7 things you probably didn't know about 'The Last of Us' star Bella Ramsey

  • Bella Ramsey has starred in two HBO hits, "The Last of Us" and "Game of Thrones."

  • Acting since the age of 4, there are some things you may not know about the English actor.

  • Ramsey is a talented singer whose work was featured in a Lena Dunham movie and a Netflix show.

Ramsey's a talented singer and songwriter. Her work has been featured in film and TV.

Bella Ramsey YouTube channel
Bella Ramsey sang and played music on her own YouTube channel.United Hope/YouTube

Don't be surprised if we hear Ramsey sing and play guitar on the next season of "The Last of Us," something her video-game character does in the game.

The actor wrote "Birdy Song" for Lena Dunham's Prime Video medieval comedy "Catherine Called Birdy."

Ramsey revealed on Twitter she wrote the song after friends were mean to her at a sleepover at the age of 10.

Ramsey also wrote and sang "The Life of Hilda" for Netflix's second season of its animated series "Hilda" after the series' voice director, Dave Peacock, suggested the idea "as a joke."

"I recorded this version of Hilda singing her song at home over lockdown," Ramsey shared on Instagram. "I couldn't believe it when the team wanted to use it."

You can watch Ramsey perform covers on the guitar on her personal YouTube channel.

Ramsey is non-binary.

Bella Ramsey attends the UK Premiere of "Catherine Called Birdy" at The Curzon Mayfair on September 20, 2022 in London, England.
Bella Ramsey attends the UK Premiere of "Catherine Called Birdy" at The Curzon Mayfair on September 20, 2022 in London, England.Mike Marsland/WireImage via Getty Images

"I guess my gender has always been very fluid," the actor told The New York Times in a January profile. "Someone would call me 'she' or 'her' and I wouldn't think about it, but I knew that if someone called me 'he' it was a bit exciting."

Ramsey added she has no preference in what pronouns are used to describe her.

"I'm very much just a person," Ramsey said. "Being gendered isn't something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn't care less."

She created a podcast in 2019 called "Not Bella Ramsey" that never got off the ground.

Not Bella Ramsey podcast
You can find "Not Bella Ramsey" on Apple podcasts and Spotify.Apple

In December 2019, Ramsey launched a 42-second trailer for a podcast where she planned to discuss a random topic each week.

"Not Bella Ramsey" was dedicated to people "who are indecisive and have no idea what they are looking for in a podcast" and for fans "remotely interested" in her life.

"'Not Bella Ramsey' was a bad idea that I had," Ramsey told Josh Horowitz on the "Happy, Sad, Confused" podcast. "I tried to get that taken down."

"It was a terrible idea and I never did it other than the trailer," Ramsey said of thinking she wanted to do a podcast at the time.

Ramsey cut over 15 inches of her hair to star in "The Last of Us."

Bella Ramsey with long hair in 2020
Bella Ramsey at WE Day UK on March 4, 2020, in London, England.Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

In order to portray Ellie, a 14-year-old who is seemingly immune to a deadly infection, Ramsey cut her locks in July 2021.

According to The New York Times, Ramsey held onto her hair, keeping it stowed in a bag.

She waited to play "The Last of Us" video game until after the show premiered on HBO.

bella ramsey as elli on the last of us, wearing a slate grey shirt and red overshirt and looking fondly to the side
Bella Ramsey as Ellie in the season one finale of "The Last of Us."Liane Hentscher/HBO

When cast as Ellie, one of the show's leads, Ramsey was advised not to play the hit video game as a reference point for the role.

"After my first audition, they asked me, 'Have you played it?' And I said, 'Nope,' and they said, 'Keep it that way,'" Ramsey told USA Today. "I did watch some of the gameplay on YouTube just to get a sense of it."

Ramsey started playing the first game after the show premiered on HBO.

"It's not as weird as I thought it'd be," Ramsey said on the "Happy, Sad, Confused" podcast in February, adding that she was playing on the game's easiest mode.

Her costar, Pedro Pascal, attempted to play the Naughty Dog video game despite being told to avoid it.

"My nephews were watching me play and eventually got tired of my inability to complete the level, so they took my controller from me," Pascal told IGN.

Ramsey failed her first driver's test.

Bella Ramsey at the Catherine Called Birdy UK premiere
Bella Ramsey attends the "Catherine Called Birdy" UK premiere on September 20, 2022, in London, England.Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

"I failed my first test," Ramsey said on the "Happy, Sad, Confused" podcast. "I pulled out at a roundabout when I wasn't supposed to."

"I was sitting there for like five minutes. I was like, 'I need to go,'" Ramsey added, saying that when she pulled out, the examiner "slammed on the brakes."

Since then, Ramsey has purchased her first car, a red Fiat.

Ramsey adopted a dog while filming "The Last of Us."

Bella Ramsey at "Catherine Called Birdy" Premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at Royal Alexandra Theatre on September 11, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario.
Bella Ramsey attends the "Catherine Called Birdy" premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2022.Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

During a recent interview with British Vogue, Ramsey shared she adopted a dog named Skipper while filming the HBO series in Canada.

Adopted in August 2021, Skipper could be seen on the set of the apocalyptic drama where coshowrunner Craig Mazin referred to her as the series' "true showrunner."

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