In Spotlight: Bella Ramsey’s best TV shows and movies

It’s hard to believe anyone starting their professional acting career on Game of Thrones at the tender age of 10, but Bella Ramsey did just that.

The 19-year-old young actress – who was born in Nottingham, England, and attended a local Stagecoach Theatre Arts from the age of four – has been delivering scene-stealing performances since she debuted in the blockbuster fantasy series in 2016.

Bella Ramsey is soon set to star alongside fellow GoT alum Pedro Pascal in another mega HBO series. This time it’s The Last of Us – the TV adaptation of the video game – which is coming soon to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW. 

As of 2018, Ramsey has also voiced the title character in the Netflix animated series Hilda, and she’s also set to voice the character Molly in the Chicken Run sequel, Dawn of the Nugget, which is set for release later in 2023.

Here, we round up Bella Ramsey’s top 5 TV shows and movies – and where you might recognise her from…

Bella Ramsey’s best TV shows and movies:

Bella Ramsey’s biggest role of the year is in The Last of Us, the HBO adaptation of the critically acclaimed video game of the same name. It’s from the makers of Chernobyl.

Ramsey plays the lead role of Ellie alongside Pedro Pascal, who plays smuggler Joel. Her casting as Ellie has been praised thus far, with Stephen Kelly from BBC Culture applauding her performance: 

“The show essentially lives or dies on the casting of Ellie, who is as playful and profane as she is endearingly obnoxious. Thankfully Bella Ramsey… steals every scene she is in.”

Alan Sepinwall from Rolling Stone agrees, writing that Ramsey “carries a metric ton of emotional weight without any apparent effort, but also brings a lot of lightness to what could be an oppressively grim story.”

Our own Alex Fletcher has had a sneak peek at the series and given it a 5-star rating in his Watch Next review for BT TV, so it’s definitely not one to miss.

Stream The Last of Us weekly on Sky Atlantic with NOW from 16 January.

2. Game of Thrones – Lyanna Mormont (2016-2019)

At the tender age of 10, Bella Ramsey landed her first acting job in what is lauded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time – HBO’s fantasy series, Game of Thrones.

The child star played the fierce and outspoken head of House Mormont of Bear Island, Lyanna Mormont, in seasons 6-8. She was swiftly named one of the show’s “favourite characters” following her entrance to the series in 2019.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, Game of Thrones co-showrunner D.B. Weiss revealed that Lyanna was only ever meant to be in one scene, not a prominent supporting character for multiple seasons.

“Lyanna Mormont was supposed to be a one-scene character, and then we met Bella Ramsey and we realised that we would not be doing our jobs if we kept her as a one-scene character,” Weiss explained.

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Stream every episode of Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic with NOW.

In one of her most high-profile movie appearances to date, Bella Ramsey played the role of Birdy in the 2022 film Catherine Called Birdy, adapted by Lena Dunham from the childrens’ book of the same name.

Catherine Called Birdu follows the adventures of a teenage girl in Medieval England (Birdy) as she navigates through life and tries to avoid the arranged marriages her father maps out for her.

Ramsey starred alongside Billie Piper, Andrew Scott, Joe Alwyn, and Dean-Charles Chapman in the lighthearted British historical film, which is Dunham’s long-time passion project after she read the book and fell in love with it as a child.

Ramsey’s performance as Birdy was universally critically-acclaimed. Vulture‘s Film Critic Alison Willmore called her “a wonderfully rambunctious presence who bulldozes her way over everyone she shares the screen with” while Adrian Horton from The Guardian praised Ramsey’s “refreshing” portrayal of the teen heroine: “She is impossible not to root for.”

Stream Catherine Called Birdy on Prime Video.

4. The Worst Witch – Mildred Hubble (2017)

Bella Ramsey portrayed Lady Jane Grey in Becoming Elizabeth, the historical drama series exploring the origin story of young Elizabeth Tudor, which was released in 2022.

The character of Lady Jane is brought under the wing of Catherine Parr (Jessica Raine) and Thomas Seymour (Tom Cullen), as part of their and her father’s plan to marry her to King Edward VI (Oliver Zetterström).

Speaking to Screen Rant, Ramsey revealed that her favourite aspect of filming Becoming Elizabeth was working with the ensemble cast.

She said: “We all got along so well. I’ve never been part of a really big ensemble, other than Game of Thrones – but obviously I was a lot younger then, and I still was very shy. I was the new kid, I suppose.

“But for this one, it definitely felt like we were all coming in as equals for season 1… It was very much everyone coming in and having the best time on the show together.”

Stream Becoming Elizabeth on Lionsgate+ via Prime Video.

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