Nathalie Emmanuel is best known for playing the character of Sasha Valentine in the British TV series Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2010. Her other accomplished works that are recognized globally include portraying the character of Computer Hacktivist Ramsey in Furious 7 (2015) and as Missandei in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.
Born Name: Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel
Years active: 2006–present
Born: March 02, 1989, 30 years and 10 months, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5 ft 7 in 170 cm
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Measurements: 36-26-35 in or 91.5-66-89 cm
Bra size: 34B
Siblings – Louise Emmanuel (Older Sister)
Nathalie is of Dominican, Saint Lucian, and English descent.
Her first school was St Hilda’s School in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England. She attended this all girls school from age 3 to 11.
Her higher studies were completed at the Westcliff High School for Girls in Southend-On-Sea.
Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel began her acting career appearing in theatre in the late 1990s, accruing roles in various West End productions such as the musical The Lion King. In 2006, she began her on-screen career by starring as Sasha Valentine in soap opera Hollyoaks, after which she appeared in various British television series until her debut film appearance in Twenty8k. Emmanuel gained international recognition for her role as Missandei in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2013–2019), and continued her career with supporting roles in action films Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017) and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018).
Emmanuel was born on 2 March 1989 in Southend-on-Sea, a seaside resort town in Essex, England. Emmanuel is the second child of a half Dominican (Dominiquais) and half English mother, and a father of half-Saint Lucian and half English descent. Emmanuel demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; she recalled that her mother first took notice of her passion and desire to become an actress during Emmanuel’s attendance at the independent St Hilda’s School (now closed) and later grammar Westcliff High School for Girls. In an interview with the New York Daily News, she commented, “When I was 3, I’d always cause drama that my mum decided maybe I should channel it properly—so she started me on acting, singing and dancing classes”. At the age of 10, she played Young Nala in the West End production of the musical The Lion King.
In 2006, she made her television debut, starring as Sasha Valentine in the soap opera Hollyoaks. Emmanuel appeared on the show until 2010, her character’s storylines included prostitution, and heroin addiction.
In January 2012, Emmanuel presented BBC Three’s Websex: What’s the Harm?, investigating the online sexual habits of 16–24 year olds in the UK. Later in the same year she made her film debut in the thriller Twenty8k. The following year, she was cast as Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen’s interpreter, in HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she confirmed that she received the news about winning the role when she was working in a clothes store as a shop assistant.
In 2015, Emmanuel was promoted to a regular cast member on the show. In the same year, she played computer hacker Ramsey in the action film Furious 7 and Harriet in the science fiction adventure Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. For the former Emmanuel won the Screen Nation award for Best Female Performance in Film. She played Harriet once again in the movie Maze Runner: The Death Cure in 2018.
In november 2018, she was casted to play Maya in the Four Weddings and a Funeral (miniseries) tv series for Hulu. The same year, Netflix announced the actress will be the voice of Deet in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series alongside Taron Egerton and Anya Taylor Joy. Both shows were released in 2019.
After Furious 7, she reprised her role in The Fate of the Furious in 2017 in Fast and Furious 9 in 2020.
In the media
FHM magazine ranked Emmanuel as 99th in their 100 Sexiest Women of 2013, and 75th in their Sexiest Women of 2015. In 2015, she also appeared in the April issue of InStyle and GQ magazines.
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Style and fashion sense
Often wears a nose ring
Her film debut came with the thriller film Twenty8k in 2012 where she played the role as Carla.
First TV Show
Her first television show was Channel 4’s soap opera Hollyoaks in 2006. She portrayed the character of Sasha Valentine until 2010 when she quit the show.
She does not have a personal trainer. Regular exercise and meditation are her fitness mantras and she prefers eating healthy.
Nathalie Emmanuel Favorite Things
Actress – Meryl Streep
Nathalie Emmanuel Facts
She was first motivated to become an actress by her mother.
The makers of Game of Thrones first saw Nathalie Emmanuel on the sets of Misfits.
In 2013, she was ranked 99th on the list of 100 sexiest women by FHM Magazine.
In 2015, FHR Magazine ranked her 75th in the sexiest women list.
She adorned the cover pages of InStyle and GQ magazines in 2015.
The actress did not take any formal acting training from a drama school.