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Ramsey in 2022
Isabella May Ramsey

(2003-09-25) 25 September 2003 (age 20)
Nottingham, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2016–present

Isabella May Ramsey (born 25 September 2003) is an English actor. They are known for their break-out role as young noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2016–2019) and Ellie in the HBO drama series The Last of Us (2023–present). They received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for the latter.

Ramsey also played Mildred Hubble in the 2017 CBBC series The Worst Witch, and starred in the 2022 historical comedy film Catherine Called Birdy. The latter earned them a nomination for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

Early life and education

Isabella May Ramsey was born in Nottingham on 25 September 2003. They underwent secondary education via the online school King's InterHigh.

Ramsey started acting as a hobby at the age of four, through the Loughborough branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, which they attended for seven years. They then went to the Television Workshop and began auditioning for professional roles.


Bella Ramsey, 2020 (cropped)
Ramsey in 2020

From 2016 to 2019, Ramsey portrayed Lyanna Mormont in the HBO fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones. The part is Ramsey's first credited role. After their debut appearance in "The Broken Man" (season 6, episode 7), fans and critics noted Ramsey was a standout actor for portraying their character's no-nonsense leadership style. This reaction was repeated after their appearance in the season finale, with The Hollywood Reporter calling them "season 6's breakout star". Ramsey continued in the role for the series' seventh and eighth seasons.

Ramsey starred in the 2017 TV adaptation of The Worst Witch books, as the titular character Mildred Hubble, for which they won the Young Performer award at the 2019 British Academy Children's Awards. Ramsey announced on Instagram that they had left the series in 2020 in order to prioritise their mental health. Their role was recast with Lydia Page for the fourth and final season.

Since 2018, Ramsey has voiced the title character in the 2018 Netflix original series Hilda, for which they won the 2019 BAFTA award for best "Children's Animation" along with Luke Pearson, Kurt Mueller, and Stephanie Simpson. The series marked the debut of Ramsey's singing talent, with their debut song "The Life of Hilda" released on 25 November 2020, and later on 14 December 2020 along with the release of the show's second season. They reprised the role of Hilda in the 80-minute movie special, Hilda and the Mountain King, which premiered on 30 December 2021.

In February 2021, Ramsey was cast in the lead role of Ellie for the HBO adaptation of the 2013 video game The Last of Us alongside fellow Game of Thrones alumnus Pedro Pascal. In 2021, they appeared in the lesbian horror short film Requiem alongside Safia Oakley-Green. In July 2023, they became the first non-binary actor to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, for their portrayal in The Last of Us. In September 2023, Ramsey was included on Time's 100 Next list; actor Emma D'Arcy praised their acting skills and activism.

Personal life

Ramsey identifies as non-binary. While they stated that they/them pronouns are "the most truthful thing for me", they are indifferent to which pronouns are used for them. ..... I'm a little bit wavy".

Ramsey is Christian and says that their faith helped in their struggle with anorexia nervosa. In 2020, they ran a YouTube channel and related Instagram account called United Hope where they shared their faith.

Ramsey has been vegan for a number of years and is an outspoken advocate for veganism.

Ramsey plays the guitar and sings.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Elefthería Ellie Short film
2018 Two for Joy Miranda
Holmes & Watson Flotsam
2019 Princess Emmy Princess Gizana (voice)
Judy Lorna Luft
Nancy Nancy Short film
Zero Alice Short film
On the Beaches Kitty Short film
2020 Turtle Journey Daughter Turtle (voice) Short film
3 Minutes of Silence Jane Short film
Resistance Elsbeth
2021 Requiem Evelyn Short film
Villain Georgia Short film
Hilda and the Mountain King Hilda (voice)
2022 Catherine Called Birdy Birdy
2023 Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Molly (voice)
TBA Monstrous Beauty Barbara Field


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016–2019 Game of Thrones Lyanna Mormont Recurring role (seasons 6–8)
2016–2017 Future-Worm! Additional voices 1 episode
2017–2020 The Worst Witch Mildred Hubble Main role (series 1–3)
Guest appearance (series 4)
2018 Requiem Young Matilda Episode: "The Blue Room"
2018–present Hilda Hilda (voice) Lead role; 26 episodes
2020 Shepherd's Delight Girl in Park Episode: "Self-Tape 48"
His Dark Materials Angelica 6 episodes (season 2)
Summer Camp Island Ramona (age 15) (voice) Episode: "Ghost Baby Jabberwock"
2022 Becoming Elizabeth Jane Grey Main role
2023–present The Last of Us Ellie Main role
2023 Time Kelsey 3 episodes (season 2)

Video games

Year Title Role Ref.
2018 Doctor Who Infinity Freya (voice)

Radio & podcasts

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 Drama Miss Edith BBC Radio 4 episode: "Edith Sitwell in Scarborough"
2022 Impact Winter Whisper 6 episodes


Year Title Album Notes Ref.
2020 "The Life of Hilda" Hilda "Chapter 7: The Beast of Cauldron Island"
2022 "Birdy Song" Catherine Called Birdy

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2018 RTS North West Awards Best Breakthrough Talent The Worst Witch Nominated
Children's BAFTAs Best Young Performer Nominated
2019 Won
Children's Animation (shared with Luke Pearson, Stephanie Simpson, and Kurt Mueller) Hilda Won
2020 British Animation Awards Best Voice Performance Nominated
CinEuphoria Awards Merit – Honorary Award (shared with the cast) Game of Thrones Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated
2022 British Animation Awards Best Voice Performance Hilda Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer Catherine Called Birdy Nominated
2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards Breakthrough Performance The Last of Us Nominated
Best Duo (shared with Pedro Pascal) Won
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Drama Series Pending
2024 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Pending

See also

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