Faye Marsay: The Game Of Thrones Actress’ 10 Best Movies & TV Shows ( Part 2) 

Faye Marsay: The Game Of Thrones Actress’ 10 Best Movies & TV Shows ( Part 2)

5Doctor Who (2005-Present)

Faye Marsay as Shona

Shona looks shocked in Doctor Who
Release DateNovember 23, 1963
CastJenna Coleman , Jodie Whittaker , Alex Kingston , David Tennant , Matt Smith , Peter Capaldi

Most of Faye Marsay’s early roles came in recurring stints on TV series, but her one-episode run on Doctor Who was no less memorable. The science fiction reboot series follows the titular Time Lord as he bops around space and time getting himself and his companions into various adventures. Appearing in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “Last Christmas” in 2014, Marsay’s turn as Shona was somewhat hampered by not being given much to do. Nevertheless, she had great repartee with The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and she helped make her one episode appearance in the Whoniverse even more memorable.

4Black Mirror (2011-Present)

Faye Marsay as Blue Coulson

Blue Coulson looks on in Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Science Fiction
Release DateDecember 4, 2011
CastBryce Dallas Howard , Hayley Atwell , Anthony Mackie

The sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror has featured a host of notable stars in one-off episodes, but a young Faye Marsay was also given a chance to leave her mark on the long-running show. The episode “Hated in the Nation” follows a detective who investigates social media-related murders. Marsay appears as the tech-savvy sidekick, Blue Coulson, who uses her techno wizardry to help crack the case. A somewhat somber episode, “Hated in the Nation” drew inspiration from Nordic Noir, and Marsay gave an appropriately subdued performance. Though it is one of the less-discussed early episodes of Black Mirror, it exemplifies the shows anti-technology message.

3Pride (2014)

Faye Marsay as Steph Chambers

Steph Chambers looks at a man while in bed in Pride

Most of Faye Marsay’s most memorable roles have come in TV shows, but her turn in the film Pride showed she was well suited for the large screen as well. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a group of LGBTQ+ activists who assist mine workers as they undergo a lengthy strike for better working conditions. Marsay’s role as Steph was designed to stand out, and her spot as the only lesbian among the group was accentuated by her fiery red hair and equally fiery personality. Though Pride was hardly a world-beater, it has a special spot among the host of feel-good LGBTQ+ movies released in recent years.


2Andor (2022-Present)

Faye Marsay as Vel Sartha

Release DateSeptember 21, 2022
CastGenevieve O’Reilly , Adria Arjona , Diego Luna , Kyle Soller , Alan Tudyk , Stellan Skarsgård , Denise Gough , Forrest Whittaker

It’s rare when an actor gets to make a mark on even one franchise, but Faye Marsay chalked up her third when she appeared in the Star Wars series Andor. Set before the events of Rogue OneAndor follows the titular character as he rises through the ranks of the Rebel Alliance. Marsay was right in her element as the gruff Vel Sartha, and she made for a wholly believable Rebel leader. The show itself scored a host of critical praise and was even nominated for several Emmy Awards. The massively bloated Star Wars universe is crowded with stars, but Faye Marsay was a positive addition to the sci-fi staple.

1Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

Faye Marsay as The Waif

Game Of Thrones
Release DateApril 11, 2011
CastEmilia Clarke , Lena Headey , Richard Madden , Michelle Fairley , Kit Harington , Maisie Williams , Alfie Allen , Peter Dinklage

While she may have had larger roles, Faye Marsay’s turn as The Waif in Game of Thrones will probably be her lasting pop culture contribution. The series follows the politics of the kingdom of Westeros as various nations vie for the Iron Throne. Marsay joined in seasons 5 and 6 as the mysterious assassin who trains Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in the ways of the Faceless Men. Marsay excelled as the thoroughly unlikeable tormentor, and she was uniquely suited for the neutral villain role. The series was jam-packed with George R.R. Martin’s signature brand of dynamic characters, and Faye Marsay made the best with what she was given.

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