A conservative, bourgeois vicar's daughter who reportedly made a concerted effort to avoid errant behavior as a young woman, the refined and genteel British actress Sophia Myles paradoxically found herself typecast, throughout her early years, in rebellious and "edgy" roles. Myles specialized in tackling parts in adaptations of the classics, and was particularly memorable, for example, as Agnes Fleming in Oliver Twist (1999), Kate in Nicholas Nickleby (2000), and Isolde in Tristan & Isolde (2005). With Myles' transition to Hollywood material, she branched out into more conventional buttered-popcorn fare, such as the effects-heavy sci-fi opuses Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Outlander (2008), and similarly essayed one of the main roles on the fantasy television series Moonlight (2007), playing a beautiful investigative reporter whose life is saved by the program's vampiric lead character. In the years to come, Myles would continue to find success on the small screen, particularly with the British series MI-5.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Father was the vicar of Campden Hill Church.
- Was spotted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes in a school play at the age of 16 and given a role in the 1996 BBC production of The Prince and the Pauper.
- Was prepared to study philosophy at Cambridge University, but decided to pursue acting full-time.
- Is often mistaken for Kate Winslet and approached by autograph seekers.
- Took a year off from acting after the series Moonlight was canceled and traveled throughout southeast Asia.