Who is Jodie Turner-Smith? Everything You Need To Know About Channel 5’s Anne Boleyn

The actress, who's married to Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson, has revealed that their love story started with a one-night stand.

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by Guy Pewsey |

Step forward Grazia's latest love, Jodie Turner-Smith. The British-born star is playing Anne Boleyn in Channel 5's next big historical drama, which seeks to explore the rise and fall of Henry VIII's second wife in a new way. Currently best known for starring alongside Daniel Kaluuya in acclaimed film Queen & Slim, we'll definitely be seeing more of her in the coming years, especially as she graces our screens in Amazon Prime Video's latest Tom Clancy adaptation. The promo trail for that film has seen her do the usual chat show circuit, and that's where she discussed the beginnings of her romance with now-husband, Joshua Jackson. And it's surprisingly honest story for a Hollywood star on the rise.

'When I first met my husband, it was kind of — we had a one-night stand,' she said on Late Night with Seth Meyers. ''We’re in a two, three-year one-night stand now. I saw him before he saw me, and when I saw him, I was like, "I want that". And then when he saw me, I just pretended like I didn’t see him. He had to yell across the room to me.'

We love a meet cute. So, here's everything you need to know about the rising star.

How old is she and where is she from?

Jodie was born in Peterborough, England on 7th September 1986, making her 34. Jodie's parents are Jamaican, and her older siblings were also born in the Caribbean country. But she didn't stay in the UK: she moved to America, where she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008.

From there, it was a career in finance of all things: she worked as a banker in Pennsylvania. But after meeting Pharrell Williams through a mutual friend at a N.E.R.D concert, he convinced Jodie to move to Los Angeles and become a model. Now that's a Hollywood film in itself.

What else has she been in?

Jodie first starred in vampire drama True Blood in 2013 - which also starred Anna Paquin - which led to small roles in music videos and films (one of which was Zayn Malik's Pillowtalk).

Her first leading role was playing Sergeant Azima Kandie in the TNT series The Last Ship_._ Following this, she picked up a major part in the Netflix series Night Flyers and Cinemax show Jett, before securing the star-making role in Queen & Slim_._

What is next for her?

This year, Jodie will star in Without Remorse, an action thriller, alongside Michael B Jordan. She has also signed onto After Yang, a science fiction drama film starring Colin Farrell and Hayley Lu Richardson. Anne Boleyn will arrive on Channel 5 at some point this year too.

It has also been announced that she'll star with John Boyega in thriller, Borderland.

Who is Jodie Turner-Smith married to?

As mentioned above, Jodie is married to Joshua Jackson, aka Pacey from Dawson's Creek.

Jodie recently revealed that she had a crush on the character in her teens. 'I was a very young teenager,' she explains.

Apparently, the couple met at Usher's 40th birthday party (casual) and married in a secret wedding in Beverly Hills in August of last year. Their red carpet debut, which made their relationship official, was at the Queen & Slim premiere in November of last year.

The couple announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, in April 2020. As yet, they've not revealed the name. But they have posted very cute social media posts of each other in their new role as parents.

Does she have Instagram?

Hell yeah. Jodie's Instagram game is fierce, with pictures of her seeing the New Year in a bikini in Nicaragua and her countless magazine shoots and covers. In August, she uploaded a Instagram of herself with Joshua, which was captioned 'Two people who only fancy each other a little bit.'

She's also great on Twitter too, where you can follow her @MissJodie.

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