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Jodhi Tania May (born Jodhi Tania Edwards; 8 May 1975) is an English stage, film, and television actress. She remains the youngest recipient of the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, for A World Apart (1988).


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] She was born Jodhi Tania Edwards in 1975 in Camden Town, London.[1] Her name was later legally changed to Jodhi Tania May.[1] Her mother, Jocelyn Hakim, is an art teacher of French-Turkish Jewish descent who as a student arranged to marry artist-designer Malcolm McLaren to obtain citizenship,[2] paying him £50 to marry her in a Lewisham register office in 1972. They later divorced, a move that cost McLaren’s grandmother £2,000 to secure for him.[3][4] Jodhi has not publicly identified her father, besides stating he is German. She was educated at Camden School for Girls.[5] May first acted at the age of 12 for A World Apart (1988). For the role she received a Best Actress award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, shared with her co-stars Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
and Linda Mvusi.[6] Other than a brief lull while studying English at Wadham College, Oxford,[7] she has had near constant work since her debut, and can regularly be seen on film, television and the British stage. Career[edit] Notable roles have included Alice Munro in Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, Lea Papin
Lea Papin
in Sister My Sister, Florence Banner in Tipping the Velvet, Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn
in the first adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl, and Sabina Spielrein
Sabina Spielrein
in the play The Talking Cure. In 2002, May wrote and directed a short film called Spyhole.[8] In August 2005, May appeared in Blackbird by David Harrower alongside Roger Allam
Roger Allam
at the Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival
in a production by German star director Peter Stein. The play got a transfer to the Albery Theatre, London
in February 2006. Blackbird subsequently won a best new play award. In 2010, she played the lead role of Kay in Mark Haddon's play Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse. May played Janet Stone in the 2011 noir thriller I, Anna, alongside Gabriel Byrne, Charlotte Rampling, Eddie Marsan, and Honor Blackman. In 2015 she appeared in the Season 5 premiere of the HBO
series Game of Thrones. Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1988 A World Apart Molly Roth Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Award for Best Actress Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer

1990 Max and Helen Miriam Weiss TV film

The Gift Sonia Parsons TV miniseries

Eminent Domain Ewa

1991 For the Greater Good Rose Kellner TV film

1992 The Last of the Mohicans Alice Munro

1994 Second Best Alice

Sister My Sister Lea Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actress

1995 Signs and Wonders Claire Palmore TV film

The Scarlet Letter Pearl Voice

1997 The Gambler Anna Snitkina Silver Dolphin Award for Best Actress

The Woodlanders Marty South

1999 Aristocrats Sarah TV miniseries

Warriors Emma TV film

The Turn of the Screw The Governess TV film

2000 The House of Mirth Grace Julia Stepney

2001 Dish Mo Short

Round About Five Bicycle Courier Short

2002 Tipping the Velvet Florence Banner TV series

The Escapist Christine

Daniel Deronda Mirah Lapidoth TV film

2003 The Other Boleyn Girl Anne Boleyn TV film

The Mayor of Casterbridge Elizabeth Jane TV film

2004 Blinded Rachel Black

2005 On a Clear Day Angela

Bye Bye Blackbird Nina

Friends and Crocodiles Lizzie Thomas TV film

The Best Man Tania

The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag Jean Ibbotson TV film

2006 Land of the Blind Joe's Mother Uncredited

The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Miranda Lennox TV series (6 episodes)

2007 Nightwatching Geertje

The Street Jean Lefferty TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.2.6")

2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Evelyn Adams

Einstein and Eddington Elsa Einstein TV film

Defiance Tamara Skidelsky

2009 Emma Anne Taylor TV miniseries (4 episodes)

Sleep With Me Lelia TV film

2010 Blood and Oil Claire Unwin TV film

Strike Back Layla Thompson TV series (6 episodes)

