Trudie Styler

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Trudie Styler
Styler at the Toronto Film Festival 2012
Born (1954-01-06) 6 January 1954 (age 69)
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation(s)Actress, producer
Years active1977–present
(m. 1992)
Children4, including Mickey and Eliot Sumner

Trudie Styler (born 6 January 1954) is an English actress, director, and film producer.

Early life and family[edit]

Styler was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the daughter of Pauline and Harry Styler, a farmer and factory worker.[1][2] When Styler was two years old, she was hit by a van. She received severe facial injuries that left her badly scarred and required several plastic surgery operations up until the age of 18. Her classmates nicknamed her "scarface", which caused her to feel for many years that she was "not a very attractive person".[3] She attended North Bromsgrove High School, where one of her teachers was the singer-songwriter Clifford T. Ward.

Acting career[edit]

Styler trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and went on to appear in various period BBC productions. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, in which she played multiple major roles. Her theatre credits also include The Vagina Monologues, Twin Spirits, and The Seagull.[4][5]

She has appeared in many British television series such as The Mayor of Casterbridge and The Scold's Bridle, and in the United States television shows Empire, The Night Of, Friends (S8 Ep10), and Falling Water.[citation needed]

Styler's film work includes Lifetime Television's Living Proof and Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days. She has also made seven mind-body fitness DVDs released by Gaia, Inc.[6]

Film production[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Styler established Xingu Films,[citation needed] a production company dedicated to supporting new talent, such as Guy Ritchie, Dito Montiel and Duncan Jones. In late July 2008 it was announced that Xingu had optioned American Reaper, an upcoming graphic novel written by Pat Mills, who would also write the screenplay.[7]

Styler has produced and co-directed several award-winning documentaries and feature films, including Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch; Duncan Jones' Moon; and Michael Apted's Moving the Mountain, which won the 1994 International Independent Documentary Award.[citation needed]

After moving to New York, Styler co-founded the production company Maven Pictures with Celine Rattray in 2011.[8][9] Their first feature, Girl Most Likely, starred Kristen Wiig; closely followed by Filth, starring James McAvoy; Black Nativity starring Forest Whitaker; Ten Thousand Saints starring Ethan Hawke; and American Honey starring Shia LaBeouf, which won Jury Prize (Cannes Film Festival) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Styler's 2017 directorial debut, Freak Show, is based on the New York Times bestseller by James St. James, and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Alex Lawther, and Bette Midler. Freak Show debuted at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.[citation needed]


With her husband, Sting, in 1989 Styler started the Rainforest Foundation Fund, an organisation devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples, and since 1991 she has produced regular Rock for the Rainforest benefits at Carnegie Hall. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Styler has also raised millions for their projects around the globe.[10]

In 2008, it was reported that Styler donated £10,000 into the charitable Ama Sumani cancer fund.[11] Sumani was terminally ill with cancer and unable to afford treatment in her native Ghana, but had been deported from a Cardiff hospital after the expiry of her visa. Sumani died on 19 March 2008.[12]

Styler is also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Styler married rock musician Sting at Camden Register Office on 20 August 1992, and the couple had their wedding blessed two days later in the twelfth-century parish church of St Andrew in Great Durnford, Wiltshire, south-west England.[14] In 1982, Sting separated from his first wife, actress Frances Tomelty,[14] following an affair with Styler;[15] Tomelty and Sting divorced in 1984.[16] The split was controversial; as The Independent reported in 2006, Tomelty "just happened to be Trudie's best friend (Sting and Frances lived next door to Trudie in Bayswater, west London, for several years before the two of them became lovers)".[17]

Sting and Styler have four children including Brigitte Michael ("Mickey", born 19 January 1984), Jake (24 May 1985), Eliot Paulina (nicknamed "Coco", 30 July 1990), and Giacomo Luke (17 December 1995). Coco is a singer who now goes by the name Eliot Sumner, and was the founder and lead singer of the group I Blame Coco. Giacomo Luke is the inspiration behind the name of Kentucky Derby-winning horse Giacomo.[18]



Actress (selected)[edit]



  1. ^ England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 [database on-line]. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Lists Trudie Styler on the index of births registered in Jan-Mar. 1954.
  2. ^ "Earth Mother". People.
  3. ^ Furness, Hannah (5 April 2014). "Trudie Styler : 'I never felt that I was beautiful since childhood accident'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  4. ^ Evans, Matthew W. (1 July 2010). "Sting and Styler Perform in "Twin Spirits"".
  5. ^ Scheck, Frank (13 October 2013). "Sting's wife leads cast of 'The Seagull'".
  6. ^ Jio, Sarah (15 January 2010). "I Tried It: Sting's Wife's Yoga DVD (Filmed at Their Tuscan Villa!)". Glamour.
  7. ^ Grim 'Reaper' lands at Xingu, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2008
  8. ^ "Trudie Styler". Variety. Archived from the original on 30 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Maven Pictures". Maven Pictures. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Trudie Styler, film producer, environmentalist, humanitarian and actor, is a long-standing supporter of Unicef". UNICEF. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  11. ^ "I Don't Live By People Approval, I Never Have". Independent UK. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  12. ^ Star's support for cancer woman, BBC Wales News, 17 February 2008.
  13. ^ "Our Patrons". Elton John AIDS Foundation.
  14. ^ a b "Sting on Love and Wife Trudie Styler: She Rocks Me". People. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  15. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (3 August 2002). "Interview: Trudie Styler". The Guardian.
  16. ^ "Interview: The thing about Sting…". The Guardian. 24 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Trudie Styler: The truth about Trudie". The Independent. 4 August 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Every Little Horse He Names is Magic (Or Just About)". The New York Times. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

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