Nathalie Emmanuel

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Nathalie Emmanuel

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Nathalie Emmanuel
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Emmanuel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016.
Born Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel
(1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 28)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel[1] (born 2 March 1989) is an English actress. Emmanuel began her acting career appearing in theatre in the late 1990s, accruing roles in various West End productions such as the musical The Lion King.[2] In 2006, she began her on-screen career by starring as Sasha Valentine in soap opera Hollyoaks, after which she appeared in various British television series until her debut film appearance in Twenty8k. Emmanuel gained public recognition by starring as Missandei in the fantasy series Game of Thrones, before achieving international fame with supporting roles in action films Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017) which became the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time.

Early life[edit]

Emmanuel was born on 2 March 1989 in Southend-on-Sea, a seaside resort town in Essex, England.[2][3] Emmanuel is the second child of a Dominican mother, and a father of half Saint Lucian and half English descent.[4][5] Emmanuel demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; she recalled that her mother first took notice of her passion and desire to become an actress during Emmanuel’s attendance at the independent St Hilda’s School (now closed) and later grammar Westcliff High School for Girls.[6][7][8] In an interview with the New York Daily News, she commented, “When I was 3, [I’d] always cause drama that my mum decided maybe I should channel it properly — so she started me on acting, singing and dancing classes”. At the age of 10, she played Young Nala in the West End production of the musical The Lion King.[9]

Career[edit]

In 2006, she made her television break by starring as Sasha Valentine in the soap opera Hollyoaks. Emmanuel appeared on the show until 2010, her character’s storylines included prostitution, and heroin addiction.[10][11][12]

In January 2012, Emmanuel presented BBC Three‘s Websex: What’s the Harm?, investigating the online sexual habits of 16–24 year olds in the UK.[13] Later in the same year she made her film debut in the thriller Twenty8k.[14][15] The following year, she was cast as Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen‘s interpreter, in HBO‘s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.[12] In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she confirmed that she received the news about winning the role when she was working in a clothes store as a shop assistant.

In 2015, Emmanuel was promoted to a regular cast member on the show.[16] In the same year, she played computer hacker Ramsey in the action film Furious 7[17] and Harriet in the science fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.[18][19] For the former Emmanuel won the Screen Nation award for Best Female Performance in Film.[20]

In the media[edit]

FHM magazine ranked Emmanuel as 99th in their 100 Sexiest Women of 2013, and 75th in their Sexiest Women of 2015.[21][22] In 2015, she also appeared in the April issue of InStyle and GQ magazines.[23][24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Twenty8k Carla
2015 Furious 7 Ramsey
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Harriet
2017 The Fate of the Furious Ramsey
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Harriet

Television[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
2006–2010 Hollyoaks Sasha Valentine
2008 Hollyoaks Later Sasha Valentine Series 1
2009 Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Before Sasha Valentine
2011 Casualty Cheryl Hallows Episode: “Only Human”
2011 Misfits Charlie Episode: “3.1”
2012 Websex: What’s the Harm? Presenter
2013–present Game of Thrones Missandei Seasons 3–4 (Recurring; 15 episodes)
Season 5-present (Main role; 14 episodes)
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