Lucy Cohu

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Lucy Cohu
Born Lucy Ann Cohu
(1968-10-02) 2 October 1968 (age 51)
Wiltshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Corey Johnson (divorced)
Children 1

Lucy Cohu (born 2 October 1968) is an English award-winning stage and film actress, known for portraying Princess Margaret in The Queen's Sister, Evelyn Brogan in Cape Wrath and Alice Carter in Torchwood: Children of Earth.


Lucy Ann Cohu was born in Wiltshire in 1968. She attended a boarding school as a child, and went on to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[1] Cohu said that, despite her family's strong military background, her parents were entirely supportive of her desire to be an actress. Cohu lives in Kensal Green in Brent, London.[2]

Personal life

Cohu was married to the actor Corey Johnson, but later divorced.[3]

Cohu has a son, Alexander, who was born in 2000,

Television and film work

Before she made a living from acting she used to perform for children's parties. She has been quoted as saying that had she not found success as an actress she would have gone into children's nursing.[2]

Cohu's first acting job after graduating from drama school was at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, in a production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She made her television debut in an episode of Casualty.[2] She went on to work extensively in television, including playing the role Major Jessica Bailey in the popular ITV show Soldier Soldier followed by many parts in British television. In 2005 she portrayed Princess Margaret in the semi-fictional version of her life, The Queen's Sister, for Channel 4, for which she was nominated for Emmy and BAFTA awards. She was widely praised for the role; for example, Variety disliked the "somewhat tawdry biopic", but said that "Cohu makes it all worth watching".,[4] Cohu herself said she played Margeret like a proper woman with an insatiable and tremendous energy for life: previous images in her mind had been of a bloated and sick courtier confined to a wheelchair. She hoped the production hadn't offended anyone as she really liked the Queen.[5]

Cohu has also appeared in Cape Wrath, Ballet Shoes, as Theo Danes,[6] and Torchwood: Children of Earth, as Alice Carter, the daughter of Captain Jack Harkness.

Cohu has also appeared in several films, including Gosford Park and Becoming Jane.

Theatre work

After an eight-year hiatus from the stage, Cohu starred in a revival of Speaking in Tongues at the Duke of York's Theatre, opposite John Simm, Ian Hart and Kerry Fox.[7] Cohu received positive reviews for this performance.[8] In February 2010 she began a five-week run in a production of An Enemy of the People at the Crucible Theatre, starring alongside Sir Antony Sher as Katrina Stockmann, and later appeared in Arthur Miller's 'Broken Glass' at the Tricycle Theatre.


In November 2008 Cohu won an international Emmy award for Best Actress for her role in the true-life drama Forgiven.[9]



Year Show Role Notes
1991 Casualty Theresa Johnson One episode: Beggars Can't Be Choosers
1992 The Good Guys Lucy Howells One episode: Relative Values
Sam Saturday Jill Connor One episode: On the Other Hand
1993 Poirot: The Chocolate Box Marianne Deroulard
1994 A Very Open Prison Reporter
The Dwelling Place Isabelle Fischel Three episodes: Episode 1.1, Episode 1.2, Episode 1.3
1995 Loving Violet
Pie in the Sky Miss Watson One episode: Swan in His Pride
1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Magdelene Heller Two episodes: The Secret House of Death: Part 1, The Secret House of Death: Part 2
1997 Peak Practice Gina Johnson Three episodes: State of Mind, Running to Hide, Borrowed Time
Rebecca Rebecca
Casualty Jayne Bazeley Five episodes
Queen: Made in Heaven Woman
Soldier Soldier Major Jessica Bailey Seven episodes
1998 Wycliffe Sophie Cattran One episode: Standing Stone
1999 RKO 281 Dolores del Rio Uncredited
2000 Reach for the Moon Amelia Marchant Six episodes
2002 In Deep Elinor Two episodes: Blood Loss: Part 1, Blood Loss: Part 2
The Real Jane Austen Cassandra Austen
2003 Red Cap Megan Rhodes One episode: Cold War
Sweet Medicine Anna Winterson Five episodes
2004 The Bill Philippa Manson Nine episodes (2004–2005)
2005 The Queen's Sister Princess Margaret
2006 Bombshell Valerie Welling
Coup! Amanda Mann
2007 Cape Wrath Evelyn Brogan
Forgiven Liz Won 2008 International Emmy award for Best Actress
Ballet Shoes Thea Dane
2008 Einstein and Eddington Mileva Einstein
2009 Torchwood: Children of Earth Alice Carter
Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye Pat Fortescue
Murderland Sally
2010 Silent Witness Rebecca Connelly Two episodes: Intent: Part 1, Intent: Part 2
Midsomer Murders Jenny Russell One episode: The Sword of Guillaume
2012 Lewis Marion Hammond One episode: Fearful Symmetry (Series 6)
2013 Ripper Street Deborah Goren Three episodes: In My Protection, The Good of this City, Tournament of Shadows
2013 Atlantis Circe Two episodes: Songs of Siren, Touched by the Gods (Part 1)
2015 Broadchurch Tess Henchard
2016 Death in Paradise Caroline Bamber Episode 5.2


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Pressing Engagement
2001 Gosford Park Lottie
2007 Becoming Jane Eliza De Feuillide
2011 The Awakening Constance Strickland
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Nikki


  1. Jackson, Alan (10 January 2009). "I didn't get where I am today without... Lucy Cohu, 38, actress". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-07-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Macarthur, Anna (March 2006). "Brent people: A royal performance - Lucy Cohu". The Brent Magazine, Issue 52. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "I still pine for my lost love:interview Lucy Cohu : The Secret House of Death", The Mirror, 15 March 1996
  4. Lowry, Brian (1 March 2006). "The Queen's Sister". Variety.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Davies, Hugh (19 August 2005). "Channel 4's shocking portrayal of the life of Princess Margaret". The Daily Telegraph. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. All-star cast dance onto BBC One in Ballet Shoes BBC Press Office. 2007-08-11,
  7. "Award-winner Cohu joins Speaking In Tongues". The Official London Theatre Guide. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Spencer, Charles (29 September 2009). "Speaking in Tongues at Duke of York's Theatre, review". The Daily Telegraph. London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "British talent on a roll at Emmys". Metro. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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