Lucy Cohu

Lucy Cohu

Oct. 2nd, 1968
Born in
Wiltshire, England, UK
5’ 5

Lucy Cohu's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Atlantis TV Show
Cape Wrath (UK) TV Show
Cape Wrath (UK)
Murderland (UK) TV Show
Murderland (UK)
Sweet Medicine (UK) TV Show
Sweet Medicine (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Lucy Cohu (born 1968) is an English actress, known for portraying Princess Margaret in The Queen's Sister, Evelyn Brogan in Cape Wrath and Alice Carter in Torchwood: Children of Earth
Cohu was married to the actor Corey Johnson she said of the marriage in 1996 " I was married when I was very young, when I was about twenty, I am a very different person now, that had more to do with why it ended, I still love Corey very, very much,and wish more than anything it hadn't ended. But things change, and it probably wouldn't be right if we tried again'.Cohu was linked to a motorcycle courier called Thanasi when she was 28 saying she had never loved anyone so much, that he had seen the good sides and the bad sides of her and still hadn't gone off her, she went on to say she couldn't have a relationship with another actor as [actors] are so insecure they tend to mirror the worries in each other. She felt it was good to be with Thanasi as he did as normal job, was calm and listened to her also adding he was half Greek and gorgeous.She gave reference to her personal life in early 2010 only to say that the father of Alexander still lived near by in an interview in Woman and Home. Cohu when not acting is described as effortlessly chic with dark hair and of petite stature.The actress Anna Maxwell Martin described her as incredibly glamorous, wearing a huge fake fur coat the first time she met her, stunning, glamorous with natural raven coloured hair. Whilst onscreen in The Queen's Sister Cohu is described as having a posh-girl naughtiness, being gorgeous and a Marilyn Monroe figure that fitted a fifties style dress perfectly.Anna Maxwell Martin went on to describe Cohu as having men drop like flies around her and constantly wanting to sleep with her whilst making ridiculous fools of themselves. Intellectually Cohu is drawn to the serious side of things not the light and fluffy side of life,in an interview she did whilst playing Speaking in Tongues she says that she would always prefer a bit of Ibsen or Chekov and finds the films of Ingmar Bergman very life affirming to watch despite being intense and dark. Despite this seriousness about her work it is very clear that she is a fun friend ,Maxwell saying she finds Cohu's life hilarious and that she always forgets how much fun she is
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.Before she made a living from acting she used to dress up as The Pink Panther for children's parties, getting up singing a song and letting the kids jump all over her, she has been quoted as saying that had she not found success as an actress she would have gone into childrens's nursing. She made her television debut in an episode of Casualty.In 2005, she portrayed Princess Margaret in the semi-fictional version of her life, The Queen's Sister, for Channel 4 and was nominated for Emmy and BAFTA awards for her performance. She was widely praised for the role; Variety disliked the "somewhat tawdry biopic", but said that "Cohu makes it all worth watching".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 wheel chair, she hoped the production hadn't offended anyone as she really liked the Queen.Lord Snowdon, Margerets's ex husband somewhat disagreed with the production though describing it as revolting, inaccurate, no research, vile, vile cheap little film. Although he felt the actor Toby Stephens playing him came out very well he thought Cohu captured nothing of Margaret, saying she was incredibly bad and wasn't very beautiful.Forgiven is possibly Cohu's most important work in establishing her career, her blistering performance in a tour de force that put everyone who saw it through the ringer,Although painful to watch,it would be hard to praise Paul Wilmshurst’s drama too highly“What it felt like,” she says, “was my family having its guts wrenched out and ripped apart.” With two blistering performances at its core, Forgiven describes how she reacts and what happens to their relationship. Every stage of this terrible journey defies expectations and gives off the unmistakeable stench of truth.[14] Cohu has also appeared Cape Wrath, Ballet Shoes, as Theo Danes,[15] and Torchwood: Children of Earth, as Alice Carter, the daughter of Captain Jack Harkness. Cape Wrath was a high concept innovative, edgy, hip show, Lucy's performance along with her on screen husband David Morrissey were both praised, Cohu being described as generating immense warmth, passion, vulnerability and emotional honesty.Of her role as Alice Carter she said the character is a real mystery, having something very complicated and unresolved about her, Cohu said the script made her cry.

  • Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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