Sophia "Sophie" Sheridan-Rymand is a leading character of the musical Mamma Mia!, the 2008 film of the same name, as well taking a more central role in its sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Sophie is the daughter of Donna Sheridan-Carmichael, the granddaughter of Ruby Sheridan, the stepdaughter of Sam Carmichael and the possible blood-related daughter of Bill Anderson, Harry Bright, and Sam Carmichael. Sophie is also the girlfriend and possible wife of Sky Rymand and mother to Donny, their son.
At the start of Mamma Mia!, she is a 20-year-old Bride-to-be, seeking the perfect wedding and for her father to walk her down the aisle.
She was named Sophia by her mother, whom she named after Bill's great Aunt Sofia, who lived on the Island and who became a mother-figure to Donna, in the absence of her actual mother, Ruby.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
At the start of the movie Sophie is seen running and screaming to the docks to welcom her best friends and bridesmaids, Ali and Lisa as they arrive at Kalokairi, and Sophie tells them that she has found out who her father is and when she was ransacking some old trunks and she found her mother's diary the year her mum kept when she was pregnant with her. She tells them about her three possible fathers : Sam, Bill and Harry (Honey Honey) and that she invited all three to her wedding.
She is then seen in her room, fixing her bridemaids dresses when her friends tease her about her dads. Sophie says that she will know her father the minute she sees him are quickly interrupted by Sky who quickly collects his stuff for his stag party, once he leaves, it's clear that she's not told him and that everything will fall into place and that she wants to meet her dad.
When Tanya and Rosie arrive, she greets them and her Sky kiss.
Meanwhile, Sam, Bill and Harry all arrive on the island, and she leads them to the old goathouse where she has arranged lodging and confesses that she sent the invites. They hear Donna and she makes them stay and that they don't tell anybody that she invited them, which they agree. She then runs off to find Ally and Lisa and they hide in the goathouse.
She chases all three dads to the docks as they go sightseeing around the island. Retunring to the beach, Sophie and Sky talk about their love (Lay All Your Love on Me) before he is kidnapped for his stag do.
As her hen night continues Sophie enjoys a performance of Donna aand the Dynamos until Sam, Bill and Harry turn up. Bumping into Sam who questions her, but runs off before she can answer. Rescuing Harry, she admits that she doesn't know who her father is, before she dances with Bill, who asks her how old she is and upon telling her she's 20, he runs off. She confronts him on the beach (Name of the Game) and asks if he's her father and if he'd give her away, but not to tell anyone. During the festivities, Sophie's fathers each tell her that they're giving her away at her wedding causing her to faint (Vouolez Vouz)
The next morning, Sophie freaks about the dads coming to the wedding. She confesses to Sky her dilemma, and he is angered about her deception, and storms off. Sam overhears them, and questions whether or not she really wants to marry (Knowing Me, Knowing You). Sophie later decides to have Donna walk her down the isle for her wedding. As the wedding proceeds, Sophie and Sky decide not to get married right away, and instead to leave the island and tour the world.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
At the beginning of the movie, Sophie is humming "Thank you for the music." while writing out invitations for the grand re-opening of the "Hotel Bella Donna", named in honour of her recently deceased mother, Donna. She writes to her possible-fathers, Bill and Harry. She then reflects on her grandmother's invitation and decides to invite her. Before the postman leaves, angered she takes out and rips up Ruby's invite, knowing that her grandmother won't turn up.
Sophie is checking everything for the re-opening when she gets a call from her husband, Sky who is on a 6-week hotel management course in New York, U.S.A. They get into an argument when Sky tells her that he's been offered a permanent job and wants her to join him, leaving the island and the hotel. Sophie tells him that she is unable to due to the hotel and her dream to carry on her mother's dream and honour her mother. (One of Us)
Sophie then welcomes her mother's best-friends and her surrogate-aunts, Tanya and Rosie, and en route to the hotel, introduces them to the new hotel manager, Fernando Cienfuegos, and watches as he flirts with the two women. The next day, Sophie pays a visit to her step-father/possible father, Sam and they talk about the festivities and how Donna would have loved it and how much they miss her and the others. At the Dock, Sophie and Cienfuegos go over the opening preparations and Cienfuegos predicts a storm is coming. Later on a storm hits while Sophie is giving Tanya and Rosie a tour of the villa and she runs to the docks and hold on to Sam, who kisses her tenderly. Sophie is devastated and loses hope in honoring her mother's memory.
At Sam's home, Sophie becomes angry and hysterical due her guests’ inability to get to the island because of the storm and that the ferries aren't running to bring the band and she thinks that she's let everyone down, including her mother. But Sam assures her she hasn't. She then confides in Tanya and Rosie about her relationship with Sky and they share some of their stories with her, including Rosie's split-up with Bill, due to his 'wandering eye'. Sophie is ecstatic as Sky surprises her, returning the island, alongside her possible-fathers, Bill and Harry, as well as hundreds of guests. Sophie and Sky reunite. Sophie then reveals to Sky that she is pregnant and claims that she has never felt closer to her mother. Sophie then witnesses the arrival of her grandmother, Ruby Sheridan, who neglected her mother and Sophie for twenty-five years. Sophie eventually yet hesitantly forgives Ruby, as she promises to "commit to being a grandmother". Sophie then performs with her mother's Dynamos - taking the place of Donna, teary eyed and heart-broken by her mother's death. Nine-months later, Sophie baptizes her newly born son, Donny, alongside all of the people she has surrounded herself with. At the chapel, Sophie feels Donna's presence and seemingly interacts with Donna's spirit, as a way of finally saying goodbye.
Amanda Seyfried commented on her character, claiming she was mostly playing herself in the first film, describing Sophie and herself as "young, excitable and naïve, and in-love". Sophie is a fun-loving girl and romantic in her mind-set, hoping to find and unite with her biological father. Sophie is also a very hopeful and optimistic girl, hoping to find her father. Sophie also inherited her mother's care-free and adventurous personality, seeking to travel the world with Sky.
By Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Sophie has been forced to greatly mature and grow, due to the death of her mother. Sophie has matured in a very short space of time and has grown stronger in trying to deal with her mother's death and her pregnancy without her mother to guide her. Sophie has become very capable, dependent and honest, re-building the Bella Donna in her mother's name. By the climax of the film, Sophie has gone through a great journey, forming a strong like with her mother in her pregnancy and has learnt the importance of the bond between mother and daughter. Sophie is also a forgiving and generous person, forgiving her grandmother, Ruby Sheridan, despite her neglecting Donna and Sophie for 25-years.
Sophie has blonde hair like her mother and blue eyes like Bill and Sam. Her mother and Harry have brown eyes.