The wait is over, winter is here! The seventh season of Game of Thrones started this week: where did we leave our favorite characters? Where’s Jon Snow now? What’s next for Daenerys and her dragons? And what evil plan is on Cersei Lannister’s mind? We will find out very soon, but in the meantime – we want to know more about the lady who stole every fan’s heart: Missandei, the loyal handmaiden to the Mother of Dragons (Missandei only briefly appears in the first episode of the new season, broadcast on Sunday night; but we confide in some plot twists happening very soon!). Our weekly Woman Crush is Nathalie Emmanuel, the beautiful actress starring as this beloved character.

Natalie was born in England in 1989. Ever since she was little, she has taken singing and dancing classes, and without ever missing a beat on her schoolwork (her mom was demanding in that respect!) she still got to perform at several casting calls. Emmanuel’s first gig was, as a teenager, in The Lion King in London, and just a short while later she got the opportunity of her life. We’re obviously talking about Game of Thrones: starting from 2013 and to this day, Nathalie has been playing a key character in the best loved TV series of all times, and she’s had an incredible success which hasn’t broken her enthusiasm for new adventures.

It was right during some of the pauses in between shooting Game of Thrones that Nathalie got some offers she just could not turn down. Thus she found herself cast for one of the main roles in Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. These fast moving action films are very different from her role in Game of Thrones, but she’s often stated she likes performing in both genres of films.

Nothing is known about the private life of this talented actress, no significant other in sight on her official profiles… must be because she’s got so much work! Her love for one special person, however, is obcious from her pics: that for her mom, who gives her all the love she needs!

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