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Biographical information
Also Known As

Ursule
The Lark
Mademoiselle Lanoire
Euphrasie

Gender

Female

Eye Color

Blue

Hair color

Brunette (novel)
Blond (film)

Born

1815

Family

Félix Tholomyès (father)
Fantine (mother)
Jean Valjean (adopted father)

Relationships

Marius Pontmercy (husband)

Behind the scenes
Portrayer

Fabienne Guyon
Rebecca Caine
Judy Kuhn
Kymberley Huffman
Marie Zamora
Katie Hall
Lucie Jones
Claire Danes
Virginie Ledoyen
Samantha Dorsey
Emilie Fleming
Amanda Seyfried
Samantha Hill
Gina Beck
Lisa-Anne Wood
Paulina Janczak

Cosette is the main deuteragonist in the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. She is the illegitimate daughter of Fantine and Félix Tholomyès. Her birth name is Euphrasie but she is referred to throughout her life as "Cosette." As a child, she is left with the Thenardiers and their children, who horribly abuse her while indulging their own young daughters, Éponine and Azelma.  On Christmas of 1823, Cosette is adopted (and saved) by Jean Valjean. Later she grows into a beautiful teenager and marries Marius Pontmercy near the end of the story.

NovelEdit

Childhood in MontfermeilEdit

As a toddler, Cosette's mother Fantine left her with the Thénardiers and gives them money to look after her. Éponine and Azelma once played with Cosette when they first met as toddlers, but they become cruel to her after following their parents' example of abusing her. They are unkind to her and tease her, and at times ignore her completely.

While Fantine is in the hospital, Jean Valjean (by then known as Monsieur Madeleine) promised her to get and retrieve Cosette for her. But, Fantine dies before she sees her beloved daughter again. However, Valjean is determined to find and adopt Cosette.

On Christmas Eve, as Cosette goes to the woods to fetch a pail of water, Valjean sees her. He helped her and accompanied her back in the inn. He sees how Éponine and Azelma are unkind to her, when they go to their mother and point at Cosette for "stealing" their doll. After seeing this, he leaves the inn for a while to buy a brand new expensive doll that costs about 30 francs.

Later that night, Cosette naively places her wooden shoe before the fireplace next to Éponine and Azelma's shoes in expectation of receiving something from Father Christmas, though she knows that Father Christmas always ignores her. Valjean anonymously places a gold Louis coin in her shoe.
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Young Cosette as she appears in the 2012 film

On Christmas Day, Valjean informs the Thénardiers that the real reason he is at the inn is because he wants to take Cosette with him. Mme. Thénardier immediately agrees to this, but M. Thénardier pretends to have adoration for Cosette and acts reluctant to give her up. Valjean then offers them 1,500 francs, settling all of Fantine's debts, and he and Cosette leave the inn. However, Thénardier tries to swindle more money out of Valjean by running after them and telling Valjean that he has changed his mind and how he does not want to give Cosette away.

He informs Valjean that Cosette's mother had entrusted her to their care and that he cannot release Cosette to a stranger, not without a note from her mother, however. Valjean, agreeing with him, hands him a letter signed by Fantine. Thénardier then attempts to order Valjean to either return Cosette or pay a thousand crowns, but Valjean ignores him and leaves with Cosette.

Life after the ThénardiersEdit

Valjean takes Cosette directly to Paris. They lodge at Gorbeau House, and Valjean begins giving her a basic education. When Javert discovers Valjean's whereabouts, Valjean and Cosette are forced to escape. After climbing over a wall, they soon find themselves in the Petit-Picpus Convent. The gardener Fauchelevant, who was once rescued by Valjean in Montreuil-sur-Mer, recognizes "Monsieur Madeleine" and is eager to help him. Valjean poses as Fauchelevant's brother, assuming that name for Cosette and himself, and the two live peacefully in the convent for many years. Valjean works with Fauchelevent while Cosette is educated. Over time, she appears to have no recollection of her childhood before arriving at the convent. She leaves the convent at the age of fifteen. It is here Cosette receives her unofficial surname. Her original surname is Tholomyès.

