Penny Cook

Talented actor, speaker presenter & MC

Penny Cook is well known throughout Australia and fondly recognised for her many roles in some of Australia's most popular television programs. In the corporate arena, she is a much sought after speaker, presenter and master of ceremonies for award evenings, formal functions, seminars and conferences.

An experienced master of ceremonies and presenter, Penny has worked as MC for events and/or functions including those for former US President Bill Clinton, HRH Prince Charles, and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Others include the official Australia Day Celebrations, the Tony Awards, Dr. Charlie Teo's Cure for Life Foundation, the Miss Australia Pageant and even the Speaker' Industry Awards. Penny has also been honored with an invitation to be a Guest Speaker at the Press Club of Australia in Canberra.

About Penny Cook:

Having graduated from NIDA in 1978, Penny made her television debut in The Restless Years. Since then, her career has seen her appear in a long and distinguished list of some of Australia's most successful television programs. These include E-Street, GP, The Flying Doctors and of course who could forget her role as "Vicki the Vet" in the much loved A Country Practice.

Penny's television experience also includes presenting for several years on The Great Outdoors. Her wide range of experience and skills has seen her involved in several films and also nearly 40 theatrical productions throughout her career.

She has had a long involvement in the theatre both as an actress and director. In 1979 she helped to form the Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney) for which she performed numerous times. She has also appeared for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Queensland Theatre Company, Northside (Marian Street) Theatre Company, and in several national tours including Sir Peter Hall's production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, and in the John Bell / Richard Tognetti production of The Solder's Tale with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Penny has been a panelist on Good News Week, a guest presenter at The Logies on several occasions, Good Morning Australia, Sunrise and Tonight Live. She is spokeswoman for several prominent Australian charities.

Penny is noted for her warmth, experience, professionalism, rapport, humour, down to earth style and natural exuberance.

Client testimonials

Penny was fantastic. Extremely professional, flexible & witty. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.

Axis Events Group

Penny Cook made the evening an absolute delight. She was professional, encouraging and entertaining.


You spoke with amazing honesty, sensitivity, understanding and humour. You engaged the audience and energised them.

St Vincent's Hospital

It was a pleasure working with Penny. She was extremely professional and very interactive & well received by the clients and the community.

The Showcorp Group

As MC for the Wired for Wonder event in July 2013, Penny Cook created a great rapport with the audience and her warmth and humour created unique links and segue between the speakers, providing a seamless and connected flow. Penny was well prepared and professional throughout, and we have received many comments from the attendees about her ability to keep the event tempo high and pin point the key learnings and takeouts from the sessions. I would not hesitate recommending Penny Cook.

Commonwealth Bank Australia