Sophie Neville

Last updated 05 March 2013

Sophie Neville


Sophie Neville was the Assistant floor manager of the 1985 Doctor Who television serial Vengeance on Varos.

Sophie Neville spent years at the BBC specialising in drama productions that featured children and animals. She directed her first documentary in Kenya at the age of 25. By the age of 27 she was directing improvised dramas in a tough west London Comprehensive school. After spending 13 weeks on the Ealing film stages as Director of FX sequences and animation on a 10 part drama she was asked to produce a series working with 4 to 6 year olds. By the age of thirty she was working on a serial featuring an 8 year old girl in almost every scene. 'I cast identical twins to play the part, used two cameras operated by sports cameramen and finished by 4.30pm each day.'

In 1992 Neville emigrated to southern Africa where she worked freelance for the BBC setting up documentaries in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. She then settled down on the south coast of England to concentrate on writing, looking for true stories that could be adapted for the screen.

Neville is a founder and trustee of The Waterberg Welfare Society a charity set up to address HIV/AIDS in rural South Africa. She has a BA Honours in Anthropology, is a fellow of the Endangered Wildlife Society, a recognised wildlife artist, a member of The Drapers Company, an intercessor for CHM, a partner of Fidentia Folio and Director of Witness Films.