There is no one quite adept at playing a queen than Michelle Fairley (except maybe Helen Mirren). Michelle is known for playing Margaret Beaufort on the Starz Network show, The White Princess but her most iconic role, however, comes from Game of Thrones, where she played Catelyn Stark – the queen in the North. The role of Catelyn was handled so brilliantly that it opened many career opportunities for Michelle, leading to more roles like Ava Hessington on Suits and the antagonist, Margot Al-Harazi, in 24: Live Another Day.
Game Of Thrones was so iconic that it turned many of its cast members into stars. The series showcased Michelle’s talent and she was praised for her delicate yet commanding interpretation of the character.
Beyond that Michelle has appeared in several movies and films, certainly keeping herself busy after leaving the show. The actress has been in high demand since her Game Of Thrones exit.
Find out more about the actress here:
Michelle Fairley: Bio & Age
Michelle Fairley was born to Brian and Theresa Fairley in Coleraine, Northern Ireland on the 17th of January, 1964. As a young girl, she attended a Roman Catholic grammar school. Later as a teenager, she joined the Ulster Youth Theatre.
After graduation, she relocated to Belfast where she improved her acting talent with Fringe Benefits, a repertory company. Another notable member of Fringe Benefits is Conleth Hills, who plays Varys on Game Of Thrones.
Michelle later appeared in a number of television shows including The Bill, Lovejoy, Holby City, Inspector Morse and Casualty. She also had a minor role in the British cinematic franchise, Harry Potter. She joined the franchise in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where she played Mrs Granger, mother of one of the lead characters. She replaced Heather Bleasdale in the role of Mrs Granger after Heather had already appeared in Harry Potter And Chamber of Secrets as Mrs Granger, Hermoine’s mother.
Shortly after, she was cast in what would become her most prominent role – Catelyn Stark in Game Of Thrones. Jennifer Ehle was originally cast to play the iconic character but she was replaced by Michelle Fairley after the original pilot. While still on the show, Michelle also appeared on the third season of Suits playing Ava Hessington.
Michelle has also been involved in a lot of theatre work. In 2017, she appeared in the revival of Road, Jim Cartwright’s play, at the Royal Court Theatre. The next year, she played Cassius in the Bridge Theatre’s Julius Caeser, opposite Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey and David Calder.
Husband & Children
Michelle Fairley is currently single and does not have a husband. However, she was in a relationship with a man, whose identity is unknown, for over seven years which ended in 2012 when Michelle realized she wanted a change.
Though quite adept at playing mothers, Michelle has no children of her own nor does she want any. She has stated repeatedly in interviews that she does not want any children and she doesn’t see why she has to just because she is a woman. She is very content just having nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
Like many actresses in Hollywood, it is necessary for Michelle to remain in shape to acquire new roles, and it is safe to say that she is in excellent shape. The actress’ listed height is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) and her weight is listed at 55 kg (121 pounds).
Her other body measurements are 34-24-32 in. Her dress size is 4 (US) or 36 (EU) while her shoe size is 6 (US) or 36.5 (EU). Michelle definitely has a body that anybody – young or old – would envy and it comes from years of exercising, eating healthy and putting in the work.
Other Facts About Michelle Fairley
1. Michelle made her feature film debut in 1990’s Hidden Agenda. She portrayed the character of Teresa Doyle in the film.
2. Her favourite film is 1978’s The Deer Hunter while her favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird.
3. The actress is good friends with her cast members from Game Of Thrones – Lena Headey and Richard Madden.
4. Michelle is not a fan of social media and currently has no account on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform.
5. Michelle Fairley also appeared in the British fan favourite show, Skins.