Sophia Myles

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Sophia Myles
Sophia Myles - Berlin 2007 crop.jpg
Myles at the Berlinale film festival, 2007
Born Sophia Jane Myles
(1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 34)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Sophia Jane Myles[1] (/səˈf.ə/;[2] born 18 March 1980) is an English film and television actress.

Early life[edit]

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.[3] Her maternal grandmother was Russian,[4] and she refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian".[5]

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.[4]


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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] Myles had a major supporting role in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Myles was in a relationship with actor Charles Dance, who is 34 years her senior, whom she met while working on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.[4]

From 2005 to 2007, she dated Scottish actor David Tennant,[citation needed] with whom she had acted in Foyle's War and the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace".[10]


Sophia Myles at Berlinale, 2007
Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Prince and the Pauper Lady Jane Grey
1998 Big Women Saffron
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
2003 Underworld Erika
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
Extras Herself Television role
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)
2008 Outlander Freya
2010 Spooks Beth Bailey Regular Television role (8 Episodes)
2012 A Sunny Morning Grace Short film
2013 Gallows Hill Lauren Reynolds
Blackwood Rachel Marshall
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Darcy Tyril[11]
Our Zoo Lady Katherine Television role

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ — birth registration details
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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...
  4. ^ a b c Husband, Stuart (2007-08-05). "Curtain call for Miss Myles". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  5. ^ From wronged maiden to kickass spy: Spooks star Sophia Myles
  6. ^ "2006 Final Nebula Award Ballot". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Retrieved 2007-04-12. ; "2007 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-09-01. .
  7. ^ Outlander - Moviefone
  8. ^ Network TV BBC Week 38 Spooks feature - BBC Press Office, September 2010
  9. ^ Sophia Myles to Join Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4' (Exclusive)
  10. ^ Macdonald, Marianne (2006-04-09). "Myles above the clouds". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  11. ^ Transformers: Age of Extinction Interview with Stanley Tucci

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