Jodie Whittaker

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Jodie Whittaker
Born(1982-01-03) 3 January 1982 (age 32)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Christian Contreras (2008–present)
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Jodie Whittaker
Born(1982-01-03) 3 January 1982 (age 32)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Christian Contreras (2008–present)

Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 3 January 1982) is an English actress who first came to prominence for her work in the film Venus (2006). Since then she has starred in the films St Trinian's (2007), Good (2008), St Trinian's 2 (2009) and Attack the Block (2011). She has also starred in the television series Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), Wired (2008), Return to Cranford (2009), Marchlands (2011), Broadchurch (2013), and The Assets (2014).


Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005. She has since worked in film, television, radio and theatre. In 2007 she stood in at short notice for an unwell Carey Mulligan in the Royal Court's production of The Seagull, and appeared in a fundraising play at the Almeida Theatre.

In her first major role, she co-starred as Jessie (a.k.a. Venus) with Peter O'Toole and Leslie Phillips in the aforementioned Venus.

Whittaker's radio credits include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff, which also starred Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings[1] and the role of Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen an original drama by Judith French.

In 2009 she worked on the film Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World, the BBC2 drama Royal Wedding[2] and the short film Wish 143, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. In 2010, she appeared in the film The Kid and co-starred in BBC1's Accused, which aired on 6 December 2010.

Whittaker appeared in Ian Fitzgibbon's 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier's Bounty, alongside Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent.

In 2011, she appeared as Viv in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters's novel The Night Watch and in the cult film Attack the Block. In 2012 she starred in the musical comedy-drama Good Vibrations. It was released in the UK in March 2013.

In March–April 2013, Whittaker starred in the high-profile ITV detective drama Broadchurch.

In January 2014, she starred in the reality-based spy drama The Assets on ABC, which was cancelled after just two episodes.

Personal life[edit]

Whittaker is from the village of Skelmanthorpe in Yorkshire. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the gold medal for acting. She has been married to American actor Christian Contreras since 2008.[3]


2006VenusJessieNominated—ALFS Award for British Newcomer of the Year
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
2007This Life + 10ClareTV movie
St Trinian'sBeverly
The Shooting of Thomas HurndallSophieTV movie
Consuming PassionMary BoonTV movie
2009Mr. DorothyMitch's Wife (voice role)Short film
SvengaliEllie the BarmaidTV movie
White WeddingRose
Swansong: Story of Occi ByrneBridget Byrne
RoarEvaShort film
Perrier's BountyBrenda
Wish 143MaggieShort film
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's GoldBeverly
2010The KidJackie
Royal WeddingLinda CaddockTV movie
Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple WorldNoreen Stokes
2011Hello CarterSusieShort film
Two MinutesJulietteShort film
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011: Live ActionMaggie
Attack the BlockSam
The Night WatchVivian PearceTV movie
One DayTilly
A Thousand Kisses DeepMia Selva
2012SmokeShort film
Good VibrationsRuth
DustJessica's MumShort film
2013Spike IslandService station attendant[4]
Hello CarterFilming
2014Get SantaFilming
2006The Afternoon PlaySamEpisode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds"
DoctorsLouise ClancyEpisode: "Ignorance Is Bliss"
Dalziel and PascoeKirsty RichardsEpisodes: "Fallen Angel: Part 1", "Fallen Angel: Part 2"
2008Tess of the D'UrbervillesIzzy HuettTV mini-series
WiredLouise EvansTV mini-series
2009Return to CranfordPeggy BellEpisodes: "Part one: August 1844", "Part Two: October 1844"
2010AccusedEmma CroftEpisode: "Liam's Story"
2011MarchlandsRuth BowenMain cast
Black MirrorFfionEpisode: "The Entire History of You"
2013BroadchurchBeth LatimerMain cast
2014The AssetsSandra GrimesMain cast
2014The SmokeTrish TooleyMain cast
2005Storm, TheThe StormAmpeliscaShakespeare's Globe
2006EnemiesNadyaAlmeida Theatre
2007Gaggle of Saints, AA Gaggle of SaintsSueTrafalgar Studios
Awake and Sing!HennieAlmeida Theatre
2008Blinded by the SunJoannaBBC Radio 4
Unseen AustenLydia BennettBBC Radio 4
2012AntigoneAntigoneNational Theatre


  1. ^ "Radio 4 – The Saturday Play". BBC. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  2. ^ Leigh Holmwood (2009-09-11). "New BBC drama set to recall 1981 royal wedding | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  3. ^ Leigh Holmwood (18 June 2011). "Jodie Whittaker: 'I work a lot and no one knows who I am'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
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