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Spooks: Drama Ahead On The Grid

Spooks Official Press Release

Prepare for dramatic revelations as filming gets underway on the ninth series of critically-acclaimed Spooks, produced by Kudos Film and Television (Ashes to Ashes, Hustle) for BBC One.

The new series of this thrilling drama will introduce a host of new characters who shake things up and give cause for concern as Section D are left wondering who can really be trusted. Friendships will be tested and the depth of deceit will lead to an unprecedented game of cat and mouse for the Spooks.

Sophia Myles (Underworld, Doctor Who), Max Brown (Mistresses, The Tudors), Iain Glen (The Blue Room, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), Simon Russell Beale (Much Ado About Nothing, Uncle Vanya) and Laila Rouass (Primeval, Footballers’ Wives) join Spooks as series regulars but the characters they play and the impact they have on the team dynamic is being kept tightly under wraps.

Sarah Brandist, BBC Executive Producer, said: “We are very proud to introduce an extraordinary number of exciting new characters to this new series. The new additions will really ruffle some feathers but, as intrigue and betrayal is at the heart of the new storylines, we don’t want to give too much away at this stage. All will be revealed when the series transmits on BBC One later this year!”

Andrew Woodhead, Executive Producer Kudos Film and Television, added: “The ninth series of Spooks is stronger than ever with twists and turns that promise to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. As well as thrilling storylines we have wonderful new cast members who, with our brilliant established cast, will raise the bar once again.”

Spooks is a Kudos Film and Television production for BBC One filming in London until mid July. It was commissioned by Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. Spooks is produced by Lachlan MacKinnon and executive produced by Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins and Andrew Woodhead for Kudos Film and Television and Sarah Brandist for the BBC.

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Sophia’s ready to be Spooked

from The Daily Mail (UK) / by Baz Bamigboye

Sophia Myles honed her spy-craft skills playing agent Lady Penelope in the Thunderbirds movie, but now she’s moving into grittier territory as the new all-action counter terrorism operative in the hit BBC television drama Spooks.

Sophia fills the spots left by Hermione Norris’s formidible Ros Myers and Miranda Raison’s Jo Porter.

Well, I know Ms Raison’s Jo departed the series for good, but I’m less certain of Ros’s fate. in the final episode of series eight, she was caught up in a mammoth explosion. Does she survive or doesn’t she?

Well, Ms Norris has signed on for other projects, so she’s not exactly available. But as someone from the production company commented yesterday: ‘In Spooks, anyone can return.’ Indeed.

Sophia is currently filming the eight new episodes of the highly addictive TV thriller along with Richard Armitage, who returns as Lucas North.

There’s another new recruit joining the grid and he will be played by Max Brown, best known for playing Edward Seymour in the glossy historical TV romp The Tudors.

Sophia’s movies include Hallam Foe, opposite Jamie Bell, and Mansfield Park, while on television she has appeared on Doctor Who, Foyle’s War and Colditz.

She’s an expert rider, swimmer and skier, and speaks French and German – skills that the Spooks writers and directors will no doubt put to good use.

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Face Is Familiar

from The Daily Mail – Weekend (UK)

The daughter of an Anglican vicar, Sophia was born and raised in west London. Her career got a major kick-start thanks to Julian Fellowes, who saw her in a school play and cast her as Lady Jane Grey in the 1996 BBC adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper. She had a blink-and-miss-her role in 2001 film From Hell (as Johnny Depp’s wife), a bit part in both Underworld films, and did her time with small roles in TV serials, including Heartbeat and Foyle’s War. Her big break came playing Lady Penelope in the Thunderbirds movie in 2004, but, though Sophia nailed the character’s classy sex appeal, it wasn’t a hit. Undeterred, she has since earned consistent critical acclaim, winning a Scottish Bafta for her role in 2007 indie film Hallam Foe.

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An instant interview with… Sophia Myles

from London Lite (UK) / by Nick McGrath

The 29-year-old actress has appeared in Doctor Who and also dated Time Lord David Tennant

Highlander or Outlander?
Outlander because I’m in it. It’s a feel-good action flick set in 709 AD in Viking Times in Norway but it’s also a science fiction movie.

High heels or trainers?
Trainers. I find heels really uncomfortable. And I like comfort. When I wear heels on the red carpet i doesn’t feel like me.

Futuristic sci-fi fantasy or period drama?
Sci-fi fantasy because you don’t have to wear corsets. I’ve done way too many corset movies and now I’ve got back problems as a result.

TV or movies?
Not bothered. It’s about the story not what size screen it’s on.

Notting Hill or Primrose Hill?
I was born in Notting Hill and my Dad’s first parish – he was a vicar – was St George’s Church in Camden Hill Square, so I was kind of posh by default.

London or LA?
London because there’s a soul here. I didn’t realise how much I loved London and England until I left. LA was great for me from a work perspective.

On-screen nudity or body doubles?
On-screen nudity. If you say yes to using a body double then they could shoot all kinds of porn stuff and the audience would still think it’s you.

John Malkovich or Johnny Depp?
I’ve worked with both so could I choose both? They were both lovely and lived up to every fantastical expectation I had of them.

The X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing?
X Factor. I like the auditions at the beginning the best. The delusion is hilarious.

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