Jodie Turner-Smith: British Actress and Model
Jodie Turner-Smith was born in Peterborough, England, and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland before attending the University of Pittsburgh for her studies.
Joshua Jackson’s girlfriend Jodie Turner-Smith is making waves in Hollywood with her breakthrough roles in 2019’s Queen & Slim and 2022’s After Yang. Additionally, she will soon appear in Nightflyers.
Jodie Turner-Smith’s Biography
Jodie Turner-Smith knows she has some major style, and she’s not afraid to flaunt it! The Queen & Slim actress recently posted an impressive array of getting-ready photos on Instagram, featuring close-ups of her nails and Bulgari jewelry as well as nude pics with husband Joshua Jackson posing alongside.
As first seen in 2009 in the music video for The-Dream’s “Walkin’ On The Moon” featuring Kanye West, she first gained popularity. More recently she starred as space sex worker Melantha Jhirl on the Netflix series Nightflyers; the TNT drama series The Last Ship also gave her regular roles and she regularly appears as Josie on Cinemax show Jett.
Turner-Smith has made headlines recently for her stunning fashion choices. At the 2022 Critics Choice Awards red carpet she stunned in a blue silk Gucci dress paired with a statement necklace and headband; accessorizing it further with a high updo hairstyle and light pink makeup for an unforgettable look.
At the Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths premiere in London, she channeled 1920s glamour in a metallic cutout number from Balmain Couture with gold leaf earrings, a white choker necklace, and strappy black heels by Balmain Couture. For the BAFTAs she stunned in a plunging mermaid-style blue dress from Raisa Vanessa that featured gold leaf earrings and a white choker necklace; finishing the look off with gold leaf earrings, gold choker necklace, and strappy black heels to complete her look.
At the LACMA Gala in November 2021, Turner-Smith dazzled in a stunning green silk Gucci dress featuring detached feather sleeves. To complete her chic monochromatic ensemble she accessorized it with a dramatic up-do, silver jewelry, and bold berry lips – finishing it off with a metallic silver crossbody bag from RODO.
Starz’s three-part miniseries Anne Boleyn will provide a fresh take on the life and times of this legendary queen. Starring Jodie Turner-Smith as Anne, Paapa Essiedu as George Boleyn, Mark Stanley as Henry VIII, and Lola Petticrew playing rival Jane Seymour; AMC+ will debut the show in early 2021.
Jodie Turner-Smith’s Filmography
Jodie Turner-Smith may not have become an international star until her breakout role on HBO’s True Blood, but she already was garnering considerable recognition for both her beauty and acting talent before then. Following an appearance in Devendra Banhart’s music video and TV show The Last Ship as well as small roles such as Queen & Slim co-starring Daniel Kaluya which tackles racism and police brutality head-on, her big break came.
She showed off her range of abilities again in Michael B. Jordan’s action movie Without Remorse, where she displayed all of her acting skills as she played a tough, ruthless military operative who was up for any challenge: from taking down an entire helicopter squadron to beating up riot cops mercilessly.
Turner-Smith has seen her star rise quickly with roles like Elisha James on The Chi, Brian Cox’s veteran columnist, and Anne Boleyn in the AMC miniseries Anne of Green Gables. Both performances showcased Turner-Smith’s ability to elicit various emotions quickly; from ambition to grief and beyond. Her powerhouse performance in Anne Boleyn earned her one of Hollywood’s new it girls status thanks to her scene-stealing work and impressive red-carpet/runway appearances.
Jodie Turner-Smith’s Relationships
Jodie Turner-Smith and actor Joshua Jackson began dating in late 2018. They share an Instagram page where they post romantic snapshots and daily snippets from their lives together. In 2021, the couple welcomed their first child together – a daughter.
Turner-Smith was born in Peterborough, England to Jamaican immigrant parents and later immigrated to Los Angeles as a young adult with her family. As an advocate for diversity within her industry and representation being crucially important, Turner-Smith has made it her mission to create opportunities for women of color to make themselves known across a range of sectors including fashion.
Jodie Turner-Smith’s Personal Life
Jodie Turner-Smith can take great pride in herself. Born to Jamaican immigrants and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh before beginning her acting career. Turner-Smith made her big break as a siren on HBO’s True Blood in 2013. Since then she’s appeared on various shows like The Last Ship and Syfy Nightflyers; also, appearing in music videos such as Zayn Malik’s 2016 hit Pillow Talk video.
Personal details about her life: she’s married to Joshua Jackson (the actor who played Pacey on Dawson’s Creek), with whom they share an infant daughter named Janie. The pair began dating in 2018 before exchanging vows a year later.
Jackson has made no secret of his deep feelings for both of his partners, and Jackson has spoken openly about them both – especially their daughter, Ivy. When ET interviewed Jackson in 2021, he mentioned how meeting his wife completely transformed his outlook on marriage and parenting: she became his best friend who showed him how to treat his daughter exactly the way he would wish for his offspring to be treated by parents he said he wants his offspring to be treated.
Turner-Smith also addressed her experience dealing with racism and discrimination due to both race and gender in entertainment, specifically during an interview with Elle UK. According to Turner-Smith, dark-skinned figures were perceived as unattractive – an effect which “has had an outsized influence on the culture at large and trickles down.” Turner-Smith has spoken openly about how Jackson has learned a great deal from their marriage; Jackson once described seeing ignorance and intolerance online comments directed towards her as “an unpleasant but necessary education about who lives out there”.
Jodie Turner-Smith’s Career
Turner-Smith began modeling, appearing in music videos for artists like Devendra Banhart, Blaqstarr, and Zayn Malik before landing a role in The Neon Demon. Her performance as Sasha allowed her to demonstrate her acting talent and since then, she has gone on to star in films such as Queen & Slim and After Yang as well as appear in Channel 5 series Anne Boleyn.
She quickly secured more TV roles, such as supporting Sergeant Azima Kandie on TNT’s The Last Ship and more substantial roles like Melantha Jhirl in George R. R. Martin’s horror show Nightflyers or as Josie in Cinemax’s Jett. Additionally, she had recurring roles on the FX anthology American Gods as well as leading roles in BBC drama Sick Note.
Jodie Turner-Smith has also become one of the faces of Bulgari’s Love Parade campaign since 2022, pairing their pieces with her red carpet looks. At the 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards, she donned an elaborate Gilded Age look in an extravagant Gucci crystal fringe gown accessorized with diamonds from head to toe – including large earrings, Serpenti yellow gold, and a diamond necklace in her hair, as well as dainty layered diamond rings from head to toe!
Jodie Turner-Smith created engagement rumors at the premiere of her movie Queen & Slim in 2019 when both Joshua Jackson (known for his role on Dawson’s Creek as Pacey) and Turner-Smith were seen wearing rings on their left hands at that event, fueling speculation of their engagement. They then took a romantic trip together to Nicaragua in 2020 before celebrating their anniversary and welcoming their daughter later that same year.
Jodie Turner-Smith remains focused on her professional goals as the family grows, with several upcoming projects lined up. This year alone she will appear in Without Remorse alongside Michael B. Jordan as well as the sci-fi movie After Yang and Don DeLillo adaptation White Noise; additionally, she’ll continue portraying Queen Anne Boleyn on Channel 5 series Anne Boleyn.