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Joe Dempsie

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Joe Dempsie
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Joseph Maxwell Dempsie

Born: Monday 22nd June 1987 (age: 33)


Joe Dempsie (born in Liverpool) is an English actor, best known for playing the role of Chris Miles in the E4 television show Skins

Dempsie's earlier acting credits include the medical dramas DoctorsPeak Practice andSweet Medicine, as well as the films One for the Road and Heartlands. He also appeared in Born and Bred and a BBC documentary-drama about Norfolk farmerTony Martin. He is currently playing the role of Gendry in the HBO series Game of Thronesand the villainous John/Pollus in the BBC TV series The Fades.

Dempsie received his acting training from the Central Junior Television Workshop, Nottingham. He was also educated at The West Bridgford School in West BridgfordNottinghamshire.

He is now the voice of the Clearasil advertisements in the UK.

Dempsie is a keen Nottingham Forest football fan and attends many home and away matches, he appeared on the UK Saturday morning football show Soccer AM wearing a Nottingham Forest football shirt. He appeared alongside Skins co-star Nicholas Hoult.

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. In addition to this appearance, he conducted a small interview with Doctor Who Magazine which appears on the final page of issue 396 (June 2008).

On 18 April 2008, Dempsie appeared on Friday Night Project with Geri Halliwell.[3] 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 SheenJim BroadbentStephen Graham andTimothy 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. It was also announced that he would play the character of Gendry in HBO's Spring 2011 series Game of Thrones, a character expected to recur. The series is based upon George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. He also starred in the Channel 4 mini series This Is England '86.

He has also appeared in Harry and Paul on BBC 2, 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 Young Polus/John.[5]

Dempsie garnered critical and popular acclaim for his portrayal of Chris Miles, the drug-addicted wastrel and party animal in the unorthodox and controversial teen-centric drama Skins. His portrayal has been described as well-researched, realistic, believable, and, in a strange way, likable. He is the character with whom the audience not merely sympathises with but also feels empathy, sharing his joys, grief, pain and strength. Due to the popularity of the series he is known to have a legion of devoted fans. Dempsie however gained significant notoriety for appearing stark-naked in the first season episode "Chris".

Dempsie left Skins in 2008 at the end of the second series.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA