For millions of Game of Thrones fans, her character Catelyn Stark was not on the long list of beloved characters in the series due to her treatment of Jon Snow, one of the series’ most popular characters. Nevertheless, her performance was a testament to the acting talent that Michelle Fairley had at her disposal.
Undoubtedly, Game of Thrones, a show that was a global phenomenon, will most likely be her most popular work, but she has made remarkable contributions to other projects during her more than three-decade career since her debut in 1986.
We discuss more the Northern Ireland actress below, read on to learn more.
Michelle Fairley’s Biography
Michelle Fairley was born on 17 January 1964 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, as the daughter of Brian and Theresa Fairley. From an early age, she developed an interest in acting and theatre, which she developed during her school days at the Roman Catholic Grammar School.
As a teenager, Michelle Fairley came to Ulster Youth Theatre where she began her career as a stage actress which she continues to this day.
Her path in the theatre led her to Fringe Benefits, a theatre company before she began to perform on screen. Since she began appearing on the big screen in 1987, Michelle Fairley has continued to perform in plays and has appeared in plays such as Julius Caesar, Road, and several others.
Movies And TV Shows
Michelle Fairley began her career as a professional actress in 1986, at the age of 22, and she has continued to work and perform in films, theatre, and TV shows.
She has been involved in over seventy projects in film and television, and it all began with the 1987 film Hidden City, in which she played a nameless cleaning lady. Two years later she starred in her first television show, Saracen, the Maeve, in just one episode.
In 1990, Michelle Fairley was given the opportunity to show her stuff during the year when she starred in three projects – the film Hidden Agenda and two shows, Theatre Night and 4 Play, where she was a guest star in one episode of each show.
During the 1990s Michelle Fairley built her reputation by appearing on several other shows including Cardiac Arrest, Children of the North, Screen Two, Safe and Sound, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, and several others.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Michelle Fairley continued her appearances on television shows until the early 2010s when she appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Mrs. Granger. In 2011, she began playing her most iconic role to date when Catelyn Stark appeared in Game of Thrones, which featured in a total of 25 episodes and was featured in one of the series’ most popular episodes, The Rains of Castamere. Since then she has had other important appearances in Suits and 24: Live Another Day.
She has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including several IFTA awards.
Michelle Fairley’s Personal Life
Her ability to play mothers on-screen could fool anyone into thinking that she is drawing from her real-life to portray the various characters, but that could not be further from the truth. Not only is Michelle Fairley not a mother, but she is not known to be in a known relationship, and she has never been married.
She is not a person who shares details of her personal life, but her only known relationship was with a nameless person, which lasted seven years and ended in 2012 because she wanted something new.
At the moment, Michelle Fairley seems to feel comfortable being the aunt of her nieces and nephews.
Height And Body Measurement
Michelle Fairley has a height of 5 feet 5 inches and a corresponding body weight of 55 kg. Over the years Michelle has maintained a fit and healthy body and has maintained a great look in various dresses at press events.
Her beautiful appearance is enhanced by body measurements of 34, 24 and 32 inches, each measuring her chest, waist, and hips. Other characteristics of the Northern Irish actress are red hair and green-tinted eyes.