In a special segment filmed by The Wheel of Time production played during the cast/crew Q&A panel at JordanCon, Rafe Judkins announced that Ayoola Smart will play the role of Aviendha in The Wheel of Time. We previously speculated that Smart was cast in the show, but we’re thrilled to have official confirmation.

Ayoola Smart is an Irish actress who has appeared as a series regular on Killing Eve and Smother. She recently wrapped production on the feature film Cocaine Bear in October of 2021. Her CV has indicated she is filming a “series regular” role for an undisclosed production, which now know is The Wheel of Time.

Smart has been spotted during filming in Ouarzazate and Essaouira. During his part of the Q&A, which Rafe filmed in Morocco, he also mentioned Smart was involved in an “iconic fight scene from the books” that was being rehearsed just off-screen.

About JordanCon

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best-selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon is a 501c4 tax-exempt organization. JordanCon 2022 is the 14th con for the organization, which was founded in 2009. Stay tuned for our recap articles of the convention.

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I'm a longtime SFF fan but Wheel of Time will always be my first love. I want to call myself Green Ajah, but--let's be real--I'm probably a Brown. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, writing, and getting lost in the wilderness.