Sophia Myles

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Sophia Myles
Sophia Myles - Berlin 2007 crop.jpg
Myles at the 2007 Berlinale Film Festival
Born(1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 34)
London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Charles Dance
(2004)
David Tennant
(2005–2007)
 
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Sophia Myles
Sophia Myles - Berlin 2007 crop.jpg
Myles at the 2007 Berlinale Film Festival
Born(1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 34)
London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Charles Dance
(2004)
David Tennant
(2005–2007)

Sophia Jane Myles[1] (/səˈf.ə/;[2] born 18 March 1980) is an English actress.

Early life[edit]

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.[3] Her maternal grandmother was Russian,[4] and Myles refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian".[5] 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.[4]

Career[edit]

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 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.[6] 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.[7]

Myles was cast in the CBS supernatural television drama Moonlight. She received the Best Actress Award in 2007 for her role in Hallam Foe from the British Independent Film Award committee, as well as the 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]

In 2004, Myles was in a relationship with actor Charles Dance. They met while working on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.[4] 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".[10] Sophia gave birth to a son on 27 September 2014.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996The Prince and the PauperLady Jane Grey
1998Big WomenSaffron
1999Mansfield ParkSusan Price
1999Guest House ParadisoSaucy Wood Nymph
2001From HellVictoria Abberline
2001The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyKate NicklebyTelevision film
2002The Abduction ClubAnne Kennedy
2003UnderworldErika
2003Out of BoundsLouise Thompson
2004ThunderbirdsLady Penelope Creighton-Ward
2005ColditzLizzie CarterTelevision film
2006Tristan & IsoldeIsolde
2006Underworld: EvolutionErikaFlashback scene
2006Art School ConfidentialAudrey
2006DraculaLucy Westenra
2006Covert One: The Hades FactorSophie AmsdenTelevision film
2007Hallam FoeKate Breck
2008OutlanderFreya
2012A Sunny MorningGraceShort film
2014Transformers: Age of ExtinctionDarcy Tirrel[11]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Oliver TwistAgnes FlemingMiniseries
2001HeartbeatHeather ConwayEpisode: "No Hiding Place"
2002Foyle's WarSusan GascoigneEpisode: "A Lesson in Murder
2003Coming UpNina1 episode
2006Doctor WhoMadame de PompadourEpisode: "The Girl in the Fireplace"
2006ExtrasHerself
2006Agatha Christie's MarpleGwenda HallidayEpisode: "Sleeping Murder"
2007MoonlightBeth Turner16 episodes
2010SpooksBeth Bailey8 episodes
2013Gallows HillLauren Reynolds
2013BlackwoodRachel Marshall
2014Our ZooLady Katherine
2014Crossing LinesDr. Anna Clarke2 episodes
2014Panorama (TV series)NarratorEpisode: "Last Chance Academy"

Music videos[edit]

YearArtistSong
2002Bush"Inflatable"
2003Ronan Keating"Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.co.uk — birth registration details
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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...
  4. ^ a b c Husband, Stuart (2007-08-05). "Curtain call for Miss Myles". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  5. ^ From wronged maiden to kickass spy: Spooks star Sophia Myles
  6. ^ "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. .
  7. ^ Outlander - Moviefone
  8. ^ Network TV BBC Week 38 Spooks feature - BBC Press Office, September 2010
  9. ^ Sophia Myles to Join Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4' (Exclusive)
  10. ^ Macdonald, Marianne (2006-04-09). "Myles above the clouds". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  11. ^ Transformers: Age of Extinction Interview with Stanley Tucci

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