Sophie Rundle

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Sophie Rundle
Born (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 31)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art (BA)
Years active2007-now

Sophie Rundle (born 21 April 1988) is an English actress. She is best known for portraying Ada Shelby in the BBC One historical crime drama television series Peaky Blinders, as Vicky Budd in the BBC television series Bodyguard, as code-breaker Lucy in the ITV drama series The Bletchley Circle and as Labia in the British/American television sitcom Episodes. She also plays Alice in Sky One's 2017 drama Jamestown.

Early life[edit]

Rundle was born in England to Michael and Fiona Rundle. She has two brothers, James and Henry. She attended the Bournemouth School for Girls. In 2011, Rundle graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Acting.[1]


Film and television[edit]

Rundle first started her career in the British horror comedy film Small Town Folk in 2007 opposite Warwick Davis.[2] Later in 2012, she starred in the ITV four-part television miniseries period drama, Titanic, created by producer Nigel Stafford-Clark and written by Julian Fellowes, which is based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic.[3] Later that year, she guest-starred as Labia in the British/American television sitcom Episodes opposite Matt LeBlanc and Stephen Mangan, which aired on Showtime and BBC Two.

Also in 2012, Rundle appeared in Great Expectations directed by Mike Newell.[4] The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the UK on 30 November 2012.

Rundle also played Sefa in the two-part episode Arthur's Bane of the final season of the BBC TV series Merlin.[5]

She played a lead role in the ITV mystery drama series The Bletchley Circle, about four women who investigate a series of murders,[6] and ended on 27 January 2014. On the series' cancellation, Rundle stated:

She also appears as Ada Shelby in the BBC Two historic crime drama series Peaky Blinders, based on the memoirs of the Shelby family, whose many brothers, sisters, and relatives make up the fiercest gang of all in interwar Birmingham. On mastering the Brummie accent during production, Rundle said that she and the rest of the cast had struggled with it at first because it is not heard much on television, but managed to master the accent after a set visit in Birmingham.[8]

Rundle played the lead role of Fiona Griffiths, a young detective constable in the Sky Living two-part crime series Talking to the Dead, based on the eponymous novel by Harry Bingham. It was adapted by Golden Globe Award-nominee Gwyneth Hughes.[9] On playing Fiona Griffiths, Rundle did some research on Cotard’s Syndrome in order to portray Griffiths accurately.[10] She agrees that her character in the series is a little "loopy": "Well, yes. Part of the mystery of the show is trying to work out what is going on with her. You know that there is a history of trauma there and you are trying to figure that out. It is being fed to you in little bits. She has a history of mental health issues too, which gives her an affinity with the dead."[11]

Rundle guest-starred as Pamela Saint, a young mother who suffers mental health problems after delivering her child, in the seventh episode of the third series of the BBC medical period drama series Call the Midwife, which aired on 2 March 2014.[12] She also starred in the six-part BBC One police procedural series Happy Valley as Kirsten McAskill, a rookie policewoman who stops Lewis (played by Adam Long) for speeding and is then run over by his accomplice in a recent kidnapping, Tommy (portrayed by James Norton), a convicted drug offender,[13] thus killing her. On the dramatic development for her character throughout the series, Rundle hinted that she [Kirsten], "is so young and eager and enthusiastic about her job, it's a real shock when what happens happens — and it's quite exciting as well."[14] The series debuted on 29 April 2014, and was created by Sally Wainwright which stars Sarah Lancashire and Steve Pemberton.

On 4 October 2014, Rundle appeared in the live cooking programme Saturday Kitchen presented by James Martin as an interviewed guest.[15]

Rundle starred as Eva Smith/Daisy Renton in Helen Edmundson's BBC adaptation of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls,[16] which also starred David Thewlis[17] portraying the title role, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson. The drama was directed by Aisling Walsh and was broadcast on BBC One on 13 September 2015.[18] In June 2015, Rundle starred as Jenny[19] in the Channel 4 sitcom Not Safe for Work alongside Zawe Ashton, Tom Weston-Jones, Samuel Barnett, Sacha Dhawan and Anastasia Hille.[20] The series was created and written by playwright D. C. Moore and was broadcast on 30 June 2015.[21]

Rundle also portrayed Honoria Barbary in BBC's 20-part Dickensian, a reworking of an ensemble of characters created by Charles Dickens, which aired on BBC One on 26 December 2015.

On 18 January 2016, it was announced that Rundle would star in ITV's six-part series titled Brief Encounters,[22] which is loosely based on Gold Group International CEO, Jacqueline Gold's 1995 memoir, Good Vibrations.[23] Set in the 1980s, the series is about four women who see the potential of finding happiness and fulfillment by selling lingerie and sex toys to women in the privacy of their own homes. Filming commenced at the end of January in Sheffield.[24]

Rundle also starred in Sky 1's drama Jamestown as Alice Kett, one of the '“maids to make wives” who sailed 3,700 miles across the Atlantic in order to marry a stranger in the New World'.[25]

Rundle appears in the six-part thriller, Bodyguard created by Jed Mercurio, with Keeley Hawes and Gina McKee, broadcast on BBC One. The series tells the fictional story of a war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police.[26]