2011 The Jury II Katherine Bulmore TV series (5 episodes)

I, Anna Janet Stone

2012 Ginger & Rosa Anoushka

The Scapegoat Blanche

2013 The Ice Cream Girls Poppy Carlisle

2014 The Crimson Field Adelinde Crecy TV series (1 episode)

Common Coleen O'Shea

2015 Game of Thrones Maggy TV series (1 episode: The Wars to Come)

A.D. The Bible Continues Leah, wife of Caiaphas TV series (Main cast, 12 episodes)

Crossing Lines Evelyn St. Clair TV series (1 episode: "Lost and Found")

2016 A Quiet Passion Susan Gilbert

2017 Let Me Go Beth Best Ensemble (Jury Award)

Genius Helen Dukas TV series (2 episodes)

2018 Scarborough


2018 Swords and Sceptres Queen Victoria Post-production

2018 Moving On (Series 9) Rachel TV series (1 episode: Invisible)


^ a b England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2006 [database online] ^ England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, page 40. Savage, Jon. Faber & Faber, 2005 ^ England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 [database on-line] ^ Vivienne Westwood: An Unfashionable Life. Mulvagh, Jane. HarperCollins ^ William Leith (4 September 2001). "The anonymous celebrity". Telegraph.co.uk.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: A World Apart". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2009.  ^ "Jodhi May". Yahoo Movies.  ^ bob the moo (19 April 2005). "Spyhole (2002)". IMDb. 

External links[edit]

Jodhi May on IMDb

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Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Award for Best Actress


Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1946) Isa Miranda
Isa Miranda
(1949) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1951) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1956) Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina
(1957) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
/ Eva Dahlbeck
Eva Dahlbeck
/ Barbro Hiort af Ornäs / Ingrid Thulin (1958) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1959) Melina Mercouri
Melina Mercouri
/ Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1960) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1961) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
/ Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1962) Marina Vlady
Marina Vlady
(1963) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
/ Barbara Barrie
Barbara Barrie
(1964) Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(1965) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1966) Pia Degermark
Pia Degermark
(1967) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1969) Ottavia Piccolo
Ottavia Piccolo
(1970) Kitty Winn (1971) Susannah York
Susannah York
(1972) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1973) Marie-José Nat
Marie-José Nat
(1974) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine


Dominique Sanda
Dominique Sanda
/ Mari Törőcsik
Mari Törőcsik
(1976) Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
/ Monique Mercure (1977) Jill Clayburgh
Jill Clayburgh
/ Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(1980) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1981) Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
(1982) Hanna Schygulla
Hanna Schygulla
(1983) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1984) Norma Aleandro
Norma Aleandro
/ Cher
(1985) Barbara Sukowa
Barbara Sukowa
/ Fernanda Torres
Fernanda Torres
(1986) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1987) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
/ Jodhi May / Linda Mvusi
Linda Mvusi
(1988) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1989) Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
(1990) Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
(1991) Pernilla August
Pernilla August
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi
(1994) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Kathy Burke (1997) Élodie Bouchez
Élodie Bouchez
/ Natacha Régnier
Natacha Régnier
(1998) Séverine Caneele
Séverine Caneele
/ Émilie Dequenne
Émilie Dequenne
(1999) Björk


Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2001) Kati Outinen (2002) Marie-Josée Croze
Marie-Josée Croze
(2003) Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
(2004) Hana Laszlo
Hana Laszlo
(2005) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
/ Carmen Maura
Carmen Maura
/ Lola Dueñas
Lola Dueñas
/ Chus Lampreave
Chus Lampreave
/ Blanca Portillo / Yohana Cobo
Yohana Cobo
(2006) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2007) Sandra Corveloni (2008) Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
(2009) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(2010) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(2011) Cristina Flutur / Cosmina Stratan (2012) Bérénice Bejo
Bérénice Bejo
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Emmanuelle Bercot
Emmanuelle Bercot
/ Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
(2015) Jaclyn Jose (2016) Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger

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