Eve Myles

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Eve Myles
Eve Myles 2013.jpg
Myles in June 2013.
Born (1978-07-26) 26 July 1978 (age 40)
Ystradgynlais, Wales, United Kingdom
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Bradley Freegard (m. 2013)
Children2
Websiteevemyles.net

Eve Myles (born 26 July 1978) is a Welsh actress from Ystradgynlais. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2000. Later that year, she began portraying Ceri Lewis in the BBC drama series Belonging, a role she would play until the end of the series in 2009. Myles' early UK-wide television credits included the 2001 miniseries Tales from Pleasure Beach and the 2003 television drama Colditz. In 2005, she auditioned for a part in the revived series of Doctor Who, and landed the role of servant girl Gwyneth, in the Series 1 episode "The Unquiet Dead", alongside Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston.

Her appearance in Doctor Who led to her winning a lead role in the science fiction drama's spin-off series Torchwood, in which she portrayed the character Gwen Cooper for four series between 2006 and 2011. Myles's role in Torchwood earned her a Bafta Cymru award for Best Actress in 2007. Myles also reprised the role of Gwen in the 2009 and 2011 series of Torchwood Radio Plays as well as in 2015 as part of the Big Finish audio stories. Myles subsequent television credits include the 2008 miniseries Little Dorrit, the 2008 premiere episode of the fantasy drama Merlin and the 2013 drama series Frankie in which she played the title role.

In 2013, for the TV channel GOLD, she appeared alongside Anthony Head in the comedy drama You, Me & Them, a role she reprised in 2015 for the second series. In 2014 she was cast in the second series of the crime drama series Broadchurch portraying the character of Claire Ripley. In 2011 she voiced one of the main characters in the video game Dragon Age II. In 2016, she appeared as another Victorian servant, this time playing Mrs. Jenkins in the ITV period drama series Victoria, a role she didn't reprise for series 2.[1]

An accomplished theatre actress, Myles won an Ian Charleson Award in 2004 for her performances in Royal Shakespeare Company productions of the plays Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew. Further theatre credits include Henry IV, Part I and II at the National Theatre in 2004, and the role of Emma in the first UK run of Zach Braff's play All New People in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Myles was born on 26 July 1978[2] in Ystradgynlais.[3] She attended Ysgol Maes Y Dderwen, where she was in the same class as fellow actor Richard Corgan, and the year below Steve Meo. She grew up with a strong interest in boxing, although she gave up the sport after breaking her knuckle by punching a wet sandbag.[4] After training as an actress and gaining a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff in 2000,[5] Myles moved to London.

Career[edit]

In 2000 Myles took on the central role of Ceri Owen (née Lewis) in the BBC Wales drama Belonging. Her longest role to date, Myles played Ceri from the series' first episode through to its final series in 2008; returning for a one-off special in 2009.[3] In 2001, Myles undertook a role in the television film Score and the TV miniseries Tales from Pleasure Beach. From 2003, Myles based herself in Stratford upon Avon, initially playing Lavinia in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Titus Andronicus, for which she received the Sunday Times Ian Charleson award in 2004.[6] She has also played Bianca in The Taming of The Shrew[7] and in 2005, appeared opposite Michael Gambon in Henry IV, Part I and II at the National Theatre.[3] She took the part of Gwenfar in the BBC Radio Four series of plays "Arthur" by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Steve May in November 2004. Myles appeared in the ITV drama Colditz in 2005.

She took a supporting role in the Doctor Who episode "The Unquiet Dead", playing servant girl Gwyneth. This brought her to the attention of Lead Writer Russell T Davies, who would progress to create and produce Torchwood. Considering her to be "one of Wales' best-kept secrets",[8] Davies wrote the role of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood specifically for Myles.[9] Speaking on her casting, Myles stated that having the part written for her was like having her "own personal Oscar."[10] Gwen, an audience surrogate character,[11] is characterised by Myles as Torchwood's "social worker", who "can run and fight and stand in her own corner and win." Her role in Torchwood also led to Myles making a second appearance in Doctor Who, for its Fourth series' finale, alongside Torchwood co-stars John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd.[12] Myles has appeared in every episode of Torchwood.[13][14]

Myles also appeared in the first episode of Merlin, called "The Dragon's Call" where she played Lady Helen of Mora and Mary Collins, a witch who impersonated her. Her performance in this role was described positively by Anthony Head, who said that 'she did it dead straight and very scarily. There was one moment she was delivering a speech to me in full prosthetic make-up... The French background artists didn’t speak English but burst into applause at the end because they were moved by the emotion of it.'[15]

She portrayed the character of Maggy Plornish in Andrew Davies' 2008 adaptation of Little Dorrit, which later went on to win seven Emmy awards.[16] Early 2008 also saw the actress host a radio show centred around Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe[4] and narrate a short story, Sorry for the Loss by Bridget Keehan, both airing on BBC Radio Wales.[17]

2009 saw her star in the award-winning independent Welsh film A Bit of Tom Jones as well as the one-off Drama, Framed, for BBC Wales, alongside Trevor Eve. In July 2010, Myles announced she would appear in an original BBC Cymru Wales TV series, Baker Boys, co-written by Helen Raynor and Gary Owen and airing in early 2011.[18][19] 2011 also saw Myles provide the voice of the Dalish elf Merrill in the Bioware video game Dragon Age II.[20] In July 2011, to coincide with Torchwood's fourth series Myles presented part of a BBC Wales Documentary entitled Wales and Hollywood, which featured the actress travelling to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to find the Welsh talent honoured there.[21][22]

In 2012 Myles returned to the stage in Zach Braff's play All New People, which ran for ten consecutive weeks at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre following runs at the Manchester Opera House (8–11 February 2012) and the King's Theatre in Glasgow (14–18 February).[23] In 2013 she took the title role in the BBC1 drama Frankie, filmed in Bristol, which follows the life of a district nurse who cares more about her patients than her own life.[24]

In August 2016, Myles stars alongside Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes and Rufus Sewell in the ITV drama Victoria, which follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. She portrays Mrs Jenkins, the Queens personal dresser.

