Sophie Cookson is an English actress, best known for playing Roxy Morton in the Matthew Vaughn-directed action spy comedy film ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service.’ She was preferred over actresses like Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote to play the role of Morton and her performance earned her an ‘Empire Award’ nomination for ‘Best Female Newcomer.’ After making her film debut, Cookson went on to play prominent roles in movies, such as ‘The Huntsman: Winter's War,’ ‘The Crucifixion,’ and ‘Ashes in the Snow.’ Apart from playing film and television roles, Cookson can also be seen playing prominent roles in theatre. Thanks to her impeccable acting skills and good looks, Cookson is popular on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter, where she has thousands of followers.
Childhood & Early Life
Sophie Louise Cookson was born on May 15, 1990, in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England, to Marie and Colin Cookson. She was raised in Sussex, South East England along with her younger brother. She later moved to Suffolk along with her family and was subsequently enrolled at ‘Woodbridge School.’
Cookson developed a passion for music and acting at a young age. When she was 10 years old, she became part of ‘British Youth Music Theatre.’ She then landed an opportunity to tour Japan as part of a theatre company.
After returning from Japan, she decided to quit acting to study Arabic and art history. However, she dropped out to attend the ‘Oxford School of Drama,’ as her passion for acting overpowered her desire to learn Arabic and art history.
During her senior year at the ‘Oxford Drama School,’ Cookson was cast to play Grace Mohune in a TV miniseries titled ‘Moonfleet,’ which was based on John Meade Falkner’s novel of the same name. Cookson went to the ‘Oxford School of Drama’ for three years, before graduating in the year 2013.
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Sophie Cookson was chosen to play Millie Lancaster in a TV film titled ‘Unknown Heart,’ which was based on Rosamunde Pilcher’s novel of the same name. In the same year, she received her breakthrough role when she was cast to play Roxanne 'Roxy' Morton (Lancelot) in the critically-acclaimed action spy comedy film ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service.’ Cookson’s performance in the film earned her a nomination for ‘Best Female Newcomer’ at the ‘Empire Awards.’
Cookson’s popularity increased after appearing in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ which in turn landed her more film roles. In 2016, she was cast to play Pippa in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan-directed American fantasy adventure film ‘The Huntsman: Winter's War.’
In 2017, she became part of the main cast of an American web television series titled ‘Gypsy’ in which she played Sidney Pierce, appearing in 10 episodes. Though the creators of the series were in the process of developing a second season, ‘Gypsy’ was canceled due to low ratings and negative reviews.
In 2017, she was also cast to play Nicole Rawlins in Xavier Gens-directed horror film ‘The Crucifixion.’ She then reprised her role as Roxanne ‘Roxy’ Morton in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ which served as a sequel to the 2014 film ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service.’ She also appeared in a musical short film for the song ‘Pleader’ by the famous British indie rock band ‘Alt-J.’
Cookson played young Joan Elizabeth Stanley in the 2018 Trevor Nunn-directed British spy drama film ‘Red Joan’ which had its world premiere on September 7, 2018, at the ‘Toronto International Film Festival’ in Canada. She then played Ona in Marius A. Markevicius-directed Lithuanian-American drama film ‘Ashes in the Snow.’
In 2018, Cookson was cast to play Johanna of Ghent in Lee Tamahori-directed historical drama film ‘Emperor.’ She then played the title role in a TV mini-series titled ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler.’ In the same year, she was also cast to play an important role in a satirical film titled ‘Greed.’
Apart from appearing in films and television series, Cookson also plays prominent roles in stage plays. In 2018, she played Dottie opposite Orlando Bloom in a play titled ‘Killer Joe,’ which was produced by the ‘Trafalgar Studios’ in London. The play received positive reviews from the critics and Cookson’s performance was appreciated by many.
Family & Personal Life
Cookson’s mother Marie Louise Cookson works as an English teacher, while her father Colin Cookson works in the finance sector. She also has a younger brother who prefers maintaining a low profile. Though Cookson’s family initially discouraged her from acting, they were convinced of her career choice when she started acting after graduating from the ‘Oxford School of Drama.’
She was in a relationship with fellow English actor Andrew Gower. Though Cookson got engaged to Gower in 2014, she broke off her engagement with him and the two decided to go their separate ways.
In 2018, she started dating actor Stephen Campbell Moore who was previously married to actress Claire Elizabeth Foy. Cookson and Moore worked together while filming the 2018 movie ‘Red Joan’ in which Moore played Max.
In one of her interviews, Cookson revealed that she would have become an architect or a veterinary surgeon if not for her acting career. She is an animal lover and enjoys spending time with her pet animals. She also enjoys cooking and taking long walks during her free time.
She is active on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram. Her Twitter account, which was created on March 23, 2010, has managed to collect more than 40,000 followers. Her Instagram page, where she posts interesting pictures and video clips, has gathered more than 140,000 followers.