Who is Joe Dempsie?

Joseph Maxwell ‘Joe’ Dempsie was born in Liverpool, England, on 22 June 1987 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds British nationality. He’s an actor with close to 50 credits to his name, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Gendry in the action adventure series “Game of Thrones”. Created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, it starred Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, and follows nine noble families, all of whom want to control the lands of Westeros. The series aired from 2011 to 2019, and won 382 awards, plus 59 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 626 other awards.

Early life and education

Joe was raised in Liverpool alongside his sister Lauren, by their Scottish father Jim who was a social worker, and their British mother Greta who was a housewife; not a lot is known about them, as Joe respects their privacy.

He became interested in acting while still attending elementary school, which was why his parents enrolled him at Central Junior Television Workshop. Joe launched his career in 2000, aged 13, with his portrayal of Leon in the episode “Playing God” of the drama series “Peak Practice”. Two years later he made his debut film appearance, with his portrayal of Craig in the comedy drama “Heartlands”, directed by Damien O’Donnell, and which starred Michael Sheen, Mark Addy and Jim Carter. It follows a darts player who, after being kicked out of his local team, starts competing solo.

Joe continued acting throughout his entire education. He studied at The West Bridgford School, Nottingham, and upon matriculating in 2005, he didn’t enroll at college but continued working his way up in the film industry.

Roles in movies

In 2003, Joe was invited to play The ‘TWOC’ers’, in the comedy “One for the Road”, and a couple of his following roles were in the 2007 short musical comedy “Skins: Secret Party”, the 2008 drama “Listen to the Words”, and the 2009 biographical sports drama “The Damned United”.

He gained recognition in 2011, when he portrayed Theo Nelson, in the action crime thriller “Blitz”, directed by Elliott Lester, and which starred Jason Statham, Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen – it follows a cop who’s trying to catch a serial killer of police officers. Joe’s also known for his performance as the main character, Stefan, in the 2012 mystery horror drama “Joint Enterprise”, directed by Birger Larsen, and which also starred Darren Campbell and Karla Crome.

Joe Dempsie

The following years saw him appear in a couple of popular movies, such as the 2014 action horror drama “Monsters: Dark Continent”, and in2015 the biographical drama “The Gamechangers” and the comedy drama “Burn Burn Burn”.

In 2017, we saw him play David, in the mystery thriller drama “Dark River”, directed by Clio Barnard, and which starred Ruth Wilson, Jonah Russell and Paul Robertson. It follows Alice, who has returned to her home village because her father has died, and who believes that she should be the new owner of the family farm. The film won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.

Joe’s most recent film role has been his portrayal of Alfie in the 2020 short horror “Aftertaste”; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming short thriller “Eighteen Weeks”.

Roles in TV series

In 2003, Joe made a guest appearance in an episode of the drama “Sweet Medicine”, and in 2005 he portrayed Humphrey ‘Bogie’ Locke, in the episode “Community Spirits” of the drama “Born and Bred”.

He gained recognition in 2007, when he played Chris, one of the main characters in the critically acclaimed drama “Skins”, created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, and which also starred Kaya Scodelario and Nicholas Hoult. It follows several British teenagers as they’re trying to find happiness and love; the series won seven of the 39 awards for which it was nominated. The following years saw Joe guest star in an episode of a couple of series, including the adventure family drama “Doctor Who”, and the adventure fantasy drama “Merlin”.

In 2010, he starred as Higgy, in the crime comedy mini-series “This Is England ‘86”, which also starred Andrew Ellis and Andrew Shim, and follows Shaun who has just matriculated from a local high school, and is looking for a job. The mini-series won four of the 12 awards for which it was nominated. A couple of Joe’s following roles were in the fantasy horror mystery “The Fades”, the drama “Moving On”, and the adventure horror mystery “Devil in the Fog”.

In 2014, we saw him star as Ned in the popular historical war drama “New Worlds”, which also starred Pip Carter and Phil Cheadle, and follows a son of a robber who has fallen in love with an anti-monarchist, and a young lady who has fallen in love with an outlaw.

Three of Joe’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the action thriller drama “Deep State” in 2019, the romantic comedy drama “Adult Material” in 2020, and the short animated comedy “Love, Death & Robots” (voice role) in 2021. He’s currently shooting for the upcoming thriller drama “Pieces of Her”.

Other credits

He received special thanks for the 2015 documentary movie “I Believe in Miracles”.

Joe sang the song “Wild World” in the 2007 episode “Finale” of the series “Skins”, and sang “Anyone Can Change” in the 2018 movie “Been So Long”.

He voiced Albert in the 2015, video game “Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward”, and also in the 2019 game “Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers”.

Joe has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, including “Lily Allen and Friends”, “The Friday Night Project” and “Blue Peter”.

Awards and nominations

In 2020, Joe and his colleagues won a CinEuphoria Merit – Honorary Award, for their performance in the series “Game of Thrones”.

He has also been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Award.

Love life and relationships

Joe’s highly secretive when it comes to his love life, and hasn’t spoken of any girls whom he has been with, however, it’s still known that he has dated at least two – he was once in a relationship with Hannah Murray, a British actress, who’s perhaps known best for her portrayal of Gilly in the series “Game of Thrones”, which was also how the two met. It’s widely believed that they were together for over a year before splitting for unknown reasons.

Joe was also in a relationship with Larissa Wilson, a retired British actress who starred alongside him in the series “Skins”; this relationship also lasted for about a year.

There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Joe’s gay, and a fan has even claimed to have seen Joe kissing his boyfriend at a club in Los Angeles, however, no evidence has been provided to support these claims.

As of August 2021, Joe seems to be single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Joe’s a huge fan of soccer, and once played for his high school team. He’s today cheering for the soccer club Nottingham Forest, and Joe even wore their shirt when he made a guest appearance in the soccer-based comedy talk-show “Soccer AM”.

He has five training sessions at the gym every week, this his muscular body. Joe also enjoys playing outdoors sports, including tennis and basketball.

He loves to travel, and his acting career has taken him all around the world. Joe has been to various US states, many Asian and European countries, and has also travelled to South America and Africa.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Will Smith, Bruce Willis and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of his favorite movies are “I Am Legend”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Wanted”.

Age, height and net worth

Joe’s age is 34. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 7ins (1.71m) and he weighs around 158lbs (72kgs).

As of August 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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