Relationship with MariusEdit

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Katie Hall's Cosette on the West End 2010

Cosette and Marius first met at Luxembourg Gardens. Now Cosette is very beautiful, with chestnut (châtain) hair and blue eyes. Both Marius and Cosette fall in love with each other when their eyes meet (although this only happens after constantly seeing each other over the course of several months). When Valjean takes notice of Marius’ affections, he sees Marius as a coward for not confronting him and seeking approval to court her. He also fears losing Cosette, who has become the source of his happiness, to Marius. After Marius discovers their address, Valjean then takes Cosette away from the Luxembourg Gardens and moves to another house, in which he thought Marius was a hired spy by Javert.
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"Cosette seated herself on Valjean's knees."

Marius spots Cosette again during a charitable visit she and Valjean make to the Thénardiers at Gorbeau House, directly next door to Marius. He asks Éponine to find her new address for him, and she reluctantly agrees. After many weeks, Éponine takes Marius to Cosette’s new home. Marius idly watches Cosette for a few nights before approaching her. When Cosette and Marius finally meet again in Cosette's garden, they confess their love for each other and spend the rest of their lives together.

Life after ValjeanEdit

Marius and Cosette get married. The next morning, Valjean tells Marius of his criminal history. This leads Marius to believe Valjean is dangerous, and asks him to leave him and Cosette. Valjean wishes not to be permanently separated from Cosette, so Marius grants him a visit every evening. But slowly, he makes it clear that Valjean is not wanted in the house, so Valjean leaves and never comes back. When Marius finds out through M. Thénardier that Valjean had saved him, Marius and Cosette go to Valjean, now on his deathbed. Valjean then shares the last minutes of his life with Marius and Cosette, while Cosette learns from Valjean about her past and her mother Fantine.

