Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker

Whittaker at the Moet BIFA British Independent Film Awards, December 2014
Born (1982-06-03) 3 June 1982
Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Christian Contreras

Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 3 June 1982) is an English actress. She first came to prominence for her work in the film Venus (2006) and has since starred in films such as 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).

Early life

Whittaker was born in Skelmanthorpe where she initially attended Shelley College, West Yorkshire. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the gold medal for acting.[1]


Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005.[1] 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 Whittaker's first major role, she co-starred as Jessie / Venus in the film Venus. Her radio credits include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff[2] and 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,[3] 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, Whittaker appeared in the film The Kid and co-starred in BBC1's Accused. She appeared in the 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier's Bounty. In 2011, she appeared as Viv in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters's novel The Night Watch and the cult film Attack the Block. In 2012, she starred in the musical comedy-drama Good Vibrations.

In March–April 2013, Whittaker starred in the ITV detective drama Broadchurch. In January 2014, she starred in the reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets on ABC.

Personal life

Whittaker has been married to American actor Christian Contreras since 2008.[4] Her nephew played Leo Goskirk in Emmerdale before his death at the age of three in 2014.[5][6]

The media reported in January 2015 that Whittaker was pregnant with her first child; she gave birth in April 2015.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Venus Jessie Nominated—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
2007 This Life + 10 Clare Television film
2007 St Trinian's Beverly
2008 Good Anne
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Sophie Television film
2008 Consuming Passion Mary Boon Television film
2009 Mr. Dorothy Mitch's Wife Voice
Short film
2009 Svengali Ellie the Barmaid Television film
2009 White Wedding Rose
2009 Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Bridget Byrne
2009 Roar Eva Short film
2009 Perrier's Bounty Brenda
2009 Wish 143 Maggie Short film
2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Beverly
2010 The Kid Jackie
2010 Royal Wedding Linda Caddock Television film
2010 Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World Noreen Stokes
2011 Hello Carter Susie Short film
2011 Two Minutes Juliette Short film
2011 The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011: Live Action Maggie
2011 Attack the Block Sam
2011 The Night Watch Vivian Pearce Television film
2011 One Day Tilly
2011 A Thousand Kisses Deep Mia Selva
2012 Smoke Short film
2012 Good Vibrations Ruth
2012 Ashes Ruth
2012 Dust Jessica's Mum Short film
2013 Spike Island Service Station Attendant[8]
2013 Hello Carter
2014 Get Santa
2014 Emotional Fusebox Anna Short film
2014 Black Sea Chrissy
2015 Adult Life Skills Anna Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016
2017 Journeyman TBA


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Afternoon Play Sam Episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds"
2006 Doctors Louise Clancy Episode: "Ignorance Is Bliss"
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Kirsty Richards Episode: "Fallen Angel"
2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles Izzy Huett Miniseries
2008 Wired Louise Evans Miniseries
2009 Return to Cranford Peggy Bell 2 episodes
2010 Accused Emma Croft Episode: "Liam's Story"
2011 Marchlands Ruth Bowen
2011 Black Mirror Ffion Episode: "The Entire History of You"
Broadchurch Beth Latimer Series 1 (8 episodes)
Series 2
2014 The Assets Sandra Grimes
2014 The Smoke Trish Tooley


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Storm, TheThe Storm Ampelisca Shakespeare's Globe
2006 Enemies Nadya Almeida Theatre
2007 Gaggle of Saints, AA Gaggle of Saints Sue Trafalgar Studios
2007 Awake and Sing! Hennie Almeida Theatre
2012 Antigone Antigone National Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Blinded by the Sun Joanna BBC Radio 4
2008 Unseen Austen Lydia Bennett BBC Radio 4


  1. 1 2 "Jodie Whittaker: Rise of a venus with her feet on the ground". The Yorkshire Post. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  2. "Radio 4 – The Saturday Play". BBC. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. Leigh Holmwood (2009-09-11). "New BBC drama set to recall 1981 royal wedding | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. Leigh Holmwood (18 June 2011). "Jodie Whittaker: 'I work a lot and no one knows who I am'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  5. Examiner, Huddersfield (22 March 2013). "Huddersfield actress Jodie Whittaker supporting World Down Syndrome Day - and nephew Harry!". Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  6. "Emmerdale tribute to Marlon, Rhona son". 10 July 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  7. Glover, Chloe (22 January 2015). "Actress Jodie Whittaker pregnant for first time". Huddeersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  8. Bradshaw, Peter (20 June 2013). "Spike Island – review". Retrieved 28 October 2016 via The Guardian.

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