Gemma Whelan - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 29, 2022

Gemma Whelan
Profession: Actress, Comedian, Dancer, Singer
Best Known For: Game of Thrones (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: Under Review

Personal Details

Born on : April 23, 1981 (age 42)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Gemma Elizabeth Whelan
Birth Place: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Horoscope: Taurus
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: N/A
High School: The King's High School for Girls
Ethnicity: English
Nationality: British


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: May 13, 2017
Husband's Name: Gerry Howell
Children: 2

Frances Howell (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.66 meter (5 feet 5 inch)
Weight: 60 kg (132.28 lb)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Dress Size: N/A
Breast Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A
Hip Size: N/A
Bra Size: N/A
Cup Size: N/A

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Who is Gemma Whelan?

Gemma Whelan is an English actress as well as a comedian. She has been active since 2005 and is best known for portraying Yara Greyjoy in HBO hit series Game of Thrones.

In addition to being an actress and comedian, she is also a trained dancer, and singer.

Gemma Whelan – Age, Parents, Siblings

Gemma Whelan’s birth took place as Gemma Elizabeth Whelan on 23 April 1981. She was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. As for details of her parents, siblings, and childhood, details are yet to be provided.

Source: Instagram (Gemma Whelan's mother holds Frances Howell)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, she attended The King's High School for Girls in Warwick. But facts about her higher studies as well as her ethnicity are not known.

Gemma Whelan – Husband, Children, Marriage, Divorce

Is Gemma Whelan lesbian? No, Gemma Whelan is not a lesbian. Her character, Yara Greyjoy in the Game of Thrones TV series is lesbian by sexuality. 

Gemma Whelan is a happily married woman. Her husband is Gerry Howell and they married on May 13, 2017.

In July 2017, it was announced that she was pregnant and expecting a child with her husband. The couple welcomed a daughter only a few months later in October 2017. They have named her Frances Howell. The couple welcomed their second child in late 2021.

As of now, the couple seems to be happy and busy raising their baby girl. There have been no rumors of separation, divorce, or extramarital affairs.

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Gemma Whelan, Gerry Howell with their daughter (Image: Instagram - posted Feb 2020)

Gemma Whelan – Career

Before fame

Whelan is a trained dancer. Her specialties are tap dance and jazz dance. When she was young, she almost joined the Royal Ballet School. But finding herself attracted to more dramatic roles, she pursued acting instead.

The actress is also trained in musical theatre and has a mezzo-soprano singing voice. She was also involved with the Beaux Belles dance troupe. Moreover, Gemma Whelan is a Comedian, which strays far away from her Game of Thrones character.

Films, Series

Whelan has had roles in films including The Wolfman (2010), Gulliver's Travels (2010), and Prevenge (2010). Among TV series, she has portrayed roles in The Persuasionists (2010), Threesome (2011), Game of Thrones (2012-2014, 2016-present), Live at the Electric (2014), Almost Royal (2014-present), Uncle and The Agency.

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Source: ScreenCrush (Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones)

Since 2014, Gemma Whelan is seen in Upstart Crow (2016- present), and Horrible Histories (2016-present), among others. She is also a theatre actress and has worked in Newsrevue (2005), Red Death Lates (2008), One Man, Two Guvnors (2013), Dark Vanilla Jungle (2014), and Surviving Christmas With The Relatives (2018).

The actress has also lent her voice to video games such as Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (2015), Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017), and Squadron 42.


On the set of The Crown, she has worked with Anton LesserCharles EdwardsEmma Corrin, Emerald Fennell, and Erin Doherty.

On 2018's Surviving Christmas with the relatives, she acted alongside Joely Richardson, Julian Ovenden, and Sally Phillips.

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Gemma Whelan – Awards, Nominations

Over the years, Gemma Whelan has had several nominations and wins. She has won WFTV Awards for The MAC Best Performance in 2017, and Funny Women Awards for Best Variety in 2010 while being nominated for 2016’s Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Source: Refinery29 (Gemma Whelan with a co-star in The Crown)

Gemma Whelan – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and annual salary of Whelan are under review and will be updated.

Gemma Whelan – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites Instagram, and Twitter, Gemma Whelan is followed by thousands of followers and counting. She is absent from Facebook.

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