Sophie Ward

Sophie Anna Ward (born 30 December 1964) is an English actress. Early in her career she played Elizabeth Hardy, the love interest of Sherlock Holmes in the film Young Sherlock Holmes.

Sophie Ward
Sophie Anna Ward

(1964-12-30) 30 December 1964
Years active1974–present
Paul Hobson
(m. 1988; div. 1996)

Rena Brannan (m. 2014)


Born in Hammersmith, Ward is the eldest of the three daughters of Alexandra (née Malcolm) and actor Simon Ward.[1]

Ward started work as an actress when she was aged 10,[2]and has worked in film, television and theatre. She trained as a dancer under 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 playing beautiful princess Mombi II, Little Dorrit and A Summer Story, and she also portrayed a dancer in Roxy Music's music video "Avalon".

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.

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 Susan Sarandon in The Hunger directed by Tony Scott, Liv Ullmann in A Time of Indifference directed by Mauro Bolognini and Elizabeth Taylor in Young Toscanini directed by Franco Zefferili.

Her television work includes the mini-series A Dark Adapted Eye with Helena Bonham Carter and the fantasy, Dinotopia. More recently, Sophie had the recurring role of Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama Heartbeat. In 2008, Ward joined the cast of Holby City in a recurring role as Sophia Byrne.

Personal life

Ward has a 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 Korean-American writer, Rena Brannan, and came out as a lesbian.[3] Ward and Brannan had a civil partnership ceremony in 2005, followed by marriage after it was legalised in 2014.[4][5]

Ward had long been considered a 'Face of the 1980s' as a Vogue model.[6]

Ward's sister, Kitty, is married to stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre.[7]




* Winner Best Actor (Female)

Guest appearances

Short films

  • "Avalon" - 1982, music video for Roxy Music
  • A Shocking Accident* - 1982
  • Rock-a-bye Baby - 1983
  • A Prayer for the Dying - 1984
  • The Malady - 1985
  • Chinese Whispers - 1998
  • Extras - 2002
  • Bubblegum - 2004
  • Missing Link - 2009
  • David Rose - 2011

* Oscar Best Short Film

Child performances

  • The Chester Mysteries - 1974
  • Shadows (The Other Window) - 1975
  • Full Circle (The Haunting of Julia US) - 1975
  • The Copter Kids - 1976
  • Ibsen: The Wild Duck - 1977
  • The Brensham People - 1977
  • Too Old to Fight - 1980
  • The Lords of Discipline - 1983
  • The Hunger - 1983


  1. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. "Actress Sophie Ward on Go Back for Murder at Oxford Playhouse". Oxford Times. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  3. "Sophie Ward: Our kids have two mums". The Guardian. 5 June 2017.
  4. "BBC News - UK - Gay marriage: In the pink".
  5. "Sophie Ward: How I raised my children with my wife".
  6. 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
  7. McIntyre speaks of his devastation at the death of his dad,; accessed 9 March 2015.

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