Sophie Winkleman turns down roles in the US to be near her daughters

Sophie Winkleman turns down lucrative roles in the US to be near her daughters Maud, 10, and Isabella, seven: ‘You have to make compromises in your career’

Prince Harry claimed in his tawdry memoir, Spare, that his father advised him that Meghan Markle could stick to her acting career rather than serve as a working royal after their wedding.

Harry and Meghan rejected King Charles’s suggestion, but another member of the Royal Family has shown that it’s possible to pursue a successful acting career. 

Sophie Winkleman, best known as Big Suze in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent, and continues to win starring roles. 

However, she’s now revealed that she turned down lucrative television parts in the U.S. to stay close to her daughters, Maud, who turns ten today, and Isabella, seven. 

The couple had lived and worked in California, where Winkleman landed herself a recurring role in the hit sitcom starring Charlie Sheen, Two And A Half Men, for five years until 2015. ‘

Royal: Sophie Winkleman, best known as Big Suze in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent

After Two And A Half Men, I got some wonderful offers of work in America which I didn’t do because I couldn’t imagine just vanishing to another country for months,’ says Sophie, 43, the half-sister of Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman. 

‘You have to make compromises in your career when you have a family. So I do jobs in Britain where I see them every week.’ 

Her husband, whose father is a first cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth, works for American financial services firm JP Morgan. 

Winkleman plays Lady Worcester in period drama Sanditon and has just finished filming the second series of Julian Fellowes’s drama Belgravia. 

The actress, who attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral as well as royal events including Prince William and Catherine’s wedding, jokes that her household is run more efficiently when she is on a shoot. 

‘It does work well when I’m away, though,’ she says. ‘They [her children] have some order because whoever is looking after them is never as chaotic as I am.’ 

have Her roles included Ashton Kutcher’s character Walden’s girlfriend Zoe in Two and a Half Man. 

She also penned screenplays for Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz. Lord Frederick continued working for JP Morgan. 

I do: Sophie, who now lives in Chelsea, married Lord Freddie in September 2009 at Hampton Court Palace, after meeting him on a night out in Soho

Family: Sophie and Lord Freddy with their two daughters, Isabella Windsor and Maud Windsor pictured at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in May 2019

In mourning: Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor with Princess Michael of Kent at the late Queen Elizabeth’s funeral at Westminster Hall in September 2022

Other appearances include roles in Peep Show, Death in Paradise, Sanditon and This is Going to Hurt.

While living in the states, the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina, who was born at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in August 2013.

They welcomed their second daughter, Isabella Alexandra May Windsor, back in the United Kingdom. She was born at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London

Maud and Isabella were among five bridesmaids for her sister-in-law Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding to Thomas Kingston in 2019.

They also attended Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in October 2018.

She previously detailed her experience moving into the Royal Family, telling The Times in 2020: ‘I’ve been incredibly welcomed with open arms by all of them.

‘I haven’t had a single negative experience. The Queen’s been wonderful, Prince Charles has been wonderful, Prince William’s been heaven. 

‘They’d never tell me off at all if I wanted to play some role. Everyone’s looked after me.’

Old times: The actress is best known in the UK for playing Big Suze in Peep Show alongside David Mitchell and Robert Webb

US success: Sophie featured as Zoe, girlfriend to Ashton Kutcher’s character Walden in American sitcom Two and a Half Men

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