Jodhi May
Jodhi Tania Hakim-Edwards

(1975-05-08) 8 May 1975 (age 47)
EducationWadham College, Oxford
Years active1988–present

Jodhi Tania May (née Hakim-Edwards; 8 May 1975) is a British actress. She remains the youngest recipient of the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, for A World Apart (1988). Her other film appearances include The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Sister My Sister (1994), and A Quiet Passion (2016).

Early life

May was born Jodhi Tania Hakim-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 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.[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 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.


Notable roles have included Alice Munro in Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans, Lea Papin in Sister My Sister, Lady Sarah Lennox in Aristocrats, Florence Banner in Tipping the Velvet, Anne Boleyn in the first adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl, and 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 at the Edinburgh Festival in a production by German director Peter Stein. The play transferred to the Albery Theatre, London in February 2006 and won a best new play award.[citation needed]

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.

In 2019, she played Queen Calanthe in The Witcher, Netflix's live-action adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's popular book series.[9]

In 2020, alongside Valentina Cervi, Francesco Scianna, Filippo Timi, she was in the cast of Marco Simon Puccioni's film The Invisible Thread, produced by Netflix and likely to be released in 2022.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 A World Apart Molly Roth 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 Lady Sarah Lennox 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 the Frog 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 Liz
Down a Dark Hall Heather Sinclair
Moving On Rachel TV series (1 episode: "Invisible")
2019 Gentleman Jack Vere Hobart TV series (4 episodes)
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi Queen Victoria
The Witcher Queen Calanthe TV series
2020 Small Axe Selma James Miniseries; Episode: Mangrove
2022 The Invisible Thread Tilly Nolan
TBA Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher


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  2. ^ England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, page 40. Savage, Jon. Faber & Faber, 2005
  3. ^ England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 [database on-line]
  4. ^ Vivienne Westwood: An Unfashionable Life. Mulvagh, Jane. HarperCollins
  5. ^ William Leith (4 September 2001). "The anonymous celebrity". Archived from the original on 30 September 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A World Apart". Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Jodhi May". Yahoo Movies. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  8. ^ bob the moo (19 April 2005). "Spyhole (2002)". IMDb. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Meet Jodhi May, the Actress Playing Queen Calanthe in Netflix's 'The Witcher'". Distractify. Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

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