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Liverpool born and Nottingham raised actor, Joe Dempsie, learnt his craft at the Nottingham TV Workshop. It has produced some of the most exciting talent working in film and TV today and its alumni includes Vicky McClure, Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell, Georgia Groome, Lauren and Michael Socha.
Joe joined the original cast of Skins on Channel 4 in 2007 with Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scodalerio and Dev Patel. The first ground-breaking and controversial series was a fantastic launch pad for these promising young stars and they have all since carved successful careers in film and TV. After leaving the drama in series two, Joe has starred in some of the best and most original TV dramas this country has produced. Dempsie played Duncan McKenzie in The Damned United in 2009 with Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall and Stephen Graham, the multi award-winning This Is England 86, acclaimed British horror and BAFTA winning series, The Fades.
Joe had the honour of working with Birger Larsen, director of The Killing, in an extraordinary single drama called Murder, marking Birger’s directorial debut in the UK. Joe took on a challenging role showcasing his versatility as an actor in the intense and thrilling piece of drama, which won the BAFTA for 'Best Single Drama' at this year's awards. Murder received rave reviews across all the broadsheets with The Telegraph describing it as ‘electrifyingly tense’. The Guardian said it was 'a mesmerising hour that still lingers with scarily well-acted performances from Karla Crome and Joe Dempsie'.
Joe appeared in global smash hit Game Of Thrones playing blacksmith, Gendry, the bastard son of King Robert I and went on to star in a chilling four part drama on Channel 4 called Southcliffe. Warp films, who produced BAFTA winning series This Is England, produced the drama written by Toni Grisoni, who also wrote BAFTA winning production Red Riding. The cast included Kaya Scodelario, Rory Kinnear, Shirley Henderson and Eddie Marson and was directed by the man responsible for the successof Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin.
An epic four-parter came next with breakthrough stars Jamie Dornan, Freya Mavor and Alice Englert. New Worlds - the follow-up to The Devil's Whore - which starred Andrea Riseborough and Michael Fassbender was set in the turbulent 1680s, the drama took place on both sides of the Atlantic, as two young men and two young women commited their lives to a fairer future with blood, passion and urgency. New Worlds was a gripping story of love and loss and the human price paid for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Joe then went on to film his first big feature Monsters: Dark Continent which filmed in Jordan and Detroit. The first film, directed by Gareth Edwards, was a huge hit and had a dedicated cult folllowing. Edwards has since gone on to direct epic features including Godzilla which is filming starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliet Binoche.
Last year Joe returned as 'Higgy' in one of the most successful British dramas in the last decade, the universally loved, multi-award winning bitter sweet This Is England 90, ending 2015 in a thrilling feature length drama with Daniel Radcliffe called Game Changer. His next project will be with Juliet Stevenson and Joanna Vanderham in BBC1 drama One Of Us. He also stars in coming-of-age feature Burn, Burn, Burn alongside Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.