Sophie Ward

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This article is about the English actress. For the Australian model, see Sophie Ward (model).
Sophie Ward
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Born (1964-12-30) 30 December 1964 (age 49)
London, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Rena Brannan

Sophie Ward (born 30 December 1964), is an English actress and the daughter of actor Simon Ward. Her screen roles include that of Elizabeth, the beautiful, ill-fated true love of Sherlock Holmes in the film Young Sherlock Holmes.


Ward started work as an actress when she was aged 10,[1] and has worked all over the world in film, television and theatre. She trained as a dancer under world famous ballerina Merle Park. One of Ward's early film roles was in the film Young Sherlock Holmes directed by Barry Levinson. Other early films included Full Circle, Return to Oz, Little Dorrit and A Summer Story, and she also portrayed the dancing love object in Roxy Music's video "Avalon".

During the 1990s she turned her acting energies to stagework, with considerable acclaim and success. She has appeared in several Glasgow Citizens' Theatre productions including Private Lives (as Amanda), Don Carlos (as Queen Elizabeth) and most strikingly in Hamlet as Ophelia. In 2006 she produced and starred in Henry Green's Nothing which had its US premier at the 59E59 Theatre in New York for the Brits Off Broadway Festival.

Her most recent films are Out of Bounds (2003), in which she co-stars with Sophia Myles and Celia Imrie, and Book of Blood (2008), co-starring Jonas Armstrong and Reg Fuller. She also recently appeared in Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre (2011). She has worked with such film greats as Susan Sarandon in The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, Liv Ullmann in A Time of Indifference directed by Francesco Maselli, and Elizabeth Taylor in Young Toscanini directed by Franco Zefferili.

Her television work includes the acclaimed mini-series A Dark Adapted Eye with Helena Bonham Carter as the perfectly poised yet ultimately doomed Eden and the sweeping fantasy, Dinotopia. More recently, Sophie had the recurring role of Dr Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama Heartbeat. In 2008, Ward joined the cast of Holby City in a recurring role as Sophia Byrne, sister of surgeon Joseph Byrne.

Personal life[edit]

Ward has a first degree in Literature and Philosophy from the Open University.

She has two sons by her former husband, Paul Hobson, a veterinary surgeon: their marriage broke down in 1996 and she became involved with Rena Brannan, a female Korean-American writer.[2]

The previous year, Ward had appeared in the television film A Village Affair, in which she played a housewife who leaves her husband for another woman. Ward was quoted as saying that her experience making A Village Affair helped clarify her own feelings regarding her sexuality, but also delayed her decision to come out, as she did not want it to appear as if she were jumping on the bandwagon of the film's theme.[3]

In August 2000, Ward and Brannan were married in a well-publicised ceremony held in London, before same-sex civil partnerships were legalised in Britain, at the Groucho Club.[4] The couple and Ward's children live near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Ward had long been considered a 'Face of the 1980s' as a Vogue model.[5]

Ward's sister Kitty is married to stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre.[6]




* Winner Best Actor (Female)

Guest appearances[edit]

Short films[edit]

* Oscar Best Short Film

Child performances[edit]


  1. ^ "Actress Sophie Ward on Go Back for Murder at Oxford Playhouse". Oxford Times. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Hall, Locksley (22 August 2006). "Out British Actress Sophie Ward". After Ellen. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Article by Locksley Hall,, at Logo Online dated 22 August 2006
  4. ^ BBC News online article - "In The Pink", dated 18 September 2000
  5. ^ Pogorzelski, Janina (1 September 2009), "Sophie Ward on mind-expanding sci-fi, adventure travel and why it's fabulous being in your 40s", The Lady: 82, retrieved 1 April 2012 
  6. ^ The Mirror

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