Sophie Thompson (born 1962) is an award-winning English actress, best known for playing Stella Crawford in EastEnders.
The second daughter born to actress Phyllida Law and actor Eric Thompson, Sophie is the younger sister of two-time Academy Award-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson.
Thompson has worked in film, television, theatre and radio, and has narrated a number of audiobooks. She made her debut in 1978, at the age of 16, starring in A Traveller in Time, before going on to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Big-screen roles include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Emma, Dancing at Lughnasa, Gosford Park, Fat Slags, Relative Values, and the upcoming Morris: A Life with Bells On. Thompson will also be starring in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010, as Mafalda Hopkirk.
Thompson starred alongside popular British comedians Jack Dee, in Jonathan Creek, and Lee Evans in So What Now? She has also appeared in Persuasion, Midsomer Murders, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (TV series), A Harlot's Progress and Magnolia. She played Miss Bartlett in Andrew Davies' 2007 adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View.
Thompson played the role of child abuser Stella Crawford in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. She came into the show as Phil Mitchell's lawyer and they gradually developed a romantic link. Stella later became jealous of Phil's relationship with his son Ben and began to emotionally and physically abuse him becoming one of soaps most-hated villains. A big success with critics and viewers, her character is said to be a part of EastEnders' big turn around and renewed success.. Thompson left EastEnders on 20 July 2007, after the exposure of Stella's evil ways on her wedding day, leading to her committing suicide by jumping off a factory roof, landing on the wedding car.
Thompson has been married to actor Richard Lumsden since 1995. They have two children Ernie James (born 1997) and Walter Eric (born 2000) and live in London