Red Joan releases in UK cinemas this week (April 19, 2019), and stars one of the UK’s finest actresses, Dame Judi Dench, alongside the very talented upcoming British actress, Sophie Cookson. To celebrate the film’s release, we’re profiling the promising newcomer to make sure she's on your radar.

Sophie Cookson in Red Joan / Photo Credit: Nick Wall
Sophie Cookson in Red Joan / Photo Credit: Nick Wall

Who is Sophie Cookson?

Raised in Sussex and Suffolk, 28-year-old Sophie Cookson studied acting at The Oxford School of Drama before graduating in 2013.

Sophie was still at drama school when she was cast in her first lead role and was recognised as one of Screen International’s prestigious ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ in 2014. With each project she takes on, Sophie continues to attract the industry’s attention as an international talent to watch.


Sophie has appeared in a number of film and TV projects. She reprised the role of ‘Roxy’ in the second instalment of Matthew Vaughn’s hit Kingsman franchise, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In the first film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Sophie starred alongside Samuel Jackson, Michael Caine, and Colin Firth, with Taron Egerton playing ‘Egsy’. The second film added Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, and Elton John to its cast, and was released internationally in September 2017.

Before this, Sophie starred in Netflix’s psychological thriller series Gypsy. She portrayed ‘Sidney’, starring opposite Naomi Watts, in the psychological thriller. The series follows the journey of ‘Jean Holloway’, a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.

Sophie Cookson in Red Joan / Photo Credit: Nick Wall
Sophie Cookson in Red Joan / Photo Credit: Nick Wall

Her role in Red Joan?

Sophie plays the young Joan in this spy thriller which is adapted from the novel of the same. The film follows Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), who is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by the MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia in the 1930s…

Red Joan is released in cinemas across the UK on April 19, 2019.