• Gemma Elizabeth Whelan was born on April 23, 1981 in Leeds, Yorkshire England.
• She is a 37-year-old Caucasian actress, comedian, and dancer.
• She is best known for her role as Yara Greyjoy on “Game of Thrones”.
• She has professional experience in dance, musical theater, and singing.
• Her estimated net worth is $1 million.

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Who is actress Gemma Whelan from “Game of Thrones”?

Born Gemma Elizabeth Whelan on the 23rd of April 1981, in Leeds, Yorkshire England, Gemma Whelan is a 37-year-old Caucasian actress and comedian, perhaps best known for portraying the reckless heiress Yara Greyjoy in one of the most popular shows of all time, “Game of Thrones”.

Early Life and Education

Aside from the date and place of her birth, virtually nothing is known about Gemma’s early childhood, including the identities of her parents, and according to current sources, it doesn’t look like Gemma had any siblings either. There is also no information about her teenage years and adolescence, so media sources are in the dark about when she first took an interest in what she does today. However, apparently Gemma went through several phases as a child, seeing as she mastered multiple crafts before becoming an actress. First off, she is a professional dancer, specializing in tap and jazz dance styles, likely having taken classes as a child in order to get to this level of mastery, which makes her an active member of the Beaux Belles dance group based in London. Additionally, she has substantial training in musical theater, and a highly developed mezzo-soprano singing voice, meaning it is likely that she took singing lessons as a child as well. Furthermore, she can speak conversational Spanish. Therefore, in spite of the fact that it’s not known whether she attended college, or ever matriculated from high school, it can be assumed that Gemma is highly educated nonetheless.


There is no data regarding her early employment history until 2005, when Gemma participated in her first big official play, entitled “Newsrevue” at the Edinburgh Festival. After that, she was seen in almost a dozen plays, which undoubtedly served as a springboard for her career leap into cinematography. Her TV screen debut took place in 2006, when she landed a minor role in the TV series entitled “The Enforcers”, going on to enact more than several characters in various films and TV shows. As her popularity and recognition steadily rose, so did her chances to star. It’s important to note that Gemma is also a stand-up comedian, and during this time she was also doing comedy. Finally, in 2012, she got her biggest break by participating in the making of the eventually legendary “Game of Thrones.” At the moment, Gemma is involved in two shoots.

Love Life

Being seriously devoted to her career, apparently Gemma hasn’t found the time to share information regarding any boyfriend or spouse, although it’s undeniably evident that she has one. All that the media knows is that his name is Gerry, although the time when they started dating and any plans for the future will remain a mystery. In July 2017, Gemma announced that she is expecting her first child with her partner. In some of her latest Instagram posts, Gemma can be seen interacting with the child, looking quite happy with the way her life has turned out so far.

What is Gemma Whelan’s Net Worth?

$1 million.

Body Measurements

Height is 5ft 6ins (1.68m), hair color is brown while her eyes are dark blue.

General Info

Full NameGemma Whelan
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Comedian


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesPrevenge, Gulliver's Travels, The Wolfman
TV ShowsThe Moorside, Horrible Histories, Game of Thrones, Upstart Crow, Decline and Fall

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Squadron 422017Video Game post-production
Untitled Pajama Men Project2016TV Movie post-productionGlenda
Game of Thrones2012-2017TV SeriesYara Greyjoy
Decline and Fall2017TV Mini-SeriesDiane Fagan
Mass Effect: Andromeda2017Video GamePathfinder Raeka (voice)
The Moorside2017TV Mini-SeriesKaren Matthews
Uncle2015-2017TV SeriesVeronica
Morgana Robinson's the Agency2016TV SeriesKat Cassidy
Wise Girl2016ShortNoodles
Hetty Feather2016TV SeriesIda Battersea
Upstart Crow2016TV SeriesKate
Comedy Playhouse2016TV SeriesChloe
Almost Royal2014-2016TV SeriesNarrator
Guitar Hero Live2015Video Game voice
Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser2015Video Game voice
Not Safe for Work2015TV SeriesDavina
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward2015Video GameIgeyorhm (English version, voice)
Murder in Successville2015TV SeriesNurse Adele
The Art of Foley2015TV Mini-SeriesPippa
Asylum2015TV Mini-SeriesJournalist
Mapp & Lucia2014TV Mini-SeriesIrene Coles
Dragon Age: Inquisition2014Video GameAdditional Voices / Additional Voices - Jaws of Hakkon DLC (voice)
Siblings2014TV SeriesRuth
Badults2014TV SeriesJuliet
Claudia O'Doherty Comedy Blaps2013TV SeriesSarah
The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains!2013TV Mini-Series
Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul2012TV SeriesVarious
Threesome2011TV SeriesWendy
Gulliver's Travels2010Lilliputian Rose
The Persuasionists2010TV SeriesJosephine
The Wolfman2010Gwen's Maid
10 Minute Tales2009TV SeriesPretty Nurse


The Graham Norton Show2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Character Profiles2013Video documentary shortYara Greyjoy / Herself
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - In Production, Belfast2011Video documentaryYara Greyjoy

Archive Footage

Uncle2017TV SeriesVeronica


Won Awards

2015Panel AwardTweetfest Film FestivalBest ActorWise Girl (2016)

Nominated Awards

2017ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGame of Thrones (2011)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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