“We were homeless” child actress Miffy Englefield reveals life before fame!
Last Modified: Dec 27, 2019
Child actress Miffy Englefield made her acting debut in 2006 film The Holiday as Jude Law’s daughter Sophie. But her life was not so easy!
In a 2019 interview with Vulture, the actress revealed that she was actually homeless before landing the role. When asked what made her want to start acting at a young age, she shared,
“I did a couple of adverts before it because that was our original aim when I started acting — it was more to do with the fact that I come from a very working-class background. We were homeless. We didn’t have much.”
The actress - now a self-described “pint-sized punk rocker” confessed that they had just been housed,
“We’d just been housed; I think it was about a month or so after we were put into permanent housing. We were still getting out of a lot of the issues of homelessness, things like debts and such.
So yes, it was a very unusual time for us going to the auditions with these very eloquent characters, and then we’d come home to these sorts of things.”
Englefield, now 20 - was only 7 years old when she landed her breakthrough role - went on to explain,
“my dad had me very young with a very young mother, and they split up and it made things very, very, difficult. So all I’d ever known was living in poverty.
We’d moved around the country, from B&Bs to shelters and things like that for a good two years. And then, suddenly, I started doing these auditions and I got The Holiday and it was just another world.”