The British movie star, Joe Dempsie became quite significant and popular in the movie industry after portraying the character of Chris Miles in E4’s comedy-drama, Skins (2007-2008). It was, however, his role as Gendry in the much-talked-about HBO television series, Game of Thrones that shot him to global limelight. The brilliant actor has been active in the Hollywood industry for over a decade and has appeared in a handful of blockbuster movies and TV series. Learn more about the bio and personal life of the Game of Thrones star below.
Who is Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie?
Joe Dempsie is an English actor born on June 22, 1987, as Joseph Maxwell Dempsie. He was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England but grew up in West Bridgford, Nottingham. He attended the West Bridgford School as well as the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham. His family had left Liverpool for Nottingham when he was just four.
Joe is of Scottish origin but a British and white by nationality and ethnicity respectively. His parents are Gretta and Jim Dempsie and he has a sister, Lauren who unfortunately suffers from cerebral palsy.
Coming to his physical looks, Joe Dempsie has a slim stature with a height of 5 feet, 7.5 inches; an equivalent of 1.71 meters. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. He currently lives in London, England.
Joe Dempsie’s acting career kicked off in the year 2000 when he made his debut screen appearance in the television medical drama, Peak Practice. Another medical drama Doctors followed in which he portrayed the recurring characters of Lee Lindsay and Danny in 2001 and 2004 respectively. In 2003, he landed his first movie role as Craig in Heartlands. He also appeared in another medical series, Sweet Medicine in the same year.
Dempsie’s breakthrough came about in 2007 when he was cast in the teen comedy-drama, Skins. His role as Chris Miles in the series made a positive impact on his acting career. He once revealed in an interview that nothing else so far gets him stopped anywhere near as much as Skins which turned out a global hit.
In 2011, Dempsie landed his breakout role while portraying the character of Gendry, an apprentice blacksmith in the 2011 hit fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones. It was big luck for Joe Dempsie because he lacked the physical qualities required for the role. He, however, fit into the role after some intense workouts and other physical adjustments including dying his hair black. Between 2011 and 2013, Dempsie (as Gendry) was a recurring character. But when the series resumed in 2017, he became a main cast, still portraying Gendry.
The highlight of his popular movies includes: One for the Road (2003), Born and Bred (2005), The Damned United (2009), Blitz (2011), The Fades (2011), Murder, Joint Enterprise (2012) and This is England series. Others are Black Hearts in Battersea (2009), The Beach (2016) and voiceover works, Clearasil ‘Lipstick’ advert (2008), Sky One (2011) and Final Fantasy XIV (2017).
In 2018, Joe Dempsie started appearing as Harry on Fox’s television series, Deep State alongside Mark Strong. He has also made appearances in a number of music videos including Rob Green’s Blue (2016).
Is He Dating Anyone or Is He Married?
Joe Dempsie started dating an acting colleague, Katie McGrath in 2007. Joe and Katie co-starred in the 2008 fantasy-adventure television drama, Merlin. Their affair was quite a loud one as they moved about openly and attended events together as a couple. They, however, parted ways in 2010 for undisclosed reasons.
The movie star has equally been linked romantically with Skins co-star Larissa Wilson. The dates and duration of their affair are, however, not available. Sometime in 2016, after appearing in Rob Green’s music video, Blue, as his gay partner, questions started arising as to Joe’s sexual status. Many started claiming that he is homosexual. However, the fact that he has openly had girlfriends refuted the claims.
While there is no news of his current relationship, rumors started flying around in mid-2018 that Dempsie may have started going out with Game of Thrones co-star, Emilia Clarke. The duo headed to the airport together on 24th June 2018 after witnessing the wedding of their colleagues, Kit Harrington, and Rose Leslie the previous day. Although their appearance was casual; many have started thinking they could be a pair. However, none of these two has confirmed the speculations yet.