Sarah Miles

Actor, Author, Singer
As talented as she was unconventional, British Actress Sarah Miles rose to the forefront of the British New Wave movement in films opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Shaw, and under such renowned directors as ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1941 in Essex, England, GB


Actor (32)

Poirot: The Hollow 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Jurij 2000 (Movie)

Isabelle's Boss (Actor)

The Silent Touch 1993 (Movie)

Helena Kesdi (Actor)

Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

Alice De Fanze (Actor)

Hope and Glory 1987 (Movie)

Grace Rohan (Actor)

Steaming 1986 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Ordeal By Innocence 1985 (Movie)

Mary Durrant (Actor)

Loving Walter 1982 (Movie)

June (Actor)

Priest of Love 1981 (Movie)

Film Star (Actor)

Venom 1980 (Movie)

Dr Marion Stowe (Actor)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

Charlotte Regan Sternwood (Actor)

Great Expectations 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Pepita Jimenez 1975 (Movie)

Pepita Jimenez (Actor)

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea 1974 (Movie)

Anne Osborne (Actor)

Lady Caroline Lamb 1972 (Movie)

Lady Caroline Lamb (Actor)

The Hireling 1972 (Movie)


The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 1972 (Movie)

Catherine Crocker (Actor)

Ryan's Daughter 1970 (Movie)

Rose Ryan (Actor)

Blow-Up 1966 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

I Was Happy Here 1965 (Movie)

Cass (Actor)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965 (Movie)

Patricia Rawnsley (Actor)

The Ceremony 1963 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Term of Trial 1962 (Movie)

Shirley Taylor (Actor)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Show)


Dandelion Dead (TV Show)


Harem (TV Show)


Queenie (TV Show)

Music (1)

White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

("The Alphabet Song") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

The Dana Carvey Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)



As talented as she was unconventional, British Actress Sarah Miles rose to the forefront of the British New Wave movement in films opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Shaw, and under such renowned directors as David Lean and Michelangelo Antonioni. She garnered critical acclaim in various London stage productions prior to miraculously landing her film debut as a co-star opposite her screen idol Olivier in the psycho-sexual drama "Term of Trial" (1962). Miles' torrid affair with Oliver - a then-married man old enough to be her father - would be one of many trysts carried on with some of film's biggest names throughout the years. Other projects like "The Servant" (1963), "The Ceremony" (1963), and "Ryan's Daughter" (1970) threatened to typecast her as a habitual adulteress, a trend only bolstered by the details of her personal affairs. Her turn opposite Burt Reynolds in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973) was overshadowed by the suspicious death of her personal manager on location, just as he admirable work opposite Kris Kristofferson in "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" (1976) was eclipsed by her and her co-star's onscreen nudity. After a rough patch, both personally and professionally, Miles gained a bit of much deserved respectability with more mature performances in films that included "Steaming" (1984) and "Hope and Glory" (1987). Although largely retired by the late-1990s, Miles continued to entertain with a series of tell-all memoirs, proving that real life can indeed often be more entertaining and salacious the anything committed to film.


Vanessa Miles


Robert Bolt Screenplay

Married in 1967 divorced in 1976 remarried from 1988 until his death in February 1995

Thomas Bolt

born c. 1967

Christopher Miles Screenplay

Directed Miles in the 1963 short film "The Six-Sided Triangle" born in 1939

John Miles

leading designer of steel mills

Laurence Olivier Actor

encouraged her to write and gave her permission to reveal their affair: "He got careless in the end he was a Lord by then, he didn't give a damn"

Steven Spielberg Executive Producer

Had relationship in the early to mid-1970s


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1956 - 1958
enrolled at age 15

Roedean School

1950 - 1953



Returned to the boards with the one-woman song-fest, "The Widow Smiles"


Played Katherine Armstrong in "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation of "Dandelion Dead" (PBS)


TNT movie "A Ghost in Monte Carlo" reteamed her with co-star Christopher Plummer


Played the mother in John Boorman's "Hope and Glory", nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture


Acted in and performed the song "The Alphabet Soup" for Michael Radford's "White Mischief"


Portrayed another Lady (Sybil) for ABC miniseries "Queenie"


Joined Omar Sharif and Ava Gardner in the cast of the ABC miniseries "Harem", playing Lady Ashley


Acted in Joseph Losey's final film, "Steaming"


Reunited with director Davis for disappointing Agatha Christie adaptation "Ordeal by Innocence", featuring Christopher Plummer


Reteamed with Mitchum for "The Big Sleep"


Acted in brother Christopher's "Priest of Love"


Performed one-woman show "Sarah Miles Is Me" at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre


As a sex-starved widow in "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea", adapted from a novel by Yukio Mishima, participated in extremely explicit love scenes with Kris Kristofferson


Headlined ABC miniseries "James Michener's 'Dynasty'"


American TV debut as Estella in "Great Expectations" (NBC)


After conducting an affair with her chauffeur (Robert Shaw) in Alan Bridges' "The Hireling", her aristocratic character terminated it, deeming love between their unequal stations impossible


Acted opposite Burt Reynolds (his first big role) in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing"; the death of her business manager David Whiting during filming brought her adverse publicity


Portrayed title role in Bolt's sole directorial effort, "Lady Caroline Lamb"


Broadway debut, "Vivat! Vivat Regina!"


Reprised Mary of Scotland for London production of "Vivat! Vivat Regina!"


Starred opposite Robert Mitchum in David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter", written by Bolt; earned Oscar nomination as Best Actress


First starred as Mary of Scotland in husband Robert Bolt's "Vivat! Vivat Regina!" at the Chichester Festival


Acted in Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow-Up"


Portrayed Robert Morley's daughter in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"


Played an Irish innocent in Desmond Davis' "I Was Happy Here"


Became a member of the National Theatre Company, appearing in "The Recruiting Officer" and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"


Thrust sexual appetite into British films as Vera in Joseph Losey's "The Servant", scripted by Harold Pinter


Feature film debut, "Term of Trial", as a precocious student who accuses her schoolmaster (Laurence Olivier) of sexual misconduct


London stage debut, "Dazzling Prospect"

Bonus Trivia


About how the media found out about her urine drinking--a health cure she learned about in Los Angeles: "I didn't tell the whole world. The whole world was told for me, by Robert Mitchum. He gave a dinner party on 'Ryan's Daughter' and I arrived early and saw these lobsters. Well, have you ever seen lobsters in a tank, really looked in their eyes? Because they're so witty, so wise-looking. I just took them out--he lived right on the coast and I let them go. When I got back, it was unbelievable. He said: 'You fuckin' bitch, I'll git you fer this one day.'"When the journalists rang her: "I didn't lie because every time I drank some, I'd remember the lie. But I wish I had. It destroyed me. People walked around me like a bag lady." --Sarah Miles, THE OBSERVER, November 15, 1998