Considering she only made her debut on screen in a couple of episodes of Moonfleet in 2013, Sophie Cookson is a relatively new face in the film industry. However, what she lacks in experience and long-term presence, she has more than made up for in brilliant, unforgettable performances.
From her role in the Kingsman film series to her work on television for Netflix and BBC One, Sophie has quickly staked a claim as one of the best young actresses to come out of the British island, with world domination in sight. It is an impressive journey for Sophie Cookson thus far, starting from the prestigious Oxford School of Drama.
Sophie Cookson Was Still a Student When She Made Her Debut
The actress was born on May 15, 1990, in Haywards Heath, United Kingdom, as Sophie Louise Cookson. Her father is Colin Cookson, and her mother is Marie Louise Cookson. Sophie grew up alongside her younger brother, in Sussex, South East England, and later Suffolk, where she enrolled in Woodbridge School.
She got involved in singing and musical theatre from the time she was a child, and at the age of 10, she became a member of the British Youth Music Theatre. After touring Japan as part of a theatre company that performed in the island country, she decided to quit acting to study Art History and Arabic at the University of Edinburgh.
But the childhood interest in acting did not leave Sophie. She made a final commitment to pursue acting as a career and dropped out of Edinburgh. In a bid to polish her acting skills, Sophie attended the Oxford School of Drama. However, Sophie’s talent proved too great for casting directors to wait for her education to be over before putting her in a role.
While she was in her senior year, she got cast as Grace Mohune in the miniseries, Moonfleet, a Sky 1 show based on the J. Meade Falkner novel. It was a new experience for Sophie Cookson, with a chance to put all she has learned to test on camera. She appeared in a combined three episodes, with modest critical reception. Thus, she began her acting career.
Sophie Cookson Quiet Rise as an Actress
She graduated from the Oxford School of Drama in the same year. In the following year, Sophie Cookson played the role of Millie Lancaster in the ZDF television film adaptation of the novel Unknown Heart written by Rosamunde Pilcher. The same year, she managed to beat out Emma Watson for her first big-screen role. She played agent Roxanne “Roxy” Morton / Lancelot in the 2014 action spy comedy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service.
In 2016, the actress played a minor role as the female huntsman named Pippa, in the film The Huntsman: Winter’s War. From the beginning of June 2017, she acted as Sidney Pierce, a troubled singer, in the Netflix psychological thriller web TV series, Gypsy. Sadly, as a result of negative reviews and low ratings, the show was canceled after the first season.
The show’s poor performance, however, had little effect on Sophie’s worth as an actress. So, she shook the show’s disappointing fate off and featured in the horror movie, The Crucifixion, in July 2017. She portrayed Nicole Rawlins, a journalist investigating a death-dealing exorcism performed on a nun.
Later in 2017, She reprised her role as Roxy Morton in the sequel to The Secret Service, The Golden Circle. Sophie Cookson starred in the epic historical drama film, Emperor, on May 1, 2018. The movie was in production hell for a long time after the producer was accused of fraud and subsequently arrested. It was later released on the streaming service Hulu.
So far, the West Sussex-born actress has appeared in 15+ films and TV shows in the first seven years of her career. Not a bad return for a woman who started her career as a student actress.
Roles That Made Sophie Cookson Famous
Compared to the number of credits some actresses have had to amass before finding their breakout role, Sophie Cookson had a fast start to her career. Her breakout role came within the first year of her career, as Roxy in Kingsman: The Secret Service. The Matthew Vaughn directed blockbuster was an international success, making more than $414 million at the global box office. It also saw her star alongside acting Hollywood heavyweights like Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.
Although her role as Roxy was comparatively minor to theirs, she impressed critics enough to receive a nomination for Best Female Newcomer by the Empire Awards. Since then, Sophie has gone from an unknown to a watched talent. In solidifying her newfound popularity, she reprised her role in the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and had a minor role in another blockbuster, The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
She also starred in the BBC One drama, The Trial of Christine Keeler, as the titular character. As Christine Keeler, she played the woman at the center of the Profumo affair in the 1960s. The show received modest critical reviews, but ultimately expanded Sophie Cookson’s popularity as an actress.
Offscreen, the talented actress played Dottie in the Trafalgar Studios production of the play Killer Joe. The role required her to go completely naked, and she was able to pull it off with so much professionalism, earning herself praises from critics.
Facts You Should Know About Sophie Cookson’s Personal Life
Here are a few fun facts worth learning about the rising actress’s life off-screen, including details about her family, as well as her love life.
She is Dating Claire Foy’s Ex
Sophie Cookson is in a relationship with fellow English actor, Stephen Campbell Moore, who is best known for his role as Irwin in the play The History Boys, written by Alan Bennett and its subsequent film adaptation. Their relationship started in 2018 after Stephen’s four-year marriage to Claire Foy, who is also an actress, ended. Cookson and Stephen spent the year together filming the movie, Red Joan, where they starred alongside each other.
Although neither party has confirmed or denied, paparazzi photos of Sophie in June 2020 suggest that the couple might be pregnant with their first child. If it is true, it would be her boyfriend’s second child, having given birth to a daughter, Ivy Rose, with his first wife, Claire Foy. Before Sophie met her beau, she was in a relationship with another English actor Andrew Gower. Although they reportedly got engaged in 2014, they never made it to the altar.
Her Parents are Working Class Folks
Sophie Cookson, like all the major actresses before her, tries to keep her personal life away from media attention. However, we have learned a few facts that paint a picture of who she is when the cameras go off. We know that she came from an upper-middle-class family, with a mother, Marie Louise Cookson, who works as an English teacher. Her father, Colin Cookson, works in the finance sector. Her parents weren’t always supportive of her acting pursuit, but have gotten onboard she since began securing prominent roles.
She Would Have Become a Veterinary Surgeon
Not every dream works out, and if that had been the case for Sophie Cookson, she would have forged a career as a veterinary surgeon. The actress is an animal lover who enjoys spending her downtime with pets. Other than a veterinary surgeon, she would also have considered a career in architecture, as part of her admiration for visual art.