Keisha Castle-Hughes is an Australian-born New Zealand actress. She has appeared in films such as Whale Rider, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Nativity Story, and Piece of My Heart. She has also appeared on The Walking Dead.
She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her debut performance in Whale Rider, and at the time was, at age 13, the youngest person in history to be nominated for the award until 2012, with 9 year old Quvenzhané Wallis, nominated for Beasts of the Southern Wild.
As of 2015, Castle-Hughes lived in Los Angeles with her husband of two years Jonathan Morrison and her daughter from a previous relationship Felicity-Amore, age 7.
On Game of ThronesEdit
When the TV adaptation started to air on HBO she watched it avidly, but when Oberyn Martell was introduced in Season 4, she started to wonder if she could obtain a role in the show:
- "When Pedro showed up, I said, ‘Who is this person?’ He was sexy and powerful and devilish. I went back to the books. I remembered the Sand Snakes. I felt I could pass as Pedro's daughter. And then I campaigned with the series’ London casting directors. I was definitely persistent."
She was trained in the Chinese martial art wushu for the role.