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Oliver Cotton (born 1944) is an English actor, known for his prolific work on stage, TV and film.
Early life 
Cotton worked extensively at The Royal National Theatre playing leading roles in many productions including The Royal Hunt Of The Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Peter Brook’s Oedipus, In His Own Write, and many others.
At the Royal Court Theatre London he has played leads in many productions including The Local Stigmatic, The Duchess of Malfi, Man is Man, The Tutor by Bertholt Brecht, Lear and Bingo by Edward Bond. He was a founder member of Joint Stock appearing in their inaugural production The Speakers by Heathcote Williams.
At The Royal Shakespeare Company he has played leading roles in Granville Barker's The Marrying of Ann Leete, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, The Plain Dealer, Some Americans Abroad by Richard Nelson, Brand by Ibsen.
In the West End he has starred in The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, Children of A Lesser God by Mark Medoff, Benefactors by Michael Frayn, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza (RNT transfer), and Brand by Henrick Ibsen. He also played King Lear at the Southwark Playhouse and Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Globe’s all-male production of Twelfth Night. At the Old Vic, under the directorship of Kevin Spacey, he appeared as Seth Lord in The Philadelphia Story, as Northumberland in Richard II, and as Dr Finache in A Flea in Her Ear. In 2010 he played Henry IV in Shakespeare's Henry IV[disambiguation needed] at the Globe Theatre. At Chichester he has appeared as Jim Casy in The Grapes Of Wrath in 2009 and as Arturo Santaniello in The Syndicate. In 2012 He played Victor Velasco in a major tour of Barefoot in the Park.
His numerous TV appearances have included The Borgias (Cesare Borgia), David Copperfield, The Year of The French, The Party, Room at the Bottom, Redemption, Poirot, The Camomile Lawn, Westbeach, Sharpes Battle, Rhodes, All Quiet on the Preston Front, Innocents, Judge John Deed, Inspector Lynley, Waking The Dead, Murder Investigation Team, Beastly Games, Margaret, Money, Ripper Street.
His Films include Here We go Round The Mulberry Bush, The Day Christ Died, Oliver Twist, Firefox, The Sicilian, Eleni, Hiding Out, Christopher Columbus, Son of the Pink Panther, The Innocent Sleep, Phoenix Blue, The Opium War, Beowulf, Baby Blue, The Dancer Upstairs, Shanghai Knights, Bone Hunter, Rain Dogs, Colour Me Kubrick, Pope Joan, The Dark Knight Rises.
For the stage his writing includes: The Enoch Show, Scrabble, Wet Weather Cover and Daytona and Dessert. His TV and film scripts include: A Touch of Frost, Diamond Geezer, Trace, The Intruder, Singing For Stalin, Sofa, Wet Weather Cover The Movie, Peeping Through and The English Game.
Personal life 
Cotton also plays classical guitar and writes for both stage and screen.
He lives in London. Cotton is married and has two daughters.
- Space: 1999
- The Borgias
- C.A.T.S. Eyes
- Robin of Sherwood
- The Bill
- Dalziel and Pascoe
- Judge John Deed
- Son of the Pink Panther
- Waking the Dead
- Sharpe's Battle
- Midsomer Murders
- Steamboy as Robert Stephenson
Video games