MusicalEdit

Act I

ChildEdit

AdolescentEdit

Act IIEdit

List of PortrayersEdit

MusicalEdit

ChildEdit

  • Maryse Cédolin – Original French Concept Album
  • Sylvie Camacho, Priscilla Patron – Original Paris stage cast
  • Zoë Hart, Jayne O'Mahony, Joanne Woodcock – Original London cast
  • Donna Vivino – Original Broadway cast
  • Heather Brown, Niki Holt, Ilana Miller – Original Canadian cast
  • Nadia Henry, Samantha Ladak – 1987 Glasgow cast (also played Young Éponine)
  • Lauren Brzozowski, Sophie Stone – 1988 1st USA Tour
  • Tori Cwiklinski,  Anna Seston – 1988 2nd USA tour
  • Eugenia Andysiak, Basia Bukoski – 1989, Musical Theatre in Gdynia (also played Young Éponine)
  • Marissa Dunlop – Complete Symphonic Recording 
  • Momoko Nakamura – Original Japanese Cast
  • Josie Dhillon, Nicolette Reed – 1988 West End production
  • Kazuko Takahashi, Natsumi Yoshida –1989/1990 Japanese tour (also played Young Éponine)
  • Laura Margrethe Madsen – 1989 Vienna tour
  • Jenalyn Eng, Katya Farsons, Brooke Osadchin, Sara Palacios – 1989 Broadway production
  • Taylor Ferlatte, Meredith McDonald – 1990 Fredericton cast (also played Young Éponine)
  • Jennifer Bujari, Katie Song – 1990 Broadway production
  • Audrey Boitel, Karine Debec, Aurélie Lebarbé – 1991 Paris revival
  • Jessica Green, Samantha Manning – 1991 Broadway production
  • Marianne Ahlers, Wilhelmina Joosten – 1991 Dutch Cast
  • Madison Higgins, Katie Lee – 1992 Broadway production
  • Brittany Bradshaw, Crystal Tam – 1993/94 West End Production
  • Jessie Eaton, Isabella Peterson – 1993 Broadway
  • Naomi Inoue and Moa Wakahisa – 1994 Japanese Red Cast
  • Tsubacki Guchi and Chinatsu Kawa – 1994 Japanese Blue Cast
  • Juliana Cameron, Selena Smalls – 1995 Broadway
  • Hannah Chick – 10th Anniversary Concert (1995)
  • Lea Michele - 1995 -1998 Broadway
  • Charlotte Cottis-Griffith, Megan Siegel – 1996 Broadway
  • Jessica Vlaykov, Margaret Baldachin – 1996 Philadelphia tour
  • Teresa Acenas, Maria Ziegler – 1996 West End production
  • Alexandra Herkcenrathe, Megan Levine – 1997 West End production
  • Diana Tan – 1997 Florida cast
  • Chiyo Maki – 1997-1999 Japanese tour
  • Bersabhe Bulger, Celia Solomon – 1998 Toronto tour (also played Young Éponine)
  • Michelle Ekmekjan, Gabriella Panozo – 1998 West End production
  • Dorothée Mathieu – 1998 Québec cast
  • Natalie Green, Jordana Lay – 1998 Dover tour (also played Young Éponine)
  • Adrienne Lavigne – 1999 Antwerp Tour
  • Emily Rowan – 1999 Dublin Tour
  • Marissa Brigida Vives – 2000 Argentina, Bueno Aires Spain Tour
  • Stephanie Mikeo Cohen – 2000 US tour
  • Hannah Schembri – 2001 Malta tour
  • Mahta Desroaches, Kiana Rhiazi – 2001 Broadway production
  • Malena Perez – 2002 Commissioning Mexican scene
  • Shinju Masuyo Himura, Keori Uedi – 2003 Japanese Violet and Light Blue Cast
  • Sayuri Matsushita – 2003 Japanese Green and Orange Cast
  • Brianna Hisey, Corinne Leal – 2002 West End production
  • Johanna Chamberlain, Portia-Marie Corbett, Megan Siegel – 2003 West End production
  • Megan Dela Cruz, Janice Ritchie – 2004 West End Production
  • Maggie Day, Carolyn Runalls – 2005 West End Production
  • Sakuraku Miki – 2005 Japanese tour
  • Shireen Bragman, Alexis Taha – 2006 West End Production
  • Hunter Campbell – 2006 Washington DC tour
  • Tess Adams, Kylie Liya Goldstein, Carly Rose Sonenclar – 2006: Broadway revival (also played Young Éponine)
  • Mia Hirsch – 2006 Berlin cast
  • Sammy Bloom, Stephanie Tangir – 2006-2007 West End Production
  • Monica Byron, Gillian Smith – 2007 Broadway cast
  • Julia Adams, Jessica Zhang – 2007-2008 West End Production
  • Katherine Sleeth – 2008 Wichita Tour
  • Tanaz Gara, Madison Mojarab – 2008 Vancouver Youth Production
  • Madison Levy – 2008-2009 Hollywood Bowl Cast
  • Celeste Auld, Courtney Wright – 2009 West End Production
  • Kalie Naftzger – 2009 TexARTS production
  • Samara Clarke – 25th anniversary UK tour
  • Mia Jenkins – 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2
  • Eléonore Cavey – 2009 Quebec tour
  • Greet Drika, Ima Rompa – 2008-2009 Dutch Revival cast
  • Laura Berry, Ava Thompson – 2009-2010 West End Production
  • Sofia Glover, Hannah Licata – 2009 St. John's cast  (also played Young Éponine)
  • Sayuri Hamasaki – 2011 Japanese tour
  • Catalina Smith – 2010/11 Madrid cast
  • Kitagawa Mai, Kimura Aozora, Shimizu Sion – 2013 25th anniversary Japanese cast
  • Ardita Cays, Christina Fray, Gillian Simco, Erin Sinojmeri – 2010-2011 West End production
  • Isabelle Allen, Lois Ellington, Ashley Goldberg, Sarah Huttlestone – 2011-2012 West End production
  • Sarah Rose Meldrin – 2011 Florida cast
  • Maja Kwiatkowska – 2010-11 Roma Theater in Warsaw
  • Erin Cearlock, Ava Della Pietra, Abbey Rose Gould – 2011: 25th Anniversary US Tour
  • Sarah B’Dacy, Eden Watts – 2012 US tour
  • Elise Blake, Annabel Parsons, Ellie Simmons – 2012 English Regional cast (also played Young Éponine)
  • Emmi Dawson, Jemima Eaton, Caoimhe Judd, Honey Harrison Maw – 2012 West End cast
  • Michelangela Basurto – 2012 Bologna tour
  • Scarlett Halton – RGS High Wycombe 2013 School Edition
  • Matilda Shapland, Eva Trodd – 2013/14 West End cast
  • Ella Ballentine, Saara Chaudry, Madison Oldroyd – 2013 Toronto cast (also played Young Éponine)
  • Angeli Negron, Mckayla Twiggs, Mia Sinclair Jenness – 2014 Broadway cast (also play Young Éponine)
  • Ana Pérez Segura, Martina Vidal, Chiruca Baez Seoane – 2013-2014 Los Miserables: Spanish Tour
  • Riley Samson – Lawrence Park CI's 2014 school edition
  • Sylvie Erskine, Ashley Goldberg, Lucy Simmonds – 2014/15 West End Cast

