Who is Oona Chaplin?
Swiss-Spanish actress Oona Castilla Chaplin was born in Madrid, Spain on 4 June 1986, making Gemini her zodiac sign. She’s had roles in more than 40 TV series and movies, and is perhaps known best for playing Young Ruth in the 2015 romantic comedy movie “The Longest Ride”, directed by George Tillman Jr, and which starred Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson and Alan Alda. It follows a young couple who’ve met an elderly man, while he’s now reflecting on his past love; the movie won one of its six award nominations.
Oona’s still today highly active in the film industry, and will be portraying Varang in three upcoming “Avatar” movies.
Education and early life
Oona was raised in Madrid alongside her maternal half-brother Shane, by her father Patricio Castilla who’s a Chilean cinematographer, and their mother Geraldine Chaplin who’s a British-American actress.
Oona lived in several countries while growing up, including Spain, Cuba, Switzerland and the UK, mostly because of her mother’s acting career. She was mostly into dancing during her teenage years, and took flamenco, salsa and ballet lessons.
She was 15 when she enrolled at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, after having been awarded a drama scholarship; Oona appeared in a number of school plays, and then toured the UK with the cast of an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet”. She enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England in 2004, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2007.
Roles in TV series
Oona’s debut TV series role was playing Kate in the 2007 episode “The Virus: Part 2” of the crime action “MI-5”, and the following year saw her play the same character in an episode of the action “Spooks: Code 9”.
In 2010, Oona portrayed Fabiana in the drama “Married Single Other”, created by Peter Souter, and which starred Shaun Dooley, Dean Lennox Kelly and Lucy Davis. It follows the lives of several British people of different ages, and the series was nominated for a TV Quick Award for Best New Drama. Also in 2010, Oona played Silvia in both episodes of the comedy mini-series “El Gordo: Una Historia Verdadera”.
In 2011 and 2012, she portrayed Marnie Madden in all the 12 episodes of the drama “The Hour”, created by Abi Morgan, and which starred Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Dominic West. It follows a journalist working in Cold War-era England, and the series won four of its 48 award nominations.
Oona Chaplin, who plays Talisa Maegyr in GOT, is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin. Crazy! pic.twitter.com/by2t58EazN
— Game Of Thrones (@GamefThrones) April 21, 2014
Oona’s also known for playing Talisa Maegyr in 11 episodes of the action adventure “Game of Thrones” (2012-2013), which ranks #13 best series of all time on the website IMDb; it aired from 2011 through 2019, and won 389 of more than 1,000 awards for which it was nominated.
Some of Oona’s most recent TV series roles have been in both episodes of the 2020 drama mini-series “The Comey Rule”, the 2022 episode “Alice? Are You Listening?” of the science fiction comedy “Made for Love”, and five episodes of the 2022 action thriller mini-series “Treason”.
Roles in movies
Oona’s debut film role was playing Laura Chappel in the 2008 comedy “Inconceivable”, written and directed by Mary McGuckian, and which starred Lothaire Bluteau, David Alpay and David Sutcliffe. The movie covers the test-tube baby industry, and it won a 2010 TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Barbara Tipple Award for Best Actress (Jennifer Tilly). Some of Oona’s following roles were in 2008 in the short drama “First, Love?” and the action adventure mystery “Quantum of Solace”, and the 2009 horror mystery thriller “Imago Mortis”.
The year 2011 saw her play Beauty in the biographical thriller “The Devil’s Double”, directed by Lee Tamahori, and which starred Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier and Raad Rawi. It follows the life of Saddam Hussein’s double, and the film was nominated for four awards. Oona could then have been seen appearing in the thriller “The Sorrows”, the romantic comedy “What If” and the comedy “Powder Room”, all released in 2013.
She played the lead character Naomi in the 2016 science fiction “Realive”, written and directed by Mateo Gil, and which also starred Tom Hughes and Charlotte Le Bon. It follows Marc who’s been awaken after having been cryogenically frozen for 68 years, and the movie won three of its five award nominations.
Some of Oona’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2018 biographical drama “My Dinner with Herve”, and the short drama “Guardians of Life” and the horror “Lullaby” both in 2022.
Oona received special thanks for the 2016 short documentary movie “Street Name ‘Pirate’”.
She sang the song “There’s a Long Long Trail A-Winding” in a 2014 episode of the series “The Crimson Field”, and the song “Oh! Susanna” in the 2017 movie “Anchor and Hope”.
Some of her most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Cinema 3”, “Dias de Cine” and “Made in Hollywood”.
Awards and nominations
Oona and her colleagues won a 2020 CinEuphoria Merit – Honorary Award for their performance in “Game of Thrones”.
She was also nominated for a 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for “Game of Thrones” (shared with colleagues), a 2018 Apollo Award for Best Couple (shared with Natalie Tena) and a 2018 Gaudi Award for Best Female Lead, both for “Anchor and Hope”.
Love life and relationships
Oona’s highly secretive when it comes to speaking about her love life in public. We still know about one man whom she’s been with: sometime around the mid-2010s, Oona was in a relationship with Alex Lanipekun, a British actor, screenwriter and director who’s appeared in 45 movies and TV series, and is perhaps known best for playing Daniel Sands in all the eight episodes of the 2022 crime thriller “The Rising”.
Oona seems to be unattached as of May 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
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Interesting facts and hobbies
Oona’s followed by more than 100,000 people on Instagram, and has posted close to 450 pictures and videos, most of her content showing her during her everyday life, whether she’s shooting for her TV series and movies, travelling around the world or doing charity work.
She’s contributed to a number of non-profit organizations, and mostly enjoys helping underprivileged children.
Oona’s a huge animal lover, with birds and insects being her favorites.
She’s a huge fan of British screenwriter, producer and director David Attenborough; he’s mostly worked on documentary series, such as “Frozen Planet”, “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet II”.
One of Oona’s favorite actors is Mel Gibson, and some of her favorite movies include “Lethal Weapon”, “Braveheart” and “The Passion of the Christ”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Oona’s age is 36. She has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 135lbs (61kgs).
Oona’s net worth’s been estimated at over $7 million, as of May 2023.