From Hell

Character: Victoria Abberline
Directed by: The Hughes Brothers
Written by: Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias
Other cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson, Jason Fleming, Katrin Cartlidge, Terence Harvey, Susan Lynch, Paul Rhys, Lesley Sharp, Estelle Skornik, Nicholas McGauhey, Annabelle Apison, Joanna Page
Release date: 19 October 2001 (US), 8 February 2002 (UK)
Genre: Thriller/Crime/Mystery
Running time: 122 min

The first tabloid star of the twentieth century, he remains the most notorious and enigmatic serial killer in history. Jack the Ripper committed five heinous, ritualistic murders during a ten-week span in London in the fall of 1888, creating a frenzied atmosphere of gossip, rumor and terror. He was never caught.

Story Description

It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city’s deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can’t get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love…

Sophia’s Role

Sophia plays Victoria Abberline, the wife of Inspector Frederick Abberline


Sophia earned the nickname Miss Prague during filming: ‘It happened because one weekend I had to fly to Prague for a snogging scene with Johnny Depp. I’d been cast as his wife in the film From Hell. And though it was a very small part it was incredibly exciting!’

Quotes from Sophia

It was incredible. I tried to be cool and pretend it wasn’t a big deal, but I have to admit it was brilliant. I was being paid to go to bed with Johnny Depp and, yes, he was a great kisser. I always thought he was great actor and a very sexy man and it’s true, he’s both. The kissing scene took seven or eight takes, but I wasn’t complaining. The strangest thing was that a few weeks ago I went to see Chocolat and there was Johnny up on the huge screen. I was thinking to myself, ‘I’ve done a love scene with that man’!

He was such a gentleman. He showed me photos of his wife and baby girl. He is obviously madly in love with them both.

I’ve had an amazing time, just like Hugh Grant says in Notting Hill – ‘it was surreal, but nice’

Every part of the experience was very, very pleasant. I think God spent a little extra time on him [Johnny Depp]