Myles at the 2007 Berlinale Film Festival
18 March 1980 |
Sophia Jane Myles (//; born 18 March 1980) is an English actress, best known in film for portraying Erika in Underworld (2003), Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the live-action Thunderbirds film, Isolde in Tristan & Isolde and Darcy in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and 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.
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. Her maternal grandmother was Russian, and Myles refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian". 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.
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. 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.
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, 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. She appeared in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).
In 2004, Myles was in a relationship with actor Charles Dance. They met while working on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. 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".
|1996||The Prince and the Pauper||Lady Jane Grey|
|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||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||Covert One: The Hades Factor||Sophie Amsden||Television film|
|2007||Hallam Foe||Kate Breck|
|2012||A Sunny Morning||Grace||Short film|
|2013||Gallows Hill||Lauren||In select theaters and video-on-demand|
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Darcy Tirrel|
|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||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|
|2014||Our Zoo||Lady Katherine|
|2014||Crossing Lines||Dr. Anna Clarke||2 episodes|
|2014||Panorama||Narrator||Episode: "Last Chance Academy"|
|2003||Ronan Keating||"Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)"|
- Ancestry.co.uk — birth registration details
- 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.
- 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...
- Husband, Stuart (2007-08-05). "Curtain call for Miss Myles". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- From wronged maiden to kickass spy: Spooks star Sophia Myles
- "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..
- Outlander - Moviefone
- "Nominations 2007: BIFA". www.bifa.org.uk. British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
- Network TV BBC Week 38 Spooks feature - BBC Press Office, September 2010
- Sophia Myles to Join Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4' (Exclusive)
- Macdonald, Marianne (2006-04-09). "Myles above the clouds". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Transformers: Age of Extinction Interview with Stanley Tucci