THE COUNTRY GIRL: “I grew up in a small village in the heart of England. No pub, just a windmill and a church. It was all about the animals. My two older brothers and I were the only kids, so I developed an imagination.”
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: In traditional British fashion, the annual Christmas pantomime inspired Turner to join the local youth theater. “I loved being onstage—it always seemed so dangerous.”
LADY OF WINTERFELL: This passion turned professional in 2009 when
held a nationwide talent search to cast the role of Sansa Stark. “I was 13, and they came to my school, and I had about five callbacks. I would cry every night when I was on holiday because I knew the decision was being made soon. One morning my mom woke me up with ‘Good morning, Sansa.’ ”
WATCH THE THRONE: This month, she’ll return to HBO in the sixth season of the award-winning George R. R. Martin adaptation. “I know her better than I know myself. After everything Sansa’s gone through, it’s going to be a big one.”
MIND BLOWN: In May, Turner trades in her corsets for telekinetic powers as a young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s big-budget prequel,
“It was a lot of wires and greenscreen. I got to leap around in modern clothes and be a superhero.”
BUCKET LIST: “I want to do everything and anything. I don’t feel like I can say no to anything. I want experience!”
Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen, photographed at Larrybane Head, National Trust, in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland.
Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jack Gleeson, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.
Maisie Williams, Rory McCann, Kristian Nairn, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner, Aidan Gillen, John Bradley, Kit Harington, and Rose Leslie.
Executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, photographed at Titanic Studios, in Belfast.
Author George R. R. Martin, photographed in Diablo Canyon, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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