19 December 1918|
Mevagissey, Cornwall, England
|Died||1 October 2011
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||Antoinette Georgina Cookson|
Cookson was the daughter of racing driver Roger Cookson and Sybil Taylor. Her mother, using the pseudonym Sydney Tremayne, was a novelist and contributed to The Tatler. Cookson left Benenden School at the age of 15 to train at RADA.
She was married four times; she was twice divorced and twice widowed. She had two children, a son and a daughter.
After graduating from RADA, she found constant work in both the regions and the West End theatre, appearing alongside Hermione Gingold in the wartime revue Rise Above It at the ‘Q’ (1940) and at the Comedy Theatre (1941). In the same decade, she was in Love Goes to Press, with Irene Worth, at the Embassy Theatre (in Swiss Cottage) and Duchess Theatre (1946) and briefly on Broadway the following year; School for Spinsters (Criterion Theatre, 1947), Portrait of Hickory (Embassy, 1948) and opposite Jack Buchanan in Don’t Listen, Ladies! at the St James's Theatre in 1949.
She was no less busy in the '50s, with appearances in Lionel Shapiro’s The Bridge for Bristol Old Vic (1952); 13 for Dinner (Duke of York's Theatre, 1953); the world premier of I Capture the Castle, with Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and Roger Moore, which opened at Grand Theatre, Blackpool before transferring to the Aldwych Theatre in 1954; and Robert Morley’s Six Months’ Grace (Phoenix Theatre, 1957). Her last stage roles included a national tour of My Fair Lady in 1988 and, alongside Peggy Mount and Jack Douglas, A Breath of Spring in 1990.
- I Didn't Do It (1945)
- Woman Hater (1948)
- Solution by Phone (1954)
- The Naked Truth (1957)
- A Question of Adultery (1958)
- The Treasure of San Teresa (1959)
- The Shakedown (1959)
- Your Money or Your Wife (1960)
- The Girl on the Boat (1961)
- Live Now, Pay Later (1962)
- Woman of Straw (1964)
- Allez France (1964)
- Darling (1965)
- Catacombs (1965)
- Walk a Crooked Path (1969)
- Citizen James
- Clouds of Witness (Episode 1 of the Lord Peter Whimsey Mysteries - 1973)
- Danger Man
- The Prisoner (episodes Many Happy Returns and A. B. and C.)
- No Hiding Place
- Steptoe and Son (episode 'Loathe Story')
- UFO (episode "Court Martial")