Sue Cook

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Sue Cook
Born Susan Lorraine Thomas
(1949-03-30) 30 March 1949 (age 68)
Ruislip, Middlesex, England
Residence Oxfordshire
Nationality British
Education Psychology
Leicester University
Occupation Presenter, author
Employer BBC
Notable work
  • On Dangerous Ground (2006)
  • Force of Nature (2009)
Children 2
Parent(s) William and Kathleen Thomas

Susan "Sue" Cook (born Susan Lorraine Thomas, 30 March 1949, Ruislip, Middlesex) is a British presenter and author.

Early life[edit]

Cook's father, William Thomas, worked for the Commission on Industrial Relations (later ACAS). She has two younger brothers and lived on Burnham Avenue in Ickenham. She attended Glebe Primary School, then passed her eleven plus exam, enabling her to attend the newly opened Vyners Grammar School, also in Ickenham on Warren Road. She gained ten O-levels and three A-levels, and went on to the University of Leicester, graduating in 1971[1] with an honours degree in psychology.


Cook's broadcasting career began as a producer, presenter, and DJ for London's Capital Radio before moving to the BBC where, over the next thirty years, she presented programmes for both radio and television—notably, You and Yours, Making History, Nationwide, Breakfast Time, We're Going Places, Children in Need, Out of Court and Crimewatch.[2] Other BBC TV presenting credits include Pebble Mill At One, Daytime Live, Omnibus at the Proms, Having a Baby, the documentary series Hampton Court Palace, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Out of This World and the Children's Royal Variety Performance. She was a regular guest on Call My Bluff, and a member of Holiday's team of reporters. For Channel 4 she hosted The Chelsea Flower Show, the Hampton Court Flower Show and the popular afternoon series Collector's Lot. She also appeared briefly as herself in the BBC television drama serial Edge of Darkness (1985) and in The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986). Career listed in detail here:


The University of Leicester conferred an honorary D.Litt degree on Cook in 1997[3] in recognition of her contribution to British broadcasting.


Cook's first two novels, On Dangerous Ground (2006) and Force of Nature (2009), were first published by Hodder Headline. Both novels are now available on Amazon as eBooks. She devised and presents a supportive series for writers, The Write Lines, for BBC Oxford and is a patron of the annual Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She is currently writing her third novel.


Cook is executive producer for Tracker starring Ray Winstone and released in the UK in April 2011. She also script edited the film. She is adapting her first novel, On Dangerous Ground, for the screen.

Alan Partridge[edit]

Cook has been memorably immortalized in the Alan Partridge universe as an object of Alan's unrequited affections, famously presenting him with the Book of Cook in the season finale.


Cook is an ambassador of the Prince's Trust, and a patron of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund, the Children's Liver Disease Foundation and the British Humanist Association.

Personal life[edit]

Cook lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, the film director Ian Sharp, whom she married in 2004. She has two children, Charlie Williams, son to former husband John Williams (the classical guitarist), and Megan Macqueen, daughter to children's television and GMTV producer Billy Macqueen, with whom Cook lived for fifteen years. Her first marriage was in 1971, to the musician Brian Cook, whom she met at Leicester University.


  1. ^ "University of Leicester Bulletin" (PDF). University of Leicester. December 2001. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Johnston, Jenny (2011) " She regularly deputised for Jimmy Young on Radio 2's Jimmy Young Show."Since leaving Crimewatch, Sue Cook has written books and produced films but she says nothing can beat the buzz of live television", Daily Mail, 29 April 2011, retrieved 2011-07-06
  3. ^ "University of Leicester Bulletin" (PDF). University of Leicester. April 1997. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

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