It was also announced on 26 April 2018, that Rundle would portray wealthy heiress Ann Walker, in the joint production between BBC One and HBO biographical drama series about a real-life lesbian couple living in the North of England in the 19th century, titled Gentleman Jack, alongside Suranne Jones and Timothy West.[citation needed]

In 2019, Rundle portrayed Princess Diana in an episode of the Sky Arts' Urban Myths series, with David Avery as Freddie Mercury and Mathew Baynton as Kenny Everett.[27][28]


On February 2013, Rundle played Bunty Mainwaring in Stephen Unwin's production of Noël Coward's The Vortex at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.[29]

In December 2014, she played Lucia Kos in a new play titled 3 Winters by London-based Croatian playwright Tena Štivičić, about the Kos family, living at three crucial periods in Croatian history. The play is directed by Howard Davies at the National Theatre.[30][31]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Small Town Folk Heather
2012 Great Expectations Clara
2014 The Face of an Angel Hannah
2015 An Inspector Calls Eva Smith/Daisy Renton/Sarah Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Garrow's Law Miss Casson Episode: "3.4"
2012 Titanic Roberta Maioni Recurring role
Merlin Sefa Episodes: "Arthur's Bane - Part 1 & Part 2"
2013 Shetland Sophie Episodes: "Red Bones – Part 1 & Part 2"
2012–2014 The Bletchley Circle Lucy Main role
2012–2014 Episodes Labia Recurring role
2013 Talking to the Dead Fiona Griffiths Main role
2014 Call The Midwife Pamela Saint Guest star
Happy Valley Kirsten McAskill Recurring role
2015 Not Safe for Work Jenny Main role
2015–2016 Dickensian Honoria Barbary Supporting role
2016 Brief Encounters Steph Kirke Main role
2013–2017 Peaky Blinders Ada Shelby
2017–present Jamestown Alice Kett, Mrs. Silas Sharrow
2018 Bodyguard Vicky Budd
2019 Gentleman Jack Ann Walker
2019 Urban Myths Princess Diana Episode: "Princess Diana, Freddie And Kenny - One Normal Night"


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Stardust Yvaine Main character


Year Title Role Director Venue
2013 The Vortex Bunty Stephen Unwin Rose Theatre
2014 Three Winters Lucia Howard Davies Royal National Theatre
2016 Wild Honey Sofya Jonathan Kent Hampstead Theatre

Personal life[edit]

Sophie Rundle is engaged to actor Matt Stokoe, whom she met on the set of the 2018 BBC thriller Bodyguard.[32]


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  2. ^ "Small Town Folk". The Film Reel. 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Titanic". TVSA. 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Great Expectations (2012) Trailer". Yam Magazine. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  5. ^ "'Merlin': Series five premiere 'Arthur's Bane (Part One)' - pictures". Digital Spy. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  6. ^ "The Bletchley Circle: Interviews". Ian Wylie. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  7. ^ "The Bletchley Circle star "gutted" by axe: "It was a real shame"". Digital Spy. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Peaky Blinders cast struggle to speak 1920s Brummie". Birmingham Mail. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. ^ "'It was a relief not to be in period costume!': Peaky Blinders star Sophie Rundle talks about new detective series Talking To The Dead". Mail Online. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Talking To The Dead's Sophie Rundle: I stole my Welsh accent from my grandad". Metro. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Sophie Rundle: "I see dead people... to help fight criminals"". Daily Express. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Call the Midwife, episode 7, review". The Telegraph. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Happy Valley: 5 reasons why it's the best thing on the box". Wales Online. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Sophie Rundle talks Happy Valley: "It's a dark subject matter"". Digital Spy. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  15. ^ "BBC One - Saturday Kitchen, 04/10/2014". BBC. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  16. ^ "David Thewlis plays title role in BBC's An Inspector Calls". Prolific North. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Cast announced for An Inspector Calls". Drama Republic. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  18. ^ "David Thewlis to lead BBC One's new adaptation of An Inspector Calls". Digital Spy. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Not Safe for Work: is it This Life for a new generation?". The Guardian. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Sophie Rundle interview for Not Safe for Work". Channel 4. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Exclusive: Not Safe for Work: First look at Zawe Ashton in new Channel 4 series". Digital Spy. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  22. ^ "ITV drama about Ann Summers casts Sharon Rooney, Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle and Angela Griffin". Radio Times. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  23. ^ "ITV is making a drama about Ann Summers. Yeah, that Ann Summers". Metro. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney to star in Brief Encounters". ITV. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Everything you need to know about Sky's new historical drama Jamestown". Radio Times. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Keeley Hawes reunites with Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio for new thriller Bodyguard". Radio Times. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  27. ^ Tate, Gabriel (10 April 2019). "Urban Myths: Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett review - an unusually poignant episode with plenty of wicked laughs". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  28. ^ "Richard Gadd joins Princess Diana film". Chortle. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  29. ^ "The Vortex – Rose Theatre, Kingston". The Public Reviews. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  30. ^ "3 Winters review – Croatian family drama pierces the fog of history". The Guardian. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  31. ^ "3 Winters at the Lyttelton, SE1". The Times. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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