Sophie Louise Cookson (born 15 May 1990) is an English actress best known for portraying secret agent Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot in the 2014 spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service and its 2017 sequel The Golden Circle.
Cookson at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Cookson was raised in Sussex and later Suffolk where she attended Woodbridge School. She was involved in singing and musical theater since childhood. After being part of a theater company that had toured Japan, she decided to quit acting to study art history and Arabic. However, she soon dropped out to pursue an acting career and attended the Oxford School of Drama for three years, and graduated in 2013.
While still attending Oxford Drama School in her senior year, she was cast as Grace Mohune in the Sky 1 miniseries Moonfleet, based on the J. Meade Falkner novel of the same name. In early 2014, she appeared in the film adaption of the Rosamunde Pilcher novel Unknown Heart produced by German television network ZDF, portraying Millie Lancaster. The same year, she also landed her first big screen role, beating out Emma Watson for the part of secret agent Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot in the spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
In 2016, she appeared in the film The Huntsman: Winter's War in a minor role as the female huntsman Pippa. Beginning in June 2017, she appeared in the Netflix series Gypsy as troubled singer Sidney Pierce. However, the series was cancelled in August after just one season due to negative reviews and low ratings, even though the second season had already been in development. In July, she appeared in the horror film The Crucifixion, playing a journalist investigating a lethal exorcism performed on a nun, and in September of the same year, she reprised her role as Roxy Morton in the sequel to The Secret Service, The Golden Circle, while also appearing in a musical short for the song Pleader by British indie rock group alt-J.
On 1 May 2018 she appeared as Johanna of Ghent in the epic historical drama film Emperor. After accusations of fraud against the producer led to his arrest, the film had spent considerable time in development hell and was finally released on the streaming service Hulu. In 2018, she played Dottie, a role which required her to go fully nude, in the Trafalgar Studios production of the play Killer Joe, alongside Orlando Bloom. For her performance, Cookson received critical acclaim.
|2014||Kingsman: The Secret Service||Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot||Nominated – Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer|
|2016||The Huntsman: Winter's War||Pippa|
|2017||The Crucifixion||Nicole Rawlins|
|2017||Pleader||Herself||Musical short film|
|2017||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot|
|2018||Red Joan||Young Joan|
|2018||Ashes in the Snow||Ona|
|2018||Emperor||Johanna 'Of Ghent'||Post-production|
|2013||Moonfleet||Grace Mohune||Television miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2014||Unknown Heart||Millie Lancaster||Television film|
|2017||Gypsy||Sidney Pierce||Main role; 10 episodes|
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