Oliver Jackson-Cohen

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Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Born Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen[1]
24 October 1986
Westminster, London, England
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2002–present
Parents Betty Jackson, David Cohen

Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen (born 24 October 1986)[2] is an English actor and model.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jackson-Cohen was born in Westminster, London.[4] His mother, Betty Jackson, is a British fashion designer, and his father, David Cohen, who is French-Israeli, is his mother's business partner. Because of his French heritage he attended French school at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London[5] and claims to have a slight French accent.[6][7]

On leaving school, Oliver was advised to treat acting as a hobby rather than a career. After a role in a play at the Lyric Theatre got him an agent, he began attending auditions and put university on hold to apply for a place at drama school in New York. Shortly afterwards he received his first role.[8]

He also studied with Michael Luggio at the Malisa Theatre Academy.[9] He attended the Youngblood Theatre Company at weekends, and at 15 landed a small part in Hollyoaks. After school, he began a degree in French literature lasting "for about two weeks. I hated it." He soon got a job washing vases for a florist to keep him going between auditions. "It wasn't great but when you're that broke you'll do anything."[10]


He had a role in the television series Hollyoaks when he was 15,[11] and he later appeared in the ITV series The Time of Your Life in 2007.[12] In 2008, he played Phillip White in the BBC adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford[12] and in the first episode of Bonekickers. He also played Marcus in The Rooftopsmiths by Helen Rowles with Natasha Freeman as Imogen and Philip Marden as Joel.[13] In 2009, he appeared in the indie film Life and Death at 17 starring Jennifer Lawrence and Richard Gere.[14] He played Damon in the 2010 film Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.[15] He starred in the film Faster opposite Dwayne Johnson. In 2011, he starred as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in a series of Funny or Die with Allison Williams as newlywed Kate Middleton.[16] Jackson-Cohen stars opposite Cynthia Nixon in the miniseries World Without End as Ralph.[17][18] He appears in Mr Selfridge with Jeremy Piven where he plays the role of Roddy Temple.[19][20][21] In 2013, Jackson-Cohen was cast as Jonathan Harker, a journalist, in NBC's television series Dracula.[22][23][24] In 2014, Oliver Jackson-Cohen was cast as Misha in Despite The Falling Snow movie starring with Sam Reid, Anthony Head, Charles Dance, and Rebecca Ferguson (actress).[25][26]


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Hollyoaks Jean-Pierre[27] TV series
2007 The Time of Your Life Marcus TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.4")
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Philip White TV series (8 episodes)
Bonekickers Colm TV series (1 episode: "Army of God")
The Rooftopsmiths Marcus
2009 Life and Death at 17
2010 Going the Distance Damon
Faster Killer
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Will TV series (4 episodes)
What's Your Number? Eddie
2012 The Raven John Cantrell
World Without End Ralph TV miniseries
2013 Mr Selfridge Roderick (Roddy) Temple TV series
Dracula Jonathan Harker TV series
2014 Despite The Falling Snow Misha Filming


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | JACKSON-COHEN, Oliver". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ Radish, Christina (2010-10-25). "Oliver Jackson-Cohen: Hot Brit Hunk in "Faster"". TeenHollywood.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Oliver Jackson Cohen - Portfolio". Models 1. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Oliver Jackson-Cohen | World Without End". World-without-end.tv. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  5. ^ England. "Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  6. ^ "[Interview] Oliver Jackson-Cohen Talks 'Faster'". Thefilmstage.com. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  7. ^ "An interview with Oliver Jackson-Cohen :: Harper's BAZAAR". Harpersbazaar.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  8. ^ "Westside resident". Westside.greatbritishlife.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Malisa Theatre Academy — New York's Leading Acting Program. Home of The Actor's Methodology". Malisatheatre.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  10. ^ Walker, Esther (2008-01-06). "Close-up: Oliver Jackson Cohen, actor - Profiles - People". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Close-up: Oliver Jackson Cohen, actor". The Independent. January 6, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b All-star line up for Sunday night on BBC One in Lark Rise To Candleford. BBC, 2007-07-27. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  13. ^ The Sixth Form College Farnborough - News
  14. ^ "Life-and-Death-at-17 - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  15. ^ "Going the Distance - Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  16. ^ Oliver Jackson Cohen on Funny or Die
  17. ^ "Oliver Jackson-Cohen pictures, bio, movies". Poptower.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  18. ^ "Oliver Jackson Cohen: Interview with the latest heartthrob from UK. - Swide Magazine". Swide.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  19. ^ http://ianwylie.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/mr-selfridge-wylie-itv-production-notes.pdf
  20. ^ Amy Williams (2012-05-05). "Amy Williams: Front Row | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  21. ^ "Press releases | Programme press releases | Mr Selfridge - ITV Press Centre". Itv.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  22. ^ "Oliver Jackson-Cohen cast as Jonathan Harker on NBC’s ‘Dracula’ | House of Vampires". Houseofvampires.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  23. ^ "NBC's 'Dracula' Drama Finds its Van Helsing in Thomas Kretschmann". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  24. ^ "'Dracula' NBC TV show official trailer released". Hypable.com. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  25. ^ http://www.enlightenment-productions.com/despitethefallingsnow/cast/
  26. ^ http://movie-online.hol.es/despite-the-falling-snow-drama-with-rebecca-ferguson-sam-reid-oliver-jackson-cohen-charles-dance-condola-rashad-in-fox-ancient-egypt-show-hieroglyphs-netflix-marco-polo-epic-show/
  27. ^ Maureen Paton. "In a taxi with...actor and heart-throb Oliver Jackson-Cohen | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 

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