Sophie Rundle

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Sophie Rundle
Born1988 (age 25–26)
Bournemouth, England
RelativesHarry Rundle (brother)
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Sophie Rundle
Born1988 (age 25–26)
Bournemouth, England
RelativesHarry Rundle (brother)

Sophie Rundle (born 1988) is an English actress best known for her recurring role as Labia in the British/American television sitcom Episodes and as code-breaker Lucy, in the ITV drama series The Bletchley Circle.

Early life[edit]

In 2011, Rundle graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in acting.[1] She also went to Bournemouth School for Girls.[citation needed]


Television and film career[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. The series also starred David Calder, Toby Jones, Ruth Bradley, and Maria Doyle Kennedy.[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 starred in Great Expectations directed by Mike Newell, with the adapted screenplay by David Nicholls and stars Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Ralph Fiennes, and Robbie Coltrane.[4] The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and 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 made her lead role acting in the ITV mystery drama series The Bletchley Circle, about four women who investigate a series of murders at Bletchley Park,[6] and ended on 27 January 2014. On the series' cancellation, Rundle stated,

It was a real shame because we would've loved to have come back. I think we were all gutted. In the climate that we're in at the moment, it's really hard to get shows re-commissioned. Doing a second series was a complete bonus – we only thought we were doing a one-off drama.[7]

She also stars 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.

Rundle made her first lead role as 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.[8]On playing Fiona Griffiths, Rundle made some researches on Cotard’s Syndrome in order to portray her [Griffiths] in the series accurately.[9] 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."[10]

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.[11] 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,[12] 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."[13] 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.[14]

Theatre career[edit]

On February 2013, Rundle played Bunty Mainwaring in Stephen Unwin's production of Noël Coward's The Vortex at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.[15]

On 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.[16][17]


2007Small Town FolkHeather
2012Great ExpectationsClara
2013Talking to the DeadFiona GriffithsTV film; in post-production
2011Garrow's LawMiss CassonEpisode: 3.4
2012TitanicRoberta MaioniRecurring character
EpisodesLabiaRecurring character
MerlinSefaEpisode: "Arthur's Bane: Part One
Episode: "Arthur's Bane: Part Two
2013ShetlandSophieEpisode: "Red Bones: Part 1
Episode: "Red Bones: Part 2
2012–2014The Bletchley CircleLucyMain character
2013–presentPeaky BlindersAda ShelbyMain character
2014Call The MidwifePamela SaintGuest Star
2014Happy ValleyKirsten McAskill


  1. ^ "Sophie Rundle". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Small Town Folk". The Film Reel. 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Titanic". TVSA. 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Great Expectations (2012) Trailer". Yam Magazine. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  5. ^ "'Merlin': Series five premiere 'Arthur's Bane (Part One)' - pictures". Digital Spy. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  6. ^ "The Bletchley Circle: Interviews". Ian Wylie. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  7. ^ "The Bletchley Circle star "gutted" by axe: "It was a real shame"". Digital Spy. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  8. ^ "'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. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  9. ^ "Talking To The Dead’s Sophie Rundle: I stole my Welsh accent from my grandad". Metro. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Sophie Rundle: "I see dead people... to help fight criminals"". Express. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Call the Midwife, episode 7, review". The Telegraph. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Happy Valley: 5 reasons why it's the best thing on the box". Wales Online. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  13. ^ "Sophie Rundle talks Happy Valley: "It's a dark subject matter"". Digital Spy. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  14. ^ "BBC One - Saturday Kitchen, 04/10/2014". BBC. 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  15. ^ "The Vortex – Rose Theatre, Kingston". The Public Reviews. 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  16. ^ "3 Winters review – Croatian family drama pierces the fog of history". The Guardian. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  17. ^ "3 Winters at the Lyttelton, SE1". The Times. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 

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