VOLUME 3 • ISSUE 3

TRISH
COOKE


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NAME

Trish Cooke
Also known as Patricia Cooke-Ramsden

BORN:
Patricia Nancy Cooke
22nd March, 1962
Bradford, Yorkshire, England

PROFESSION

Writer, author, actress

FAMILY

PARENTS:
Abiah Basarbas Cooke (Wesley, Dominica) and Agnes Cooke née John Baptiste (LaPlaine, Dominica)

SIBLINGS:
John, Mary, Clara (Jones), Gloria, Joseph, Elizabeth (Serrant), Catherine (Aaron), Paul, and Theresa

SPOUSE:
Devon Ramsden 2000–present

CHILDREN:
Kieron and Jermaine

EDUCATION

1966–69 Buttershaw Infant School, Bradford, England
1969–73 Farfield Junior School, Bradford, England
1973–80 Buttershaw Upper School, Bradford, England
1980–83 Bradford University—Leeds Polytechnic and Ilkley College, Bradford, England

DEGREES:
1933 High school diploma, Buttershaw Upper School, Bradford, England
1980 BA in Performing Arts, Bradford University, Bradford, England

CAREER

FILM
Stage manager, The Black Theatre Co-op, London, England
"Cathy" in Shore Leave, National Film School
"Annie" in Limited Horizons, National Film School
Voice-over, Five Minute Faces
1991 Actress, A Social Affair
2002 Time Out
"Sarah" in It Happened To Me, corporate film, Quantum Leap
2004 Script writer, Those Old Metal Things, Illustra Films short film
2006 Where Aeroplanes Go To Die , Screen Yorkshire Digital Shorts short film

THEATRE
1986 "Aisha Boven" in The Name of the Daughter was Rose, Liverpool Playhouse, England
1987 "Sabina Williams" in Nine Nights, Umoja Theatre Company, England
1989 Playwright, Shoppin' People, Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, England
Playwright, No Place Like Home, Albany Empire, London, England
Playwright, Back Street Mammy, Lyric Hammersmith, London, England
1991 Playwright, Back Street Mammy, West Yorkshire Playhouse, England
1993 Playwright, Running Dream, Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, England
1995 Playwright, Love Them to Death
Playwright, Ooops Inside Her Head
Playwright/director, Gulp Fiction, Civic Theatre, Peckham, England
1996 Playwright/director, Gulp Fiction, Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, England
Playwright, Running Dream, People’s Action Theatre, Roseau, Dominica
2003 Playwright, Hidden Worlds, wrote book and lyrics at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2003–04)
2005 Playwright, Pinocchio, Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, England (wrote book and lyrics for pantomime adaptation)
2007 Playwright, Anansi Trades Places, Talawa Theatre Company, London, England (wrote book and lyrics)
Playwright, Cinderella, Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, England (wrote book and lyrics)

TELEVISION
Mother in Jackanory, BBC TV
Villager in The BBC Pantomime
"W.P.C. Thorogood" in Radio Roo
1985 Television reporter in No Problem, Channel 4
1988 "Trish" in Playdays (1988–97), BBC TV
1989 Scriptwriter, Playdays (1989–96), BBC TV
1990 The storyteller in You and Me, BBC Schools TV
Scriptwriter, Selecting For Quality, BBC Open University
Scriptwriter, You And Me (1990–91), BBC Schools TV
1991 Scriptwriter, Eastenders, episode: 630, BBC TV
1994 "Belinda" in Remember Me
Scriptwriter, The Real McCoy (1994–95), comedy sketches, BBC 1
1996 Scriptwriter, Brothers and Sisters, episode: 5 (Series One), BBC TV
1997 Scriptwriter, Get Up Stand Up (Bachacks for Channel 4), comedy sketches
1998 Scriptwriter, Tweenies (1998–99), BBC TV
2000 Scriptwriter, Mags & Mo, Peak Viewing Transatlantic Productions
2001 "Jenny Cruikshank" in Mersey Beat, pilot episode, BBC TV
Till operator in Where the Heart Is, episode: Home to Roost, Anglia TV
Scriptwriter, Velma Lu,BBC TV
Scriptwriter, Time Out, original screenplay (2001–02)
2002 Sonographer in Emmerdale Farm, episode:#1.3249, Yorkshire Television
"Irene Hall" in Khidhaar, episode: one, BBC TV
Clinic nurse in Burn It, Granada/Red Productions
Hotel receptionist in Dalziel and Pascoe, episode: Sins of the Father, BBC TV
Scriptwriter, Single Voices SR 2, Carlton TV
2003 Registrar in Coronation Street, episode:, Granada Television
Nurse in Doctors, episode: Fat Lies, BBC
Paramedic in EastEnders, 1 episode, BBC
Scriptwriter, Flip Flops (2003–04), BBC TV
2004 Court clerk in The Courtroom, episode: Balloon Rage, Mersey Television
Paramedic in EastEnders, 2 episodes, BBC
2005 "Jo Davis" in Casualty, episode: Antisocial Behaviour, BBC
"Mrs. Gibson" in The Stepfather, episodes: parts 1 and 2
"Nurse Clark" in Northern Light, Granada Television
Scriptwriter, Doctors, episodes: Hard to Swallow, BBC
Paramedic in EastEnders, 1 episode, BBC
2006 "Laura Pedder", midwife in Coronation Street, episode:2, Granada Television
"Christine Rees", nursery nurse in Doctors, episode: Coming Up Roses, BBC
Scriptwriter, Doctors, episodes: Looking After Mum, BBC
2007
Paramedic in EastEnders, 1 episode, BBC

