- 1. Career
Jodie Turner-Smith is a British actress and model. She made her feature film debut in The Neon Demon (2016) and has since acted in Queen & Slim (2019), After Yang (2022), and White Noise (2022). She's also known for her television roles in the TNT series The Last Ship (2017), and the Syfy series Nightflyers (2018). She portrayed the title role in the Channel 5 series Anne Boleyn (2021).
In 2009, a mutual friend introduced Turner-Smith to musician Pharrell Williams after a N.E.R.D. concert. When she told him she was looking to become a writer, he convinced her to become a model and move to Los Angeles.
She made her acting debut in 2013 as a siren in True Blood, which led to numerous minor roles in films and music videos between 2013 and 2017. During this time, she was credited as Jodie Smith. In 2016, she appeared in the music video for Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk."
Turner-Smith first came to prominence playing Sgt. Azima Kandie in the 2017–2018 season of the TNT series The Last Ship. She had a major role as Melantha Jhirl in the 2018 Syfy/Netflix series Nightflyers.
She played Josie in the Cinemax series Jett, which premiered in June 2019, and starred in the 2019 film Queen & Slim opposite Daniel Kaluuya.
In October 2020, it was announced that Turner-Smith would be portraying Queen Anne Boleyn in Anne Boleyn, a three-part drama series on Channel 5, which details the final months of Boleyn's life. Her casting was met with backlash due to her race. The series premiered in May 2021. Turner-Smith received praise for her performance, however critics were less complimentary about the series' writing and plot. Audience reactions were mixed-to-negative.
In January 2021, it was announced that she was cast as Éile, a warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, in The Witcher: Blood Origin, a six-episode limited series prequel to The Witcher. In April 2021, Netflix announced that she had departed the project due to scheduling conflicts and a change in the production schedule.
Turner-Smith starred in Kogonada’s sci-fi drama After Yang alongside Colin Farrell. The film was released in March 2022. In September 2022, she joined upcoming Star Wars spin-off series The Acolyte.