Sophie Winkleman

Sophie Lara Winkleman (born 5 August 1980)[citation needed] is an English actress. She is also known as Lady Frederick Windsor as she is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

Sophie Winkleman
Born (1980-08-05) 5 August 1980 (age 41)
Other namesLady Frederick Windsor
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
(m. 2009)
RelativesClaudia Winkleman (paternal half-sister)
House of Windsor (by marriage)

Early lifeEdit

Winkleman was born in Primrose Hill, London.[1] Her father, Barry Winkleman, published the Times Atlas of World History,[2] and her mother is the children's author Cindy Black, and her half-sister by her father's first marriage is the television presenter Claudia Winkleman. Sophie Winkleman was educated at the City of London School for Girls and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where she studied English literature.[3] She joined the Cambridge Footlights and wrote and performed in the comic revue Far Too Happy, which toured Britain for three months and gained the troupe's first Perrier Award nomination in 20 years.[4] She joined the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in 1997.[3][5] She is also a soprano, reprising her singing in the First Love series for Sky Arts.[6] She is of Jewish descent.[7]



Winkleman's credits include recurring roles in series including Big Suze in Peep Show,[8] numerous roles in Harry & Paul,[9] Joely in White Teeth,[10] Fiona in The Trial of Tony Blair,[11] Abby in Plus One,[12] Katerina in Red Dwarf: Back to Earth,[13] Donna in Lead Balloon,[14] Prudence in Keen Eddie, Elle Kensington in Chasing Alice, Regan Peverill in the pilot episode of Lewis, Angela Warren in Agatha Christie's Poirot (in the episode "Five Little Pigs"), Princess Eleanor in The Palace,[15] Ghislaine in Robin Hood,[16] Alice Shadwell in Dalziel and Pascoe, Ann Hamilton in Death in Paradise,[17] Jill in TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, Sharon Kirby in CSI Miami[18] and Dorothy Gibson in Titanic.[19]

Winkleman was nominated for Best Newcomer by the BBC for her performance as Clara Gold in Waking the Dead.[5][20] Winkleman made her debut on American television as the star of the NBC sitcom 100 Questions as main character Charlotte Payne[21] and also appeared as a recurring guest on the hit series Two and a Half Men as Zoey, the British girlfriend of Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher).[22]


Winkleman's numerous roles while at Cambridge University included the Bride in García Lorca's Blood Wedding,[23] which toured the amphitheatres of Greece, Elizabeth in Six Degrees of Separation,[23] which played at the Edinburgh Festival, Abigail in Arthur Miller's The Crucible,[18] Dockdaisy in Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,[23] Kate in Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions,[23] Madame de Merteuil in Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses[23] and Fraulein Kost in Kander and Ebb's Cabaret all at the ADC. Winkleman's stage career after Cambridge includes a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she played Veronique in Laurence Boswell's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast[18] and a summer in Bath with the Peter Hall Company playing a variety of roles including Archangela in Galileo's Daughter directed by Peter Hall,[24] a new play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Violet in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman directed by Peter Hall,[23] and Charlotte in Molière's Don Juan, directed by Thea Sharrock.[23] In 2012 she played Helena in Eric Idle's musical What About Dick at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, alongside Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand and Billy Connolly.[25]


Winkleman's film credits include the lead roles in the films Shattered and Love Live Long, written and directed by Mike Figgis.[23] Winkleman also played the comic role of Debbie Levine in Pathe's romantic comedy Suzie Gold and the older Susan Pevensie in the Disney film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[18] Other film roles include the leads in the shorts Seared, Love Letters, and The Lost Domain, a cinematic take on Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, and Post, directed by Debs Gardner-Paterson.[23]


Winkleman is a regular in BBC Radio 4 comedy and drama. She is among the cast of comedy programmes such as Marcus Brigstocke's Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off, and such afternoon plays as Tea for Two.[23][26] She played Polly Pot in P.G. Wodehouse's Uncle Fred in the Springtime with Alfred Molina and Rufus Sewell, Gloria in Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, and Zoe in Alan Ayckbourn's Henceforward, alongside Jared Harris, all for Radio 4.[23] She also played the role of Sasha in Von Ribbentrop's Watch, a historical drama, Anna Freud in the play Dr. Freud Will See You Now, Mrs. Hitler, by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, and the Amazon warrior princess Penthiselea alongside Alistair McGowan and Stephen Mangan in the Radio 4 comic fantasy series ElvenQuest, by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.[23] She has also starred in several Doctor Who plays for Radio 4.

