Jodie Turner-Smith

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Jodie Turner-Smith (born 7 September 1986[1][2]) is a British model and actress, known for Nightflyers (2018), Lemon (2017), and The Neon Demon (2016).[3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Jodie Turner-Smith was born in the UK to Jamaican parents. She is the only one of her siblings who was not born in Jamaica. Her hometown is Peterborough, England. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she has lived since 2009.[4]

Turner-Smith has been in a relationship with actor Joshua Jackson since fall 2018.[5]


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:

Interestingly enough, what pushed me to start modeling was an encounter I had in Pittsburgh. I was backstage with some friends of mine who worked with N.E.R.D at one of their shows and was introduced to Pharrell. At the time I was looking to pursue a career in writing and told him as such. He told me that I needed to be in front of a camera, and proceeded to call a friend of his who was in the industry. That moment wasn’t necessarily a “be all end all moment”, what struck me about it was that here was a perfect stranger so excited and insistent upon me pursuing this idea that I knew nothing about and never thought I could before. It inspired me to believe in myself. A month later, I moved to Los Angeles, walked into NEXT Model Management and booked my first job, a Levi’s campaign.[2][6]

In 2013, she made her acting debut, as a siren in HBO’s vampire soap 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."[7]

She first came to prominence playing Sgt. Azima Kandie in the 2017-2018 season of the TNT series The Last Ship.[8] She then had a major role as Melantha Jhirl in the 2018 Syfy/Netflix series Nightflyers.[9][10] This role gained her wider recognition.[1]

She began starring as Josie in the Cinemax series Jett, which premiered in June 2019.[11]

Turner-Smith will be starring in the upcoming films Queen & Slim[12] (to be released November 27, 2019), opposite Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya, and After Yang,[13] with Colin Farrell.



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 Queen
TBA After Yang Kyra


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 [14]
2013 Für Hildegard von Bingen Devendra Banhart [15]
2014 Dear Diamond Blaqstarr feat. Common [16]
2016 Pillowtalk Zayn Malik [17]
2016 Make Me (Cry) Noah Cyrus feat. Labrinth [18]


  1. ^ a b ""Queen & Slim" Star Jodie Turner-Smith Tells Colin Farrell Where Home Is". Interview Magazine. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  2. ^ a b "Jodie Smith". Paper Magazine. 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Jodie Turner-Smith". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  4. ^ ""Queen & Slim" Star Jodie Turner-Smith Tells Colin Farrell Where Home Is". Interview Magazine. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  5. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  6. ^ "Miss Jodie | Of The Minute". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  7. ^ "Who Is The Woman In Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk" Music Video? The British Actress Is One To Watch". January 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "'The Last Ship': Jodie Turner-Smith Upped To Regular For Season 5". February 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Why 'Game of Thrones' Author George R. R. Martin Wanted Jodie Turner-Smith For His New Project 'Nightflyers'". December 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "'Jett': TV Review". June 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Jodie Turner-Smith & Daniel Kaluuya Are Lovers On The Run In New 'Queen & Slim' Trailer". July 31, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jodie Turner-Smith Cast Opposite Colin Farrell In A24's Robot Drama 'After Yang'". Blackfilm - Black Movies, Television, and Theatre News. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  14. ^ "MGMT - Cool Song No. 2 (Video)". YouTube. 17 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Devendra Banhart - Für Hildegard von Bingen - Art + Music - MOCAtv". YouTube. 29 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Blaqstarr- Dear Diamond ft. Common". YouTube. 14 February 2014.
  17. ^ "ZAYN - PILLOWTALK (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 29 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Noah Cyrus - Make Me (Cry) ft. Labrinth (Official Video)". YouTube. 22 November 2016.

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