Like a lot of actresses approaching 40, Eve Myles found the good roles were drying up.
Fearing being typecast as an “older woman,” the 39-year-old former “Torchwood” and “Broadchurch” star began to consider a career in medicine, possibly as a midwife. And then what she calls the role that “will come along once in any actor’s lifetime,” the part of a distressed wife, mother and lawyer on the Welsh drama series “Keeping Faith,” appeared.
“It kind of brought me back to life in a way,” Myles, a native of Wales, says. “It made me fall back in love with my job, that’s for sure.”
In the eight-episode hourlong series, which is currently streaming on Acorn TV, Myles stars as Faith Howells, a lawyer running a small law firm with her husband Evan (played by real-life spouse Bradley Freegard) who finds her life thrown into turmoil when he disappears one day after leaving for work.
Forced to cut her maternity leave short, she turns detective to determine his fate, learning in the process the truth about his actions.
With her world collapsing around her, Faith has fight to retain her sanity and remain strong for her three children, a struggle that gave Myles prime meat into which she could sink her dramatic chops. That she had to do it in two languages, English and Welsh (which she had to learn for the version broadcast in her native country), made her feel challenged even further.
“She’s incredibly flawed and loving and fun and strong and weak and there are so many layers to this character,” Myles says of Faith. “She’s just a normal woman caught in an extraordinary situation and has to survive.”
Birth date: July 26, 1978
Birthplace: Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales
Residence: Cardiff, Wales
Education: Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff
Family ties: She and husband Bradley Freegard have two daughters
Television credits include: “Doctor Who,” “Merlin,” “Little Dorrit,” “Belonging,” “Torchwood: Web of Lies,” “Torchwood,” “Broadchurch,” “Moving On,” “Victoria”
Movie credits: “These Foolish Things” (2005), “A Bit of Tom Jones?” (2009), “Eat Locals” (2017)
Stage credits: “Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “All New People”