WEST Sussex actress Sophie Cookson makes her big screen return this month with the release of eagerly awaited second Kingsman movie.

   The 27-year-old, who grew up in Haywards Heath, was cast in the 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service as Roxy, a candidate as an agent for independent international intelligence agency Kingsman “operating at the highest level of direction whose ultimate aim is the keep the world safe”.

   She starred alongside Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine with Taron Egerton as fellow candidate Eggsy and now reprises the role of Roxy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. With Colin Firth once again playing mentor Harry Hart, the cast includes Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Elton John as himself (well, sort of).

   In the new instalment, the heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed by Poppy, a notorious criminal mastermind and member of the secret group The Golden Circle, the world is held hostage.

   They discover an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

   Kingman: The Secret Service was a box office hit, taking $412million and generating positive reviews with one describing it as “stylish, subversive and above all fun”. Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first Kingsman movie, also directs The Golden Circle, with the screenplay written by him and Jane Goldman based on the comic book The Secret Service, which was created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.

   Sophie was in her third year as a drama student when she famously won the role of Roxy over Emma Watson, telling Interview Magazine: “I wasn’t aware of the people I was possibly up against and it was such a long shot. I got an email saying, ‘Do you want to put yourself on tape for this film with Colin Firth?’ Okay. It wasn’t like I had anything to lose.”

   Since making the first Kingsman movie, Sophie has appeared as Pippa in The Huntsman: Winter’s War and has also made yet-to-be-released movies Emperor with Adrien Brody, and World War Two drama Ashes in the Snow. She is currently playing Sydney in the Netflix drama Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on September 20.

Main picture: Sophie Cookson as Roxy, and above and below, Taron Egerton as Eggsy.  Pictures courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox