Sophia Myles

Sophia Jane Myles (/səˈf.ə/;[1] born 18 March 1980) is an English actress. She is best known in film for portraying Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in Thunderbirds (2004), Isolde in Tristan & Isolde (2006), Darcy in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Erika in Underworld (2003) and Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Freya in Outlander (2008).

Sophia Myles
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Myles at the 2007 Berlinale Film Festival
Born
Sophia Jane Myles

(1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 41)
London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)James Bell
Children1

Initially hoping to study philosophy at University of Cambridge for which she secured a place, Myles instead turned to acting after television writer Julian Fellowes saw her perform in a school play, casting her in his series The Prince and the Pauper (1996). After this, Myles continued to receive work in films such as Mansfield Park (1999), From Hell (2001) and The Abduction Club (2002), but her breakthrough role came in the form of Erika in Underworld (2003) before she won the iconic role of Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in Thunderbirds (2004) propelling her to international stardom.

Following on from this success, Myles moved to Hollywood where she played the main role of Isolde in the epic romantic film Tristan & Isolde (2006) before starring in films including Underworld: Evolution (2006), Art School Confidential (2006), Dracula (2006), Hallam Foe (2007), Outlander (2008), The Damned (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Blackwood (2015).

Myles has also received critical acclaim for her television work, particularly as Madame de Pompadour in the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" (2006), Beth Turner in Moonlight (2007–2008), Beth Bailey in Spooks (2010) and Rebecca Bishop in A Discovery of Witches (2018–2021).

Myles won a BAFTA for Best Actress for her role as Kate in Hallam Foe (2007) and was also nominated for a BIFA at the British Independent Film Awards for the same film. She has also won several other awards at various other film festivals across the world including Best Actress for Two Words (2018) and Best Supporting Actress for November 1st (2019).

Early lifeEdit

Myles was born in London. Her mother, Jane (née Allan), works in educational publishing, and her father, Peter R. Myles, was a retired Church of England vicar in Isleworth, West London.[2] Her paternal grandmother was Russian,[3] and Myles refers to herself as "half-Welsh, half-Russian".[4] 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 secured a place at the University of Cambridge to study philosophy, but chose to pursue an acting career after being spotted by Julian Fellowes in a school play and shortly after had a small role in his television production of The Prince and the Pauper in 1996.[3]

CareerEdit

 
Myles at Berlinale, 2007

Since 1996, Myles has appeared in a number of films and television productions. After roles in the television series Heartbeat and Foyle's War, in 2001 Myles starred as Victoria Abberline in the thriller film From Hell alongside Johnny Depp with Myles playing his wife. Myles played a main role in the comedy-romance film The Abduction Club (2002) before then playing the role of Erika in the 2003 vampire film Underworld with Kate Beckinsale, and reprised the character in its sequel, Underworld: Evolution (2006). In 2003, she also starred in the thriller Out of Bounds and played Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds (2004), the film version of the classic television show of the same name. Myles initially had the choice to star in either Thunderbirds or Troy but she chose the former as she said "Lady Penelope is such an iconic character".[4] In 2005, Myles starred in the two-part war drama miniseries Colditz with Damian Lewis and Tom Hardy. In 2006, she co-starred as Isolde in the epic romantic drama Tristan & Isolde opposite James Franco and produced by Ridley Scott.

Myles appeared as Madame de Pompadour in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace", which is often referred to as one of the best episodes of the series. The episode was nominated for a Nebula Award and won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.[5] Myles also had roles as Gwenda Halliday in the British detective drama Agatha Christie's Marple: Sleeping Murder and Sophie Amsden in American thriller Covert One: The Hades Factor on television before starring in the 2006 comedy film Art School Confidential. Also in 2006, she appeared as Lucy Westenra in a BBC adaptation of Dracula.

In 2007, Myles was cast as Beth Turner in the popular CBS supernatural television drama Moonlight, a role she would play until the show's end in 2008. Moonlight won Best New Drama in the 2007 People's Choice Awards. Myles was nominated for the Best Actress Award in 2007 for her role as Kate in Hallam Foe from the British Independent Film Award committee,[6] for which she also received a BAFTA Scotland Award. In 2008, she played Freya, the daughter of John Hurt's character, in the sci-fi action epic Outlander with Jim Caviezel and Ron Perlman.[7]

After having a cameo role in the American comedy film Etienne! in 2009, in 2010 Myles joined the cast of Spooks, a BBC television series about a counter-terrorism unit in MI5, for its ninth series, playing Beth Bailey.[8] Myles then had a starring role as Lauren in the 2013 American horror film The Damned with Peter Facinelli and Nathalia Ramos. In 2014, Myles starred as geologist Darcy Tirrel opposite Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci in the sci-fi action blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction which was directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg.[9]

Later in 2014, Myles starred as Rachel in the psychological horror film Blackwood before going on to have roles as Dr. Anna Clarke in the international action-thriller Crossing Lines and the aristocratic Lady Katherine Longmore in the miniseries Our Zoo. After the birth of her son in 2014, Myles did not accept any new roles until 2018, when Myles provided her voice for an episode of the sci-fi series Firestorm.

