At the age of 11, Sophie Turner had the opportunity to become a prima ballerina, but she turned down a place with London’s most prestigious Royal Ballet School to pursue a career in acting. Luckily for us! The beautiful British Sophie Turner, now aged 23, made her professional acting debut starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones as Sansa Stark (2011-2019), a role she has championed for over six years and one the audiences have come to love. With the fame she gained doing the drama series, Turner has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance as well as Best Supporting Young Actress in TV Series.
Towards the end of Game of Thrones production, the cast was collectively emotional - “It was just a huge cry fest; the makeup artists hated us” - which made her questioned her entire position. “I started to think, who am I without it?” she said. “What do I do? What do I like? I don’t have an identity”. But unlike many TV stars who have been working on long series, Sophie has not pigeon-holed herself into one character. Since then, she has starred in the television film The Thirteenth Tale and made her debut in a feature film called Another Me, whilst also starring in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.
Turner was born in Northampton and is the daughter of Sally, a nursery school teacher, her father works for a pallet distribution company. Having two older brothers, Turner said that her childhood was pretty fun, “we had pigsties, barns and a paddock, and used to muck around in the mud”. And you can tell! Despite having spent almost half of her life encapsulated in the world of one of the biggest shows on television, Sophie Turner has shown herself to be incredibly grounded. As she demonstrates when with American music star Joe Jonas, 29, she tied the knot at the Little White Wedding Chapel in a semi-spontaneous ceremony, officiated by an Elvis impersonator, after the Billboard Music Awards. She said, “Marriage is a private thing between two people. It’s not about the dress or the food. It’s about being husband and wife and being dedicated to each other forever”. Her insightful and refreshing take on marriage is ‘Turner to a T’.
In Turner’s latest on-screen role, Dark Phoenix, the X-men faced their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. The franchise has now come to an end for this thrilling sci-fi escapade, but in her next venture she will appear in Broken Soldier - a war veteran suffering from PTSD who befriends a teenage girl. Set to be released in 2020. We look forward to seeing this great and talented actress on screen once again.