Sophie Turner

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Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Turner in 2017
Born (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 22)
Northampton, England
Years active2011–present
Home townChesterton, Warwickshire

Sophie Turner (born 21 February 1996)[1] is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–present), which brought her international recognition.

Turner starred in the television film The Thirteenth Tale (2013) and she made her feature film debut in Another Me (2013). She starred in the action comedy Barely Lethal (2015) and portrays a young Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2016–present).

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Northampton, England on 21 February 1996, the daughter of Sally, a nursery school teacher, and Andrew, who works for a pallet distribution company.[2] She moved to Chesterton, Warwickshire when she was two years old. She attended the independent Warwick Prep School until she was eleven, and later attended the independent and fee-paying The King's High School for Girls.[1] Turner has been a member of the theatre company Playbox Theatre Company since she was three years old.[3] She has two older brothers.[4] Her twin died before birth.[5]

In an interview with The Telegraph, she stated that she grew up in a large Edwardian house, near Leamington Spa: "My childhood was pretty fun. We had pigsties, barns and a paddock, and used to muck around in the mud." Turner adopted Zunni, the Northern Inuit dog that played her on-screen pet dire wolf, after the first series of Game of Thrones. Turner had a tutor on the set of Game of Thrones until the age of 16. She achieved five GCSE A-grades and four Bs, including in Drama.[4]


Since 2011, Turner has portrayed Sansa Stark, a young noblewoman, in the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones from age 15. Sansa is her first television role.[1] Turner's drama teacher encouraged her to audition for the part,[6] and she dyed her blonde hair auburn for the role, though in Season 7 she began wearing wigs. In 2012, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress for her performance as Sansa, alongside her on-screen sister, Maisie Williams. To date, Turner has appeared in all seven broadcast seasons.[7]

Turner at the Game of Thrones Season 3 Seattle Premiere in 2013

In 2013, she had her first big screen role as the lead character in the independent thriller film Another Me, based on the novel of the same name by Catherine MacPhail. She starred as Adeline March in the 2013 television film The Thirteenth Tale. In 2013, she was cast in the comedy film Barely Lethal, alongside Hailee Steinfeld, which was released on 29 May 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand.[8][9] Turner also narrated the audiobook version of the Lev Grossman short story The Girl in the Mirror, which was included in the short fiction anthology Dangerous Women, and was edited by George R. R. Martin. In 2014, she was also the narrator of the audiobook City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare[10]. The same year, she was also the face of the Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign of Karen Millen. [11] Turner played mutant Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, which was released in May 2016 to mixed critical success.[12]

During the summer 2016, she was the host of the web video Powershift in partnership with the Huffington Post. [13] [14] In February 2017, she announced that she would reprise her role as Jean Grey in the new film X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will take place in the early '90s and follow the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, as a part of the X-Men franchise. In the same interview she stated that production on the film will begin soon.[15] In March 2017, she announced that she had become patron of Women for Women, an organisation which supports female war survivors.[16] In August 2017, in an interview with Porter, Turner said that she believed her social media following was responsible for her successful casting in an unnamed project rather than her abilities as an actress. She said in the interview "it was between me and another girl who is a far better actress than I am, far better, but I had the followers, so I got the job."[17]

In June 2017, she announced on instagram her partnership with Wella Hair. She became their first brand ambassador international. [18] In November 2017, Deadline announced Sophie Turner will play the role of Juliane Koepcke in the movie Girl Who Fell From the Sky based on the autography When I fell from the sky. She will also produce the movie. [19] In March and April 2018, she filmed a new indie movie Heavy in Toronto. [20]

Personal life[edit]

Turner was first spotted with Joe Jonas in late November 2016. In October 2017, Turner announced her engagement to Jonas on Instagram.[21]



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2013 Another Me Fay / Lila Delussey Spanish title: Mi otro yo [22]
2015 Barely Lethal Heather / Agent 84 Direct-to-VOD [23]
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Jean Grey / Phoenix [24]
2018 Josie Josie Direct-to-VOD [25]
Alone Films that have not yet been released Penelope
Time Freak Debbie
2019 Dark Phoenix Films that have not yet been released Jean Grey / Phoenix Post-production [26][27]
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
2011–present Game of Thrones Sansa Stark Main role [28]
2013 The Thirteenth Tale Young Adeline March Television film [29]

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Artist Notes Ref(s)
"Oblivion" 2014 Bastille

