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Welcome to Glorious Gwendoline, the first and only fansite for the amazing British talent, Gwendoline Christie. She's been taking Westeros by storm in Game of Thrones, the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2, then again in a galaxy far far away with Star Wars. Enjoy the largest collection of her videos and photos in our galleries!

Photo: Vogue Meets The Cast Of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

VOGUE – Star Wars mania hits new heights this winter with the premiere of The Last Jedi, the action-packed intergalactic sequel to The Force Awakens, which sees the return of a certain stalwart of the rebel alliance as well as the final swan-song of a dearly departed Princess. To celebrate the long-awaited release, Jason Bell meets the star-studded cast – which includes Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Laura Dern – to shoot a series of portraits exclusively for British Vogue.

 

 

She looks like a goddess!

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Working with partner Giles Deacon: ‘I wear armour and I wear couture – both fascinate me’

 Gwendoline wears fern and putty acid zebra dress with Swarovski crystal anemone embroidery, price on application, by Giles Deacon Couture Credit: Charlotte Hadden
Gwendoline wears fern and putty acid zebra dress with Swarovski crystal anemone embroidery, price on application, by Giles Deacon Couture Credit: Charlotte Hadden

 

TELEGRAPH – London is melting. It’s the hottest day of the year, and outside Giles Deacon’s Brick Lane studio, the youth of Shoreditch are wilting in their rompers and crop tops. Inside, we’re above it all in the couture zone – a place of custom-woven double jacquards and hand-painted gold feathers, of gowns so lavish, so transporting and so expensive, they may well come equipped with their own weather systems.

 

Behind a closed door, Deacon is directing Gwendoline Christie (the Game of Thrones and Star Wars star who happens to be his partner) as she swishes through a series of looks from his first couture collection.

 

Gwendoline wears silk crepe bias-cut printed-egg dress with grosgrain shoulder corsage, price on application, Giles Deacon Couture Credit: Charlotte Hadden
Gwendoline wears silk crepe bias-cut printed-egg dress with grosgrain shoulder corsage, price on application, Giles Deacon Couture Credit: Charlotte Hadden

 

At 6ft 3in and with a regal confidence befitting the only actress ever to portray both a Shakespearean queen and a Stormtrooper commander, Christie seems born for gowns, particularly those with Deacon-esque heights of verve and individuality. She wears a silk gown printed with bird eggs of the British Isles with the same confidence and ease that most women would bring to their favourite jeans.

 

‘Giles has long been one of my favourite designers,’ Christie says via email later. ‘He has two of my favourite attributes in artists: wild imagination and technical rigour. [His designs] can be practical, otherworldly, sculptural and mind-bending, but you always feel celebrated as a woman when you wear them… Their confidence somehow increases yours. It’s quite a power for a designer to have. His clothes have personalities.’

 

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Gwendoline Christie Slays

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PAPER – In just four years, Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie has become a leading agent of change in Hollywood. After exploding conventional femininity in three major franchise roles — Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth, The Hunger Games’ Commander Lyme and Star Wars’ Captain Phasma — the striking actress and fashion newbie insists pop culture had it coming.

 

When we meet, Christie is savoring her precious last days at home before being whisked out to LA to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She still lives near the “beautiful old Georgian ruin” of Drama Centre London, her beloved acting school, where she was taught, as a 6’3″ actress, to shrink any expectations of glamorous work. “Part of my training was to always be in service of an idea greater than yourself,” she says over the phone. “But I don’t think actors can say, ‘I’m definitely going to change things.’ You can hope, and hopefully it will happen.”

 

It did: in her twenties, Christie tickled her agent with a pipe dream of ditching theatre for TV; a few years later, she’d muscled into HBO’s Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth. The outcast warrior soon became a fan favorite, and it’s no wonder: amid messy politics and corrupt patriarchies, her honor is as true as her sword. “I never expected her to be so loved,” Christie says, chuckling. “I just assumed people would champion the more conventional women.”

