Kate Dickie

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Kate Dickie

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Kate Dickie
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Kate Dickie in 2017
Born 1971 (age 45–46)
East Kilbride, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Children 1

Kate Dickie (born 1971) is a Scottish actress who has appeared in television series, stage plays and films. She is known for her television roles as Lex in the BBC series Tinsel Town (2000–01) and Lysa Arryn in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–14). She supports the theatre company Solar Bear, which is known for its collaborations with deaf people, in part through her role as patron.[1]

Dickie is also known for her portrayal of the security operative Jackie in her 2006 feature-film debut Red Road, directed by Andrea Arnold, for which she won several awards, including Best Actress at the British Academy Scotland Awards and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. She again won Best Actress at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards for the film Couple in a Hole. Her other film appearances include Prometheus (2012), Filth (2013) and The Witch (2015).

Early life[edit]

Dickie was born in East Kilbride, Scotland, but spent part of her childhood in different parts of Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway, Perthshire and Ayrshire), due to frequent moves by her family. From an early age she discovered her passion for acting, which her parents also supported. Coming from a working-class family (her father was a farmer and gardener) in which no family member had been in the arts before, she was embarrassed to call herself an actress since she was afraid to be called pretentious.[2] Her desire for drama classes supported her to overcome her insecurities that appeared through the frequent school changes and helped her dealing with adjusting to new people and surroundings. After leaving school she went to college in Kirkcaldy to study for a national certificate in drama. In 1990, she won a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and decided to stay in Glasgow.[2] Dickie started to work in theatre and had the opportunity to perform with some of Scotland’s best companies. She finally achieved her breakthrough in 2000, in the BBC Scotland / Raindog series, Tinsel Town.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Through Dickie’s performance in her film debut Red Road (in which she plays a security camera operative who gets involved with people’s everyday lives through her camera perspective and who begins to stalk a man for reasons relating to her past) with her former drama school mate and co-star Tony Curran, she gained more recognition as a serious actress.[3][4][5][6]

In the stage play Aalst, based on the true story of a couple who had killed their children and were sentenced in a high-profile trial, Dickie plays one of the parents. Her motivation to perform this role was her feeling of “responsibility to play people like that and to give them a voice. People that are not necessarily good or nice and have good lives.”[2]

Dickie reprised the role of Jackie in Donkeys, a follow-up to Red Road which is directed by Morag McKinnon. She portrayed Mary in the United Kingdom supernatural thriller film Outcast.[7]

Dickie was a swimming trainer in the 2010 television film Dive.

She appears in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, where she plays the role of Lysa Arryn.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dickie lives with her daughter Molly (born in 2004) and her boyfriend Kenny in Glasgow.[citation needed]



Year Title Role
1994 Bonjour Tristesse
1997–98 Timeless
1999 Electra Electra
1999 Mainstream
2000 AD
2001 Blooded
2002–03 Lament
2003 The Entertainer
2005 Boiling a Frog Fooaltiyeman
2005 Trojan Woman Andromache
2007 Aalst Cathy Delany


Year Title Role Note
1994 Rab C. Nesbitt Young girl (1 episode) – “Mother”
2000–01 Tinsel Town Lex
2003 Vice, TheThe Vice Beverly (1 episode) – “Gameboys”
2003 Taggart (1 episode) – “Penthouse and Pavement”
2004 Still Game Pregnant Girl (1 episode, Series 3) – “Swottin”
2006 Film ’72 Herself
2007 Taggart Wendy Nuget (1 episode) – “Island” (2003)
2008 He Kills Coppers Janis
2010 Five Daughters Isabella Clennell (2 episodes)
2010 Dive Alison (2 episodes)
2010 Pillars of the Earth, TheThe Pillars of the Earth Agnes Builder
2011, 2014 Game of Thrones Lady Lysa Arryn (5 episodes)
2012 New Tricks DCI Fiona MacDougall (1 episode) – “Glasgow UCOS”
2013 By Any Means Patricia Brooks Episode #1,2
2015 London Spy Editor (1 episode) – “Strangers”
2017 Vera (TV series) Nell Hinkin (1 episode) – “The Blanket Mire”


Year Film Role Note
2003 Room for the Night Prostitute Short film
2005 Who Do You Love? Mum Short film
2006 Accidents Mum Short film
2006 Red Road Jackie
2006 Harvest, TheThe Harvest Emma Bovey Short film
2008 Somers Town Jane
2008 Summer Janice
2008 Trace Karen Short film
2008 Pussyfooting Joan Short film
2009 Believe Janice
2010 Outcast Mary
2010 Native Son Policewoman Short film (Cinema Extreme)
2010 Donkeys Jackie
2012 Prometheus Ford
2012 Shell Claire
2013 Filth Chrissie
2013 Not Another Happy Ending Anna le Fevre
2013 For Those in Peril Cathy
2014 Soror Amanda Short film
2014 Catch Me Daddy
2015 The Witch Katherine
2015 Couple in a Hole Karen
2015 Gracie Mary Short film
2016 Prevenge Ella

Awards and nominations[edit]

British Academy Scotland Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2016 Won BAFTA Scotland Award Best Actress in a Scottish Film for: Couple In A Hole
2006 Won BAFTA Scotland Award Best Actress in a Scottish Film for: Red Road (2006)
2000 Nominated BAFTA Scotland Award Best Television Performance for: “Tinsel Town” (2000)
British Independent Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film for: Red Road (2006)
London Critics Circle Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Nominated ALFS Award British Actress of the Year for: Red Road (2006)
Montréal Festival of New Cinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won Actin Award Best Actress Best Actress for:Red Road (2006)

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