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Why Dr. Sophie Hart From SAS: Rise Of The Black Swan Looks So Familiar

"SAS: Rise of the Black Swan" is a star-studded affair directed by Magnus Martens, featuring the likes of Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose, Andy Serkis, and Tom Wilkinson. Sam Heughan plays Tom Buckingham, an elite SAS soldier who whisks his girlfriend Dr. Sophie Hart away on a romantic trip to Paris. Unfortunately for the cute couple, vengeful mercenary Grace Lewis is also onboard the train to France, taking it hostage underneath the Channel Tunnel with her squad of ruthless bad guys.

Tom is forced to use all his SAS skills to go up against Grace and save all the passengers. But obviously he's constantly torn between pursuing the villain and saving his girlfriend. Speaking of which, if you're wondering why she looks so familiar, that's because she's become a rising star in Hollywood over the last few years. Dr. Sophie Hart is played by Hannah John-Kamen, and she's one of the best parts of "SAS: Rise of the Black Swan."

Yes, her role is minimal compared to Sam Heughan and Ruby Rose, but she provides an emotional core while pushing Tom to consider what he actually wants out of life. Although Hannah John-Kamen hasn't had the prolific career like some of the "SAS" stars have, she's already got a varied filmography, and here's where you might've seen her before.

Hannah John-Kamen is no stranger to science-fiction with roles in Misfits, Star Wars and Killjoys

Hannah John-Kamen's first TV role came in the British series "Misfits," which follows a group of unruly teens who accidentally get superpowers in a freak storm. Kamen appears in Season 3, Episode 6, as Carly, a girl working in an ice cream van near the series' central housing estate. It's only a brief role for the star but she gets the chance to have a little fun with it, as she's clearly aware that two of the main characters, Rudy (Joseph Gilgun) and Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) are attracted to her. Although she gets a little confused when Curtis — who can't control his gender-swapping ability — accidentally transforms into his female alter ego, Melissa. Awkward.

After appearing in a handful of other British shows like "White Chapel" and "Happy Valley," Kamen landed a brief supporting role as one of the First Order officers working on the Starkiller Base in 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." From there, she took multiple roles in another science-fiction adventure: Syfy's "Killjoys," which lasted from 2015 to 2019. The star mainly plays Dutch, a fiery bounty hunter who used to be a princess but she later also stars as Aneela Kin Rit. To make a long story short, Dutch is an identical copy of Aneela that the wealthier woman pulled out of her own consciousness using a parasitic green plasma. Typical.

She played a sneering villain in Ready Player One

2018 was a busy year for Hannah John-Kamen, as she had a villainous role in Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" as F'nale Zandor. The film is an adaptation of Ernest Cline's book of the same name, based around a virtual reality social-network/gaming platform called "The Oasis." F'nale Zandor works for IOI underneath Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and spends most of the film hissing sinister lines about finding the rebels. She even kidnaps Samantha Cook (Olivia Cooke) and locks her in a forced work simulation for IOI.

Thankfully, the film doesn't just sideline her as a sneering henchwoman for the entire story. She does get hands-on with the action, too — not only does she tell Nolan to do his own dirty work at times, but she takes matters into her own hands by fighting Toshiro (Win Morisaki), Samantha, Wade (Tye Sheridan) in the back of their modified truck.

It's a good role for Kamen, as it shows she can hold her own against other big-name stars while also having fun with her character — and she's done it elsewhere.

John-Kamen joined the MCU in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Hannah John-Kamen got more of the spotlight later in 2018 when she starred opposite Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, and Michelle Pfeiffer in "Ant-Man and The Wasp." She played the mysterious villain of the film, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent called Ava Starr AKA. Ghost. The agency used the technologically enhanced assassin to its advantage because she can phase through walls, solid objects, and even people.

This is down to an overexposure to the Quantum Realm when she was a little girl, and she struggles to control the way she phases through reality without the help of her suit. But ultimately Ava becomes so terrified that she starts acting recklessly in her search for a cure. She's not an evil genius or genocidal alien. Ava just wants to live a normal life free from her chronic pain — it's an understandable motivation and it's one that's often overlooked when it comes to villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Plus, she's one of the few main antagonists that isn't killed off by the end of a Marvel solo movie — so there's every possibility that she could return in "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania."

She became The Stranger

In 2020, Hannah John-Kamen appeared as the titular character in Netflix's "The Stranger" — which is about a mystery woman who seemingly knows an endless list of secrets about a group of families and teenagers which completely obliterates their perfect lives. The Stranger drops her first bomb on Adam Price (Richard Armitage) when she reveals that his wife Corinne (Dervla Kirwan) faked her pregnancy, implying that Adam's sons might not be his. Ouch. Kamen brings a brilliant level of mystery to her performance, and her role has plenty of layers that are slowly stripped back as the series continues.

The moral ambiguity of "The Stranger" makes her even more fascinating to watch — to some people she's an avenging angel, helping them see the truth in front of them, while to others she's an intimidating, sinister figure. Hannah John-Kamen walks that tightrope perfectly, and it's one that leads to a very satisfying conclusion by the end of the Netflix series.

The actress has clearly proved that she's got the acting chops to carry a franchise of her own, and in 2021 The Hollywood Reporter announced that she's been tapped to star as Red Sonja in, you guessed it, "Red Sonja." Kamen is also playing Jill Valentine in "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" which is set to arrive on November 24, 2021. It's a reboot of the "Resident Evil" franchise and also stars Robbie Amell, Kaya Scodelario, Avan Jogia, Tom Hopper, and Neal McDonough.