How Old Is Sophie Turner and How Did She Land ‘Game of Thrones’?

Sophie Turner is an actress best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the award-winning HBO drama Game of Thrones. The character is a young noblewoman prominent in the series as the eldest daughter of Lord Eddard Stark, who is the head of House Stark and Lord Paramount of the North. But how did she land this impressive role, and how old is Sophie Turner now? Here’s what we know. 

How did Sophie Turner land her role on ‘Game of Thrones’?

What many don’t know is that the role of Sansa Stark was Sophie Turner’s first foray into professional acting. A casting crew came to her high school to audition locals. Turner had appeared in some school plays and it was her drama teacher who encouraged her to try out for the television series during her lunch break.

Turner remembers that she didn’t even know she had landed any position, nonetheless the role of Sansa Stark. It was actually Turner’s mother who told her. Sophie remembers: “My mom woke me up one morning and was like, ‘Good morning, Sansa.’ I woke up and was like, ‘No!!!’ and just started crying. It was a really good day.”

How old is Sophie Turner now?

Sophie Turner was born on February 21, 1996 in Northampton, United Kingdom. This means the actress is now 23 years old. When she first began filming Game of Thrones, however, she was only 14 years old. 

What other roles has she played?

Sophie Turner really lucked out when she landed her first role in Game of Thrones. Many compare the huge success of this first role to the way that Emma Watson’s role of Hermione in Harry Potter happened. The show, like Watson’s movie series, opened up a lot of doors for Turner’s acting career moving forth.

Outside of Game of Thrones, Turner is best known as the actress portraying a young Jean Gray in the most recent X-Men movies. She first portrayed the famous mutant (who is sometimes known as Phoenix) in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. 

Turner is set to star in the upcoming Dark Phoenix movie as the character of Jean Gray. The movie is part of the X-Men movie series, and will be released later this year. In the newest movie, Jean Gray undergoes a transformation which turns her both more powerful and decidedly evil. The remaining X-men must decide whether they will save the world by destroying their friend, or save their friend and risk the fate of the world. 

Besides these two prominent roles, Sophie Turner has also appeared in the movies Another Me, The Thirteenth Tale, Barely Lethal, Josie, and Time Freak. As the girlfriend of Joe Jonas, Turner also appears in the recent music video of the Jonas Brothers’ Sucker

Sophie Turner
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What’s next for Sophie Turner?

Besides a promising relationship with successful boy band member, Joe Jonas, Turner has a number of upcoming projects. Her role of Sansa Stark ended in 2017, and Turner has been kept busy since. Besides Dark Phoenix, there are two upcoming films in which Turner will appear. These include titles Heavy and The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

Heavy is set to be released later this year, but no information is really known about it excepting for the main casting choices. In addition to Sophie Turner, this includes Anastasia Marinina and Daniel Zovatto.

The Girl Who Fell From The Skis based on the true story of a 17 year old girl who was the only survivor of a plane crash which occurred on December 24, 1971. Sophie Turner will portray the main character. There is no information on when the movie will be released.