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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

The Spotlight Project - Sophie Thompson

A series of portraits where I reunite actors with their first ever headshot.

Sophie Thompson is hilarious. From the moment she opened the front door until she closed it behind me as I left she didn't stop talking, laughing and making me feel very welcome. Until recently Sophie was the kind of actress you might have seen stealing a scene or two in an English comedy or you might simply know of her as 'Emma Thompson's sister' but a cracking storyline in EastEnders (the only way to get more work nowadays or a berth on Celebrity Morris Dancing On Ice) has changed all that, casting her as a nasty piece of work for a change. What she has in spades is a wicked self-deprecating humour which was perfect for my purposes and meant that we had a lot of fun with the shoot.

It's always a slightly nerve wracking experience doing something like this especially given the one-shot nature of this particular project. If I don't get the shot, we can't exactly go back and act all surprised again. That might sound like a slightly absurd statement about photographing actors but the whole point was to capture them not acting, but reacting. Anyway, when your subject is relaxed it makes the whole experience much more pleasant. For those of you wondering; yes, that is a nose-stud back in the past (and still today in fact). Click on any image to see a larger version.







Click here to see other portraits from The Spotlight Project.

5 comments:

Lucia Keenan 27 February 2008 at 22:59  

I have always been and am still in love with Sophie.

Anonymous,  26 September 2008 at 14:05  

I LOVE SOPHIE THOMPSON,ALWAYS HAVE AND NOT A DAY PASTS BY WHEN I DON'T THINK ABOUT HER!

Anonymous,  26 September 2008 at 14:52  

Sophie is such a talented actress!
Both on stage and on screen,Sophie always catches my attention and my heart.
Her performance in EastEnders had me along with millions of other viewers
completely gripped by her outstanding work.
This woman has me glued to the screen everytime she comes on and these pictures just show how much natural beauty she has.
Love you Sophie and keep up all your good work! Love your biggest fan***

Anonymous,  5 April 2009 at 19:14  

Sophie, i hope you read this...
You ARE AMAZING!
I would LOVE to work with you one day!
xxxxx

Anonymous,  21 June 2009 at 19:02  

I watched Emma 2 weeks ago and was struck by her performance as Miss. Bates. Quickly found out what else she has been in and have watched eveything I can get my hands on she has been in which is kinda hard here in the United States. She is very talented and I can't wait to see what else she is in.

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