Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson - Updated Mar 2023

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Updated On March 26, 2023

Sophie Thompson is a popular British actress, model, theatre artist, and comedian. Sophie Thompson is best known for appearing in soap operas such as “EastEnders” and “Coronation Street.”

Early Life and Childhood

Sophie Thompson came to the world on the 20th of January 1962, in Hampstead, London, England. According to her date of birth date, she is 61 years old and holds British nationality.

In addition, she has a birth sign of Aquarius and believes in Christianity religion. Moreover, she belongs to the English ethnicity. Looking at her parents, she is the daughter of Eric Thompson (father) and Phyllida Law (mother).

Professionally, her father was a writer/actor best known for narrating/writing the children’s series ‘The Magic Roundabout.’ While her mother was a popular actor who was best known as the first presenter of a ‘BBC’ broadcast show titled ‘Play School.’ She grew up with her older sister, Emma Thompson, who ended up becoming a screenwriter and an actor.

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Caption: Sophie Thompson’s old photo with her parent and sister (Source: Daily Mail)


Talking about her academic background, she completed her graduation from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. Later, she might have completed her graduation from a local university.

Initially, she was not interested in performance arts, but she did theater at a tender age. When she was just 15 years old, she had already started auditioning for TV and film roles.

Professional Career

Regarding her acting career, Sophie Thompson made her acting debut in 1978, with a small role as a teenager named Penelope in five episodes of the series named “A Traveller in Time.”

Afterward, she made a small guest appearance in the 1980 series, “Hammer House of Horror.” After two years, she made her big screen debut with a small role as a mission girl in the British comedy “The Missionary.”

She made a long break and made her comeback with guest roles in single episodes of series such as “Casualty,” “Boon,” and “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes” in the late 1980s and the early 1990s.

In the 1991 drama film “Twenty-One” she played the role of Francesca. This movie was a huge critical success and was showcased at the ‘Sundance Film Festival,’ where it won the ‘Grand Jury Prize.’

Moreover, she made her big breakthrough happened in 1994 when she appeared in one of the lead roles in the comedy series “Nelson’s Column.” Due to poor reviews and ratings, the series was canceled after two seasons.

In 1994, she made her big breakthrough after appearing in  a supporting role in the British comedy film “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” It was a huge global success and also became the highest-grossing British film back then.

Later, she appeared in the supporting role of Mary Musgrove in the 1995 British period drama “Persuas.” This film earned positive reviews and was also a box-office success.

Other television and movies works

Later, she played Miss Bates in the 1996 film “Emma,” based on the Jane Austen classic of the same title. In the 1998 period film “Dancing at Lughnasa” she played the role of Rose Mundy.

She played key roles in films such as “Relative Values” (2000), “Gosford Park” (2001), and “Nicholas Nickelby” (2002). She played the lead role of Tracey in the 2004 film “Fat Slags” which was based on popular comic-strip characters.

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Caption: Sophie Thompson played the recurring role of Rosemary Piper in Coronation Street (Source: Digital Spy)

Moreover, she appeared as Stella Crawford, a negative role in the long-running British soap opera named “EastEnders” (2006-2007). Thompson played small/supporting roles in many TV series in 2009 such as “Doc Martin” and “May Contain Nuts.”

Meanwhile, she played Sheila in the British comedy television series “Detectorists” in 2014-2015 and 2017. In 2018, she played the recurring role of Rosemary Piper in the soap opera “Coronation Street.”

Her recent television appearance was as Carol Iglehart in the 2021 Netflix series “Sex Education.” She has appeared in supporting roles in films such as ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- 1″ (2010), “That Day We Sang” (2014), “Viking” (2015), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2018), and “Present Laughter” (2019).

Thompson is also active in theater and has worked in plays such as “Hamlet” (1988), “Into the Woods”(1998-1999), “Wildest Dreams” (1993-1994), “Guys and Dolls”(2015-2016), and “Present Laughter” (2019).


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Caption: Sophie Thompson with her award (Source:

Till now, this British actress has won six awards and six nominations. In 1997, she won the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Female (UK). Critics Choice Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, Online Film Critics Society Award, Satellite Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award are the awards that she won in the year 2002 and shared with her co-stars.

Sophie Thompson – Net Worth 2023

Mostly, she makes money through her television, films, and theatre works. Working in the entertainment industry for over three decades, she has collected a huge sum of money. Her net worth is around $20 million as of 2023, and her salary is yet to be revealed.

Relationship Status

Talking about her personal life, Sophie Thompson is a divorced woman. Back in 1995, she married Richard Lumsden who is an English actor by profession. With the marriage, they have two children, Ernie James Lumsden, and Walter Eric Lumsden.

After having a marital relationship for over 20 years, the couple divorced in 2015. This British actress has not been a part of any scandals or controversy and has maintained a good image in public.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Sophie Thompson posing for a photo (Source: The Times)

Following her body stats, she stands 5 feet 5 inches tall (1.67 m) and weighs around 62 kg (136 lbs). In addition, she has green eyes with blonde hair color and her other body stats are still unclear at the moment.

Sophie Thompson – Social Media

Meanwhile, this British actress is not active on any kinds of social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It seems, this celeb likes to live a private life and does not like to share her personal information in public.