 

Since then Christie’s empire has rapidly expanded with her roles as Commander Lyme in the latest Hunger Games, and as toppled Episode VII: The Force Awakens villain Captain Phasma, rumored to bounce back in Episode VIII. Christie has even adorned fashion shows by Vivienne Westwood and Iris van Herpen. What’s driving her? “Every single person has felt either a connection to or alienation from what’s happening in popular culture,” she says. “And there’s something very pleasing about defying convention.”

 

 

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Gwendoline Christie Awakens

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INTERVIEW – On Game of Thrones, Gwendoline Christie plays Lady Brienne of Tarth, an honest, loyal, compassionate, shit-kicking, badass hero. Introduced in the show’s second season, Brienne is a noblewoman who has always been mocked and marginalized for her stature. She finally finds acceptance amongst the followers of Renly Barathean (or at least Renly himself), one of three hopeful kings in Westeros. He welcomes her into his king’s guard, an honor exclusive to males, as a proper knight. Then he is murdered by a whispy black shadow bearing the face of his brother and it all goes to hell.

 

Although the show can get pretty brutal (it’s not afraid to kill off major characters and there are some pretty horrific rape scenes), Brienne brings out the humanity in other characters. One of the most interesting relationships on the show was between Brienne and Jaime Lannister, a man known throughout Westeros for killing a king and sleeping with his twin sister.

 

But Christie is more than just the character that made her famous. Over the last three years, the 35-year-old Sussex, England native has become something of a fashion icon: she’s modeled in shows for Vivienne Westwood and Iris Van Herpen, and is frequently pictured in the creations of London designer Giles Deacon. Next week she will be propelled into the world of super-fans through her role as Captain Phasma in Star Wars. It is only Christie’s fourth feature film after Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Zero Theorem, and last month’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2.

 

Here, Christie talks to her friend Samuel L. Jackson, who has appeared in a few Star Wars films himself.

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Where are you?

 

005GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE: I’m in Belfast, filming a new series of Game of Thrones. My plane was delayed for two hours and then I had a self-tape to do that needed to be in two days ago. [laughs] It’s been action-packed. Where are you Sam, where are you?

 

JACKSON: I’m in L.A. for now, but I’m on my way to an airport in half an hour to get back to Hawaii to go back to filming King Kong.

 

CHRISTIE: Oh wow! What’s Hawaii like?

 

JACKSON: It’s hot and beautiful. It’s the opposite of where you are.

 

CHRISTIE: [laughs] Basically, yeah. But Belfast has it’s own special charms, which I like.

 

JACKSON: I know. I want to be there. I think I’m coming there at some point to do The Blob next year.

 

CHRISTIE: You need to get in touch with the set production and do a set visit. I’m serious about this. I’m willing to fly in and give you that tour. What about July?

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Behind the Scenes of TIME’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photo Shoot

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TIME – “The moment you meet BB-8, you build up some form of weird human connection,” says Marco Grob, who photographed the new Star Wars character for this week’s TIME cover. “It has one eye that has this really cute way of looking at you. It’s just incredible.”

 

“For me, Star Wars is much more than only a film,” Grob says. “Star Wars is hundreds of people who try to push the envelope. People who take enormous risks in creative and in technical aspects. They try to do things we’ve never seen before in a way nobody would have imagined to ever see before. And for me, it’s incredible.”

 

Grob says he didn’t get to see The Force Awakens before his sessions with the new members of the cast. In fact, he didn’t even watch the film’s popular trailers. “Sometimes it’s good not to know too much,” he says. “I wanted to have a feel on its own, to kind of do my own thing [instead of] being influenced by anything I would have seen.”