In 2017, Myles starred alongside her real life husband Bradley Freegard in the Welsh drama “Un Bore Mercher.” She learnt to speak Welsh for the role. Un bore Mercher was also filmed in English and was aired in 2018 on BBC One Wales as “Keeping Faith” with Eve Myles as Faith Howells, a solicitor whose husband Evan, with whom she works at their family-run law firm, disappears whilst she is on maternity leave following the birth of their third child.

In 2018, Myles played the role of Norman Scott's lover Gwen Parry-Jones in the BBC drama A Very English Scandal. The drama relates the real-life story of politician Jeremy Thorpe's affair with Scott and subsequent trial for attempted murder and is based on the novel of the same name by John Preston.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Myles was among many others nominated for Wales online Dafftas' best actress[25] and won for her role as Frankie with almost 45% of the votes. Myles was nominated for and won Wales' sexiest woman in 2013.[26]

Myles has been nominated for a total of six BAFTA Cymru awards, winning one. In 2002,[27] 2003,[28] and 2009,[29] Myles was nominated for Best Actress in the BAFTA Cymru Awards for her role as Ceri on the BBC Wales drama Belonging.

In 2007, Myles won the BAFTA Cymru Best Actress award for her portrayal of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood's first series,[30] a role she also received Best Actress BAFTA Cymru nominations for in 2008[31] and 2010.[32] In 2010, Myles won the Best Actress award in the SFX Reader's awards poll,[33] and was crowned best actress in the 11th annual Airlock Alpha Portal Awards.[34] For her role as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood: Miracle Day, Myles was nominated for a Satellite Awards in the Best Television Actress category.[35] and reached the shortlist for the 2012 UK National Television Awards.[36]

In 2006, Wales on Sunday named Myles as its "Bachelorette of the Year".[37] Myles also regularly ranks highly in the Western Mail's annual list of the 50 sexiest women in Wales. In 2005, the Western Mail ranked Myles seventh[38] whilst she ranked fifth in 2008,[39] 7th in 2009,[40] 8th in 2010[41] and 10th in 2011.[42]

In June 2010, Myles was honoured with a fellowship from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Myles met Bradley Freegard at the National Youth Theatre in 1994, and they married in Italy on 18 May 2013.[44] Myles and Freegard have two daughters, born in 2009[45][46][47] and 2014.[citation needed]

Filming Torchwood's fourth series in 2011 saw Myles relocate with her family to America's Hollywood Hills, living "literally underneath the Hollywood sign".[48] Myles has described California as the "land of dreams", and her experience filming the fourth series of Torchwood in Hollywood as the best year of her life, adding that she would love to spend more time there as an actress if possible.[47]

Filmography[edit]

Film & television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Hang the DJ Tracy
2000 Nuts and Bolts Carys Williams
2000–2009 Belonging Ceri
2001 Tales from Pleasure Beach Angie
Score Paula
2003 EastEnders: Dot's Story Young Gwen
2005 Doctor Who Gwyneth Episode: "The Unquiet Dead"
Colditz Jill
2006 Soundproof DC Sarah McGowan
These Foolish Things Dolly Nightingale
2006–2011 Torchwood Gwen Cooper BAFTA Cymru for Best Actress (2007)
SFX Award for Best Actress
Nominated: BAFTA Cymru for Best Actress (2010)
Nominated: Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2006-2008 Torchwood Declassified Herself
2008 Merlin Lady Helen/Mary Collins Episode: "The Dragon's Call"
Little Dorrit Maggy Plornish
Doctor Who Gwen Cooper Episodes: "The Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End"
2009 A Bit of Tom Jones Sally
Framed Angharad Stannard[49]
2011 Wales and Hollywood Presenter Documentary
Baker Boys Sarah
2013 Frankie Frankie Maddox Title character
2013-2015 You, Me & Them Lauren Grey
2014 Under Milk Wood Lilly Smalls
2015 Broadchurch Claire Ripley Series two
2016 Moving On Helen Episode: "Passengers"
Victoria Mrs Jenkins Series 1
2017 Un Bore Mercher Faith Howells S4C series, English version Keeping Faith to be shown on BBC One Wales.
2018 Keeping Faith Faith Howells BBC One Wales (shown on BBC One July to August 2018)
2018 A Very English Scandal Gwen Parry-Jones

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Production
2008 Calzaghe Fight Night[4] Presenter BBC Radio Wales
Sorry for the Loss Narrator
"Lost Souls" Gwen Cooper BBC Radio 4
2009 "Asylum"
"Golden Age"
"The Dead Line"
2011 Torchwood: The Lost Files
2015-Present Torchwood Big Finish Productions
2018 Blind Terror: The Gods of Frost Kathryn Ellis
2018 19 Weeks Emily BBC Radio 4

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Taming of the Shrew Bianca Won: Ian Charleson Award
Titus Andronicus Lavinia
2005 Henry IV - Part I & II Lady Mortimer / Doll Tearsheet
2012 All New People Emma

Audio book narrator[edit]

Year Title Author Notes
2007 Border Princes Dan Abnett
2009 In the Shadows Joseph Lidster

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Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Dragon Age II Merrill Voice only

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