Faye Marsay

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Faye Marsay
Born (1986-12-30) 30 December 1986 (age 32)
Middlesbrough, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Faye Marsay (born 30 December 1986) is an English stage and screen actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Neville in The White Queen, Amy in Need for Speed, the recurring character Candice in Fresh Meat, Steph in the film Pride, Shona McCullough in the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special, Last Christmas, and the Waif in seasons five and six of Game of Thrones.

Early life

Marsay was born in Middlesbrough, in the northeast of England. She attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she played the roles of Sissy Jupe in Hard Times, First Wyrd Sister and Fleance in Macbeth, Runt in Disco Pigs, and the lead role of Shen Te in The Good Soul of Szechuan. It was during her time at the school she won the Spotlight Prize 2012. As soon as she graduated, she landed a main role in The White Queen.[1]


In 2008, Marsay played Sue in the comedy drama 'Is That It?',[2] she was credited as 'Fay Marsay'.

She rose to prominence in 2013, playing Anne Neville in The White Queen, who was Richard III's (Aneurin Barnard) wife and Queen. Next, Marsay played new "fresher" Candice Pelling in the TV series Fresh Meat.

In 2014, which would prove to be a busy year for Marsay, she played the role of Lizzie Lancaster in series two of The Bletchley Circle.[1] In September, Faye had two projects debut, the first being BAFTA nominated film, Pride, in which she played the character of Steph alongside distinguished actors, such as Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, and Dominic West, as well as up-and-coming talent Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Joe Gilgun, and Freddie Fox. The second was the TV miniseries murder mystery Glue written by Jack Thorne. Faye played the character Janine Riley with a young, talented cast of actors Callum Turner, Yasmin Page, and Billy Howle. Faye also appeared in the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special Last Christmas as the funny, yet lonely, Shona McCullough, who became a fan favorite in the search for the next companion for Peter Capaldi's The Doctor.[3]

2015 began with Marsay appearing in the fifth season of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones as the Waif. She was featured in four episodes with Maisie Williams and Tom Wlaschiha. In August and September 2015, she was spotted in Spain filming for the upcoming season.[4] In June, Marsay was cast as new character Katie Springer in the TV series My Mad Fat Diary for the final season. In the beginning of October, Marsay was named one of Screen International's 2015 Stars of Tomorrow[5] which highlighted creative professionals who are up-and-coming. October 2 debuted a radio drama on BBC Radio 4 called The Price of Oil.[6] The episode No Two Days starred Marsay as Izzie, and Paul Higgins as Richard. In November, Marsay appeared as Amy in the video game Need for Speed donning an American accent. Next, the short film NippleJesus, based off the short story by Nick Hornby, debuted at the Austin Film Festival and premiered in London, though it has not yet been made available to mass audiences. Marsay plays Siobhan. The film also stars British actors Steffan Rhodri and Abigail Thaw.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Is That It? Sue Coming of age comedy drama
2013 The White Queen Anne Neville 10 episodes
2013 Fresh Meat Candice Pelling Season 3; 8 episodes
2014 The Bletchley Circle Lizzie Lancaster Season 2; 4 episodes
2014 Glue Janine Riley 7 episodes
2014 Doctor Who Shona McCullough Episode "Last Christmas"
2015–present Game of Thrones The Waif Season 5; 4 episodes
Season 6; 5 episodes
2015 My Mad Fat Diary Katie Springer Season 3; 3 episodes
2016 Vera Christine Season 6; 1 episode
2016 Love, Nina Nina 5 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Pride Steph Chambers First film role
2015 NippleJesus Siobhan Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2015 No Two Days Izzie Part of The Price of Oil series
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Need for Speed Amy First game role
Year Title Role Company
2008 Hansel and Gretel Woodfolk Northern Stage
2009 Peter Pan Tinker Bell/Tiger Lily Northern Stage
2009 Five Kinds of Silence Susan Live Across Newcastle
2010 The Journey(UK Regional Tour) Owen Taproot Theatre Company
2011 The Cherry Orchard Dunyasha BOVTS
2011 Canopy of Stars Cheryl BOVTS
2011 All's Well That Ends Well Diana BOVTS
2011 Hard Times Sissy Jupe BOVTS
2012 Macbeth First Wyrd Sister BOVTS
2012 Macbeth Fleance BOVTS
2012 Disco Pigs Runt BOVTS
2012 The Good Soul of Szechuan Shen Te BOVTS

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2012 Spotlight Spotlight Prize Won
2015 Screen International Stars of Tomorrow Achievement


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Curtis Brown". Retrieved 25 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Faye Marsay at the Internet Movie Database
  3. "Faye Marsay Poised for next Doctor Who Companion".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Game of Thrones Season 6 Production Update".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Faye Marsay, Stars of Tomorrow".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "BBC Radio 4 – Drama, The Price of Oil, No Two Days".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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