Sue Cook

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Sue Cook
Susan Lorraine Thomas

(1949-03-30) 30 March 1949 (age 69)
Ruislip, Middlesex, England
Leicester University
OccupationPresenter, author
Notable work
  • On Dangerous Ground (2006)
  • Force of Nature (2009)
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).

Cook is a recurring unseen character in the comedy series I'm Alan Partridge, where she is depicted as a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed friend of Alan's.[3]


The University of Leicester conferred an honorary D.Litt degree on Cook in 1997[4] 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.


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 Humanists UK.

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 by her former husband John Williams (the classical guitarist), and Megan Macqueen, daughter by the children's television and GMTV producer Billy Macqueen, with whom Cook lived for 15 years. Her first marriage, in 1971, was 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 6 July 2011
  3. ^ "Sue Cook reflects on two decades of broadcasting at the BBC". 7 February 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ "University of Leicester Bulletin" (PDF). University of Leicester. April 1997. Retrieved 10 February 2015.

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