships and the welcome presence of characters both old and new give the season an interesting kickoff. I’m a fan of both the A Song of Ice and Fire books and the television series, so the chance to interview the actors behind two of the series’ most interesting characters was sent from whatever heaven in which a good portion of the Stark clan now rests.

Those characters are Brienne of Tarth and Oberyn Martell, better known as the Red Viper. Stepping out of their roles and elaborate costumes, Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal prove to be infinitely more delightful than their characters. That fact made it a whole lot easier to spend some time nerding out with them.

“All I did was nerd out until I realized I had to concentrate and play a part,” admits Pascal, who joined the show this season. Long before he joined the cast, right after Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion was released in 1995, Pascal approached Peter Dinklage on the street.



“I can tell you exactly what street it was — it’s so creepy,” he laughs. “I told him how much I loved his performance in that, and years later, now I get to act with him.” Pascal still hasn’t revealed that story to his costar.

Also an immense fan of the show, Christie was especially in love with the books.

“It surpassed all my expectations, and I thought they were some of the most unconventional narratives I’d ever come across,” she says. She was most interested in the women of the novels, especially that of her character, Brienne. Asked how often a role like that comes along, she says, “I wish I could say regularly. It’s rare, but it’s encouraging to me that a part like this, that so many of the female characters on the show, have proved to be so popular.”

They’re not only popular but also defiant to gender stereotypes. But where many viewers see Brienne as a mere knight, Christie sees far more.

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Gwendoline Christie on What It Was Like To Watch the Game of Thrones Purple Wedding

by Katey Rich
April 14, 2014

By Macall B. Polay/HBO

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 2, titled “The Lion and the Rose.”

Nobody had a worse time at the Game of Thrones Purple Wedding than poor old Joffrey, but a close second might be Brienne of Tarth. Having arrived at King’s Landing after a long, long journey escorting Jaime Lannister back home, Brienne is a knight forced into stuffy dresses, trying to find a place in a city where she doesn’t belong. And to make matters worse, during last night’s episode she was confronted by the woman she ought to fear most: Jaime’s sister/secret lover, Cersei Lannister.

“I think that’s probably the worst situation that Brienne can see herself in,” says Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, about the confrontation between her character and Lena Headey’s Cersei, who accuses Brienne of being in love with Jaime. “The emotional confrontation. Being forced to consider something that she perhaps hasn’t considered before and certainly doesn’t want to consider.”

But Brienne and Cersei’s chilly showdown was just one of many awkward encounters at the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell, which culminated in the biggest surprise this side of the Red Wedding: the death of the tyrannical, petulant Joffrey himself. Like any other Game of Thrones fan, Christie was “absolutely” delighted to see Joffrey go; she just had the added benefit of a front-row seat. In the process of filming the extended wedding sequence, Christie got to act opposite Game of Thrones cast members, like Headey or Charles Dance, she had never shared a scene with before.

“I felt like I was in the world of Game of Thrones. I felt like I had actually entered into the inner sanctum somehow. It was really thrilling. All of those characters, all of those actors, it was just such fun to be with them every day.”

It’s hard for viewers of the show to know what’s next for Brienne, or anyone really—the death of Joffrey resets the chess board of Game of Thrones in a major way. But even as an avowed book reader, Christie slyly suggests that nothing is guaranteed: “The whole format of Game of Thrones is that you just don’t know what to expect. There’s some security in, ‘Well, I’ve read the books.’ [But] the fact that the television program, with the collaboration of George R.R. Martin, deviates from that, [means] truly no one knows what’s going to happen.”

Source: Vanity Fair

Gwendoline Christie on Brienne and the Treachery of King’s Landing

The character faces new challenges now that her quest with Jaime Lannister has ended.

by Scott Collura
April 10, 2014
This article contains spoilers!

When I met up with Gwendoline Christie in New York City a couple of weeks ago to talk about Game of Thrones’ brand new fourth season, the actress otherwise known as the warrior Brienne was giddy with excitement. The Season 4 opener of the HBO hit had its premiere party the night before, and it was clear that Christie was still riding high from the evening. I mean, they even had a giant dragon there!

