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DEADLINE – Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sophie Cookson is set to star as controversial party girl Christine Keeler in a BBC drama about the Profumo Affair.

Cookson, who also starred in the Kingsman follow-up The Golden Circle and Netflix drama Gypsy, leads the line-up of The Trial of Christine Keeler, produced by Fleming producer Ecosse Films for BBC One.

Production on the six-part drama, which is expected to air in 2019, starts in October.

The show takes a look at the infamous Profumo Affair, which involved 19-year old Christine Keeler, who was involved in a relationship with John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government. He initially lied to the House of Commons about the affair and the incident became a global scandal after it emerged that Keeler may have simultaneously been involved with a Soviet naval attaché.

The drama is written by Apple Tree Yard writer Amanda Coe and exec produced by Coe, Ecosse Films’ Douglas Rae and Kate Triggs and Lucy Richer for the BBC. It will be filmed on location in and around Bristol.

Keshet International, the global sales arm of the Israeli producer and broadcaster, is to shop the drama around the world after striking a deal earlier this year.

Labels: Television, Untitled BBC Drama

WHAT’S ON STAGE – Full casting has been announced for Simon Evans’ production of Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe, which opens at Trafalgar Studios in June.

Joining the previously announced Orlando Bloom will be Sophie Cookson (Gypsy, Netflix and Kingsman: The Secret Service), Adam Gillen (Amadeus, NT and Benidorm), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who and The Replacement) and Steffan Rhodri (This House, West End and Gavin & Stacey).

Blooms stars as Joe Cooper, a policeman who doubles up as a killer-for-hire in this 1993 play which was adapted into a film in 2011 starring Matthew McConaughey in the title role.

Letts’ other plays include Bug (which Evans directed at Found111 in 2016), Superior Donuts, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County.

Killer Joe is produced by Emily Dobbs Productions and Empire Street Productions.

Labels: Killer Joe, Theatre

Sophie walked the red carpet of the EE British Academy Film Awards and attended the gala dinner on February 18 in London. She looks magnificent in her Elie Saab gown!


GALLERY LINKS
Public Appearances > 2018 > EE British Academy Film Awards
Public Appearances > 2018 > EE British Academy Film Awards – Gala Dinner
Labels: Appearances

Sophie is featured in alt-J ‘s new music video for “Pleader”.

Labels: Music Videos, Other Projects

ELLE – Sophie Cookson isn’t what you’d imagine. She plays an ass-kicking spy named Roxy in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a journalist fascinated with exorcisms in The Crucifixion, and most recently, a barista with a dark side and penchant for playing games in Gypsy. But in person, she’s remarkably normal. She’s the kind of celebrity who instantly makes you feel at ease, even though you’re about to photograph her at The Bristol, one of the fanciest hotels in Paris. The kind who jokes about drinking champagne on the job, travels with an old friend, and yes, has that English Rose charm you’d expect the Sussex, England-raised actress to have. In short, she’s the “cool girl” you want to pal around the city with. But she’s also got a lot going on (even though she describes her style as simple), like many of the roles she plays. And that’s why I was down to spend a few hours with the new face of Chanel time pieces.

How would you describe your personal style?
I think I’m really quite simple. I tend to really like something and then wear it to death. Quite minimal, quite boyish. I’m here wearing ripped jeans, Timberlands, and an old jumper of my mum’s so that kind of describes it: quite thrifty, androgynous, and simple.

How has working with Chanel influenced your style?
I’ve always loved rummaging through my mum’s wardrobe and finding classic pieces. I went through a phase where I rejected anything that was vaguely up-styled in any way and I just lived in a baggy jumper for a bit. I guess working with them again made me get in touch with that more feminine, graceful side which I think you can reject as a younger adult and find it again.

If you could trade style with any celebrity, who would it be?
I think Riley Keough is killing it at the moment. She has this punkish style going on and it always feels very genuine and very free and easy. I think that’s a great trick to a red carpet style. You really wearing it rather than the clothes wearing you. It has to feel like a whole entity. I’ve always really loved Kristen Stewart and all of the stuff she does with Chanel, it’s always very individual and a fresh take on it, which I like.

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Labels: Interviews, Photoshoots

Sophie is on the cover of issue 35 of EXIT Magazine and outtakes have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!


GALLERY LINKS
Magazine Scans > 2017 > EXIT (Issue #35)
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2017 > Session 013
Labels: Magazine Scans, Photoshoots

Sophie attended the Chanel “Code Coco” Watch Launch Party during the Paris Fashion Week on October 3, 2017. High quality pictures are now in our gallery, check them out!

GALLERY LINKS
Public Appearances > 2017 > Paris Fashion Week – Chanel “Code Coco” Watch Launch Party
Labels: Appearances