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Stage role spooked me, says Sophia Myles

From Evening Standard (UK) / By Louise Jury

SPOOKS star Sophia Myles says taking to the stage provoked “immense fear”.

She is about to make her West End debut after testing the waters by taking part in the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Play fundraiser.

The 32-year-old actress joins the cast of new play Utopia at the Soho Theatre.

Discovered by Julian Fellowes in a school play in Isleworth, she is better known for TV and films such as Thunderbirds, Underworld and Hallam Foe.

Myles, who lives in Queen’s Park, said you had to face your fears “to evolve”. Speaking in rehearsals, she said Utopia was “funny but thought-provoking”. It runs from June 20 to July 14.

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Doctor Who: Who’s That Girl?

From Daily Star (UK) / By Peter Dyke and Katie Begley

SEXY Sophia Myles is being tipped as the Time Lord’s next companion after a cheeky tease on Twitter. BBC bosses are keeping tight-lipped about the identity of the new sidekick for The Doc (Matt Smith). But series boss Steven Moffat’s tweet about Thunderbirds big screen star Sophia has set tongues wagging that she has been lined up.

Moffat, 50, tweeted: “Right EVERY­BODY who follows me, go and follow @SophiaMyles – spin that fireplace. NOW.

“I’ll explain later. Or not.”

A new girl is set to take over this year from Karen Gillan, who plays sidekick Amy Pond.

And Sophia has a big link to the BBC sci-fi series because she app­eared as The Doc’s love interest Madame de Pompadour in the 2006 episode The Girl In The Fireplace.

Sophia, 31, also dated former Doctor David Tennant, 40.

Meanwhile, Karen, 24, has stepped back in time for her role as supermodel Jean Shrimpton in a BBC4 drama.

The flame-haired actress will star in We’ll Take Manhattan on Jan­uary 26.

It will explore the relationship between the model, now 69, and famous photographer David Bailey to whom she said she owed her career. Karen said of the role: “Jean Shrimpton is an icon of the Sixties.

“I am so excited to be playing somebody who had such a lasting impact on the fashion world. Sixties here I come!

“I guess there is more pressure on me over this role because part of me thinks I should stay true to what this person actually was.

“And they’re still alive, which is quite a significant thing as well, because they’re going to see how you portray them.”

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Crook, Horne, Bhaskar & Cole Line Up for Old Vic 24 Hour

From www.whatsonstage.com/

The Old Vic has announced the line-up for this year’s 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala, which will take place on Sunday 13 November 2011.

The event, now in its eighth year, sees established actors, writers and directors come together to create a series of six short plays in the space of 24 hours.

The event raises funds for The Old Vic Theatre Trust and its work, through Old Vic New Voices, to mentor the next generation of creative talent.

Cast confirmed to date include: Jane Asher, Nancy Carroll, Lily Cole, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Brendan Coyle, Mackenzie Crook, Lisa Dillon, Freddie Fox, Robert Glenister, Anthony Head, Ruthie Henshall, Mathew Horne, David Horovitch, Gina McKee, Sophia Myles, Katherine Parkinson, Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling, Isy Suttie and Indira Varma.

Hosted by comedian and actor Rob Brydon, the event is an evening of “never to be seen again performances”.

The team of actors will be working with directors including Tom Cairns, Simon Godwin, Tamara Harvey, Josie Rourke and Charlie Westenra, and writers Amy Rosenthal, Jack Thorne and Roy Williams.

The event kicks off at 10pm on Saturday 12 November when the actors, writers and directors meet at The Old Vic for the first time. Following overnight script writing and a day of intensive rehearsals and line-learning six brand new plays are unveiled on the Sunday night to the Gala audience.

To buy £250 and £125 tickets, call the Gala Hotline 020 7401 9280 or email twentyfour@oldvictheatre.com. To buy £75 tickets, call the Box Office on 0844 871 7628.

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Beth guns for glory

from The Mirror (UK) / by Jane Simon

PICK OF THE DAY

Spooks BBC1, 9pm

If you’re ever interviewed for a job at Section D and they ask: “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” the only correct answer must be: “Dead, most probably.”

And yet Beth Bailey is ever so keen to join. Good thing, too, because actress Sophia Myles is already proving to be a most exciting addition to the Spooks team.

When we first met her last week she was a mercenary cunningly disguised as an Eastern European prostitute, until she broke cover to save Lucas North’s life.

Tonight, in her first job for Section D, she’s undercover again and dodging a hail of machine-gun fire after MI5 get a tip-off that a British oil baron is the subject of an assassination attempt.

That’s another thing Section D doesn’t do – ease new employees in gradually. Has Beth had the Health and Safety talk from HR? Has anyone even shown her where the ladies’ loos are? I doubt it.

It’s just, “Right, in you go, love. Here’s your hidden earpiece. Now go try and sniff out the potential assassin in a crowded lift.”

Still, Beth can handle herself pretty well and her colleagues are about to discover there’s even more to her than meets the eye.

Also joining the show is former Strictly star and Footballers’ Wife Laila Rouass. Lucas (or John, as we might have to start calling him) opens the briefcase that his mysterious old “friend” left him last week and decides to look up an ex-girlfriend named Maya.

It turns out that Horizon isn’t the only programme tonight where people are going to return from the dead…

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