Gwendoline Tracey Philippa Christie is an English actress and model. She is known for portraying the warrior Brienne of Tarth in the HBO fantasydrama series Game of Thrones and playing Captain Phasma in Star Wars The Force Awakens.
Christie was born in Worthing, West Sussex, to a housewife mother and a father who worked in sales and marketing. She grew up in a hamlet near the South Downs. She trained as a gymnast as a child, but after a spine injury forced her to abandon that career, she took up acting. Christie graduated from Drama Centre London in 2005.