Christian Cooke

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Christian Cooke
Christian Cooke 2008.jpg
Cooke attending London Film Comic Con in July 2008
Born Christian Louis Cooke
(1987-09-15) 15 September 1987 (age 27)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Christian Louis Cooke (born 15 September 1987) is an English actor. He is known for playing Luke Kirkwall in Where the Heart Is, Luke Rutherford in Demons, Dorian Gaudain in Trinity, Freddie Taylor in Cemetery Junction and Len Matthews in the Channel 4 mini series The Promise. Cooke's most recent roles include Danny Evans in Magic City and Frederick Beauchamp during Season 2 of the Lifetime series Witches of East End.


Cooke was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire,[1][2] where he attended St. Mary's Catholic High School, Menston and Bingley Arts Centre.[3] He has an older brother, Alexander, and younger sister, Gabrielle.[4]

Cooke began his acting career at the age of 10 when he appeared in a production of Bedazzled at the Bingley Arts Centre.[5] His first television appearance was in a commercial for Birds Eye beef burgers. His career has progressed from there.[4]


Cooke played the role of Luke Kirkwall from 2000 to 2006 in the ITV drama Where the Heart Is. He has also guest starred in Doctors, The Royal, Casualty and Inspector George Gently. He starred in one episode of the BBC's Robin Hood as Will Scarlett's younger brother, Luke Scarlett.

Cooke also appeared in BBC One's The Chase and played Brae Marrack in the ITV1 soap opera Echo Beach. He guest starred in the 2008 Doctor Who episodes "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky", playing UNIT soldier Ross Jenkins.[6][7]

In early 2009, he played the lead role of Luke Rutherford in ITV1 supernatural drama Demons[3] and, later that year, appeared in ITV2's eight-part drama Trinity, where he had several rear nude scenes in its first episode.[8] He then went on to play the lead role of Freddie Taylor in Cemetery Junction[9] and starred in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 four-part drama The Promise, directed by Peter Kosminsky in 2011.

He has also completed a Paramount Pictures romantic comedy, titled Destination Wedding,[10] and featured in 1950s Miami-set drama series, Magic City.[11] The series came to a close after 2 seasons in August 2013.[12]

Cooke's film career has also grown in the form of two collaborations with director Bryn Higgins, titled Unconditional and Electricity, starring alongside Charlie Cox in British independent Hello Carter and playing Mercutio in Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet (2013). More recent projects include British-American romantic comedy Love, Rosie, starring alongside Lily Collins and featuring regularly throughout the second season of American television series Witches of East End [13] before Lifetime announced the show's cancellation in November 2014.[14]

Projects currently in the pipeline for Cooke include BBC two-part drama Stonemouth opposite Peter Mullan, Sharon Small & Gary Lewis; it's the first adaptation of Iain Banks' work since his death in 2013;[15] and a movie adaptation of Magic City starring alongside Bruce Willis & Bill Murray.[16]



List of acting performances in television
Title Year Role Notes
Wilmot 1999 Wilmot Tanner Main role
Where the Heart Is 2000–06 Luke Kirkwall 68 episodes
Casualty 2002 Mark Booth "Only The Lonely"
Barking! 2004 Ryan "The Big Sausage"
Doctors 2006 Gary "Positively Blooming"
Casualty 2006 Jude Becket "Sons & Lovers"
Inspector George Gently 2007 Billy Lister "Gently Go Man"
The Chase 2007 Liam Higgins 9 episodes
The Royal 2007 Bobby Horrocks "Starting Over"
Robin Hood 2007 Luke Scarlett "The Angel of Death"
Echo Beach 2008 Brae Marrack Main role
Moving Wallpaper 2008 Himself 3 episodes
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole 2008 Himself Webisode; Episode 1.4
Doctor Who 2008 Ross Jenkins "The Sontaran Stratagem", "The Poison Sky"
Demons 2009 Luke Rutherford-Van Helsing Main role
Trinity 2009 Lord Dorian Gaudain Main role
Dark Relic 2010 Paul Television film
The Promise 2011 Sergeant Leonard Matthews Miniseries
Magic City 2012–13 Danny Evans Main role
Witches of East End 2014 Frederick Beauchamp Main role; Season 2
Stonemouth 2015 Stewart Gilmour Main role


List of acting performances in film
Title Year Role Notes
Wish 2007 Malcolm Short film
Cemetery Junction 2010 Freddie Taylor
Unconditional 2012 Liam
Romeo & Juliet 2013 Mercutio
Hello Carter 2013 Eliott
Fare 2013 Dominic Short film
Anomaly 2014 Oliver Grier Short film
Electricity 2014 Mikey O'Connor
Love, Rosie 2014 Greg
Destination Wedding  ???? John Post-production
Magic City  ???? Danny Evans


  1. ^ "Christian Cooke Profile". Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Christian Cooke Spotlight". 
  3. ^ a b Barnett, David (19 December 2008). "Christian is fired up for star TV role". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Hardaker, Andrea (2 January 2009). "Christian Cooke stars in prime time ITV show". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Christian Cooke –
  6. ^ "The Sontaran Strategem". Doctor Who. 2008-04-26. 
  7. ^ "The Poison Sky". Doctor Who. 2008-05-03. 
  8. ^ Wilkes, Neil (11 December 2008). "2009 TV Preview: ITV2's 'Trinity'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ricky Gervais talks Cemetery Junction". Indie London. Retrieved 29 April 2008. 
  10. ^ Paramount Pictures films movie in Nicaragua Business of Cinema. 3 June 2011
  11. ^ Starz Series 'Magic City' Full Cast Announced The Hollywood Reporter. 9 June 2011
  12. ^ Magic City Cancelled by Starz tvseriesfinale. 5 August 2013
  13. ^ Witches of East End Season 2 Premiere Date tvline. 7 May 2014
  14. ^ Witches of East End Cancelled by Lifetime insidetv. 4 November 2014
  15. ^ "Stellar cast announced for BBC adaptation of Iain Banks’ Stonemouth" BBC Television. 21 October 2014
  16. ^ Dineen, Steve (5 March 2015) "Christian Cooke is one of the UK’s hottest new actors" City AM. 5 March 2015

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