Jul. 1st, 1989
Bristol, England, UK
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Hannah Murray had an ordinary childhood in Bristol, England. Her parents taught at Bristol University and no one in her family had pursued acting. However, when Murray became a teenager she decided to take acting classes.
At the age of 16 years old she heard about an audition for young actors in Bristol, and decided to audition just for experience. The auditions were for the British series Skins, and she impressed the producers of the series and was cast as Cassie, one of the main characters of the first generation.
Murray's first television role was in Skins, playing the role of Cassie Ainsworth, a gentle, "spacey", yet self-destructive teenager with an eating disorder. At nearly 17 years old, she had learned that auditions were taking place for the series through her local youth theatre and decided to audition for the experience. She and April Pearson were the first two to get cast for the show. Murray went on to appear in the first two series which broadcast in 2007–2008 on E4. Along with the primary cast members, she left at the end of the show's second series to make way for a new generation of characters. On the decision to replace the cast, Murray has said that "it would be really silly to be in a teenage drama if you're no longer a teenager".
Following Skins in May 2008, Murray made her stage debut as Mia in the critically acclaimed That Face, a West End production at the Duke of York's Theatre. That same year she had a small role in the black comedy In Bruges, but her scene was eventually cut from the final version of the film.
In 2009 Murray appeared in the ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, and appeared in Womb, released in 2010.
For 2010 Murray starred in an adaptation of Enda Walsh's Chatroom, directed by Hideo Nakata. In early January, she appeared in Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia, an adaptation of the Linda La Plante novel.
On August 8, 2011, HBO confirmed that Murray would play the part of Gilly in the second season of Game of Thrones, a role she reprised for the third season.
In October 2012, it was announced on the E4 website that Murray will reprise her role as Cassie Ainsworth in the seventh and final series of Skins, to air in Spring 2013.
In 2012 she filmed with 'John Cusack' and 'Malin Åkerman' the upcoming thriller film The Numbers Station.
In 2013 she will star in God Help The Girl, alongside Emily Browning and Olly Alexander. The movie is about three musicians in Glasgow, Scotland and is directed by the lead singer and songwriter of celebrated indie band Belle & Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch.
She will also star in an American drama called Lily & Kat about inseparable best friends who struggle to make the best of their last few days together, savoring the city nightlife with an enigmatic artist one of them takes a liking for.
Murray earned an English degree at Queens' College, Cambridge. She attended North Bristol Post 16 Centre and was also a member of the Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Murray's father is a University professor and mother is a research technician in the same field.