AdolescentEdit

  • Fabienne Guyon – Original French Concept Album, Original Paris stage cast
  • Rebecca Caine – Original London cast
  • Judy Kuhn – Original Broadway cast, 10th Anniversary Concert
  • Kymberley Huffman – Original Canadian cast
  • Madeline Herkenrath – 1987 Glasgow cast
  • Mila Van Weert – 1988 1st USA Tour
  • Kristen Basic – 1988 2nd USA tour
  • Ewa Świątek, Anna Widera - 1989, Musical Theatre in Gdynia
  • Tracy Shayne - Complete Symphonic Recording cast and 1988 Broadway
  • Yuki Saito, Kano Shibata and Honoka Suzuki - Original Japanese Cast
  • Mikiko Shiraki -1989-1991 Japanese tour
  • Mary Louise Clark - 1988 West End production
  • Morenike Fadayomi - 1989 Vienna tour
  • Jacquelyn Piro Donovan - 1989 Broadway production
  • Montana Loach – 1990 Fredericton cast
  • Melissa Anne Davis - 1990 Broadway production
  • Marie Zamora – 1991 Paris revival
  • Gretchen Kingsley - 1991 Broadway production
  • Joke de Kruijf - 1991 Dutch Cast
  • Jennifer Lee Andrews - 1992 Broadway production
  • Nicky Adams - 1993/94 West End Production
  • Kim Seun Yeung - 1993 Korean Highlights
  • Sarah E. Litzsinger - 1993 Broadway
  • Yuhko Miyamoto- 1994 Japanese Red Cast and 1994 Japanese Tour
  • Yasuko Sado - 1994 Japanese Blue Cast and 1994 Japanese Tour
  • Stephanie Waters - 1995 Broadway
  • Tamra Hayden - 1996 Broadway
  • Kate Fisher -1996 Philadelphia tour
  • Annalene Beechey - 1996-1998 West End production
  • Cathy Cogle - 1997 West End production
  • Iva Savidge – 1997 Florida cast
  • Hayami Yu, Risa Junna - 1997-1999 Japanese tour
  • Regan Thiel - 1998 Toronto tour
  • Katie Lengyell – 1998 Dover tour
  • Christeena Michelle Riggs - 1998 West End production
  • Nöelle Léonie Rey – 1998 Québec cast
  • Hilde Van Wesepoel, Sigrid van Coillie - 1999 Antwerp Tour
  • Poppy Tierney - 1999 Dublin Tour
  • Yumi Adachi, TOHKO,  Takako Keiko Horiuchi - 2000-2001 Japanese tour
  • Tobi Foster - 2001 Broadway production
  • Nele-Liis Vaiksoo - 2001 Estonian Production
  • Claire Debono - 2001 Malta Tour
  • Silvia Luchetti – 2000 Argentina, Bueno Aires Spain Tour
  • Claudia Cota - 2002 Commissioning Mexican scene
  • Yuka Kohno - 2003 Japanese Violet and Light Blue Cast and 2003-2006 Japanese tour
  • Tamaki Kenmotsu - 2003 Japanese Green and Orange Cast and 2003-2006 Japanese tour
  • Rina Chinen - 2005 Japanese tour
  • Nishiura Kaori - 2005-2006 Japanese Tour
  • Sandra Turley - 2002 West End production
  • Helen French -2002, 2003 West End production
  • Julia Moller - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 West End Production
  • Sierra Boggess - 2006 Washington DC tour
  • Ali Ewoldt – 2006: Broadway revival
  • Gina Beck – 2006-2007 West End Production
  • Idara Victor - 2007 Broadway revival
  • Claire-Marie Hall – 2007-2008 West End Production
  • Ashley Batten  -2008 Wichita Tour
  • Leanne Dobinson – 2008-2009 West End Production
  • Heather Garbutt, Kaitlin Moher – 2008 Vancouver youth production
  • Katie Hall – 2009 West End Production, UK tour and 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2
  • Myriam Brousseau -2009 Quebec tour
  • Cassandra Gardener – 2009 St. John's cast
  • Suzan Seegers - 2008-2009 Dutch Revival cast
  • Tomita Maho - 2007 Japanese tour
  • Karashima Sae, Mika Kikuchi - 2007-2009 Japanese tour
  • Sayaka Kanda - 2009-2011 Japanese Tour
  • Emily Bull – 2009-2010 West End Production
  • Helen Owen - 2010 West End production
  • Amanda Jane (AJ) Callaghan -2011 West End Production
  • Emiri Nakayama, Inada Mizuki, Orii Motoko - 2011 Japanese tour
  • Talía del Val – 2010-2011 (Madrid) 2011-2012 (Barcelona): Los Miserables (Spain revival)
  • Lee Ji Soo - 2013 South Korean 25th annniversary tour
  • Ikuyo Aoyama - 2013 25th anniversary Japanese cast
  • Reina Isogai, Kumiko Wakai -  2013 25th anniversary Japanese cast
  • Lucie Jones – 2010-2011 West End Production
  • Lisa-Anne Wood – 2011-2012 West End Production
  • Paulina Janczak, Kaja Mianowana, Weronika Bochat - 2010/12 Roma Theater in Warsaw
  • Jennifer Latimer, Lauren Wiley – 25th Anniversary US Tour
  • Zoe Doano - 2012 West End Production
  • Giulia Fabbri - 2012 Bologna tour
  • Harriet Flashman - RGS High Wycombe 2013 School Edition
  • Samantha Dorsey – 2012-2014 West End Production (Current)
  • Samantha Hill - 2013 Toronto cast and 2014 Broadway Production 
  • Emily Langridge - 2013 current Australian Cast
  • Talía del Val – 2013-2014 Los Miserables: Spanish Tour
  • Chelsea Oswald – Lawrence Park CI's 2014 school edition
  • Emilie Fleming – 2014/15 London cast

