For millions of fans of Game of Thrones, her character, Catelyn Stark, was not one of the show’s long list of beloved characters due to her treatment of Jon Snow, one of the most beloved characters on the show. However, despite this, her performance was proof of the acting talent at the disposal of Michelle Fairley.
Without a doubt, Game of Thrones, a show that was a global phenomenon, will most likely be the most popular work of hers, but she has delivered remarkable performances in other projects over the course of her three-decade-plus career since she made her debut in 1986.
We discuss more of the Northern Irish actress below, read on to learn more.
Michelle Fairley’s Biography
Michelle Fairley was born on the 17th of January, 1964 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to parents, Brian and Theresa Fairley. She developed an interest in acting and the theatre at a young age and she built that interest right from her school days at Roman Catholic Grammar School.
When she was a teenager, Michelle Fairley joined Ulster Youth Theatre where she began her career as a stage actress, a career she continues to maintain till date.
Her journey in the theatre led her to Fringe Benefits, a theatre company before she began to make onscreen appearances. Since she began making onscreen appearances in 1987, Michelle Fairley has continued to appear in stage plays and has starred in plays like Julius Caesar, Road, and a couple more.
Movies And TV Shows
Michelle Fairley began her career in 1986 as a professional actress, at the age of 22 and she hasn’t relented in her work, making continuing appearances across movies, theatre, and TV shows.
She has appeared in over seventy onscreen projects, across both movies and TV shows, and it all began with the movie, Hidden City in 1987 when she played an unnamed cleaner. Two years after, she played Maeve in her first TV show, Saracen, staring in just one episode.
In 1990, Michelle Fairley got a chance to strut her stuff over the course of the year as she starred in three projects – the movie Hidden Agenda and two shows, Theatre Night and 4 Play, where she appeared as a guest star in an episode of each show.
During the 90s, Michelle Fairley got to build her reputation by appearing in several more shows, including Cardiac Arrest, Children of the North, Screen Two, Safe and Sound, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, and several more.
At the start of the new millennium, Michelle Fairley continued her appearances in TV shows, until the start of the 2010s, when she appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Mrs. Granger. In 2011, she began to play her most iconic role yet, as Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones, appearing in a total of 25 episodes and featured in one of the most popular episodes of the show, The Rains of Castamere. Since then, she has made other major appearances in Suits and 24: Live Another Day.
Over the course of her career, she has been the recipient of several award nominations such as multiple IFTA Awards.
Michelle Fairley’s Personal Life
Her adeptness at playing mothers onscreen might fool anyone to think she draws from her real life to portray the various characters but that could not be farther from the truth. Not only is Michelle Fairley not a mother, but she is also not known to be in any known relationship and she has never been married.
She is not one to share details of her personal life but her only known relationship was with an unnamed personality, which lasted for seven years and came to an end in 2012 because she wanted something new.
At the moment, Michelle Fairley appears to be comfortable being an aunt to her nieces and nephews.
Height And Body Measurement
Michelle Fairley has a height of 5 feet 5 inches and an accompanying body weight of 55 kg. Throughout the years, Michelle has maintained a fit and healthy body, sporting great looks in various attires during press events.
Her beautiful look is helped with a body measurement of 34, 24, and 32 inches, which measure her bust, waist and hip sizes respectively. Additional features of the Northern Irish actress include red hair and green colored eyes.