 

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THE PASSION OF THE CHRISTIE


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IN THE GRAND CULTURAL LINEAGE OF GRACE JONES, BRIGITTE NIELSEN, AND TILDA SWINTON, GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE IS REORDERING SOCIETY’S VIEW OF ANDROGYNOUS, POWERFUL GLAMOUR. AS THE TOWERING BRITISH TALENT SCALES THE SUMMIT OF HOLLYWOOD WITH THIS WINTER’S STAR WARS AND THE HUNGER GAMES—AND CONTINUES HER BELOVED REIGN ON HBO’S GAME OF THRONES—SHE KICKS BACK TO TAKE IN THE LONG VIEW OF A RISE LESS ORDINARY

 

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When she was a student at Drama Centre London, Gwendoline Christie told the school administrator, Maggie Wilkinson, a tiny white lie. By way of induction, it’s customary for first-year students to help with the production of graduating third-year shows. When she was handed a wrench and told to disassemble a stage, Christie thought, I can’t do that, I’m wearing a Sonia Rykiel jumper. She told Maggie instead that she was a dab hand at filing. As an actor, Christie is living proof that in the most curious acts, magic lies. And so it goes.

 

The following Christmas, Ms. Wilkinson recalled Christie’s administrative admission and asked if she would like a job for the holidays. The fabulous British character actor Simon Callow had asked if there was a student who would catalog his 4,000-strong compact disc collection. “Mainly classical,” notes Christie now. “Quite esoteric.”

 

Over an early lunch of smoked salmon and avocado at the Downton-ish central London restaurant, the Delaunay, she explains it was Callow who showed her a way to be an actor of integrity and ambition. “He was a very, very strong figure at the forefront of my development into adulthood.” She pauses. “Which came late.” Another pause. “Which might not have happened yet.” She laughs. She is wearing a vintage longer-than-floor-length Hussein Chalayan black shift, “so that I can be my own lady-in-waiting, holding my train,” and “a simple Chanel pump” (not simple at all, as she admirably shows by placing her right foot on the table).

 

Christie went on to work for Callow on and off for years, through the downtime of her early career—researching and collating materials for his memoir and walking his two beloved boxer dogs across Hampstead Heath. Callow is one of the grandees of British theater, probably still best known to populist audiences for his funeral in Four Weddings and… “He gave me a key to the house and said, ‘Make yourself at home, I trust you.’ To show someone who is struggling such kindness, to say, ‘Child, never give up,’ for nearly eight years? He did it without regard for how it would reflect on him. He’s unselfish and a big part of why I had the confidence to inhabit who I am. Because he was one of the first, maybe the first British actor to be openly homosexual at the start of his career and be unapologetic about it all. I miss him. You can’t replicate that kind of artistic patronage.”

 

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Women Who Dare: Gwendoline Christie

Bazaar celebrates women who live by their own rules and are brave enough to take flight.

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Pictured: Cape, Giles. Swimsuit, La Perla. Sandals, Giuseppe Zanotti Design. Hair: David Wadlow; makeup: Laura Dominique; manicure: Sabrina Gayle for Orly; set design: Trish Stephenson. FASHION EDITOR: Vanessa Coyle.​​

 

A few years ago, Gwendoline Christie was treading the boards for the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing Mag Wildwood in a West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now she finds herself at the epicenter of three massive pop-culture movements: Game of Thrones,Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2. While an actor saying he/she is grateful has become a cliché, Christie really means it. “It means there’s a shift in our culture and our way of thinking about how women are perceived,” she says. “People want to see a more diverse representation of women than the homogenized ones we’ve had so far.”

 

Christie, 36, is far from homogeneous. Standing six foot three, she contended for years with the perception that “if you were taller than average, you couldn’t act on-screen. But you’ve got to hang in there because things change.” She had a role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009, then a friend told her “there was something online about me being in an HBO show.” Christie researched Game of Thrones’s Brienne of Tarth, the loyal-to-a-fault soldier who stars in the series’ most riveting battle scenes, and thought, If this remains in audiences’ minds, this could work to change the way we view women on television.

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