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"Part of the reason why I love acting is that you do hope that somehow your work will connect to people and somehow expand their consciousness somewhat, and being able to challenge notions of prejudice through work - through my work - is really thrilling."

Gwendoline Christie (born 28 October 1978 in Worthing, England) is an English actress and model known for being 6 feet 3 inches tall, making her one of the tallest actresses in the world, and best known as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones and Captain Phasma in the Star Wars sequel trilogy that started with The Force Awakens. She hails from the South Downs, and started doing gymnastics at school there, but a spinal injury caused her to switch to acting. She was trained by actor-author Simon Callow and graduated from Drama Centre London in 2005.

After finishing her studies, Gwendoline settled down in London, and began acting in stage plays, notably as Lucifer in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. Like many English actors, she acts in stage plays, movies, and TV shows. She was also the subject of a series of pictures by photographer Polly Borland. She obtained the role of Brienne in Game of Thrones in a nearly uncontested audition after showing up in armor. Her portrayal of Brienne gained widespread praise.



  • Career-Ending Injury: As a child, she originally trained as a gymnast but turned to acting after suffering a spinal injury that prevented her from pursuing gymnastics professionally.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her two most prominent roles avert this; Brienne Of Tarth dresses in plate armour like most other knights in the series and Captain Phasma is clad in silver stormtrooper armour, even keeping her helmet on for the entirety of her screentime.
  • Gender Flip: As Lucifer in a stage performance of Doctor Faustus and as the comic book version in The Sandman. Besides the Biblical character of course being male, this particular version was also previously played by Peter Stormare and Tom Ellis (although in fairness, Neil Gaiman has pointed out that in the comic, his version of Lucifer doesn't actually have a biological sex).
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Phasma is actually a rare female Smug Snake and a Faux Action Girl.
    • In the series Top of the Lake she plays a female cop who is neurotic, a bit bumbling, downtrodden by her married boyfriend, and desperately wanting a child, and is finally ambushed and seriously injured by a suspect without managing to fight back.
    • Her portrayal of the glamorous Larissa Weems on Wednesday is such a departure from her usual physical and less feminine roles that it's almost jarring how great she is at portraying the soft spoken but highly intelligent and dangerous Principal Weems.
  • Star-Making Role: Her acclaimed role as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones made her a household name and led to her getting more prominent roles in films and TV shows (prior to Game of Thrones, she'd done well-received theatre work and had bit parts in a few films).
  • Typecasting: Her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth has established her as the go-to actress for brawny, credible Action Girls, be it in the Star Wars or the The Hunger Games franchises.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who portrays Jamie Lannister, get along like a house on fire and are never afraid to insult one another.