Who is Nell Tiger Free?
Nell Tiger Free is an actress who gained popularity for portraying Myrcella Baratheon in the hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones”. She was born under the Zodiac sign Libra on 13 October 1999, in Kinston-upon-Thames, Greater London, England. As of 2021, she is 22 years old and holds British nationality.
Early life and family
Nell was born to Amanda Free, who is a yoga instructor, while her father, Betanelski Free, works in recruitment. She grew up in England alongside her older sister, Betsy Free.
Regarding her education, she attended Hampton Court House School and later matriculated from Teddington School. It remains unclear whether she pursued an academic path.
Rise to Fame
Reportedly, Nell developed an interest in acting and performing while attending the Saturday Drama class, which prompted her to give it a shot at a very young age. Nell landed her first role when she was 13, portraying Anna in the coming-of-age drama movie “Broken”, alongside Tim Roth. Partially inspired by the hit novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the film received mixed reviews and several accolades, including the Golden Eye Award for the Best international film at the Zurich Film Festival.
During the same 2012, she booked the role as Chloe Crumb in the TV movie “The Stink”, based on the eponymous novel by David Williams. In 2014, she made a guest appearance in the detective drama series “Endeavor”.
“Game of Thrones”
In 2015, she landed the role of Myrcella Baratheon, the daughter of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister in the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones”. Nell starred in six episodes of the fifth season, replacing the actress Aimee Richardson, who played the character in the first and second season of the show. Initially a minor character, Myrcella becomes an integral part of the story, and a key figure in the conflict between the Lannisters and the Martells. However, her involvement in Oberyn’s death made her a target for Ellaria Sand, who decided to poison the young girl.
While it wasn’t unusual for the show’s creators to replace a character without providing any explanation, it still posed a mystery for the fans.
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Even though the reason was never revealed, fans suspect that the creators wanted an actress who could expand the role. Despite her small role, the actress gained substantial popularity and recognition, given the show became a worldwide sensation with colossal impact, as indicated by the show receiving over 70 awards throughout its eight-season run, earning the rating as one of the best series of all time.
In 2019, Nell was cast as Janey Carter in the crime/ drama miniseries “Too Old to Die Young”, opposite Miles Teller and Augusto Aguilera.
Even though the show earned praise for Nicholas Refn’s signature style in directing and the cast’s performance, it took a heavy blow from the critics, who disliked the depiction of the sexual violence and disturbing treatment of women in the show. Following the criticism, Amazon announced that there would not be a second season.
During the same year, she scooped the role as Leanne Grayson, a mysterious nanny hired to babysit a lifelike reborn doll in the psychological horror series “Servant”. The show, created and written by Tony Basgallop, follows the aftermath of a couple’s traumatic experience of losing their thirteen-week-old son. It quickly became popular, garnering a broad audience in a short span, who praised the series’ macabre plot, which often wanders into dark and grim corners, creating this amazingly creepy but drawing atmosphere.
Besides Nell, the show stars several other popular actors, including Rupert Grint, best recognized as Ron Weasly in the Harry Potter film series, and Toby Kebbel, known for his roles in “Warcraft” and “Kong: Skull Island”. As a huge Harry Potter fan, Nell barely contained her jubilation over the fact that she was working with Rupert Grint. In her interview with the media outlet Glamour, she said: ‘Childhood me is quaking – 11-year-old Nell! Everyone’s first crush was Ron Weasley, right? I feel like everybody’s first crush was someone from Harry Potter!’
In addition to popularity, the series has received several nominations for the cast’s performance, sound editing, and outstanding cinematography. It has run for two seasons, the second premiered in January 2021, while the promising plot will be further developed in the third season, to arrive at the beginning of 2022.
In 2021, she also portrayed older Remmy in the British sci-fi movie entitled “Settlers”. Regarding her upcoming roles, she is set to appear in the fantasy/drama film “Wonderwall”, and the movie “Fall into Darkness” alongside Lorenza Izzo and Thomas Doherty.
Reportedly, Nell was in a relationship with her co-star from “Game of Thrones” Dean-Charles Chapman, who portrays Tommen Baratheon in the show. Dean-Charles is best recognized for his roles in the movies “The Commuter”, “The King”, and “1917. However, Nell is very secretive about her personal life, and it’s believed that she is currently single.
What is her net worth?
As of 2021, her estimated net worth is estimated at close to $1 million, earned through her career as an actress.
Physical stats and Hobbies
Nell is 5ft 7ins tall (170cm), weighs around 123lbs (56kgs) with vital statistics of 32-24-34, with a very fit and model-like body and physique. Her natural hair is blonde, while her eyes are blue.
In addition to her excellent talent for acting, she is also a music enthusiast who plays the guitar and piano. Adamant to try out the music industry, Nell formed a band called “Your Parents” with her friends Joe and Dylan, and hopes she that they will put out an EP in the next year.
Nell is a fashion enthusiast as well, with a special liking for accessories; she likes to wear a lot of jewelry, in an interview saying:’ I have rings on every finger and seven piercings in my ear. I sleep in all my jewelry, and I only take it off for work’.
Her favorite food is tomato soup, and spinach and mushroom on toast with baked beans and hash browns.
She is very active on her Instagram account, which has over 100,000 followers. Nell has a Twitter account, but it appears inactive as she last posted in 2016.
More about Nell Tiger Free
During the shooting of an episode of the “Servant”, she had an unpleasant experience as her character, Leanne, was supposed to eat the cake savagely with her bare hands, which posed a difficulty given she has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In an interview, she explained: ‘I have OCD when it comes to food. I have to cut everything up into particular shapes and sizes, and eat it all in a certain order. So I’m a nightmare to take out for dinner.’
Regarded by many media outlets as the “Servants” breakout star, Nell disclosed that she also battled with another disorder: ‘I suffered with anxiety. That can be ramped up to a 1,00,0 especially at things like premieres, places where you really have to keep your sh*t together and present this whole perfect image of yourself.’ Nell continued saying that the entertainment business could be very overwhelming at times, and it was easy to get carried away. However, she added that she had a great support system, and a close relationship with her family and friends, who keep her in check.