Sophie Belinda Turner (born 21 February 1996) is an English actress best known for her current portrayal of Sansa Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones.
Born in Northampton, the daughter of Sally, a nursery school teacher, and Andrew, who works for a pallet distribution company, with two older brothers. 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. Turner has been a member of the theatre company Playbox Theatre Company since she was three years old. Turner continued her education with help from a tutor while filming during her career and sending her homework back to her teachers at school.
Game of ThronesEdit
Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011-present), the eldest daughter of Eddard "Ned" Stark and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). Turner's drama teacher encouraged her to audition for the part, and she dyed her blonde hair auburn for the role.
At the beginning of the show, Turner's role as Sansa began as secondary in interactions with other major female characters, namely Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), but over the course of Seaons 5 & 6 Sansa role has become more important especially in her interactions with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). However, Turner and fellow actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, have not appeared together since Season 1.
Turner's portrayal of Sansa has 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.
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 inMay 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand. Turner also narrated the audio-book version of the Lev Grossman short story The Girl in the Mirror, which was included in the short fiction anthology Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin, the writer of the fantasy series that Game of Thrones is based on. Turner played mutant Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) alongside Jennifer Lawrence who appeared as the mutant Mystique for the third time in the franchise.
Sophie Turner has not commented that often about her personal life off set from Game of Thrones. As the youngest of three children, she described her childhood as "...pretty fun. We had pigsties, barns and a paddock, and used to muck around in the mud." But apart from that, as well as adopting the puppy that portrayed Sansa Stark's direwolf, Lady, Sophie has been silent.
Turner's size during the first four seasons of Game of Thrones was typical of a normal teenager, somewhere a little above 200 pounds. Since her 18th birthday, Sophie has admitted that her weight has been a topic between herself, producers, and series originator George R.R. Martin about how a grown-up Sansa would be expected to appear like. In an interview Sophie stated, "It's a balancing act because while a young noblewoman like Sansa would weigh around 320 pounds, given how severe winters are in the North she would be expected to weigh around 400 for the beginning of winter, yet because of what Sansa has been going through she hasn't been preparing for winter as a good Northern woman should."
Currently Turner weighs roughly around 300 pounds.