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Sophie Turner Biography

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Birth Name: Sophie Turner
Born: 02/21/1996
Birth Place: Northamptonshire, England, GB

Born Feb. 21, 1996, in Northampton, U.K., Turner moved with her family to Warwick two years later. At age three, the precocious child was already participating in productions at Warwick's renowned youth theater, the Playbox Theatre Company. She remained active with Playbox through her youth and further honed her talents by concocting and staging less official productions with friends through her years at Warwick Prep School and, later, Kings High School. In 2010, Turner joined a veritable army of Irish and British actors recruited for HBO's ambitious project "Game of Thrones." The epic fantasy adventure, based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, chronicled the power struggle for the eponymous Iron Throne, the seat of power on the mythical continent of Westeros. Comprised of various fiefdoms and family dynasties, the players in the multi-sided gambit of violence and political intrigue were the usurping Baratheons, the wealthy Lannisters, the island-dwelling Greyjoys, and the noble Starks, a clan from the rugged northern region of Westeros.

With the series' ballyhooed spring 2011 premiere, Turner joined the voluminous cast as the starry-eyed princess of the Stark clan who longs to be a queen, Sansa. She took her character from spoiled brat to fraught captive as Sansa followed her father Ned Stark (Sean Bean) to court to serve King Robert Baratheon; coquettishly wooed the king's snooty heir Joffrey; witnessed her father's murder; and became veritable hostage to the Lannisters, forced to disown her family and living in constant fear. Like the other newcomers in the cast, Turner became an overnight heartthrob in fanatical genre entertainment communities. In 2012, she won her second major credit with the dark indie feature "Panda Eyes" (2013). Supported by an estimable cast that included Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Rhys Ifans, Turner took the film's lead as a high school student grappling with eerie mounting evidence she has a doppelganger plotting to usurp her life.

By Matthew Grimm