Sophie Evans is a Welsh singer and actress probably best known for her role in the British production of “The Wizard of Oz” and the film “The World’s End.”
Born and raised in Wales, Sophie Evans began singing as soon as she could speak. She became a star in 2010 (when she was just 17) when she appeared on the BBC One talent show “Over the Rainbow,” which followed Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s journey to find a Dorothy for his production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
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Though she didn’t win, she landed as runner-up. Still, a special role was created for her to star in the show for one night a week. That once-a-week role lead to an entire year as the show’s lead until the production closed. “I never got sick of Dorothy…I doubt I’ll ever get sick of it.”
Sophie Evans said, “From a very, very young age I’ve always wanted to be on stage, but there’s such a lot of competition…so I was always realistic as well.” She had taken part in The X Factor auditions when she was 15, but said it was “not quite me.”
After "The Wizard of Oz," she landed on “The World’s End.” She said, “I was a massive fan of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz,’ so I was over the moon when I was chosen for the role. I went through four rounds of auditions – it was quite a grueling process.”
In an interview with walesonline.co.uk, Sophie Evans said she was initially worried about her parent’s reaction to her role in the film. “It’s miles away from The Wizard of Oz, poles apart from Dorothy. The character I play in The World’s End is quite seductive.” She said her mother thought it was great and funny.
As for her career as both a singer and actress, she said, “It’s nice to go back to singing, but I do love the acting, too. Variety is the spice of life as far as I’m concerned – I don’t want to be a one-trick pony.”
Sophie Evans would love to “play a tougher girl, a villain, or even a Bond girl. Oh, I would love to be a Bond girl. I want to be the first Bond girl who also sings the theme tune. It’s never happened before, but I could do it.”
Sophie Evans has been romantically linked with Cardiff Blues rugby player Ellis Jenkins. She resides in London, England.