Meet Sophie-Anna Brough from New Romney
PUBLISHED: 11:21 14 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:21 14 June 2014
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The actor and model turned fashion designer and novelist
Tell us about yourself
My name is Sophie-Anna Brough, I’m 20 years old and live in New Romney opposite the beach in Littlestone.
I attended Ashford School from the age of five through to 18, when I completed my A-Levels. On finishing my secondary education, I went onto study Fashion and Textiles at the University Of Kent.
I am an only child living at home with my parents, who support me tremendously in all my achievements.
What are you doing now?
From a young age I studied with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) from grade one to eight (gold medal), starting with many castings and many disappointments, but I was determined to never give up on my dreams.
I landed my first job at the age of 16 as a supporting artist in Captain America, which was followed by TV commercials for Lenovo, Reebok, Horrible Histories, Morrisons, Chrysler, Microsoft and many more. I also worked on films with Angelina Jolie in Maleficient (released this July) as a countess, and I was made into 3D and given a speaking role with Gary Daniels in The Expendables.
I have also filmed Downton Abbey, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I loved the outfit I got to wear and meeting Lily James just topped of my day!
I have also done a scene as a ball guest in the new Disney Film Into The Woods with Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick. It was a night shoot at Dover Castle, which was just amazing.
Having always loved working with a camera and with a lifelong passion for photography, I started doing modelling work and got my first big job for Greene King’s advertisement for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
This led to modelling for the designer LULU LIU at London Fashion Week SS13 and I have since appeared in ASOS, Cosmopolitan, Elle Sweden and New York magazine The Cut.
I have always loved fashion and making clothes and have started my own fashion label, which I do at home in my own studio.
My collection is called S.A.H - The English Rose Collection and I have had my garments featured in Vogue Japan, H&M and many online blogs. I showcase my designs at London Fashion Week - Street Style, where I get lots of publicity. You can find the website for my collection at: http://sophiebrough1.wix.com/sahcollection
What are your ambitions?
I really want to pursue my love for acting - to be able to star in a period drama such as Downton Abbey or in a feature film would be fantastic. I would also love to pursue modelling and to have my fashion label established with stores all around Kent.
I would like to have my garments showcased on catwalks around the world, but to achieve this at London Fashion Week would be amazing. In October I go to Milan on a language course to learn Italian.
By being included in the Bright Young Thing feature I hope to inspire young people like me who live in Kent that if you work hard, anything is possible.
What’s the best thing about Kent?
The best thing about living in Kent is that it is great for being near the High-Speed link for getting into London for my work. It has some fantastic places to visit, for example Leeds Castle and the Turner Contemporary in Margate, plus many beautiful beaches and bird reserves, including unique places like Dungeness, which is great for both my photography and filming.
Any other hobbies and interests?
Along with acting, modelling and fashion, I love to write, read, take photographs and play tennis.
What was the last book you read?
I am writing my first novel at the moment, which I was inspired to write by a house called ‘Prospect’, and I am currently reading a book called The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne. n