Freya Mavor

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: 13 August 1993, Glasgow, Scotland. 

Freya Mavor’s early life was marked by a rich cultural heritage and a passion for the arts. Freya was surrounded by creativity; her father, James Mavor, is a playwright and leads the screenwriting course at Napier University. Her great-grandfather, James Bridie, was a pivotal figure in Scottish theatre, founding a college of drama that preceded the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Freya Mavor’s education was diverse and international. She attended the Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh and spent part of her childhood in La Rochelle, France, where she studied at Collège Eugène Fromentin. This period abroad not only enriched her academic experience but also allowed her to become fluent in French. In 2008, she joined the National Youth Theatre, further developing her acting skills.

Freya Mavor’s acting career began with school productions, where she played Miranda in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and had a role in “The Merchant of Venice.” Her professional debut came in 2011 with the E4 drama “Skins,” where she portrayed Mini McGuinness. This role earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the TV Choice Awards in 2012. Freya’s portrayal of Mini was described as “feisty and witty,” a character who didn’t fully consider the consequences of her actions.

Her film and television career highlights include playing Nicola Ball in the romantic comedy “Not Another Happy Ending,” which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2013. She also appeared in “Sunshine on Leith,” a film adaptation of a musical based on The Proclaimers’ lyrics. In 2015, she starred in Joann Sfar’s French-Belgian mystery film “The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun.”

In addition to her acting career, Freya has made a mark in the fashion world. She became the face of Pringle of Scotland’s 2011 spring/summer campaign and was awarded the Fashion Icon of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Her elegance and style also earned her a spot in FHM’s 100 World’s Sexiest Women in 2012.

Freya Mavor’s personal life, while kept relatively private, reflects her multicultural background. With a mother of Irish descent and some Danish ancestry, she embodies a blend of cultures. She has two brothers, Hugo and Alex, and her family’s move to France when she was nine years old showcases their international outlook.


Suggested viewing


The Keeper (2018)

The Keeper (Trautman) poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.2

Original title: Trautman

Amidst the chaos and aftermath of World War II, a young English woman, Margaret Friar, finds herself drawn to a German prisoner of war, Bert Trautmann. Despite the prejudice and hostility they face, their love blossoms, and Bert’s exceptional goalkeeping skills catch the attention of a local football team. As Bert’s career takes off, he becomes a symbol of resilience and hope, inspiring a nation still healing from the wounds of war.

Top cast: David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Gary Lewis, Harry Melling, Michael Sócha, Julian Sands, Dave John’s, Dervla Kirwan.


Skins (2007)


Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

In the heart of Bristol, a group of teenagers navigates the tumultuous waters of adolescence, grappling with identity, love, loss, and the complexities of their rapidly changing world. From the charismatic and confident Tony Stonem to the introverted and introspective Effy Stonem, each character bears their own unique struggles and triumphs, forging unbreakable bonds of friendship amidst the chaos of their high school lives.

Top cast: Dakota Blue Richards, Will Merrick, Sam Jackson, Sean Teale, Jessica Sula, Laya Lewis, Sebastian De Souza, John Sessions, Gordon Kennedy, Karl Theobald, Freya Mavor (S5-6)


The White Queen (2013)

The White Queen poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

The White Queen tells the story of a beautiful widow who becomes entangled with the King of England during a brutal civil war. Their unexpected marriage disrupts the balance of power, and a cunning rival from another house schemes to depose them and place her own son on the throne. Loyalties are tested, alliances shift and the fight for the crown engulfs the entire nation.

Top cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Amanda Hale, Janet McAteer, James Frain, Tom McKay, Faye Marsay, Juliet Aubrey, Aneurin Barnard, Freya Mavor.

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