Joseph Maxwell Dempsie (born 22 June 1987) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Chris Miles in the E4 teen comedy-drama ''Skins'' (2007–2008) and Gendry Baratheon in ''Game of Thrones'' (2011–2013; 2017–2019). Dempsie's earlier acting credits include the medical dramas ''Peak Practice'' (2000), ''Doctors'' (20012003), and ''Sweet Medicine'' (2003), as well as the films ''One for the Road'' and ''Heartlands'' (2003). He also appeared in ''This is England '86'' (2010) and ''This is England '90'' (2015), ''Born and Bred'', a BBC documentary-drama about Tony Martin, and as the villainous John in ''The Fades'' (2011).

Early life

Joseph Maxwell Dempsie was born in Liverpool on 22 June 1987. His Scottish father was a social worker. He grew up in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. He received his acting training from the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham, and was also educated at The West Bridgford School.


Dempsie has been the voice of the Clearasil advertisements in the UK. In episode 6 of the fourth series of ''Doctor Who'', "The Doctor's Daughter", that aired on 10 May 2008, Dempsie played the character Cline, a soldier who watches his comrades die. On 18 April 2008, Dempsie appeared on ''Friday Night Project'' with Geri Halliwell. On 20 July 2008, he appeared at T4 on the Beach in Weston Super Mare alongside fellow ''Skins'' cast members. He appeared as Duncan McKenzie in 2009's ''The Damned United'' alongside Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Graham and Timothy Spall. In November 2008, he appeared in The Moment of Truth, episode 10 of the BBC show ''Merlin''. He plays Will, who is an old friend of Merlin's, from the village in which they grew up together. In 2010, he voiced Steven, a gay teenager from Nottinghamshire in the Radio 4 play ''Once Upon a Time''. He plays the character of Gendry in HBO's series ''Game of Thrones'' based on George R. R. Martin's ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' novels. As of 2019, he has appeared in the first three, seventh and eighth of its eight seasons. He also appeared in the Channel 4 mini-series ''This Is England '86'', as well as the follow-ups ''This Is England '88'' and ''This Is England '90''. He has also appeared in ''Harry & Paul'' on BBC Two, appearing as a northerner who was presented as a gift from the character Harry was playing to his daughter. Recently he has appeared in the BBC Three series ''The Fades'' (episodes 3 to 6), as John. In January 2021, it was announced that Dempsie was cast as Nick in the upcoming Netflix thriller series ''Pieces of Her'', which is adapted from the Karin Slaughter novel of the same name.

Personal life

Dempsie resides in London. He is a Nottingham Forest F.C. fan, and once appeared on ''Soccer AM'' wearing the team's shirt. Being half Scottish, he is also a fan of the Scotland national football team.





Voiceover work


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