Myles currently plays Rebecca Bishop in the fantasy-romance television series A Discovery of Witches; the first season was released in 2018 and the second in 2021 with a third series already filmed and awaiting release. After roles in the films Two Words (2018) and November 1st (2019), for which she won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively, Myles played Ann Payne, a secret agent, in the 2020 Portuguese film Listen which was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.[10] However, in December 2020 the film was disqualified, as more than half of its dialogue was in English.[11] Also in 2020, Myles reprised her role as Madame de Pompadour for a minisode sequel specially written for her by Steven Moffat that aired on YouTube on 6 May 2020.[12]

Myles is set to star as Beth Barnes in the comedy-heist film Decrypted about the kidnap the creator of Bitcoin, alongside Amanda Abbington and Kevin McNally. The film is due for release in the summer of 2021.

Personal lifeEdit

From 2004 to 2005, Myles was in a relationship with actor Charles Dance[13] and has also dated Damian Lewis[14] and musician Paul Wilson from the band Snow Patrol.

Myles began dating David Tennant after filming an episode of Doctor Who.[15] By October 2007, they had separated.[16]

Myles is reportedly good friends with fellow celebrities Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Sienna Miller, Anna Friel, Rufus Sewell, Noel Clarke and Dawn French.[17]

In September 2010, Myles became engaged to Brent Thomas Funston, a Texan entrepreneur, although they later separated.[4]

In September 2014, Myles gave birth to a son with her partner James Bell, who works for the Bank of England.[18][19][20] Her son's godmother is Myles' friend and fellow actress Celia Imrie.[21]

Her father, Peter Myles, died on 21 March 2020 after contracting COVID-19.[22]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mansfield Park Susan Price
Guest House Paradiso Saucy Wood Nymph
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Kate Nickleby
From Hell Victoria Abberline
2002 The Abduction Club Anne Kennedy
2003 Underworld Erika
Out of Bounds Louise Thompson
2004 Thunderbirds Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
2006 Tristan & Isolde Isolde
Underworld: Evolution Erika
Art School Confidential Audrey
Covert One: The Hades Factor Sophie Amsden
Dracula Lucy Westenra
2007 Hallam Foe Kate Breck Winner – Best Actress at the British Academy Scotland Awards
Nominated – Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards
2008 Outlander Freya
2009 Etienne! Sophia Myles
2012 A Sunny Morning Grace
2013 The Damned Lauren
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Darcy Tirrel[23]
Blackwood Rachel Marshall
2018 Two Words Victoria Winner – Best Actress at the International Online Web Fest
Winner – Best Actress at The Scene Festival
Firestorm Laura Voice
2019 November 1st Caroline Winner – Best Supporting Actress at the Overcome Film Festival
2020 Listen Ann Payne Nominated – Best Ensemble at the CinEuphoria Awards
2021 Lockdown Love Beth
TBA All That Glitters Margaret Post-production
Decrypted Beth Barnes
Disarm Megan Granger

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Prince and the Pauper Lady Jane Grey 4 episodes
1998 Big Women Saffron Episode: "Saffron's Search"
1999 Oliver Twist Agnes Fleming Miniseries
2000 Close and True Marie James Episode: "Town and Gown"
2001 Heartbeat Heather Conway Episode: "No Hiding Place"
2002 Foyle's War Susan Gascoigne Episode: "A Lesson in Murder"
2003 Coming Up Nina Episode: "Money Can Buy You Love"
2005 Colditz Lizzie Carter Miniseries
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Gwenda Halliday Episode: "Sleeping Murder"
2006, 2020 Doctor Who Madame de Pompadour Episode: "The Girl in the Fireplace"
Webcast episode: "Pompadour"[12]
2006 Extras Defence Lawyer Episode: "Orlando Bloom"
2007 Moonlight Beth Turner 16 episodes
2010 Spooks Beth Bailey 8 episodes
2014 Crossing Lines Dr. Anna Clarke 2 episodes
2014 Our Zoo Lady Katherine Longmore All 6 episodes
2018–2021 A Discovery of Witches Rebecca Bishop 8 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Song
2002 Bush "Inflatable"
2003 Ronan Keating "Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)"
2006 Gavin DeGraw "We Belong Together"

VoiceEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2013 Rainbow Magic Narrator 5 audiobooks
2014, 2018 Panorama Narrator 2 episodes
2018 Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Rania Chuma 2 episodes

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Project Result
2007 British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actress Hallam Foe Won
2007 British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2019 International Online Web Fest Best Actress Two Words Won
2020 The Scene Festival Best Actress in Film Won
2020 Overcome Film Festival Best Supporting Actress November 1st Won
2021 CinEuphoria Awards Best Ensemble Listen Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Sheffield, Emily (8 August 2003). "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 Emily Sheffield". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
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  18. ^ https://twitter.com/sophiamyles/status/1143965192562384898?lang=en
  19. ^ "Sophia Myles on Twitter: "He melts my heart and lights up my life."". Twitter. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  20. ^ https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/about/people/james-bell/james-bell
  21. ^ "Sophia Myles on Twitter: "My baby and his Fairy God Mother. My heart bursts with joy xxxx"". Twitter. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  22. ^ "Coronavirus: Transformers actress Sophia Myles reveals father died after contracting COVID-19". Archived from the original on 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
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