WCW: Sophie Rundle


Sophie Rundle is one of those actresses you don’t realize is in everything. She has major roles in five historical costume series on her resume, two of which are still in production. And considering she’s barely 32, this bodes well for a lengthy career in frock flicks! One way to further her work is by producing her own films, which Sophie Rundle and her fiancé, actor Matt Stokoe, are doing through their Bone Garden Films. She told Marie Claire UK why this was important:

“I think young people are realising you don’t have to have just one career avenue. If you’ve got a voice and something to say, you can go out and create your own content. It’s not elitist, it’s open to anyone, and that’s so vital in diversifying the work we’re seeing. If we only allow a certain demographic to be in positions of power, then the content we are creating is always going to be skewed in a certain way. It’s really important that work is representative of the world that we actually live in. I think it’s pulled back the veil a little on this industry.”

Let’s review some of her roles so far…


Sefa in Merlin (2008)

Sophie Rundle, Merlin (2008)

Appearing in one episode of this fantasy-medieval series & wearing nubby linen. Could be worse!


Miss Casson in Garrow’s Law (2011)

Sophie Rundle, Garrow's Law (2011)

A small role in the last episode of this 18th-c. criminal-case series.


Clara in Great Expectations (2012)

Sophie Rundle, Great Expectations (2012)

I dislike this Dickens’ story, but I grudgingly appreciate the costumes in this adaption.


Lucy in The Bletchley Circle (2012-2014)

The Bletchley Circle (2012-2014)

I lovelovelove this series! Rundle plays the youngest of the group, & while her post-WWII life is troubled, she’s still smart & contributes to the circle’s efforts.


Ada Shelby in Peaky Blinders (2013-2019)

Sophie Rundle, Peaky Blinders (2013-2019)

Totally did not recognize Sophie Rundle with dark hair.

Peaky Blinders costumes

And I did critique Ada Shelby’s costumes as being a bit too fashion-forward — the series starts immediately after WWI, yet she’s already in full flapper mode. It’s a cute look, but not plausible.


Pamela Saint in Call the Midwife (2014)

Sophie Rundle, Call the Midwife (2014)

Trivia: she was the 33rd actress to act out a birth on this show!


Eva in An Inspector Calls (2015)

An Inspector Calls (2015)

A 1910s murder-mystery, where Sophie Rundle plays a poor factory girl.

An Inspector Calls (2015)

But she’s dressed up in a flashback! Photo (C) BBC/Drama Republic – Photographer: Laurence Cendrowicz.


Honoria Barbary in Dickensian (2015)

Sophie Rundle, Dickensian (2015)

The Dickens homage series had some quite nice costumes for the period.


Alice in Jamestown (2017-2019)

Sophie Rundle, Jamestown (2017-2019)

Again, I didn’t recognize her with dark hair! Good thing too, because I didn’t hold this show against her.


Ann Walker in Gentleman Jack (2019)

Sophie Rundle, Gentleman Jack (2019)

Looking fabulous in Tom Pye’s 1830s creations.

Sophie Rundle, Gentleman Jack (2019)

And delivering a powerful performance with Suranne Jones.



What’s your favorite of Sophie Rundle’s historical costume movie or TV roles?

11 Responses

  1. susan l eiffert

    Isn’t the bit of the yardage shop interior we can see in Dickensian wonderful? Maybe you could offer more pix sometime with critique?

  2. Sarah Walsh

    I loved her in “Gentleman Jack,” but I had no idea she had such an extensive resume!! I remember finding out that she had been in an episode of “Call the Midwife,” which I had seen without really knowing her other work. She has a lot of range!

  3. Susan Pola Staples

    I’m going with Ann Walker in Gentleman Jack. It’s a beautifully nuanced performance; powerful at times and delicate at the same time. Mr Pye’s costumes are gorgeous and so suit each character.

    And Ada Shelby for the second. Love the scene in the cinema.

  4. Iliana Bat-Or

    I wonder if the second Peaky Blinders photo is from at least the second or third season when the show had progressed into the roaring 20s? It jumps two years ahead in the second season alone, and times moves pretty quickly between each season which might explain the very flapper outfit.

  5. thedementedfairy

    I have TERRIBLE face recognition powers. AWFUL. Staring at all of these I realised I’ve seen her in Bletchley but made no connection with Ann Walker. Sigh. I give up, I’m a lost cause!

  6. ljones1966

    And I did critique Ada Shelby’s costumes as being a bit too fashion-forward — the series starts immediately after WWI, yet she’s already in full flapper mode. It’s a cute look, but not plausible.

    From which season of “Peaky Blinders” was this photograph of Rundle from? The series’ most recent season has reached the fall of 1929.