Jodie Turner-Smith

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Jodie Turner-Smith
Jodie Stephanie D. Turner-Smith[1]

7 September 1986 (age 33)
Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Home townPeterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

Jodie Turner-Smith (born Jodie Stephanie D. Turner-Smith; 7 September 1986) is a British model and actress, known for Queen & Slim (2019), Nightflyers (2018), and The Last Ship (2017).[2][3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Jodie Turner-Smith was born in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England,[1] to Jamaican parents but moved to the United States after several years. She is the only one of her siblings who was not born in Jamaica. She was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in her senior class at Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland,[4] and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She has lived in Los Angeles since 2009.[5]

Turner-Smith has been in a relationship with actor Joshua Jackson since fall 2018.[6]


Turner-Smith worked as a banker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until a mutual friend introduced her to musician Pharrell Williams after a N.E.R.D. concert. He convinced her to become a model and move to Los Angeles.[7][8]

In 2013, she made her acting debut, as a siren in True Blood, which led to numerous minor roles in films and music videos between 2013 and 2017. During this time, she was credited as Jodie Smith. In 2016, she appeared in the music video for Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk."[9]

She first came to prominence playing Sgt. Azima Kandie in the 2017-2018 season of the TNT series The Last Ship.[10] She then had a major role as Melantha Jhirl in the 2018 Syfy/Netflix series Nightflyers.[11][12]

She began starring as Josie in the Cinemax series Jett, which premiered in June 2019.[13]

Turner-Smith stars as Queen in the 2019 road trip/crime film Queen & Slim, opposite Daniel Kaluuya.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Neon Demon Roberta Hoffmann's assistant as Jodie Smith
2017 Lemon Beverly as Jodie Smith
2017 Newness Statuesque woman
2019 Queen & Slim Angela "Queen" Johnson
2020 Without Remorse Karen Greer Filming
TBA After Yang Kyra Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2013 True Blood Siren #2 4 episodes; as Jodie Smith
2015-2016 Mad Dogs Angel 2 episodes; as Jodie Smith
2016 Ice Lady Rah's masseuse 1 episode; as Jodie Smith
2017-2018 The Last Ship Sgt. Azima Kandie 20 episodes
2018 Nightflyers Melantha Jhirl 10 episodes
2019 Jett Josie 9 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2013 Cool Song No.2 MGMT [15]
2013 Für Hildegard von Bingen Devendra Banhart [16]
2014 Dear Diamond Blaqstarr feat. Common [17]
2016 Pillowtalk Zayn Malik [18]
2016 Make Me (Cry) Noah Cyrus feat. Labrinth [19]


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  2. ^ "Jodie Turner-Smith". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  3. ^ ""Queen & Slim" Star Jodie Turner-Smith Tells Colin Farrell Where Home Is". Interview Magazine. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  4. ^ Essedarius Vol. 10 (2004 ed.). Gaithersburg, MD: Gaithersburg High School. 2004. p. 29.
  5. ^ ""Queen & Slim" Star Jodie Turner-Smith Tells Colin Farrell Where Home Is". Interview Magazine. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  6. ^ "Everything to Know About Jodie Turner-Smith, Star of Queen and Slim". O: The Oprah Magazine. 2019-11-26.
  7. ^ "Jodie Smith". Paper Magazine. 27 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Miss Jodie | Of The Minute". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  9. ^ "Who Is The Woman In Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk" Music Video? The British Actress Is One To Watch". January 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "'The Last Ship': Jodie Turner-Smith Upped To Regular For Season 5". February 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Why 'Game of Thrones' Author George R. R. Martin Wanted Jodie Turner-Smith For His New Project 'Nightflyers'". December 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "'Jett': TV Review". June 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Jodie Turner-Smith & Daniel Kaluuya Are Lovers On The Run In New 'Queen & Slim' Trailer". July 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "MGMT - Cool Song No. 2 (Video)". YouTube. 17 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Devendra Banhart - Für Hildegard von Bingen - Art + Music - MOCAtv". YouTube. 29 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Blaqstarr- Dear Diamond ft. Common". YouTube. 14 February 2014.
  18. ^ "ZAYN - PILLOWTALK (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 29 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Noah Cyrus - Make Me (Cry) ft. Labrinth (Official Video)". YouTube. 22 November 2016.

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