Get to know Sophie Cookson, the up-and-coming actress from Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Get to know Sophie Cookson, the up-and-coming actress from Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Text: Adibah Isa

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The Brit actress returns to star in Kingsman: The Golden Circle as Roxy the secret agent

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle isn't her first major film
Contrary to popular belief, the action spy comedy isn't her first big name film. In 2016, the 27-year-old Brit starred opposite Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt in The Huntsman: Winter's War as Pippa, an archer and huntswoman.

2. She got her role in Kingsman just a few months out of drama school

After graduating from the Oxford School of Drama, Cookson found herself in the first Kingsman movie, playing the role of secret agent Roxy opposite notable names such as Colin Firth and Michael Caine. "Being in Kingsman just a few months after drama school was not part of my plan," she said of her unlikely success. 

3. Her Netflix show, Gypsy, was unfortunately cancelled just after a month
Starring opposite Naomi Watts, Cookson was last seen in the Netflix original, Gypsy. Playing Sidney, the object of obsession for Watt's character Jean Holloway, a psychotic therapist, she played some rather intense love scenes. Though it featured strong leads and even saw Sam Taylor-Johnson directing episodes, the drama was cancelled as hype came and left.

4. She'll be in another spy movie playing a younger version of Judi Dench
Well, sort of. In Red Joan, Cookson will play the younger self of a British spy in a movie inspired by the true story of Melita Norwood, the KGB's longest-serving spy. Cookson's character, Joan, falls in love with a communist, which makes things particularly conflicting. Judi Dench will play Joan's retired physicist self who gets a visit from the British secret service M15.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out in theatres on 21 September. Check out last week's #WomanCrushWednesday.