Miles, Sarah 1941–

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MILES, Sarah 1941


Born December 31, 1941, in Ingatestone, Essex, England; daughter of John (an engineer) and Vanessa Miles; sister of Christopher Miles (an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter); married Robert Bolt (a writer and director), 1967 (divorced, 1976), remarried Robert Bolt, 1988 (died, 1995); children: Thomas. Education: Studied for the theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London), 195658; also studied at Roedean School, Sussex, England, 195053.

Career: Actress, singer, and writer. National Theatre Company, performer in Shakespeare stage season, 198283.

Awards, Honors: Film Award nomination, most promising newcomer to leading film roles, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1963, for Term of Trial; Film Award nomination, best British actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1964, for The Servant; Golden Laurel Award nomination, new facesfemale, 1965; Academy Award nomination, best actress, Film Award nomination, best actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actressdrama, Golden Laurel second place, best dramatic performancefemale, 1971, all for Ryan's Daughter; Golden Globe Award nomination, 1977, best motion picture actress drama, for The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Film Award nomination, best actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1988, for Hope and Glory.


Stage Appearances:

Dazzling Prospect, Globe Theatre, London, 1961.

Anna Brierly, Kelly's Eye, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1963.

The Recruiting Officer, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, London, 19641965.

Hayfever, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 19641965.

Abigail Williams, The Crucible, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 19641965.

Marina Oswald, The Silence of Lee Harvey Oswald, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1966.

Woman, World War 2 1/2, New Theatre, London, 1966.

Mary, Queen of Scots, Vivat! Vivat Regina! Chichester Festival, Chichester, England, 1967, then Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1970.

Title role, Saint Joan, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970.

Sabina, The Skin of Our Teeth, Ahmanson Theatre, 1974.

Sarah Miles Is Me, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1978.

Tilly, Asylum, Lyric (Hammersmith), London, 1988.

Also appeared in The Reluctant Debutante and The Moon Is Blue, in repertory at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, England.

Film Appearances:

Shirley Taylor, Term of Trial, Romulus Films, 1962.

Vera, The Servant, Elstree/Springbok Films, 1963.

Catherine, The Ceremony, United Artists, 1963.

SixSided Triangle (short film), Lion International, 1963.

Patricia Rawnsley, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (also known as Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1965.

Cass, I Was Happy Here (also known as Time Lost and Time Remembered and Passage of Love ), Partisan Films, 1965.

Patricia, Blow Up (also known as Blowup and Blow Up ), MetroGoldwynMayer, 1966.

Rosy Ryan, Ryan's Daughter, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1970.

Title role, Lady Caroline Lamb (also known as Peccato d'amore ), EMI/GEC/Pulsar/Video Cinematographica Films, 1972.

The Films of Robert Bolt, Solus Enterprises, 1972.

Lady Franklin, The Hireling, Columbia, 1973.

Catherine, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1973.

Title role, Bride to Be (also known as Pepita Jimenez ), 1974.

Anne Osbourne, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, AvcoEmbassy, 1976.

Charlotte Sternwood, The Big Sleep, United Artists, 1978.

Film star, Priest of Love, Filmways, 1981.

Dr. Marion Stowe, Venom, Paramount, 1982.

Mary Durrant, Ordeal by Innocence, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1984.

Sarah, Steaming, Columbia, 1985.

Grace Rohan, Hope and Glory, Columbia, 1987.

Alice de Janze, White Mischief, Columbia, 1987.

Helena Kesdi, The Silent Touch (also known as The Touch, Beroeringen, and Dotkniecie Reki ), LIVE Home Video, 1993.

I giorni dell'amore e dell'odio (also known as Days of Grace and The Days of Rage: Cefalonia ), 2001.

Martina, Jurji, Key Films Distributors Ltd., 2001.

The Accidental Detective, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Estella, Great Expectations, NBC, 1974.

June, Walter and June (also known as Loving Walter ), 1983.

Aunt Emilie, A Ghost in Monte Carlo (also known as Ein Phantom in Monte Carlo ), TNT, 1990.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jennifer Blackwood, James Michener's Dynasty (also known as Dynasty and The Americans ), 1976.

Lady Ashley, Harem, ABC, 1986.

Lady Sybil, Queenie, ABC, 1987.

Katherine Armstrong, "Dandelion Dead," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, The 43rd Annual Academy Awards, 1971.

"Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Requiem for a Nun," Hollywood Television Theater, PBS, 1975.

"Chicago: Another Chance," Lottery (also known as Lottery! ), ABC, 1984.

Herself, Clive Anderson Talks Back, 1994.

Television Appearances; Others:

Appeared in The Rehearsal and Ring 'round the Moon.



Charlemagne, 1992.

Solo Shows:

Sarah Miles Is Me, produced at American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1978.


A Right Royal Bastard, 1993.

Serves Me Right, Macmillan, 1994.

Bolt from the Blue, 1996.


Beautiful Morning, Orion, 1998.



Mademoiselle, September, 1988, p. 92.

People Weekly, November 23, 1987, pp. 7378.