Hi there, my name is Sophie Brabenec!
I’m an Australian actress of Czech, French and Irish descent.
I was born in Melbourne and raised by two generations of wonderfully dramatic women with a certain flair for storytelling. My Mum even trained at the same drama school as me – The National Theatre – back in the swinging 70’s.
As a kid I spent many a Sunday afternoon kicking back at my Grandma’s and watching ‘the midday movie’, often in black and white, inspired by the likes of Shirley Temple, Dean Martin, Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis and Elvis, oh Elvis.
I also loved jamming out with my keyboard and recorder, creating mix tapes for my family in the back sun room. Not much has changed there and I have always found immense joy in singing, dancing, reciting poetry and performing generally.
Maybe it was these early days with my Grandma exploring poetry that garnered a love of hip hop and the compelling urge to rap, rhyme and develop the performance name (emcee) Miss Seboo later in life. Yup, I even played gigs!
I’ve lived and worked in Oz, the UK (London) and am now an imported Angeleno.
Fresh out of drama school I was cast in a small, but noteworthy role as a cagey receptionist in an Australian indie feature, ‘The Independent‘, which was distributed nationally.
I relocated to the Caribbean suburb of Brixton, my favourite part of London, soon after this and spent four years working on stage and film productions and cultivating a swag of English accents . Please note my Jamaican accent is pretty fierce also.
Career highlights include working with Olivier award-winning producer/director Adam Spreadbury-Maher on theatre production ‘Cosi’ as a woman with severe OCD. Extra Extra applauded ‘the quiet intensity of Sophie Brabenec’s Ruth, as stand out’. As a major Chekhov fan playing multiple roles in a series of farces, ‘Naughty Chekhov’, was an absolute delight. Premier UK publication The Stage noted ‘a special commendation for her terribly unlucky in love character Olga’.
The British/Romanian indie feature ‘D’ora’ is one of my most enjoyed film projects. As a story of immigration, sacrifice and an individual’s quest to follow their dreams, it is one close to my heart reminding me of my father’s journey as a Czech refugee. ‘D’ora’ screened at Cannes in 2012 , BAFTA and other London cinemas in 2014.
I’ve been blown away by the industry razzle dazzle and circus that is LA since arriving. Film, stage, and commercial opportunities have presented. See my news page for the recent low down.
The splendid sunshine, rugged canyons and Californian coastline are undeniably seductive – a world vastly different to London, one reminiscent of Australia…and certainly a place I’ve always wanted to be.