WCW: Sophia Myles

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Sophia Myles is one of those angel-faced blondes who is just SO perfect for historical roles, so when I see her in a period flick I know I’m going to enjoy her. She started off in historical films, and it seemed like she was maybe going to break out with her parts in vampire/werewolf movie Underworld and as the lead in Tristan + Isolde, but no dice. She worked steadily through 2014, including the role EVERYONE knows (Reinette/Madame de Pompadour in Dr. Who), then there was a break; she’s set to play a role in A Discovery of Witches (2018), a book about a modern-day academic who discovers she’s a witch, which should be amazing, but it rivals Twilight in its lack-of-female-agency, so, meh (I literally would have thrown the book across the room, but it was my iPad, so…).

The Prince and the Pauper (1996)

Hitting it right out of the gate: as Lady Jane Grey in The Prince and the Pauper (1996).

Mansfield Park (1999)

As Fanny’s younger sister in Mansfield Park (1999) (the one who gets left back at home and gets all of Fanny’s letters).

Oliver Twist (1999)

As Oliver’s soon-to-be-dead mother in Oliver Twist (1999).

From Hell (2001)

As the prostitute who gets murdered in the first five minutes in From Hell (2001).

Foyle's War- A Lesson In Murder (2002)

Foyle’s War: A Lesson in Murder (2002)

The Abduction Club (2002)

As one of two sisters who are kidnapped in order to force them into marriage, ha ha (sarcasm): The Abduction Club (2002).

Colditz (2005)

Colditz (2005)

Doctor Who- The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)

As Madame de Pompadour/Reinette in Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006).

Dracula (2006)

As a weird Lucy/Mina hybrid character in Dracula (2006). I tried to watch this and aborted.

Marple- Sleeping Murder (2006)

Marple: Sleeping Murder (2006)

Tristan + Isolde (2006)

She was pretty good in Tristan + Isolde (2006). It’s not her fault James Franco was so woefully miscast.

Outlander (2008)

No, not the Outlander (2008) you’re thinking of. Some kind of sci-fi Viking movie. Don’t ask me.

Our Zoo (2014)

As one-half of the founding couple of a 1930s British zoo: Our Zoo (2014).

 

What’s your favorite of Sophia Myles’s historical roles?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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  1. picasso Manu

    Well, Madame de Pompadour of course! First, because Dr Who. Second, because she smooched 10 and third, I quite like that dress… So, okay, the hair’s all wrong and no powder, but at least it’s up! And as Louis XV mistresses go, we’ve seen far worse: Yes, I’m looking at you, Outlander (No, I’m not over it. I may NEVER be over it)

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  2. Donnalee

    The Doctor Who photo does look like a room full of polyester to me, but that might be sacrilege on my part. I have not seen her in enough things to have a favourite, although it seems she has indeed been in quite a lot.

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  3. Becca

    Actually she played Johnny Depp’s wife in flashbacks in From Hell; she was never a prostitute and she died in childbirth. The loss of his wife and child is the reason he’s addicted to laudanum and absinthe in the movie…..

    I feel she’s underrated, and should have had a bigger break! Glad shes getting some love in this post.

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  4. Charity

    Love her. Seen them all, and a lot more of her work besides. About a billion years ago, Facebook had a “change your profile picture to a celebrity you resemble” day and my friends universally chose Sophia Myles for mine. Round face. Big eyes. Blonde. Yup. Maybe that’s why I like her so much; I feel a kinship with round-faced girls. Haha.

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  5. Heidi Cochran

    After all the Weinstein BS, it makes me wonder if her lack of career has anything to do with that…I loved her in “Sleeping Murder.”

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  6. Jen

    Thank you so much for your comments on Discovery of Witches- I wanted to like that book bc the concept was promising (Oxford! Academia! The occult!) but the characters drove me to distraction.

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