Myles Bomis Ring
20-year-old Sophia Myles was born on the 20th March 1980 and was
raised in Isleworth, a west London suburb. She is the daughter of a local
vicar, and was a straight A student at the comprehensive school which
Within four years, she had progressed from the lead part in a school
play to Johnny Depp's screen lover in the forthcoming film, From Hell.
Her original ambition was to study philosophy at Cambridge (where she
had been accepted) after achieving three A grades at A-level. Fortunately,
for the rest of us, she chose not to go to Cambridge, and instead decided
to pursue a career in acting.
Sophia Myles plays the tragic Agnes Fleming, who runs away from home
when she discovers she is pregnant by a family friend, Edwin Leeford.
"The story of Agnes is tragedy, – it is totally heart-breaking. I turned
over the first page of the script, and I was in floods of tears. I had
no idea what was in store because in the novel, Agnes just gives birth,
kisses the child and promptly dies. But in Bleasdale’s dramatisation,
there’s this absolutely beautiful and tragic love story between Agnes
and Edwin. She is hopelessly in love with him, but she cannot understand
why he doesn’t marry her." Aged 19, Agnes falls in love with Edwin Leeford
- a close friend of her father’s - and becomes pregnant by him. She protects
her father against the identity of her lover, knowing he would feel betrayed.
"At the beginning you see quite an innocent, quite immature girl but she
does a lot of growing up, it progresses and she protects herself. Sometimes
I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror when I’m like this and it almost
makes me cry. You just see what happens to this girl, it’s awful. She
has lost her mother, a brother and a sister, so there’s been a lot of
heartache in the family already and falling in love with Leeford is maybe
partly because of this – she has taken over the main female role in the
household – she is young." "She is a victim of her time as in those days
an unmarried mother was just doomed. It is testimony to her great strength
of character that she leaves her comfortable home and stable family, to
head off into the unknown, carrying a baby and having no money. It is
heart-breaking stuff, but not sentimental." At only 19, and having just
completed her A’Levels, Sophia already has a number of television and
theatre credits to her name. She appeared in Big Women with Renny Rye;
Mansfield Park for Miramax, working with Lindsay Duncan, as well as in
a Fay Weldon play at the Birmingham Rep. Whilst still at school Sophia
was spotted by a BBC director who gave her a small part in a costume drama.
After her first year of studying for her A’Levels, she was cast by director
Renny Rye to appear in Fay Weldon’s television drama series Big Women,
in which she played young Saffron. Immediately after completing her A
Level studies she was cast in the role of Fanny’s sister Susan in the
Miramax movie of Mansfield Park. In the theatre, Sophia played a leading
role in a production of Fay Weldon’s play Alice May and Rowan Baker at
the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, directed by Bill Alexander. Sophia has
a university place and filmed the role of Agnes Fleming in Oliver Twist
in her gap year.