Sophia Myles

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Sophia Myles
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Myles at the 2007 Berlinale Film Festival
Sophia Jane Myles

(1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 40)
London, England
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)David Tennant (2005–07)

Sophia Jane Myles (/səˈf.ə/;[1] born 18 March 1980) is an English actress, best known in film for portraying Erika in Underworld (2003), Isolde in Tristan & Isolde and Darcy in Transformers: Age of Extinction. She has received critical acclaim for her television work, particularly as Madame de Pompadour in the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" and Beth Turner in Moonlight.

Early life[edit]

Myles was born in London. Her mother, Jane (née Allan), works in educational publishing, and her father, Peter R. Myles, was a retired Church of England vicar in Isleworth, West London.[2] Her paternal grandmother was Russian,[3] and Myles refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian".[4] 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.[3]


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 reprised the character in a brief flashback scene in its sequel, Underworld: Evolution (2006). 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 & 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.[5] 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.[6]

Myles was cast in the CBS supernatural television drama Moonlight. She was nominated for the Best Actress Award in 2007 for her role in Hallam Foe from the British Independent Film Award committee,[7] for which she also received a 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]

Myles began dating David Tennant after filming an episode of Doctor Who.[10] In October 2007, it was reported they were no longer together.[11]

In September 2014, Myles gave birth to a son.[12][13]

Her father, Peter Myles, died on 23 March 2020 after contracting COVID-19.[14]



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
2002 The Abduction Club Anne Kennedy
2003 Underworld Erika
2003 Out of Bounds Louise Thompson
2004 Thunderbirds Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
2006 Tristan & Isolde Isolde
2006 Underworld: Evolution Erika Flashback scene
2006 Art School Confidential Audrey
2006 Dracula Lucy Westenra
2007 Hallam Foe Kate Breck
2008 Outlander Freya
2012 A Sunny Morning Grace Short film
2013 Gallows Hill Lauren Direct-to-video
2014 Blackwood Rachel Marshall
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Darcy Tyril[15]
2018 Two Words Victoria Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Oliver Twist Agnes Fleming Miniseries
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Kate Nickleby Television film
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
2005 Colditz Lizzie Carter Television film
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Gwenda Halliday Episode: "Sleeping Murder"
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Sophie Amsden Television film
2006;2020 Doctor Who Madame de Pompadour Episode: "The Girl in the Fireplace";

Webcast Episode: "Pompadour"[16]

2006 Extras Herself
2007 Moonlight Beth Turner 16 episodes
2010 Spooks Beth Bailey 8 episodes
2014 Our Zoo Lady Katherine
2014 Crossing Lines Anna Clarke 2 episodes
2014 Panorama Narrator Episode: "Last Chance Academy"
2018 A Discovery of Witches Rebecca Bishop 4 episodes
2018 Gerry Anderson's Firestorm Operative 19/Laura Hope (Voice) various episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2002 Bush "Inflatable"
2003 Ronan Keating "Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)"
2006 Gavin DeGraw "We Belong Together"


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Sheffield, Emily (8 August 2003). "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 Emily Sheffield". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 May 2012 – via Questia Online Library.
  3. ^ a b Husband, Stuart (5 August 2007). "Curtain call for Miss Myles". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  4. ^ Hoggard, Liz (20 September 2010). "From wronged maiden to kickass spy: Spooks star Sophia Myles". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  5. ^ "2006 Final Nebula Award Ballot". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 22 March 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2007.; "2007 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Moviefone | Movies | Movie Times | Movie Trailers | Movie News". 13 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Nominations 2007: BIFA". British Independent Film Awards. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Press Office – Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 38 Spooks Feature". BBC. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "Sophia Myles to Join Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  10. ^ "David Tennant & Sophia Myles". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  11. ^ "David Tennant splits from girlfriend Sophia Myles". Hello!. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Sophia gives birth to baby boy!". Simply Sophia Myles. 27 September 2014. Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Sophia Myles on Twitter: "He melts my heart and lights up my life."". Twitter. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
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  15. ^ "Transformers: Age of Extinction Interview with Stanley Tucci". 17 June 2014.
  16. ^ Moffatt, Steven (2020). Pompadour.

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