Michelle Fairley is a Northern Irish actress who is well-known for portraying the role of Mrs. Granger in the 2010 fantasy movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’. Another one of her most notable roles came in the year 2011 when she was cast for the main role of Catelyn Stark in the American fantasy drama television series, ‘Game of Thrones‘. She played this role for a total of three-season (25 episodes) and appeared as Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark’s (played by Sean Bean) beautiful wife. According to the actress, she has stated that the theater is where her heart lies as it brings out the best in her. She has appeared in numerous theater plays like ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Julius Caesar’.

Quick Info 
Full NameMichelle Fairley
Date of Birth17 January, 1964
Place of BirthColeraine County, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Age57 Years Old
Zodiac SignCapricorn
ParentsTeresa Fairley (mother)
Brian Fairley (father)
SiblingsSimone Fairley (sister)
NationalityNorthern Irish, British
Height5 feet 5 inches
1.65 m
165 cm
Weight55 kg
121 lbs
Body FigureSlim
Body MeasurementsBust: 34 inches
Waist: 24 inches
Hips: 32 inches
Eyes ColorBlue
Hair ColorRed
EducationManchester Metropolitan University
Net Worth$3 million (estimated)


Michelle Fairley was born on 17 January 1964 in Coleraine County, Londonderry, Northern Ireland to their mother whose name is Teresa Fairley, and to her father whose name is Brian Fairley. Her mother’s profession is unknown but her father was a popular publican during ‘The Troubles’ conflict period with several bars like the Fairley’s Bar under his name. She was born and raised alongside five siblings and she was the second eldest child in the family. Among these children, only Michelle and her sister Simone were raised with strong moral attributes like respect, honesty, and fairness. Besides this, she is currently 57 years old with the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

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Michelle Fairley holds a Northern Irish nationality as well as a British nationality and she descends from Irish ancestry. Talking about her religion, she was born in a Catholic family so it is supposed that she is still a Catholic practicing Christianity as her religion. However, this cannot be confirmed as some sources say that she quit her faith as an adult.



Michelle Fairley studied and completed her high schooling at a Roman Catholic grammar school located in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. It was during this time that she developed an interest in acting but the convent did not have such co-curricular activities at that time. Because of this, she decided to work on her acting skills seriously and then joined the Ulster Youth Theater from where she went on to work with an amateur group of artists called the Fringe Benefits.

Furthermore, she also joined and studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University from where she was able to grab her first-ever professional work on stage.


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Michelle Fairley gave her debut performance in the entertainment industry in the year 1989 when she appeared as Maeve for an episode (Starcross) of the British television drama series, ‘Saracen‘. The breakthrough moment of her career came in the year 2010 when she appeared as Mrs. Granger in the fantasy movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ from where she was widely recognized by the audience after her appearance in Game of Thrones and ’24: Live Another Day’ in the year 2014 and ‘Gangs of London’ in the year 2020.


Game Of Thrones

Michelle had a recurring role in the HBO seriesGame of Thrones’ from April 17, 2011, she played the role of Catelyn Stark who is the lady of House Stark. Her character was killed off in the 3rd season ‘Red Wedding‘  the whole show concluded on May 19, 2019.

The show had many characters and many actors were involved in the series, some of them are Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Staz Nair, Liam Cunningham, Natalie DormerJack Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie. 

Besides her professional acting career, she can also be seen in numerous theater plays like the 2007 play, ‘Macbeth’ where she appeared as Lady Macbeth, and the 2018 play, ‘Julius Caesar’ where she appeared as Cassius.


Awards and Achievements

Michelle Fairley has won the Irish Film and Television Awards’ Best Actress – Television award for her work in ‘Game of Thrones’ in the year 2013. Moreover, she is also the recipient of the 2019 Clarence Derwent Award for the Best Female in a Supporting Role for her work in ‘Julius Caesar’.

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Michelle Fairley was involved in a relationship with an unknown person for seven long years. Unfortunately, their relationship ended and she has not been involved with anyone ever since. She once stated in an interview that she was not interested in having children like everyone else and raising a family. Thus, she has never been married to anyone nor does she have any children. Besides this, Michelle Fairley is currently living a single life in her residence in Kensal Rise, West London.


Body Measurements

Michelle Fairley stands at a height of 5 feet and 5 inches (1.65m/165cms) tall and weighs around 55kgs (121lbs). In addition to this, she has a slim body figure with a body measurement of 34-24-32 inches respectively. Moreover, she has a pair of beautiful blue colored eyes with red-colored hair.


Net Worth

Michelle Fairley earns primarily through her professional acting career and as of the year 2021, she has an estimated net worth of around $3 million.


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