Sophie Turner: From Sansa Stark To Pop Star Wife

By Ross Bonaime | 4 weeks ago

Sophie Turner

It’s been almost a decade since Sophie Turner took on the role of Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. After eight seasons on the mammoth television series, Turner has been relatively quiet – of course – compared to being on the biggest show on TV every week. 

Since it’s been a little over a year since Game of Thrones concluded, let’s take a look at what has happened to Sophie Turner since then. We’ll start with where she came from.

Sophie Turner’s Childhood

Sophie Turner

Sophie was born on February 21, 1996, in Northampton, England. Since the age of 3, Turner has been a member of the Playbox Theatre Company in Warwick. In a 2013 article with Coventry Live,

Turner said of working there, “That was how my obsession grew. I am still in Playbox. Turner continued, “My first lead was in a production called Scary Play.” Turner said, “Playbox is a fun environment. It’s not just a place for kids to hang around and be silly. We are all very serious about acting. They do not mold you into the actor they want, but let you be yourself.”

At the age of 11, Sophie Turner turned down a position at London’s Royal Ballet School so she could pursue an acting career.

Sansa Stark On Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner’s first onscreen performance was as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. Turner started filming when she was just fourteen-years-old. In 2019, for the final season of Game of Thrones, Turner was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, a category which also included her co-stars Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams.

Sophie Turner told Vogue Paris that she originally kept her audition for Sansa from her parents. “Me and all my friends auditioned,” Sophie said. “We just thought it was kind of a fun, jokey thing to do. And then I just got call back after call back.”

Sophie Turner
Sophia Turner as Sansa Stark

Turner continued, “My parents found out when  I was in the final seven, and then my mom kind of freaked out, and she called my dad and said, ‘I don’t know if we can do this. But my dad said, ‘Shut up, this is what she has wanted her whole life. You have to let her give it a go.’”

In 2019, Sophie Turner said that she suffered depression due to fan criticisms over her role on Game of Thrones, even saying she considered suicide. Following her time on Game of Thrones, she thankfully took some time off from acting to focus on her mental health.

X-Men‘s Jean Grey

Jean Grey

In 2015, Sophie Turner was cast to play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, which was released in May 2016. Turner would then return to the role in the central role for Dark Phoenix, in which Grey turns into the seemingly unstoppable mutant, Phoenix. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sophie Turner said of working with Apocalypse director Bryan Singer, who was accused of sexual assault by five men, that she agreed with Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek’s opinion of working with him, “Our time together was, like Rami said, unpleasant.”

Sophie Turner

In that same interview, Sophie Turner pointed out how working in Hollywood has been somewhat like Westeros. “There’s a lot of Sansa in me,” she says. “You go into something and you think it’s going to be a huge dream, and then you figure out, ‘Oh wait. I have to be very strategic about everything. And Harvey Weinstein is Joffrey or Ramsay. Probably worse than that. A White Walker.’”

Sophie Turner Without A Franchise

Sophie Turner

Understandably, most of Sophie Turner’s career so far has been taken up by starring in one of the biggest television series in the world and being a major part of one of the most popular superhero teams in cinema. 

In 2013, Turner played a younger version of Vanessa Redgrave in the BBC television film, The Thirteenth Tale. In 2015, Sophie Turner starred alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Dove Cameron, and Samuel L. Jackson in the A24-produced action-comedy, Barely Lethal. 2018 would see Turner starring in two films: the thriller Josie, which costarred Dylan McDermott, and the sci-fi comedy Time Freak with Asa Butterfield. Last year, not only did she star in Dark Phoenix, but also in Jouri Smit’s thriller, Heavy.

Joe Jonas
Sophie Turner in the music video Sucker

Sophie Turner has stayed relatively busy over the last two years, however, appearing in the music videos for “Sucker” and “What a Man Gotta Do” from her husband Joe Jonas’ band, The Jonas Brothers. She also starred in the Quibi series, Survive, where Turner plays one of only two survivors of a plane that crashes on an isolated mountain. The show also stars Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins and was directed by Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies’ Mark Pellington.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sophie Turner stayed busy, appearing in Jason Reitman’s fan-made recreation of The Princess Bride, where various actors remade scenes on their phones, which was then put together and also released on Quibi in June and July of this year. Sophie Turner was one of many actors – including Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, and Paul Rudd – to play Cary Elwes’ original part of Wesley, and husband Joe Jonas would play Robin Wright’s character of Princess Buttercup. 

Sophie Turner Now

Sophie Turner

Turner looks to have a film called Broken Soldier completed and awaiting release. Broken Soldier is about a war veteran with PTSD who befriends a teenage girl, played by Sophie Turner. The film also features Mark Kassen, Ray Liotta, and Breaking Bad’s Mark Margolis.

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas started dating in 2016 and the two were married on May 1, 2019, at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, immediately after leaving the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The couple would later renew their vows on June 29th, with Turner’s Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams as one of her two maids of honor.

In July of 2020, the couple would give birth to their first child, daughter Willa.

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Politically, Sophie Turner has stayed busy during the COVID-19 pandemic by becoming extremely active in the Black Lives Matter movement. Here she is below, loudly participating in one of the early peaceful protests…

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For such a relatively short career thus far, Sophie Turner has already accomplished quite a bit. She’s been one of the primary cast members on the biggest production in television so far, and she played one of the most iconic villains in X-Men history. At only 24, she’s already one of the most famous and impressive young talents in Hollywood. Who knows where her career will take her from here, but if it’s anything like the last few years, it certainly seems like her future career is going to be great.

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