"The character breakdown described Gendry as tall and muscular with black hair. I was none of those three at the time. I thought, 'I could dye my hair and hit the gym, but I can't stretch my legs!'... My friend is such a big fan of the books that even he didn't actually approve of my casting as Gendry. But it was a nice little vote of confidence from David and Dan."
―Joe Dempsie on playing Gendry.[1]

Joe Dempsie (born 22 June 1987) is a British actor. He is best known for playing Chris Miles in the drama series Skins, but has also appeared in Doctors, Doctor Who, Merlin and This is England '86 (with Thomas Turgoose).

In Game of Thrones he plays the role of Gendry. He was confirmed in the role on 11 August 2010. He initially appeared as a guest star in the first season and returned in this role for the second season, and was promoted to a starring cast member for the third season. Prior to being cast, Dempsie auditioned for the roles of Jon Snow, Pypar, and Grenn.[2]

Joe Dempsie tweeted on the 17th June "Still rowin'...", to explain Gendry's absence in Season 4, referring to how he was last seen rowing back to King's Landing from Dragonstone.


Guest starring

Season One credits
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Two credits
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis


Season Three credits
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Season Seven credits
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

See also


  1. Nguyen, Hanh (April 12, 2012). Game of Thrones' Joe Dempsie on Gendry: I Have "Bastard" Written All Over Me TV Guide.
  2. McLean, Craig (April 15, 2013). Meet the British stars of Game of Thrones Radio Times.