Personal lifeEdit

Winkleman married Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, in Hampton Court Palace on 12 September 2009. By virtue of her marriage, she became entitled to be styled as Lady Frederick Windsor, but continues to use her own name in her professional career.[27] On 15 August 2013, the couple had a daughter, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina, who was born at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, and is the first grandchild of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.[28] Their second child, daughter Isabella Alexandra May, was born on 16 January 2016 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.[29]

On 3 December 2017, it was reported that Winkleman had been seriously injured in a head-on car crash, suffering a broken back and foot. She was a back-seat passenger in a chauffeur-driven car when another vehicle struck her car after swerving to avoid a deer. It was reported that she would not suffer long-term problems, but faced weeks of recuperation.[30]

In June 2020, it was announced that she was the new Royal Patron of the Children's Surgery Foundation.[31] The following month, it was announced that she would be the first female and newest patron of School-Home Support.[32]



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  2. ^ Catherine O'Brien, "Sophie Strikes Gold", You Magazine, 24 February 2004 quoted at Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Code Promo Betfirst 2019: CASHMAX – Profitez des meilleurs bonus". Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Interview with Tim Key " The Tab –http://". 9 May 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Sophie Winkleman". United Agents. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Sophie Winkleman". United Agents. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  7. ^ "JUF : Tweens : Celebrities : Sophie Winkleman".
  8. ^ Walker, Tim (3 September 2013). "Sophie Winkleman: I wanted to break my husband's hands off during labour". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Harry & Paul". BBC. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Sophie Winkleman". Jewish United Fund. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  11. ^ "The 5-minute Interview: Sophie Winkleman, Actress". The Independent. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Plus One". Channel 4. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  13. ^ Morgan, Clive (4 October 2009). "Red Dwarf blasts off with new series". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Lead Balloon". BBC. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  15. ^ Walker, Tim (31 March 2009). "A revealing tale of two faiths for Lord Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Sophie Winkleman List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  17. ^ Graham, Alison. "Death in Paradise". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d "An Interview with Actress and Writer Sophie Winkleman at Soho House, LA". Arteviste. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  19. ^ Bowater, Donna (16 March 2012). "Titanic series will be the next Downton Abbey, says Sophie Winkleman". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Waking the Dead". BBC. 4 November 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  21. ^ "True to Formula: NBC's '100 Questions'". The Washington Post. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  22. ^ Walker, Tim (7 July 2012). "Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men co-star Sophie Winkleman tells of tears on set of her new comedy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Sophie Winkleman". United Agents. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  24. ^ Walker, Lynne (22 July 2004). "Galileo's Daughter, Theatre Royal, Bath". The Independent. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  25. ^ Weston, Jay (27 April 2012). "Eric Idle's What About Dick Plays Limited Engagement With All-Star Cast!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  27. ^ Huffington, Arianna. London Diary: Gordon Brown's Obsessions, The Loyal Opposition's Cuddly Karl Rove, Bad Germs, and the Most Unusual Royal Honeymoon Ever, HuffPost, 2 July 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  28. ^ Agencies, Hayley Dixon and (16 August 2013). "Prince and Princess Michael of Kent's first grandchild is named 'Maud'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  29. ^ "Isabella Windsor christened at Kensington Palace in the same gown worn by Princess Charlotte". Hello. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  30. ^ "Claudia Winkleman's royal actress sister 'seriously injured in head-on crash'". 3 December 2017. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  31. ^ "Lady Frederick Windsor becomes royal patron of The Children's Surgery Foundation". Royal Central.
  32. ^ "School-Home Support | Announcing our newest patron, Lady Sophie Windsor". School-Home Support.

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