Sophie Anna Ward is an English stage and screen actress, and a writer of non-fiction and fiction. As an actress, she played Elizabeth Hardy, the female lead in Barry Levinson's Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), and in other feature film roles including in Cary Joji Fukunaga's period drama Jane Eyre (2011), and Jane Sanger's horror feature, Swiperight (2020). On television she played Dr Helen Trent/Walker in British police drama series Heartbeat from 2004 to 2006, the character Sophia Byrne in the series Holby City from 2008 to 2010, the role of Lady Ellen Hoxley in the series Land Girls from 2009 to 2011, and that of Lady Verinder in the mini-series The Moonstone (2016), earning her an RTS-best actress award for Land Girls in 2009. She has had many other roles on stage and in short and feature films, including in the 1982 Academy Award-winning best short film, A Shocking Accident.Ward returned to higher education, earning a doctorate from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2019, in English and Comparative Literature, focusing on the intersection between literature and philosophy, including the use of narrative and thought experiments in philosophy, the philosophy of mind in particular. She has written for The Guardian, The Times, and The Spectator, won the 2018 Royal Academy Pin Drop Award for her short story "Sunbed", and had her first novel, Love and Other Thought Experiments (2020) longlisted for both the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Booker Prize in its publication year. She divides time with her wife, Korean-American poet and writer, Rena Brannan, between England and the United States.