Sophia Jane Myles is a British actress who rose to prominence with stellar performances in several movies and TV series. Some of her best-known movie roles include playing Erika in ‘Underworld’, Kate in ‘Hallam Foe’, and Isolde in the period drama ‘Tristan & Isolde’. While she is also a formidable presence on stage, she has immortalized herself in the eyes of ‘Doctor Who’ fans. To “Whovians”, she will always be Madame de Pompadour from the iconic ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ episode of the science fiction show. Portraying diverse characters has certainly made her one of the most popular actresses of her generation. But she has also created a niche for herself in the fantasy fiction genre with outstanding performances in the movie ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and the TV series ‘A Discovery of Witches’. The actress is also highly skilled in horse riding, skating, skiing and swimming. The fact that she can speak at least three languages, including German and French, only adds to this powerhouse of talent called Sophia Myles.
Rise to Stardom
Sophia Myles started her professional acting career after a meeting Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. When she was 16, she was performing on stage in a school production of ‘Teachers’. Fellowes who was sitting in the audience was enthralled by the teenager’s performance. He immediately cast her as Lady Jane Grey in the BBC mini-series adaptation of ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ (1996). With offers beginning to pour in, Myles was next seen in an episode of ‘Big Women’ (1998). In the meantime, she went back to school to complete her A – Levels. But already in love with acting, she decided to take it up full-time. Clearly, she made the right decision. She soon made her movie debut, portraying the role of Susan Price in the film adaptation of the Austen classic ‘Mansfield Park’ in 1999.
Later, Myles made a name for herself by portraying intricately diverse characters in TV adaptations of classic novels. Her performances in the TV series ‘Oliver Twist’ (1999) and the TV movie ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’ (2001) were critically acclaimed. In the next few years, she delivered intense performances on the shows ‘Heartbeat’ (2001) and ‘Foyle’s War’ (2002). She also played the major part of Johnny Depp’s wife Victoria in the horror movie ‘From Hell’ (2001). However, she was soon to learn that being talented in the entertainment industry doesn’t always guarantee a steady flow of work. She struggled to find work for over a year after a major movie in which she was playing the lead got cancelled. Myles however started looking for success in Hollywood. Her performance as Erika in the action-horror movie ‘Underworld’ (2003) catapulted her to international stardom. She later reprised that role for a flashback scene in the movie’s sequel ‘Underworld Evolution’ (2006).
Miles made an effortless transition from horror to science fiction with ‘Thunderbirds’ in 2004, a movie that also had the elements of action and adventure. With her charisma and beauty, she gave a new dimension to the lead character of Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the film. In 2005, she returned to TV with the mini-series ‘Colditz’, which proved to be a critical hit. The year 2006 turned out to be the turning point of her career. She starred in what can be arguably considered one of her most successful roles. Myles portrayed Isolde in the historical tragic-drama movie ‘Tristan & Isolde’. The role earned her praise in spite of the movie’s dismal performance. Then came her portrayal of Madame de Pompadour in an episode of the cult classic show ‘Doctor Who’ in 2006.
Myles continued on her successful trajectory with her award-winning performance as Kate Breck in the movie ‘Hallam Foe’. The role earned her a BAFTA Scotland Award for best actress and a nomination in the same category at the British Independent Film Awards in 2007. She returned to TV with recurring roles on ‘Moonlight’ (2007 – 2008) and ‘MI – 5’ (2010). After working in the box-office failure ‘Outlander’ in 2008, Myles was next seen in the blockbuster movie ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ in 2014. In the same year, she also appeared in the TV series ‘Our Zoo’. Following that, she took a break due to the birth of her son. Despite industry’s concerns, she has recently made a successful comeback to acting with the recurring role of Rebecca Bishop in the popular series ‘A Discovery of Witches’ (2018 – present).
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Family & Personal Life
Sophia Myles was born on March 18, 1980, in London, UK. Her father Peter R. Myles is a retired vicar in Isleworth. Her mother’s name is Jane Myles and her brother is called Oliver Myles. She studied at Fox Primary School before attending The Green School for Girls. Sophia graduated from Richmond College concurrently pursuing a career in acting. She dated actors, Charles Dance and David Tennant sometime around 2005 and 2007. On September 27, 2014, Myles gave birth to her son Luke Myles. On May 29, 2018, she finally revealed her partner’s face on Twitter through a picture that was captioned, “My best friend, my one true love and the father of our beautiful son”. She has not yet revealed her partner’s name to the media.