Jodie Whittaker

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Jodie Whittaker
Born (1982-01-03) 3 January 1982 (age 32)
Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Christian Contreras (2008–present)

Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 3 January 1982) is an English actress who first came to prominence for her work in the film Venus (2006). Since then she has starred in the films St Trinian's (2007), Good (2008), St Trinian's 2 (2009) and Attack the Block (2011). She has also starred in the television series Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), Wired (2008), Return to Cranford (2009), Marchlands (2011), Broadchurch (2013), and The Assets (2014).


Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005. She has since worked in film, television, radio and theatre. In 2007 she stood in at short notice for an unwell Carey Mulligan in the Royal Court's production of The Seagull, and appeared in a fundraising play at the Almeida Theatre.

In her first major role, she co-starred as Jessie (a.k.a. Venus) with Peter O'Toole and Leslie Phillips in the film Venus.

Whittaker's radio credits include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff, which also starred Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings[1] and the role of Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen an original drama by Judith French.

In 2009 she worked on the film Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World, the BBC2 drama Royal Wedding[2] and the short film Wish 143, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. In 2010, she appeared in the film The Kid and co-starred in BBC1's Accused.

Whittaker appeared in Ian Fitzgibbon's 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier's Bounty, alongside Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent.

In 2011, she appeared as Viv in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters's novel The Night Watch and in the cult film Attack the Block. In 2012 she starred in the musical comedy-drama Good Vibrations.

In March–April 2013, Whittaker starred in the high-profile ITV detective drama Broadchurch.

In January 2014, she starred in the reality-based spy drama The Assets on ABC, which was cancelled after just two episodes.

Personal life[edit]

Whittaker is from the village of Skelmanthorpe in Yorkshire. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the gold medal for acting. She has been married to American actor Christian Contreras since 2008.[3]

Whittaker's nephew Harry Whittaker[4] who played Leo Goskirk in Emmerdale died aged 3 on 1 July 2014.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Venus Jessie Nominated—ALFS Award for British Newcomer of the Year
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
2007 This Life + 10 Clare TV movie
St Trinian's Beverly
2008 Good Anne
The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Sophie TV movie
Consuming Passion Mary Boon TV movie
2009 Mr. Dorothy Mitch's Wife (voice role) Short film
Svengali Ellie the Barmaid TV movie
White Wedding Rose
Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Bridget Byrne
Roar Eva Short film
Perrier's Bounty Brenda
Wish 143 Maggie Short film
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Beverly
2010 The Kid Jackie
Royal Wedding Linda Caddock TV movie
Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World Noreen Stokes
2011 Hello Carter Susie Short film
Two Minutes Juliette Short film
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011: Live Action Maggie
Attack the Block Sam
The Night Watch Vivian Pearce TV movie
One Day Tilly
A Thousand Kisses Deep Mia Selva
2012 Smoke Short film
Good Vibrations Ruth
Dust Jessica's Mum Short film
2013 Spike Island Service station attendant[6]
Hello Carter Filming
2014 Get Santa Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Afternoon Play Sam Episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds"
Doctors Louise Clancy Episode: "Ignorance Is Bliss"
Dalziel and Pascoe Kirsty Richards Episodes: "Fallen Angel: Part 1", "Fallen Angel: Part 2"
2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles Izzy Huett TV mini-series
Wired Louise Evans TV mini-series
2009 Return to Cranford Peggy Bell Episodes: "Part one: August 1844", "Part Two: October 1844"
2010 Accused Emma Croft Episode: "Liam's Story"
2011 Marchlands Ruth Bowen Main cast
Black Mirror Ffion Episode: "The Entire History of You"
2013 Broadchurch Beth Latimer Main cast
2014 The Assets Sandra Grimes Main cast
2014 The Smoke Trish Tooley Main cast
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Storm, TheThe Storm Ampelisca Shakespeare's Globe
2006 Enemies Nadya Almeida Theatre
2007 Gaggle of Saints, AA Gaggle of Saints Sue Trafalgar Studios
Awake and Sing! Hennie Almeida Theatre
2008 Blinded by the Sun Joanna BBC Radio 4
Unseen Austen Lydia Bennett BBC Radio 4
2012 Antigone Antigone National Theatre


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