Born on April 11, 1987 in Dover, Kent, England, Joss Stone is a soul and R&B singer-songwriter and actress best known for her multi-platinum debut album The Soul Sessions and her second album Mind, Body and Soul, which topped the UK Albums Chart. In 2009, she was cast as Anne of Cleves on the Showtime series The Tudors. The daughter of a fruit and nut importer, she made her first public appearance at the Uffculme Comprenehsive School in Devon.
When Stone turned 13, she auditioned for the BBC Television talent show Star for a Night in London, where she sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay.” She passed the audition and sang “On the Radio” for the broadcast, eventually winning the contest. In 2002, she flew to New York City to audition, and was instantly signed for a label Her debut album was critically acclaimed.
In 2004, Stone released his second album, which debuted at number one in the UK. The following year, she won the British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act, consequently becoming the youngest BRIT Award solo winner at age 17. The following year, she released her third album, which deputed and peaked at number 12. In 2007, she shared the award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for her collaboration with John Legend.
In 2009, Stone was cast as Henry VIII’s fourth wife Anne of Cleves in the third season of Showtime’s period hit The Tudors, a role which reprised in the show’s final season.