Sophie Turner (actress)

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Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner 2013 (Straighten Colors).jpg
Turner at the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere in March 2013
Born (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 19)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present
Home town Chesterton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

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 and critical praise. For her performance, she has received four nominations for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, as well as a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Supporting Young Actress in a TV Series [2] and a nomination for the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Turner has also starred in the television film The Thirteenth Tale (2013) and she made her feature film debut in Another Me (2013). She has also starred in the action comedy Barely Lethal and in 2014, was cast as Mary Shelley in the upcoming biopic Mary Shelley's Monster. In 2016, Turner is to play a young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Northampton, Northamptonshire. She moved to Chesterton, Warwickshire when she was two years old. She attended Warwick Prep School until she was 11, and later attended 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] Turner has two older brothers, and stated in an interview with The Telegraph that "My childhood was pretty fun. We had pigsties, barns and a paddock, and used to muck around in the mud." Turner had a tutor on the set of Game of Thrones until the age of 16, sending homework back to her teachers at school. She achieved five A and four B grades at GCSE, including a B grade in drama.[4]


Since 2011, Turner has portrayed Sansa Stark, a young noblewoman, in the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. Sansa is her first television role.[1] Turner's drama teacher encouraged her to audition for the part,[5] and she dyed her blonde hair auburn for the role.[6] She had her first big screen role in the 2013 film Another Me. 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. To date, Turner has appeared in all five broadcast seasons. In 2013, Turner played the lead role in the independent thriller film Another Me, based on the novel of the same name by Catherine MacPhail. She also starred as Adeline March in the 2013 television film The Thirteenth Tale.

In 2013, she was cast in the comedy film Barely Lethal, alongside American actress Hailee Steinfeld, which was released on 29 May 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand.[7][8] 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. On 12 August 2014, Deadline reported that Turner had been cast in the upcoming biopic Mary Shelley's Monster, portraying the title character Mary Shelley.[9][10] On 22 January 2015, Turner was cast as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, due out on 27 May 2016.[11] Turner learned archery in preparation for the role.[12]


Turner with Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams (left) in November 2009


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Another Me Fay Delussey
2015 Barely Lethal Heather Direct-to-VOD
2015 Alone Penelope Post-production
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Jean Grey Post-production
2016 Mary Shelley's Monster Mary Shelley


Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Sansa Stark TV series (main role)
2013 The Thirteenth Tale Young Adeline March Television film

Music Videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2014 Bastille "Oblivion"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Notes
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
Scream Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress[2] Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Empire Hero Award [13] Won
EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Interview with Sophie Turner". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  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. ^ 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. ^ Hibberd, James (19 March 2013). "'Game of Thrones': Sophie Turner on fans bashing Sansa". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (9 June 2011). "Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner: Sansa Has Been Manipulated by Joffrey". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Star Sophie Turner Joins 'Barely Lethal'". Deadline. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
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  9. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner Set For 'Mary Shelley’s Monster' Opposite Jeremy Irvine and Taissa Farmiga". Deadline. 12 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Giedroyc's "Mary Shelley's Monster" Places Chokers on Farmiga, Irvine & Sophie Turner". Ion Cinema. 13 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Singer, Bryan (January 22, 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 January 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ "'X-Men Apocalypse' Cast Photo: Sophie Turner Prepares For Jean Grey Role By Imitating Jennifer Lawrence Character Katniss Everdeen". Design & Trend. June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Empire Hero Award". Bauer Consumer Media. 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 

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