Sophie Turner

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Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Born (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 20)
Northampton, England
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2011–present
Home town Chesterton, England

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]

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 (2015) and played Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Northampton, the daughter of Sally, a nursery school teacher, and Andrew, who works for a pallet distribution company.[3] She moved to Chesterton, Warwickshire when she was two years old. She attended Warwick Prep School until she was eleven, 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.[4] 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.[5]


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,[6] and she dyed her blonde hair auburn for the role.[7] 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 six broadcast seasons. 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 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.[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. Turner played mutant Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, which was released on 27 May 2016.[10] On 9 May 2016, it was reported that she would appear in a segment of the anthology film Berlin, I Love You, itself the fourth installment of the Cities of Love franchise.[11]


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


Title Year Role Director Notes Ref(s)
Another Me 2013 Fay Delussey Isabel Coixet
Barely Lethal 2015 Heather Kyle Newman
X-Men: Apocalypse 2016 Jean Grey / Phoenix Bryan Singer
Alone 2016 Penelope Matthew Coppola Post-production
Huntsville 2016 Josie Eric England Post-production
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Title Year Role Network Notes Ref(s)
Game of Thrones 2011–present Sansa Stark HBO Main role; seasons 1-present [12]
The Thirteenth Tale 2013 Young Adeline March BBC Television film

Music videos[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Notes
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series[13] Game of Thrones Nominated
Scream Award for Best Ensemble[14] 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[15][16] Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Empire Hero Award [17] Won
EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Drama[18] Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series[19] Nominated
2016 Huading Awards for Best Global Actress [20] N/A Won
Glamour Award for Best UK TV Actress [21] Game of Thrones Won
73rd Venice International Film Festival – International Movie Award[22] N/A Won
EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Drama[23] Game of Thrones Won


  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. 
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  4. ^ Catherine Vonledebur (16 August 2013). "Leamington Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner enjoying her rise to fame". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  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. 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Cannes: Sophie Turner, Jack Huston Join Anthology Film 'Berlin I Love You'". The Hollywood Reporter. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Game of Thrones: Cast". HBO. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ "The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. 29 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "2011 Scream Awards Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: '12 Years A Slave' And 'Breaking Bad' Lead Way". 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "21st SAG Awards:Full List of Nominees". Screen Actors Guild Awards. 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2016. -
  17. ^ "Empire Hero Award". Bauer Consumer Media. 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "EWwy Awards 2015: Meet Your Winners". 11 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". 
  20. ^ "Sophie Turner is really wearing that red dress". 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "Here's who won what at the GLAMOUR Awards". glamourmagazine. glamourmagazine. 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "Sophie Turner shows some major sideboob in a plunging monochrome dress for Venice Film Festival awards event". Daily Mail. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Poppy Awards 2016: Meet Your Winners". Entertainment Weekly. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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