Who is Sophie Winkleman?
British actress Sophie Lara Winkleman was born in Primrose Hill, London, England, on 5 August 1980, making her zodiac sign Leo. She has 40 acting credits, and is perhaps still known best for portraying Older Susan in the 2005 adventure family fantasy movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, which starred Tilda Swinton and Georgie Henley, and was directed by Andrew Adamson. It follows four children who’ve found out that their wardrobe’s a magical portal to the land of Narnia; the movie won 18 of the 64 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar win for Best Achievement in Make-up.
Sophie’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Belgravia: The Next Chapter”.
Education and early life
Sophie was raised in Primrose Hill, alongside her older paternal half-sister Claudia Winkleman, by their mother Cindy Black, who’s a children’s author, and father Barry Winkleman who’s the author of “Times Atlas of World History”; Claudia’s today a popular TV presenter, film critic and radio personality.
Sophie studied at the City of London School for Girls, and it was during her time there that she became passionate about acting, and began appearing in school plays. She matriculated in 1998 then continued her education at Trinity Hall, Cambridge from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2002.
Sophie joined the Cambridge Footlights while attending college, and won a Perrier Award for her performance in “Far Too Happy”, the first for Cambridge Footlights in 20 years; she also joined the National Youth Theatre in 1997.
Roles in TV series
Sophie’s debut TV series role was playing Woman in Bank in the 2002 episode “The Killing House” of the action thriller “Ultimate Force”, and some of her following roles were in the comedy mini-series “White Teeth”, the crime mystery “Waking the Dead”, and the comedy “Keen Eddie”.
The year 2008 saw her play the lead character Princess Eleanor in all eight episodes of the drama “The Palace”, which also starred Rupert Evans and Sebastian Armesto, and was created by Tom Grieves. It follows the lives of members of a royal family. The remainder of the 2000s saw Sophie appear in an episode or two of the comedy “Plus One”, another comedy “The Kingdom”, and the science fiction comedy “Red Dwarf”.
In 2012, she portrayed Dorothy Gibson in all four episodes of the popular historical mini-series “Titanic”, which starred Steven Waddington and Peter McDonald, and follows the sinking of the once world’s largest ship Titanic; the mini-series won four of its 14 award nominations.
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Sophie’s also known for portraying Zoey in 18 episodes (2011-2015) of the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Two and a Half Men”, which starred Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones and Jon Cryer, and was created by Lee Aronsohn and Chuck Lorre. It follows the lives of two adult men and a 10 years old boy, the series aired from 2003 through 2015, and won 30 of the 103 awards for which it was nominated.
Some of Sophie’s most recent roles in TV series have been in four episodes of the 2020 crime mystery “C. B. Strike”, a 2022 episode of the biographical comedy “This Is Going to Hurt” and eight episodes of the 2023 romantic drama “Sanditon”.
Roles in movies
Sophie’s debut film role was portraying Elle Kensington in the 2003 mystery “Chasing Alice”, and some of her following roles were in the 2004 romantic comedy “Suzie Gold”, the 2004 musical comedy “AD/BC: A Rock Opera”, and the 2007 comedy “The Trial of Tony Blair”.
The year 2008 saw her star as Rachel in the 2008 drama “Love Live Long”, which also starred Daniel Lapaine and Rosey Chan, and was written and directed by Mike Figgis. It follows a British car racer who’s met a suicidal woman.
In 2012, Sophie portrayed Helena in the popular comedy “What About Dick?”, which starred Billy Connolly and Russell Brand, and was written and directed by Eric Idle; it follows the making of the first sex toy. This was also Sophie’s most recent film role.
Sophie wrote the 2011 short comedy movie “Love Letters”, and three episodes of the 2012 comedy series “Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul”.
She received special thanks for the 2009 documentary movie “Red Dwarf: The Making of ‘Back to Earth’” and the 2016 romantic crime movie “Frank & Lola”.
Some of Sophie’s most recent TV series roles have been in “Christmas University Challenge”, “Somebody Feed Phil” and “Lorraine”.
Awards and nominations
Sophie was nominated for a 2007 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series for “Peep Show”.
Love life and husband
Even though she became popular for her acting career, Sophie’s today also known for being married to Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; Sophie and Lord Frederick met while they were both attending the University of Cambridge, and they exchanged vows on 12 September 2009 at Hampton Court Palace.
Her full name’s thus Lady Frederick Windsor, but Sophie’s chosen to keep her former name for her professional career. She gave birth to their daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina on 15 August 2013, and their second daughter Isabella Alexandra May followed on 16 January 2016.
There are no other men whom Sophie’s perhaps been with, that we know about; she’s married to Lord Frederick Windsor as of September 2023, and they have two daughters together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Sophie was seriously injured in a car accident on 3 December 2017, when her car was struck by a driver who tried to avoid a deer; she suffered a broken back and foot, and it took her weeks to recover, but she didn’t suffer any long-term problems.
She’s a philanthropist ,and became a patron of the Children’s Surgery Foundation in June 2020; only a month later, Sophie became a patron of School-Home Support.
More than 5,000 people are following Sophie’s fan-launched Instagram page today, and there are nearly 150 pictures and videos uploaded onto it; most show her spending time with members of the British royal family.
Sophie’s into fashion, and goes shopping for clothes nearly every day.
She loves animals, and her favorites are horses.
One of her favorite actors is Sir David John White, aka David Jason, and some of her favorite TV series include “Only Fools and Horses”, “Open All Hours” and “A Touch of Frost”.
Appearance and net worth
Sophie’s age is 43. She has brown hair and eyes, weighs around 155lbs (70kgs), and is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall.
Sophie’s net worth’s been estimated at over $400,000, as of September 2023.