Sophie Ward

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Sophie Ward
File:Sophie Ward.jpg
Born (1964-12-30) 30 December 1964 (age 54)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Paul Hobson (m. 1988; div. 1996)
Rena Brannan (m. 2014)
Children 2

Sophie Ward (born 30 December 1964), is an English actress and the daughter of late actor Simon Ward. Her screen roles include that of Elizabeth Hardy, the beautiful, ill-fated true love of Sherlock Holmes in the film Young Sherlock Holmes.


Ward started work as an actress when she was aged 10,[1] and has worked all over the world in film, television and theatre. She trained as a dancer under world famous ballerina Merle Park. One of Ward's early film roles was in the film Young Sherlock Holmes directed by Barry Levinson. Other early films included Full Circle, Return to Oz, Little Dorrit and A Summer Story, and she also portrayed the dancing love object in Roxy Music's video "Avalon".

During the 1990s she turned her acting energies to stagework, with considerable acclaim and success. She has appeared in several Glasgow Citizens' Theatre productions including Private Lives (as Amanda), Don Carlos (as Queen Elizabeth) and most strikingly in Hamlet as Ophelia. In 2006 she produced and starred in Henry Green's Nothing which had its US premier at the 59E59 Theatre in New York for the Brits Off Broadway Festival.

Her most recent films are Out of Bounds (2003), in which she co-stars with Sophia Myles and Celia Imrie, and Book of Blood (2008), co-starring Jonas Armstrong and Reg Fuller. She also recently appeared in Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre (2011). She has worked with such film greats as Susan Sarandon in The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, Liv Ullmann in it directed by Mauro Bolognini, and Elizabeth Taylor in Young Toscanini directed by Franco Zefferili.

Her television work includes the acclaimed mini-series A Dark Adapted Eye with Helena Bonham Carter as the perfectly poised yet ultimately doomed Eden and the sweeping fantasy, Dinotopia. More recently, Sophie had the recurring role of Dr Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama Heartbeat. In 2008, Ward joined the cast of Holby City in a recurring role as Sophia Byrne, sister of surgeon Joseph Byrne.

Personal life

Ward has a first degree in Literature and Philosophy from the Open University.

She married veterinary surgeon Paul Hobson in 1988, and the couple have two sons, Nathanial (b.1989) and Joshua (b. 1993). They divorced in 1996 after Ward became involved with a female Korean-American writer, Rena Brannan, and came out as a lesbian.[2] Ward and Brannan made their first public commitment at the Groucho Club in 2000, then had a civil partnership ceremony in 2005, followed by marriage after it was legalised in 2014.[3][4]

Ward had long been considered a 'Face of the 1980s' as a Vogue model.[5]

Ward's sister, Kitty, is married to stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre.[6]




* Winner Best Actor (Female)

Guest appearances

Short films

* Oscar Best Short Film

Child performances


  1. "Actress Sophie Ward on Go Back for Murder at Oxford Playhouse". Oxford Times. Retrieved 9 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ciaran Brown meets actress Sophie Ward".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. BBC News online article - "In The Pink", dated 18 September 2000
  4. "Sophie Ward: How I raised my children with my wife".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Pogorzelski, Janina (1 September 2009), "Sophie Ward on mind-expanding sci-fi, adventure travel and why it's fabulous being in your 40s" (PDF), The Lady, p. 82, retrieved 1 April 2012<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. McIntyre speaks of his devastation at the death of his dad,; accessed 9 March 2015.

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