Aldred at The Television & Movie Store 2008
|Occupation||Actress, TV presenter|
|Years active||1987 – present|
Sophie Aldred (born 20 August 1962) is an English actress and television presenter. She has worked extensively in children's television as a presenter and voice artist. She also portrayed the Seventh Doctor's companion, Ace, in the television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s.
Aldred was born in Greenwich, London, but grew up in nearby Blackheath. She sang in the church choir of St James', Kidbrooke, and attended Blackheath High School from 1973 until 1980, before enrolling as a drama student at the University of Manchester. She graduated in 1983 and decided to embark on a career in children's theatre. She also sang in working men's clubs around Manchester.
In 1987, she was cast as Ace in Doctor Who, initially for Dragonfire, the final story of the series' twenty-fourth season. Her tenure on the show spanned the last nine stories of the programme's original run, which ended in 1989.
Both before and since Doctor Who, Aldred has had a varied and busy television career, particularly in children's programming, where she has presented educational programmes such as Corners, Melvin and Maureen's Music-a-grams (which ran from 1992 to '96), Tiny and Crew (which she presented, 1995–96), the BBC series Words and Pictures (1993-2001), and also the CITV paranormal show It's a Mystery in 1996. She also played the character Minnie The Mini Magician from series 8 onwards in CITV's ZZZap! between 1999 and 2001.
Aldred has presented and sung in several BBC Schools Radio series, including Singing Together, Music Workshop, Time and Tune and Music Box. She has also performed on radio and in the theatre. She has also reprised her role as Ace in the 1993 thirtieth-anniversary charity special Dimensions in Time and, since 1999, the Doctor Who audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions. Following the start of rumours in 1994 and 1995, avid Doctor Who fans expressed hope that Aldred would reprise her role in the project that would become the 1996 Doctor Who television movie, but she did not appear, and her character's fate was not mentioned.
Throughout the 2000s she has worked extensively as a voice-over artist for television advertisements, and has also provided voices for animated series such as Bob the Builder, Sergeant Stripes, the UK dubbed version of the CGI animated version of the Australian TV series Bananas in Pyjamas, El Nombre, Peter Rabbit, Noddy in Toyland, The Magic Key and Dennis & Gnasher.
Since 2012 Aldred has provided the voice of Tom in Tree Fu Tom, a CBeebies series. The series' other main voice actor, David Tennant (who voices Twigs), previously played the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off fiftieth-anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. In 2018, Aldred was confirmed to reprise the role of Ace in an audio drama set during the first season of Class.
In 2019, Aldred reprised the role of Ace in a special announcment trailer for the Doctor Who Season 26 Blu-ray box set. That same year, she also appeared as Mistress Na in the direct-to-DVD film Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor; a role for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Accolade Competition in 2020.
|2011||Thriller Theater!||Lynn Whitlam|
|2013||The Search for Simon||Angela Spooner|
|2018||A Wizard's Tale||Voice|
|1987-1989||Doctor Who||Dorothy McShane (Ace)||31 episodes|
|1990||Rainbow||Birthday Guest||Voice; Episode: "Wrong Day"|
|1991||Melvin and Maureen's Music-a-grams||Maureen|
|1993||El Nombre||Consuela Chiquitita||Voice; all 26 episodes|
|1993||Dimensions in Time||Ace|
|1994||Tiny and Crew||Sophie Socket|
|1995||Wimzie's House||Wimzie||Voice; 20 episodes|
|1999-2001||ZZZap!||Minnie the Magic Magician||41 episodes|
|2001-2002||Death Comes to Time||Ace||All 5 episodes|
|2002-2004||Sergeant Stripes||Stripes||Voice; 7 episodes|
|2004||Shadow Play||Ros||4 episodes|
|2009||Noddy in Toyland||Lindy||Voice; 5 episodes|
|2009-2010||Dennis & Gnasher||Dennis||Voice; 25 episodes|
|2010-2011||Bob the Builder||Muck||Voice; 11 episodes|
|2011-2013||Bananas in Pyjamas||Morgan||Voice; 4 episodes|
|2012||Tree Fu Tom||Tom||Voice; 30 episodes|
|2013||The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot||Sophie Aldred|
|2016||Peter Rabbit||Mrs Rabbit||Voice; 7 episodes|
|2016||Cops and Monsters||Lady Audrey MacDiarmid||Episode: "Revolution in a Teacup"|
Direct to DVD films
|1992||More Than a Messiah||The Girl|
|1994||Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans||Mari|
|1994||The Zero Imperative||P.R. Officer|
|1998||Lust in Space||Sophie Aldred|
|1999||Mindgame Trilogy||Space Pilot|
|2019||Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor||Mistress Na|
|2003||Pure Pinball||Excessive Speed Announcer|
|2011||Inazuma Irebun GO: Shine|
|2011||Inazuma Irebun GO: Dark|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Additional voices|
|2018||Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom|
- "The Den of Geek interview: Sophie Aldred". Den of Geek. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "Interview with 'Doctor Who' star Sophie Aldred". independent.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "Doctor Who: Ace visitor in Norwich". BBC. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- "SueTerryVoices : Sophie Aldred female voiceover artist". sueterryvoices.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- Dennis is a menace to 2012 equestrian plans London Evening Standard, 7 October 2009
- "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
- Doctor Who: At Childhood's End Penguin Books, 6 February 2020
- Barkham, Patrick (1 April 2008). "Beyond a joke". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Exclusive interview with 'Doctor Who' star Sophie Aldred – CultBox". CultBox. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "23 May 2020". Pointless Celebrities. BBC1.
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