Game of Thrones season 7: Who is Gemma Whelan? From Yara Greyjoy to Karen Matthews


Yara Greyjoy is more to have a much bigger role to play in the history of Westeros after she punch a deal with Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) to aid her in war at the end of flavour six.

Fans are also desperate to know what will happen to the proper Queen of the Iron Islands after Yara and her brother Theon (Alfie Allen) escaped from the holds of their blood-thirsty uncle Euron (Pilou Asbaek), who proclaimed himself Ruler.

But the actress was almost axed from the show after a seemingly-insignificant fluff caught her in the producers’ crossfires.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Gemma disclosed that she almost lost her part when she ecstatically announced her duty back in 2012.

«The commencement lesson I learnt was when I first got the job. No-one told me to keep retired about it,» she said.

«I just thought it was normal to pop it on my Spotlight entry, so I wrote on my CV, ‘This summer Gemma discretion be playing Yara Greyjoy in HBO

Gemma Whelan was almost axed from the peek through in 2012 when she announced her casting

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Yara will likely manoeuvre a bigger role in the upcoming season

«I watched all of season one and thought, ‘There’s no way I’m prosperous to get this’,» she explained. 

I’d done a couple of comedies, I was doing a bit of stand-up – but a big HBO series? Not on the bank card card jokers

Gemma Whelan, Game of Thrones actress

«I’d done a couple of comedies, I was doing a bit of stand-up – but a big HBO series? Not on the postal cards. 

«I’d been desperate to be seen for drama, because I really wanted to do both… but it’s entirely hard to be considered in both categories sometimes, until you can prove yourself.» 

Teasing apropos where the new series might take her, she said hinted the fans order most likely find her sailing towards Westeros with Daenerys and her army.

«When we formerly larboard off season six, it was clear that Daenerys and Yara were off on a mission. And we fist me on a boat — so it would follow that you would find me on a boat,” she prognosticated.

«But I’m not ruling out being on land. How about that? Let’s not rule out any land!»

Cleave to her success on Game of Thrones, Gemma landed another big drama duty as “Britain’s most hated mum’” on BBC One’s The Moorside.

The drama was based on the high-profile disappearance of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews, and Gemma take part ined her mother Karen.

After a multi-million pound search, the missing demoiselle was found drugged and hidden in the base of a bed in a West Yorkshire flat.

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Ex to Game of Thrones, Gemma had a career in stand-up comedy

Her mother was then ousted for being relinquish of an elaborate plot to bag the reward money for finding her missing daughter.

Gemma’s portrayal of Karen Matthews was in all cases praised and her transformation into the character was so immersive, that fans were progressive stunned when they found out who it was.

One shocked Twitter user wrote: “OMG barely realised that Karen Matthews is Yara Greyjoy. Astonishing conversion and performance by @WhelanGemma #TheMoorside.” 

While another person who initially did not recognise her in the new position, called her a «true chameleon”.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16 and command be simulcast in the UK at 2am on Sky Atlantic. Catch up on season one to six on NOW TV.

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