Who is Esme Bianco?
Esme Augusta Bianco is an English actress best known for her role as the King’s Landing prostitute, Ros, in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Before she became famous worldwide for her role in series, Bianco had a very successful career as a model for major brands and as a neo-burlesque dancer performing all over the world. She attributes the ease with which she could perform the difficult scenes in ‘Game of Thrones’ to her experience as a burlesque dancer. Though she was in the series only for three seasons, Bianco was much appreciated for her powerful portrayal of Ros. Bianco also has numerous television movies and other series to her credit. She recently made headlines when she opened up about being a victim of domestic violence. Having been physically and mentally abused in her former relationships, she now encourages others to speak out against abuse.
Esme Bianco started modelling during her university days. She worked as a lingerie model for ‘Agent Provocateur’ and ‘Modern Courtesan’. She has also posed for the painters Christian Furr and Peregrine Heathcote. Later, Bianco became famous for her dark and humorous neo-burlesque acts, notably ‘White Wedding’. Her show at the prestigious ‘Victoria and Albert Museum,’ where she sang the Rita Hayworth song ‘Put the Blame on Mame’ from the top of a piano was especially praised. She has also starred in music videos for artists like Robbie Williams and Slayer.
In 2006, she made her film debut with ‘Dolls’. From 2008 to 2010, she acted in British films of different genres like the science-fiction ‘Chemical Wedding’, comedy film ‘Dead Man Running’, thriller ‘Burlesque Fairytales’ and the gangster film ‘The Big I Am’.
From 2011 to 2013, Esme Bianco played the part of the prostitute Ros in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones.’ The character she played was created especially for the TV adaptation and is not there in the novel series. The character was originally meant to appear in a single scene in the pilot episode. Bianco’s performance in that single scene so astounded the creators of the show that they wrote her character into the series. An interesting fact is that once the series was approved, the entire pilot was reshot except Bianco’s scene. She became a series regular and had a successful three-season run during which she became known internationally.
Ros’s scenes as a sex worker were very often used to push the story forward or reveal a backstory which lead the academic Myles McNutt to coin the now infamous term ‘sexposition’. In 2013, she also appeared as Ros in ‘Gay of Thrones,’ a parody based on the hit show.
In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles from England to further her career in acting, giving up her career as a burlesque dancer. Her growing body of work in USA includes the TV series ‘The Magicians’ (2015-18) and ‘Supergirl’ (2018). She was the voice of Queen Eclipsa in the series ‘Star vs. The Forces of Evil’ (2017-19) and Professor Lane in the TV series ‘Hot Streets’ (2018). It was also in 2018 that she appeared in her first Hollywood film, a vampire horror flick ‘Living Among Us’. She will soon be seen in the film ‘Hypnotized’.
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Family & Personal Life
Esme Bianco was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, on 25 May 1982. She has a degree in drama and theater arts from London’s Goldsmith University. She was in a relationship with musician and songwriter Marilyn Manson from 2010 to 2011.
Lately, Bianco has been quite vocal about mental health issues and has openly discussed her traumas and problems. Though she has always been comfortable showing her skin, Bianco has said that she has had issues with her body image and suffered from episodes of eating disorders and self-harm.
Recently, Bianco shocked the world when she joined the #IAmNotOk movement on Twitter and revealed in a post the effects of the abuse she had suffered at the hands of a former boyfriend. Posting a picture of her whiplash-scarred back, she wrote that the scars were for real and that she still suffered from night terrors. She has also mentioned that when she now looks back on her role in the ‘Game of Thrones’ series, she realizes that she was fighting her own demons. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).