Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley Biography

Michelle Fairley (born 17 January 1964) is a Northern Irish actress, best known for her roles as Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dr. Ava Hessington in multiple episodes of USA Network series Suits.

Early life

Fairley was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to locally renowned publicans Theresa and Brian Fairley. She attended a Roman Catholic grammar school. As a teenager, she became a member of the Ulster Youth Theatre, where she fell in love with acting. Upon graduation, she moved to Belfast where she honed her skills with the repertory company Fringe Benefits, alongside a fellow alumnus of the Ulster Youth Theatre, Conleth Hill.


She appeared in a range of British television shows, including The Bill, Holby City and Heartbeat. Some of her earlier roles were as Cathy Michaels on ITV1's Inspector Morse in the episode titled "The Way Through The Woods" and as Nancy Phelan in Lovejoy in the episode 9 of Season 3 titled "Smoke Your Nose".

She took over the role of Mrs. Granger from Heather Bleasdale (who had played Mrs. Granger in Chamber of Secrets) in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. On 19 March 2010, it was announced that she would play the role of Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones replacing Jennifer Ehle who played the character in the original pilot episode.

On 4 June 2013, E! news confirmed that she had joined the cast of the USA Network series Suits for its third season. Fairley will play the recurring role of Ava Hessington.

Personal life

Fairley maintains a home in London when not working on acting.

Stage credits

Year Play Role Notes
2007 Othello (Donmar Warehouse) Emilia Olivier Award Nomination
2009 Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic) Kate
2010 Greta Garbo Came to Donegal Paulie Hennessy
2006 The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse) Gina
2000 The Weir Valerie
2003 Scenes From The Big Picture (on Broadway) Helan
2007 Macbeth Lady Macbeth
2003 Loyal Women, Neverland (Royal Court Theatre) Brenda
2006 Gates Of Gold (Trafalgar Studios) Alma
1993 Oleanna (Royal Court Theatre) Carol
2004 Ashes To Ashes Pinter (Lyric Theatre)


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Hidden City Cleaner
1989 Saracen Maeve Episode "Starcross"
1990 4 Play Maureen Episode "Valentine Falls"
1990 Hidden Agenda Teresa Doyle
1990 Theatre Night Episode "Pentecost"
1991 Casualty Kathy Emerick Episode "Judgement Day"
1991 Children of the North Kate
1992 Screen Two Sharon Episode "Flea Bites"
1992 Lovejoy Nancy Phelan Episode "Smoke Your Nose"
1992 Screenplay Jenny Episode "Force of Duty"
1993 Screen Two Fiona Gibbons Episode "The Long Roads"
1993 Casualty Kate Maguire Episode "No Place to Hide'
1993 Comics Nula O'Reilly
1994 Cardiac Arrest Casualty Sister Karen Teller Episode "Doctors and Nurses"
1995 Life After Life Roisin Donaghy TV movie
1995 The Bill Beth Spence Episode "No Choice"
1995 Inspector Morse Cathy Michaels Episode "The Way Through the Woods"
1996 A Mug's Game Kathy Cowan
1996 Safe and Sound Eleanor Delaney 6 episodes
1996 The Precious Bride Jean McBride TV movie
1997 The Broker's Man Gabby Rodwell 6 Episodes
1997 The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Mrs. Fitzpatrick Episodes #1.2-1.5
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Miss O'Shaunessy
1998 Hideous Kinky Patricia Known as Marrakech Express in France
1999 Births, Marriages and Death Pat Episodes #1.1-1.4
1999 Vicious Circle Frances TV movie
2000 McCready and Daughter Bernadette TV movie
2000 The Second Death Aisling Short
2001 In Deep Eva/Phoebe Episode "Blue on Blue"
2001 The Others Mrs. Marlish Also known as Les autres (France) and Los otros (Spain)
2001 Byw yn dy Groen (Living in your Skin) Gina Welsh language film, set primarily in Pembrokeshire
2001 Rebus Janice Mee Episodes "Dead Souls" and "Mortal Causes"
2002 Shearing Yvonne 2002 Cannes Film Festival premiere (directed by Eicke Bettinga)
2003 Holby City Heidi Drury Episode "Keep it in the Family"
2003 The Clinic Shirley Episode #1.6
2005 Ahead of the Class Sonia Venning TV movie
2005 The Golden Hour Julia Harper Episode #1.4
2006 The Catherine Tate Show: Series 3 Rosemary Sketch character about a Northern Irish mother with a gay son
2007 Trial and Retribution Mrs. Jenkins Episode "Mirror Image: Part 1"
2007 The Street Paul's mom Episode "The Promise"
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Mrs. Savery TV Movie
2009 Lark Rise to Candleford Mrs. Lizbeth Patterson Episode #2.10
2009 Suicide Man Woman on cliff short
2009 Best: His Mother's Son Ann Best
2009 Taggart Joan Revie Episode "So Long Baby"
2009 Misfits Louise Young Episodes #1.1 and #1.2
2010 Cup Cake Annie McNabb
2010 Anton Chekhov's The Duel Marya
2010 Chatroom Rosie
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Mrs. Granger
2010 Midsomer Murders Iris Holman Episode "The Noble Art"
2011 Silent Witness DI Suzy Harte Episode "First Casualty"
2011-2013 Game of Thrones Lady Catelyn Stark 25 episodes
Nominated"?Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated"?Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2012 Coming Up Jen Episode "Colour"
2013 The Invisible Woman Caroline Graves
2013 Common Shelagh post-production TV movie
2013 Montana Jones post production
2013 Suits Ava Hessington Season 3 Recurring Character
2013 Philomena Sally Mitchell
2014 Ironclad: Battle for Blood Joan De Vesci post production
2014 ' Margo

This webpage uses material from the Wikipedia article "Michelle_Fairley" and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Reality TV World is not responsible for any errors or omissions the Wikipedia article may contain.



Page generated in 0.29310703277588 seconds