MoviesEdit

ChildEdit

  • Kittens Reichert – 1917 film
  • Andrée Rolane – 1925 film
  • Gaby Triquet – 1934 films
  • Marilyn Knowlden – 1935 film
  • Duccia Giraldi – 1948 film
  • Patsy Weil – 1952 film
  • Martine Havet – 1958 film
  • Loretta Goggi – 1964 mini-series
  • Vania Vinitsky – 1972 mini-series
  • Edith González – 1973 series
  • Joanna Price – 1978 film
  • Valentine Bordelet – 1982 film/1985 mini-series
  • Mimi Newman – 1998 film
  • Léopoldine Serre – 2000 mini-series
  • Tamaki Matsumoto - Shōjo Cosette anime 2007
  • Isabelle Allen2012 film

AdolescentEdit

  • Maria Fromet – 1913 films
  • Jewel Carmen – 1917 film
  • Sandra Milovanoff – 1925 film
  • Josseline Gaël – 1934 films
  • Rochelle Hudson – 1935 film
  • Valentina Cortese – 1948 film
  • Debra Paget – 1952 film
  • Béatrice Altariba – 1958 film
  • Giulia Lazzarini – 1964 mini-series
  • Lesley Roach – 1967 mini-series
  • Nicole Jamet – 1972 mini-series
  • Diana Bracho – 1973 series
  • Caroline Langrishe – 1978 film
  • Christiane Jean – 1982 film/1985 mini-series
  • Claire Danes – 1998 film
  • Virginie Ledoyen – 2000 mini-series
  • Kaori Nozuka - 2007 Shōjo Cosette anime
  • Amanda Seyfried – 2012 film

TriviaEdit

  • "Cosette" in French means "little thing" while Euphrasie means "mirth."
  • Polish forms of her names are: "Kozeta" (Cosette) and "Eufrazja" (Euphrasie)
  • Original French version of "The Lark" is "l'Alouette.

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MusicalEdit

FilmEdit

2012 FilmEdit

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