Sophie Heathcote was an Australian actress, known for her role in film Reckless Kelly and for her regular television serial roles, including A Country Practice, Water Rats and Grass Roots.
Heathcote was born in Melbourne. She graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in late 1994. Acting roles included roles in Bordertown, GP and Soldier Soldier. Subsequent to this she took the ongoing role of Senior Constable Fiona Cassidy in Water Rats (1996–97), followed by a role in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation series Raw FM (1997) in which she played sexy lesbian dancer Sam, a role she said challenged her more than anything she had done since leaving NIDA. She won an AFI award in 2000 for her role in ABC’s Grass Roots.
Along with her husband she established an annual fundraising event that raises $500,000 a year for the neonatal unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The staff there saved the life of their first child, Madeleine, who is believed to have suffered respiratory problems. The couple moved to the US in 2005, basing themselves in New York City.
Heathcote died suddenly on 4 January 2006 in Connecticut, reportedly from an aneurysm. She had also been suffering from skin and pancreatic cancer.