Sunday Spotlight: Gwendoline Christie

Posted on March 20, 2016 By

Gwendoline Christie! Talented, towering, and terrifically titled!


Graphic by Tee LaFrance Todd – © 2016 Curionomastics

Game of Thrones has long been a favorite show of mine and with this season kicking off in a couple weeks, I had to feature one of the most skilled actresses to appear in the fantasy hit. But Gwendoline Christie isn’t just glamorous and gutsy, she also possesses a musical name, perfect for a woman reaching new heights with each accomplishment.


Gwendoline Christie may be the tough-as-nails Brienne of Tarth on the HBO series Game of Thrones, but the role she plays in the show is just one element of her multi-faceted career. Born in England, the 6’3’’ star also makes appearances as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Captain Phasma in the current set of Star Wars movies. A fashion fan, she has modeled numerous times and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in the new season of GoT.

Gwendoline’s Trivia Trio:

  1. She attended Drama Centre London and it’s high time they included her on their list of famous graduates.
  2. She dates another namelty, British fashion designer Giles Deacon.
  3. She will be seen in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which comes out in July in the U.S.


Photo by Tim Whitby - © 2012 Getty Images

Photo by Tim Whitby – © 2012 Getty Images

Gwendoline is a Welsh name that means ‘white browed’ or ‘white ring,’ so it is an apt choice for the fair-haired actress. It’s triple syllables trip rhythmically from the lips. Gwendoline’s variant spellings include Gwendolyn, as held by Gwendolyn Brooks and the legendary wife of Merlin, and Gwendolen.

Christie is quite possibly a surname that originated in Scotland, and might have been derived from Christian or Christopher, which mean Christ bearing. It is sometimes heard as a first name, but as a surname, it has appeal. In this case, tt’s staccato notes bring some flair to the otherwise whispery Gwendoline. It complements another famous bearer, too. Who is that? Why, Agatha, of course!


I’m sure you’re all as stoked as I am about the next season of GoT. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re really missing out. Not only is the show visually stunning and chock full of plot twists and quotable dialogue, the characters possess some wonderfully inventive and inspired names.

The next trio of Sunday Spotlights will give those characters a run with their own unique names, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of them.


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