RADIO
1991 Script writer, We Expect Respect, BBC Radio 4
Mother in Infant History, BBC
Radio presenter, 12345, BBC
1996 "Mary" in Mary’s Light, BBC
"Isla" in Pioneers Oh Pioneers, BBC
Script writer, Mary's Light, BBC Radio 4
1997 Script writer, Something To Think About, BBC Schools Radio
Script writer, The Harriet Tubman Story, BBC Radio 4
1998 Script writer, Luv Dancin', BBC Radio Manchester
1999 Young "Muriel" in Those Old Metal Things, BBC Radio 4
Script writer, Those Old Metal Things, BBC Radio Manchester
2000 Script writer, Single Plus One, BBC Radio Manchester
2001 "Alice", sister, woman and girl in Not Either An Experimental Doll, BBC Radio 4
"Lakeesha" and Caribbean lady in Census, BBC Radio 4
2002 "Stella" in Step By Wicked Step, BBC Radio Education
Script writer, Unspoken, BBC Radio Manchester (2002–03)
2003 Radio presenter, Together, BBC Radio 3
2004 Scriptwriter, Those Old Metal Things
2008 Scriptwriter, The Scrapbook, Lourdes and Mother’s Day, BBC Schools Radio

WORKS

BOOKS
1989 Mammy Sugar Falling Down
1990 Mrs Molly’s Shopping Trolley
1992 Looking For Auntie Natal
1994 So Much
Mr. Pam Pam and the Hullabazoo
1995 When I Grow Bigger
2000 The Grandad Tree
Waiting for Baby
2001 Zoom!
The Diary of a Young West Indian Immigrant
2003 Full, Full, Full Of Love
2004 Catch!
2006 Hey Crazy Riddle
2007 Hoorah For Mary Seacole
2008 No Dinner for Anansi

AWARDS

1986 ACERS Black Young Writers Award (under the pseudonym Roselia John Baptiste)
1988–89 Arts Council Writer in Residence at Liverpool Playhouse
Thames Television Writers Bursary, Liverpool Playhouse
1992 Writer-in-Residence at Second Wave Youth Theatre at the Albany Empire, London
1994 Yorkshire Black Achievers Award
Nestle Smarties Book Prize (0-5 category), So Much
Kurt Maschler Award (highly commended), So Much
1995 She/WH Smith's Under Fives Book Prize, So Much
Kate Greenaway Medal, So Much
Sheffield Children's Book Award (shortlisted), So Much
Nottinghamshire Children's Book Award (shortlisted), So Much
1999 Won a place on the BBC's Popular Drama Series Workshop, BBC Drama's New Writing Initiative
Won a place on TAPS Writers' Showcase at Yorkshire Television
Won place on 13-week course in Script Development for Short Film, Northern Film School
2000 Won a place on a course at the Northern Film School in Script Development for Short Films
2001 Won a place of the Yorkshire First Feedback Screenwriting course with her script Time Out
Won a place of BBC Children's Comedy Drama Course with her script Velma Lu
2002 Writer-in-Residence, BBC North

NOTABLE

The book So Much is featured in a portrait of former British Labour leader, Neil Kinnock, and his wife, which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.