Myles at the Berlinale film festival, 2007
|Born||Sophia Jane Myles
18 March 1980
London, England, United Kingdom
Myles was born in London. Her mother, Jane (née Allan), works in educational publishing, and her father, Peter R. Myles, is a retired Church of England vicar in Isleworth, West London. Her maternal grandmother was Russian, and she refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian".
Myles grew up in Notting Hill, where her father served at the Church of St. George the Martyr, and attended Fox Primary School. At the age of eleven, Myles moved with her family to Isleworth and attended the Green School. Following success at her A-levels, she had been planning to accept a conditional place to study philosophy at Cambridge, but chose to pursue an acting career after being spotted by Julian Fellowes in a school play.
Since 1996, Myles has appeared in a number of American and British films and television productions. In 2001, she got a small role alongside Johnny Depp as his on-screen wife, Victoria Abberline, in the thriller film From Hell. She had a supporting role in the 2003 film Underworld and its sequel Underworld: Evolution (in a brief flashback scene). In 2003, she played the schoolgirl lead in the thriller Out of Bounds and she also played Lady Penelope in the Thunderbirds. In 2006, Myles co-starred with actor James Franco in the romantic drama Tristan and Isolde, playing the role of Isolde.
Myles appeared as Madame de Pompadour in a 2006 episode of Doctor Who, "The Girl in the Fireplace"; the episode was nominated for a Nebula Award and won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. She co-starred opposite Max Minghella, playing his love interest in 2006's quirky comedy film Art School Confidential. Also in 2006, Myles appeared in a BBC TV adaptation of Dracula; she played Lucy Westenra alongside Marc Warren, David Suchet and Dan Stevens. As of 2007, she filmed Outlander with James Caviezel and Jack Huston, playing the role of Freya.
She was cast in the CBS supernatural television drama, Moonlight. She has received Best Actress in 2007 for her role in Hallam Foe from the British Independent Film Award committee as well as the BAFTA Scotland Award. Her series, Moonlight, won for Best New Drama in the 2007 People's Choice Awards.
In 2010, Myles joined Spooks, a BBC series about a counter-terrorism unit in MI5, for its ninth series playing Beth Bailey alongside fellow newcomer Max Brown. Myles had a major supporting role in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).
|1996||The Prince and the Pauper||Lady Jane Grey|
|1999||Mansfield Park||Susan Price|
|Guest House Paradiso||Saucy Wood Nymph||Appeared in dream sequence briefly|
|Oliver Twist||Agnes Fleming||Television mini-series|
|2001||From Hell||Victoria Abberline|
|The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Kate Nickleby||Television film|
|Heartbeat: "No Hiding Place"||Heather Conway||Television role, Season 11, Episode 10|
|2002||The Abduction Club||Anne Kennedy|
|Foyle's War: "A Lesson in Murder"||Susan Gascoigne||Television role|
|Bush "Inflatable"||Music video|
|Coming Up||Nina||Television Season 1 Episode 6|
|Ronan Keating "Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)"||Music video|
|Out of Bounds||Louise Thompson|
|2004||Thunderbirds||Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward|
|2005||Colditz||Lizzie Carter||Television role|
|2006||Tristan & Isolde||Isolde|
|Underworld: Evolution||Erika||Flashback scene only|
|Art School Confidential||Audrey|
|Dracula||Lady Holmwood/Lucy Westenra||Television role|
|Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace"||Madame de Pompadour||Television role Season 2 episode 4|
|Covert One: The Hades Factor||Sophie Amsden||Television role|
|Agatha Christie's Marple : Sleeping Murder||Gwenda Halliday||Television role|
|2007||Hallam Foe||Kate Breck||Numerous wins and nominations|
|Moonlight||Beth Turner||Regular television role (16 Episodes)|
|2010||Spooks||Beth Bailey||Regular Television role (8 Episodes)|
|2012||A Sunny Morning||Grace||Short film|
|2013||Gallows Hill||Lauren Reynolds|
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Darcy Tyril|
|Our Zoo||Lady Katherine||Television role|
References and notes
- Ancestry.co.uk — birth registration details
- Sophia says her own name at the start of the video commentary for "The Girl in the Fireplace" in the DVD collection Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series.
- Myles ahead; Sophia Myles beat Sophie Dahl and Rosamund Pike to the coveted role of Lady Penelope in next year's 'Thunderbirds'. Now she's about to star in Hollywood's vampire tale 'Underworld'. Not bad for a vicar's daughter from Isleworth, says Emi...
- Husband, Stuart (2007-08-05). "Curtain call for Miss Myles". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- From wronged maiden to kickass spy: Spooks star Sophia Myles
- "2006 Final Nebula Award Ballot". sfwa.org. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Retrieved 2007-04-12.; "2007 Hugo Awards". thehugoawards.org. World Science Fiction Society. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-09-01..
- Outlander - Moviefone
- Network TV BBC Week 38 Spooks feature - BBC Press Office, September 2010
- Sophia Myles to Join Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4' (Exclusive)
- Macdonald, Marianne (2006-04-09). "Myles above the clouds". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Transformers: Age of Extinction Interview with Stanley Tucci