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Interview Extra: Sophia Myles

from TV Choice Magazine / by David Collins

Sophia Myles plays Beth Bailey, a new agent in the returning BBC1 spy drama Spooks. Here, she tells us more about her character, and reflects on how her time in Hollywood inspired her to take a year off to go backpacking.

Is your character based on a real-life person?
Yes, and in her youth, she was a rebel — she’d been expelled from a couple of private schools. So after she completed the MI6 course, she decided she didn’t want to work in such a heavily regulated bureaucracy. Instead of working for Her Majesty’s Government, she decided to pursue a private area of investigation. So she went first to Columbia, but the majority of her career was in the Middle East, and by the age of 27, she was a shareholder in a private company worth just over


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