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Lady Penelope leaves her pink Rolls behind as she goes on a backpacking adventure

from The Daily Mail (UK) / by Richard Kay

Unlike her on-screen alter ego Lady Penelope – who is driven everywhere by her chauffeur Parker in a pink Rolls-Royce – Thunderbirds star Sophia Myles is disillusioned with the material things of life.

For the pretty young actress is leaving behind her comfortable life in London for a backpacking adventure across South-East Asia.

‘I have ticked a lot of those material aspiration boxes – I’ve been in big movies, I’ve bought a house. But at the end of the day inner peace is the most important thing,’ says vicar’s daughter Sophia, 29, who appeared in the 2004 Thunderbirds film and has dated both Dr Who star David Tennant, 38, and actor Charles Dance, 62.

‘I’m going backpacking to Thailand on my own, and I hope to get across to Cambodia. I haven’t planned anything. I’ve just booked a ticket, and I’ll see what happens.

‘I would have been quite scared to do it ten years ago, but now is the time. I’m doing it on my own. It could be a really liberating adventure.’

As Parker might have said, it sounds F. A. B., m’lady

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5 minutes with… Sophia Myles

from Belfast Telegraph & Tiscali.co.uk

British actress Sophia Myles rose to fame with parts in the films Underworld, Thunderbirds and Tristan + Isolde, and has also appeared in Doctor Who.

The 29-year-old, who lives in London, stars in sci-fi epic Outlander, which is released on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 31 by Momentum Pictures.

She is also in paranormal TV series Moonlight, which can be seen on Virgin 1.

TELL US ABOUT OUTLANDER – WHAT’S YOUR CHARACTER FREYA LIKE?

She’s a Viking warrior princess, she wears a lot of leather and a lot of fur, and she knows how to fight like a man.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH JOHN HURT?

Oh, it was a privilege. To be in the same room as John Hurt was a privilege in itself, but to be then shooting scenes with him was just… he’s a legend.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING ABOUT THE SHOOT?

I loved being in Canada. The people are so nice, and just to be in such remote places like Newfoundland and working in Halifax was amazing. And also there were so many handsome men as well.

IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU MADE IT?

I feel like it was three, maybe four years ago. It was the winter before I went to America. I think we shot it at the end of 2006, the start of 2007. It’s the job I had before Moonlight.

MOONLIGHT SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT RATINGS WINNER. WERE YOU AMAZED IT GOT AXED?

It was definitely a shock because we all thought we were going to go into another year, but everything happens for a reason and you’ve just got to go with the flow. It was a great experience and I loved every second of it.

WAS IT FUN PLAYING LADY PENELOPE IN THE THUNDERBIRDS MOVIE?

That was one of the most magical times. When I look back with hindsight, making that was one of the best film-making experiences I’ve ever had. A magical, magical summer and it was such a blessing. I’m still in touch with a lot of people from it too. Ron Cook, who plays Parker, lives up the road from me. I love the fact that the kids loved it so much, too.

YOU STARRED IN ONE OF THE BEST DOCTOR WHO EPISODES, GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE. WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIES OF THAT?

That again was a really special one, too. Like Thunderbirds, Doctor Who is such an iconic show, so it’s a real honour to be asked to be a part of anything like that. It’s historic Doctor Who, and again because the British public love it so much and I grew up with that when I was a kid – I was honoured to be picked to play the soulmate of the Doctor.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE ROLE OVER THE YEARS?

I really would struggle to pick one role because each film is like a different adventure. Each film-making experience is unique in its own way.

IS THERE ANY TRUTH IN THE RUMOUR YOU’RE GOING TO STAR IN A FILM CALLED BUDDHA’S LITTLE FINGER?

No, I’d agreed to make that years and years ago and then it never got made. I know it’s still on the Internet Movie Database that I’m making it, but I’m not. I haven’t even come close to beginning to make that.

FINALLY, DO YOU HAVE ANY ASPIRATIONS FOR STAGE WORK?

I would like to, at some point. I’m quite shy of large groups of people or public speaking, so it would definitely be a challenge. I know it’s still acting but it’s like the difference between, say, painting in watercolour and painting in oils. It’s a totally different technique.

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Sophia Myles pleased to be back

from The Press Association (UK)

Sophia Myles has admitted she’s pleased to be back in the UK.

The British actress had a starring role in US TV series Moonlight, but when the show was axed she returned home.

“I’m very glad to be back home in England,” she confessed. “I was living over there for two years doing the show and I honestly didn’t realise how patriotic I am.”

She added: “When I was little I used to have this big American dream that I’m going to live in America and it’ll be fabulous. Then when I was there I just realised how much I love London and England.

“LA’s a fantastic city to be in when you’re employed, but I find it utterly depressing to hang around there unemployed.”

:: Sophia’s latest film, the sci-fi epic Outlander, is released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 31 from Momentum Pictures.

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Sophia needs some work

from Teletext.co.uk / Showbiz Spy

Actress Sophia Myles, star of sci-fi epic Outlander, has told me about what she’s got in the pipeline.

“I have nothing in the pipeline. I never have anything in the pipeline. I’m always envious of people that have things in the pipeline,” she laughed.

“I always kind of wing it for one gig to the next. I work, then I’m unemployed,” she added. Hey, if you’re stuck for work Sophia, give me a call.

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