British Celebrity Spotlight | Eve Myles
Eve Myles (born 8 July 1978 in Ystradgynlais, Powys), is a Welsh actress of stage and screen. She is most well known for playing lead character, ex-police officer Gwen Cooper in the Doctor Who spin-off program Torchwood, and Ceri Lewis/Owen in Belonging.
Born in Ystradgynlais, Myles attended the Ysgol Maes Y Dderwen school in the same class as fellow actor Steve Meo. After training as an actress and completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, she graduated in 2000 and moved to London.
In 2001, Myles undertook a role in the television film Score and the TV mini-series Tales from Pleasure Beach. From 2000 she took the lead role of Ceri in the BBC Wales drama Belonging.
From 2003, Myles based herself in Stratford upon Avon, initially playing Lavinia in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Titus Andronicus. In 2005, she appeared opposite Michael Gambon in Henry IV, Part I and II at the National Theatre.
Myles had a significant part as a stable girl in the BBC TV series Trainer, and reappeared in the BBC short film Colditz in 2005. The role led to her taking a supporting role in the Doctor Who episode “The Unquiet Dead,” where by she was spotted by producer Russell T Davies who commented that: “It just confirmed to me that she was one of Wales’ best-kept secrets.” Consequently Davies wrote the part of Gwen in Torchwood specifically for Myles. “It’s beyond flattering. It’s my own personal Oscar, that Davies wrote the part for me,” says Eve. The role resulted in her moving back home to Wales. Myles describes her character, Gwen as Torchwood’s ‘Social Worker’, “She’s a social worker that can run and fight and stand in her own corner and win.” Eve also appeared in the Series four finale of Doctor Who, alongside Torchwood co-stars John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd.
Eve Myles also appeared in the first episode of Merlin, called The Dragon’s Call where she played Lady Helen and Mary Collins, a witch who impersonated her, and in Little Dorrit, where she played Maggy.
In July 2010, Myles announced she would appear in an original BBC Cymru Wales TV series, Baker Boys, co-written by Helen Raynor and Gary Owen.
Myles is also due to come back in the upcoming return of Torchwood, the new season titled Torchwood: The New World airing on BBC Worldwide and US premium television network Starz.
Myles lives with her long-time partner, Bradley Freegard, and announced that she was pregnant in May 2009. On November 10 2009 Myles gave birth to a daughter, Matilda Myles Freegard. Filming Torchwood will see the actress relocate to the Hollywood Hills: “literally underneath the Hollywood sign”
In 2007 Eve Myles won a BAFTA Cymru Best Actress award for her portrayal of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood, a role she also received BAFTA Cymru nominations for in 2008 and 2010. In 2002 and 2003, Myles was nominated for Best Actress in the BAFTA Cymru Awards for her role as Ceri on the BBC Wales drama Belonging.
In 2010 Eve won the ‘Best Actress” award in the SFX Reader’s awards poll and also best actress at the eleventh annual Portal Awards.
Myles also regularly ranks highly in the Western Mail’s annual list of the 50 sexiest women in Wales. In 2005, The Western Mail ranked Myles seventh whilst she ranked fifth in 2008, 7th in 2009, and 8th in 2010. In 2006, Wales on Sunday named Myles as its “Bachelorette of the Year.”
In 2010 Eve was honoured with a fellowship from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.