Sophia Myles

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Sophia Myles
Sophia Myles - Berlin 2007 crop.jpg
Myles at the 2007 Berlinale Film Festival
Born (1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 34)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Partner(s) Charles Dance
(2004)
David Tennant
(2005–2007)

Sophia Jane Myles[1] (/səˈf.ə/;[2] born 18 March 1980) is an English 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 Myles refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian".[5] She grew up in Notting Hill and attended Fox Primary School. At the age of 11, she moved with her family to Isleworth and attended The Green School. Following success at her A-levels, she had been planning to study philosophy at Cambridge, but chose to pursue an acting career after being spotted by Julian Fellowes in a school play.[4]

Career[edit]

Myles at Berlinale, 2007

Since 1996, Myles has appeared in a number of films and television productions. In 2001, she got a small role as 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 starred in the thriller Out of Bounds and played Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds. In 2006, she co-starred as Isolde in the romantic drama Tristan and Isolde.

Myles appeared as Madame de Pompadour in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "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 in 2006's comedy film Art School Confidential. Also in 2006, she appeared as Lucy Westenra in a BBC adaptation of Dracula. In 2007, she played Freya in Outlander.[7]

Myles was cast in the CBS supernatural television drama Moonlight. She received the Best Actress Award in 2007 for her role in Hallam Foe from the British Independent Film Award committee, as well as the BAFTA Scotland Award. Moonlight won for Best New Drama in the 2007 People's Choice Awards. In 2010, she joined Spooks, a BBC series about a counter-terrorism unit in MI5, for its ninth series, playing Beth Bailey.[8] She appeared 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 older than her. They met while working on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.[4] From 2005 to 2007, she dated actor David Tennant, with whom she had acted in Foyle's War and the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace".[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Prince and the Pauper Lady Jane Grey
1998 Big Women Saffron
1999 Mansfield Park Susan Price
1999 Guest House Paradiso Saucy Wood Nymph
2001 From Hell Victoria Abberline
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Kate Nickleby Television film
2002 The Abduction Club Anne Kennedy
2003 Underworld Erika
2003 Out of Bounds Louise Thompson
2004 Thunderbirds Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
2005 Colditz Lizzie Carter Television film
2006 Tristan & Isolde Isolde
2006 Underworld: Evolution Erika Flashback scene
2006 Art School Confidential Audrey
2006 Dracula Lucy Westenra
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Sophie Amsden Television film
2007 Hallam Foe Kate Breck
2008 Outlander Freya
2012 A Sunny Morning Grace Short film
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Darcy Tyril[11]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Oliver Twist Agnes Fleming Miniseries
2001 Heartbeat Heather Conway Episode: "No Hiding Place"
2002 Foyle's War Susan Gascoigne Episode: "A Lesson in Murder
2003 Coming Up Nina 1 episode
2006 Doctor Who Madame de Pompadour Episode: "The Girl in the Fireplace"
2006 Extras Herself
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Gwenda Halliday Episode: "Sleeping Murder"
2007 Moonlight Beth Turner 16 episodes
2010 Spooks Beth Bailey 8 episodes
2013 Gallows Hill Lauren Reynolds
2013 Blackwood Rachel Marshall
2014 Our Zoo Lady Katherine

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2002 Bush "Inflatable"
2003 Ronan Keating "Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.co.uk — 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". 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. .
  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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