As Christie and I sat in a hotel suite high above the city overlooking Central Park, we talked about Brienne’s new path in Season 4 as she finds herself in the treacherous world of the royal court and King’s Landing. And you thought fighting a bear was dangerous?!



IGN: Are you enjoying New York — or do you even get a chance to leave the hotel?

Gwendoline Christie: [Laughs] They don’t let me out of the forest! This is a rare outing for me. I’m kept in the woods, wearing metal clothing.

IGN: [Laughs] Heavy clothing, fighting bears. You do most of your shooting in Ireland, is that right?

Christie: Mhmm. Yeah, up to — from what we’ve seen so far, I have shot pretty much exclusively in Belfast, apart from the bear-fighting scene, which we shot in LA, and then the very final scene at the end of Season 3, which was shot in Croatia, where Jaime and Brienne enter King’s Landing.

IGN: Ah, okay, and that was basically for the landscape, right?

Christie: Yeah, for it all to be precise and accurate, which I appreciate. It makes your job as an actor so much easier, to be in a real environment, rather than a mocked-up one.

IGN: I was in Belfast a couple of months ago. They were shooting a Dracula film up there, and everyone kept talking about how all the sound stages were Game of Thrones, and they had to find other spots to shoot.

Christie: Yeah, I know! They’ve really commandeered the landscape. They absolutely have. It’s Game of Thrones World. [Laughs]

IGN: So I watched the first three episodes of this season. They told me it was okay to kind of talk — not that anything too groundbreaking happens with your character.

Christie: Yeah, yes… What do you mean!? [Laughs] I’m so hurt right now!

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s journey

On fighting with bears, bathing with Jaime and being the best swordswoman in Westeros

By Alan Sepinwall   Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014

<p>Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in “Game of Thrones.”

There are certain characters on Game of Throneswho could probably have been played equally well by a few dozen actors across the UK and Europe. Then there are the ones who, because of certain traits given to them by author George R.R. Martin, needed a very specific combination of talent and physical appearance. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is obviously one of those, and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth is another. At an imposing 6’4”(*) with icy blonde hair and large blue eyes, Christie makes an impression, and is absolutely convincing as the stoic warrior who keeps beating up all the men who underestimate her.

(*) Tall actresses often wear flats to downplay their height, but when I interviewed Christie, she was wearing heels, making her even taller, and one of the few actors of either gender I’ve ever had to look up at.


Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had some of the best material of “GoT” season 3, as Brienne and Jaime Lannister endured hardships, torture, attempted rape and a very nasty scrape with a giant bear on their way to Kings Landing. A few weeks ago, I spoke with Christie about the challenges and joys of playing Brienne.

I have to ask, first of all, about working with the bear. How did you get along with Bart?

Gwendoline Christie: Bart the bear was so professional. What’s interesting is that you see this huge really cuddly looking bear and you almost forget that it’s a live animal that could kill you. It could kill you in a moment. But he was so professional. He was there in his trailer. He had been there for a week beforehand so he could be adjusted to the temperature and where he was and we shot it in L.A., ’cause that’s one of the places where we could get close enough to the bear. And he had to have country and western music playing at all times to keep him calm. And when he stepped out of his trailer everyone had to give him a round of applause. Whenever he did anything right or wrong you had to give him a round of applause and say, “Good boy!” When he got a little bit testy, or if he did something particularly well they’d give him spray cream in a frying pan. I asked David and Dan, “When can I start getting that kind of treatment?”

And how did they respond?

Gwendoline Christie: Yeah, that’s what happens all the time on set now from there on in. Country and western music, rounds of applause, cream in a frying pan. But he was absolutely extraordinary. They’d worked for months to work out exactly what the routine should be and what was possible and they’d worked for months on these movements.You’re not easy to double, I imagine, so was that you down there with the bear?

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