Underworld actress Sophia Myles’s dad has died of coronavirus in hospital, she revealed tonight.
The star – also known for her roles in Doctor Who and Moonlight – shared a photo on Twitter of father Peter on a ventilator taken not long before he died. In the moving snap she is seen leaning over him wearing a mask while tenderly touching his head.
Later the devastated mum-of-one wrote: “RIP Peter Myles. My dear Dad died only a few hours ago. It was the coronavirus that finally took him. Yesterday I went on a journey to see my father. This is the harsh reality of the coronavirus.”
The 40-year-old Londoner had been posting updates to her followers about her father’s illness. And in a video message the star – who played Darcy in Transformers – thanked her fans for their support.
She said: “I just wanted to send a really short message to say thank you all so, so, so much for all your lovely, lovely tweets to me. I am sorry I am not able to reply to everyone in person but thank you. Every single one that comes through, I am so touched.”
The star revealed a film crew from CBS had recorded her meeting her father on Friday and the footage would air on Monday. Just before his death, Sophia shared a sweet family photograph of herself and her brother with their father captioned “a nice memory to share”.
This morning she told her followers: “Good morning everyone, Saturday morning today. Just wanted to give you guys an update on my father. He is really not well. Really, really not well.”
Eighteen months ago Sophia revealed her dad had Parkinson’s disease.