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Ref(s)
2011 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [30]
Scream Awards Scream Award for Best Ensemble Nominated [31]
2012 Game of Thrones Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Nominated [32]
2013 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [33]
2014 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [34]
2015 Game of Thrones Empire Hero Award Empire Hero Award Won [35]
EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Nominated [36]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [37]
2016 Herself Huading Awards Best Global Actress Won [38]
Game of Thrones Glamour Awards Best UK TV Actress Won [39]
Herself Venice International Film Festival International Movie Award Won
Game of Thrones EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Won [40]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [41]
2017 X-Men: Apocalypse Kids Choice Awards Favorite Squad Nominated [42]
Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Interview with Sophie Turner". 31 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  2. ^ Alex Preston (25 April 2016). "The Beguiling Sophie Turner". Town & Country. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ Catherine Vonledebur (16 August 2013). "Leamington Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner enjoying her rise to fame". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b Catherine Vonledebur (13 April 2015). "Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner: 'I've grown up with Sansa Stark – I really feel what she feels'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ "The Thirteenth Tale: A haunting psychological mystery on BBC Two – Interview with Sophie Turner". BBC. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  6. ^ Hibberd, James (19 March 2013). "'Game of Thrones': Sophie Turner on fans bashing Sansa". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  7. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (9 June 2011). "Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner: Sansa Has Been Manipulated by Joffrey". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  8. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Star Sophie Turner Joins 'Barely Lethal'". Deadline Hollywood. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Barely Lethal: Score By Acclaimed Composer Mateo Messina Coming Soon, Action-Comedy Film Opens In Theaters May 29". Film Music Daily. 2015-05-28.
  10. ^ "'City of Heavenly Fire': Cassandra Clare chats with Sophie Turner". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  11. ^ Barns, Sarah (29 August 2014). "Sansa Stark style: Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner models for Karen Millen". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  12. ^ Singer, Bryan (22 January 2015). "Bryan Singer on Twitter: Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse". Twitter. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Young People Are Using Social Media To Change The World For Good". HuffPost UK. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Introduction to #PowerShift with 'Game of Thrones' Star, Sophie Turner". 22 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Sophie Turner to start filming the new X-Men film soon and reveals a Game of Thrones update". 13 February 2017. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017. “We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts.
  16. ^ "Cannes: Why my controversial Game of Thrones rape scene made me join the Sisterhood". 8 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  17. ^ DESTA, YOHANA (3 August 2017). "The Very Millennial Way Sophie Turner Beat a "Better" Actress for a Job". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Sophie Turner Is the New Face of Wella Professionals". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  19. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (1 November 2017). "'Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner To Star In, Produce With Lotus 'Girl Who Fell From The Sky' – AFM". Deadline. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Jouri Smit thriller 'Heavy' with Sophie Turner and Daniel Zovatto hits Cannes (exclusive)". Screen. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Are Engaged: See Her Ring". E!. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  22. ^ Douglas, Edward (2014-08-21). "Interview: Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner Doubles Down for Another Me". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  23. ^ Production Begins on Kyle Newman's Barely Lethal, Publisher:, Published date: 12 November 2013, Access date: 14 November 2013
  24. ^ Kroll, Justin (22 January 2015). "Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp join 'X-Men: Apocalypse'". Variety. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  25. ^ McNary, Dave (12 December 2017). "Sophie Turner's Drama 'Josie' to Launch Mammoth Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  26. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (14 June 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  27. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (26 March 2018). "20th Century Fox Shuffles Release Dates For 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Dark Phoenix' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
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  29. ^ "The Thirteenth Tale : Cast". BBC News. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
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  32. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  33. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: '12 Years A Slave' And 'Breaking Bad' Lead Way". Deadline Hollywood. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  34. ^ "21st SAG Awards:Full List of Nominees". Screen Actors Guild Awards. 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  35. ^ "Empire Hero Award". Empire. 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  36. ^ "EWwy Awards 2015: Meet Your Winners". Entertainment Weekly. 11 August 2015.
  37. ^ "The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards".
  38. ^ "Sophie Turner is really wearing that red dress". 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  39. ^ "Here's who won what at the GLAMOUR Awards". glamourmagazine. 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  40. ^ "Poppy Awards 2016: Meet Your Winners". Entertainment Weekly. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  41. ^ Nolfi, Joey (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  42. ^ Levy, Dani (2 February 2017). "Justin Timberlake and Kevin Hart Lead Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 3 February 2017.

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