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Congratulations Sophie Wilde on her first feature film The Portable Door


Countess Judy (Miranda Otto) and Sophie Pettingel (Sophie Wilde) walking together through a tunnel in London. Image: Stan 2023

With her remarkable talent and stellar performance, Sophie Wilde (BFA Acting, 2019), has been hailed as one of the most exciting and promising emerging talents in the world of acting. Her highly anticipated first feature film debut, The Portable Door has captivated audiences and critics alike, showcasing her exceptional skills and unwavering passion for the craft.

As she takes on the role of Sophie Pettingel, Sophie Wilde’s portrayal is a testament to her training and dedication to her craft. Congratulations are in order for this budding star, whose achievements continue to solidify her status as a rising force in the realm of acting.

Connecting with Sophie (the character) required her (the actor) to draw on a variety of aspects of herself:

‘She reminds me of a facet of myself which is quite neurotic at times and super ambitious. She reminds me a lot of who I was in high school, which is the kind of person that’s like, “I need to get straight A’s.” I love that she’s ambitious and she knows what she wants. She has high aspirations and I think that’s quite inspiring. She’s a hard worker but she also has the capacity to be quite empathetic, that capacity for love…I think she’s a beautiful person, I absolutely love her.’


Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) and Sophie Pettingel (Sophie Wilde) sitting together on the lounge in The Delivery and Dispatch Room. Image: Stan 2023

Sophie says The Portable Door is ‘a love story at its heart. It’s about love and magic and these two people coming up in the world. It’s kind of a coming-of-age story, we’re both young professionals and it’s about finding yourself in the world and finding what your values and what your morals are and the kind of person you want to be and what you want to sacrifice for that.’


Sophie Pettingel(Sophie Wilde) and Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) face to face in The Nether. Image: Stan 2023

The Portable Door also features another NIDA grad Miranda Otto (BFA Acting, 1990), who plays Countess Judy, who acts as a mentor to Sophie. Or is she?

The Portable Door is streaming on Stan from 7 April 2023.