Trudie Styler is a popular English actress, producer, director, and philanthropist. After training at the Old Vic Theatre, Styler started working in various theatre productions for BBC and eventually joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was involved in several hit productions in leading roles of Shakespeare’s plays and eventually decided to work for TV and films. Her most popular roles include her appearances in ‘The Scold’s Bridle’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, a guest appearance in the US sitcom ‘Friends’, the American series ‘Empire’, ‘Love Soup’, ‘Me Without You’, ‘Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister’, ‘Cheeky’, and ‘Alpha Male’. With her career firmly established as an actress, Trudie Styler also co-founded her production company and continues to produce films. Her latest directorial venture ‘Freak Show’ also performed well at the box office. More recently, she was seen in the TV series ‘Maniac’ and ‘Falling Water’.
Trudie Styler entered the world of showbiz through theatre. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, she appeared in many productions for BBC and eventually joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company as a lead actor. She established her confident presence on stage and eventually branched to TV and films in 1977. In 1977, she made her TV debut by appearing in several episodes of ‘Poldark’. Trudie followed this various guest appearances in ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ (1978), ‘The Gentle Touch’ (1980), ‘Mackenzie’ (1980) before receiving a recurring role in ‘Funny Man’ (1981).
In 1982, she appeared as Catherine Fawley in the TV series ‘The Bell’. Apart from his appearances on TV series, Trudie continued working actively in the theatre and performed across the country. She returned to small screen in 1984 with a small role in ‘Cockles’ as Joanne Jones and followed this by playing the role of Josie Turner in the miniseries ‘Miss Marple: The Body in the Library’ the same year. In 1986, she made her movie debut with ‘The American Bride’ and soon appeared in a wide array of films, including ‘Fair Game’ (1988), ‘Nativity Blues’ (1989), and ‘Modi’ (1989).
In the early 1990s, Trudie started producing films and established the production company Xingu Films. Some notable films that she produced included ‘Boys from Brazil’ (1993), ‘Moving the Mountain’ (1994), ‘Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets’ (1995), and ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998). Her acting output decreased but she was seen in guest roles for the TV series ‘The Scold’s Bridle’ (1998) and ‘Midsomer Murders’ (1999).
In 2000, she produced the hit ‘Snatch’ and later turned a director with the release of the documentary ‘The Sweatbox’ (2002). She was also seen in the movies ‘On the Q.T.’ (2001), ‘Me Without You’ (2001), and ‘Bug’ (2002). She also appeared as herself in the popular sitcom ‘FRIENDS’ in the episode titled ‘The One with Monica’s Boots’. Trudie Styler comfortably continued to dabble as an actress, director, and producer in the 2000s and successfully pulled it off. In 2005, she played recurring roles in the series ‘Love Soup’ and ‘Empire’, both of which were hits with the audience. She continued appearing in supporting roles for the remainder of the decade. Her notable appearances include her roles in ‘Alpha Male’ (2006), ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ (2007), ‘Living Proof’ (2008), ‘Nice to Meet You’ (2009), and ‘Paris Connections’ (2010).
Trudie Styler co-founded another production company in 2011 along with Celine Rattray titled Maven Pictures. The company produced popular movies such as ‘Girl Most Likely’ (2012), ‘Filth’ (2013), ‘Black Nativity’ (2013’, ‘Still Alice’ (2014) and ‘10,000 Saints’ (2015), among others. Tyler’s only appearance from 2010 to 2015 was as Madame R Zen Ficken in the James McAvoy starrer ‘Filth’. In 2016, she was seen in the comedy ‘Zoolander 2’, the miniseries ‘The Night Of’, and the TV series ‘Falling Water’. In 2017, she released her next directorial venture ‘Freak Show’, which starred Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Celia Weston, Laverne Cox, and Bette Midler, among other actors. The movie received mixed reviews from the critics but performed well at the box office. More recently, she was seen portraying the role of Angelica Milgrim in the sci-fi series ‘Maniac’ in 2018 and later as Ms. Ford in the TV series ‘Pose’ in 2019. She produced the horror movie ‘Wildling’ (2018) and the short film ‘Skin’ (2018).
Trudie Styler also has a philanthropical side and started The Rainforest Foundation Fund along with her husband. She has also been named as a UNICEF Ambassador and constantly raises funds and awareness for the organization.
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Family & Personal Life
Trudie Styler was born on January 6, 1954 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. Her parents were Pauline and Harry Styler. Her mother worked as a farmer, and her father was a factory worker. A horrible accident as a child left her face disfigured and she constantly underwent plastic surgeries to cover them up. As a result, she was constantly mocked as a child and was even nicknamed ‘scarface.’ She is currently married to the popular musician Sting, whom she met while she was working at the theatre in 1982. Previously, she was in a relationship with the actor Peter O’Toole. She has been married to Sting since August 22, 1992 and the couple has four children: Bridget Michael, Jake, Eliot Paulina, and Giacomo Luke.