Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley

Highest Rated: 100% Nobody Has to Know (2021)

Lowest Rated: 9% Chatroom (2010)

Birthday: Jul 11, 1963

Birthplace: Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK

Michelle Fairley rode a career as an accomplished journeyman actor to that rarest of show business phenomena, a signature breakthrough role for an actress in her mid-40s, with her turn as an intrepid noblewoman on HBO's sumptuous sword-and-sorcery hit "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). A native of Northern Ireland, Fairley transplanted to London and found consistent work in the theater and bit television roles in the 1990s. By the late years of the decade, she landed some higher-profile television work, including a lead in the Belfast-set BBC comedy "Safe and Sound" (1996). Her theatrical career took an upturn in 1997 when she landed the female lead in the Conor McPherson play "The Weir," which began in London and jumped the Atlantic for a successful Broadway run. Her stage imprimatur grew in the early 2000s, reaching critical mass with a flurry of lauded stage performances, notably her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Michael Grandage restaging of Shakespeare's "Othello" in 2007 and her scene-stealing turn in Frank McGuinness' "Greta Garbo Came to Donegal." Though her stage successes rarely translated to bigger screen presence - her highest-profile project being her turn as Hermione's mother in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" (2010) - that would change with her winning the role of Catelyn Stark, a tentpole heroine of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Led by her distinctively huge, expressive eyes, Fairley was revealed to international audiences as one of British theater's best-kept secrets.

Highest rated movies

Nobody Has to Know
Hidden Agenda
The Others
Anton Chekhov's The Duel
The Invisible Woman
Hideous Kinky
In the Heart of the Sea




100% No Score Yet Nobody Has to Know Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Edith Shelia (Character) - 2016
43% 53% In the Heart of the Sea Mrs. Nickerson (Character) $23.1M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am Here Mother (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 37% Montana DCI Rachel Jones (Character) - 2014
17% 8% Ironclad: Battle for Blood Joan De Vesci (Character) - 2014
77% 66% The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Brigitte Heim (Voice) - 2013
74% 44% The Invisible Woman Caroline Graves (Character) $1.2M 2013
91% 89% Philomena Sally Mitchell (Character) $37.7M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cup Cake Annie McNabb (Character) - 2010
9% 35% Chatroom Rosie (Character) - 2010
81% 66% Anton Chekhov's The Duel Marya (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 62% A Short Stay in Switzerland Mrs. Savery (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 60% Ahead of the Class Unknown (Character) - 2005
83% 77% The Others Mrs. Marlish (Character) $96.5M 2001
No Score Yet 88% Births, Marriages and Deaths Pat (Character) - 1999
66% 60% Hideous Kinky Patricia (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vicious Circle Frances (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cast a Cold Eye Frances (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inspector Morse: The Way Through the Woods Cathy Michaels (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Life After Life Roisin Donaghy (Character) - 1995
85% 72% Hidden Agenda Teresa Doyle (Character) $69.2K 1990


91% 90% Gangs of London Marian Wallace (Character) 2020
57% 72% The Feed Meredith Hatfield (Character) 2019
84% 64% Fortitude Freya Lennox (Character) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Princess Margaret Beaufort (Character) 2017
40% 85% Rebellion Dolly Butler (Character) 2016
50% 66% The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Aideen Trotwood (Guest Star) 2015
53% 68% Resurrection Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
87% 87% 24 Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
90% 87% Suits Ava Hessington (Guest Star) 2013
89% 85% Game of Thrones Lady Catelyn Stark (Character) 2011-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taggart Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lark Rise to Candleford Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE STARZ: The White Princess Margaret Beaufort (Character)