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|Born||Oliver Alexander Thornton
15 July 1990 (age 24)
Life and career
Alexander's acting career began in theatre plays and films such as Summerhill and Bright Star, which was nominated for an Oscar. He has also starred in films such as Tormented starring Alex Pettyfer, Enter the Void, and his most applauded performance was in the film Great Expectations as Herbert Pocket which starred Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger. Alexander contributed to the script and music for the indie film The Dish & the Spoon which was released in early 2011.
Alexander was born Oliver Alexander Thornton in England. His mother, Vicki Thornton, founded the Coleford Music Festival. In a YouTube video uploaded from NylonMagazineTV Olly Alexander said he dropped out of school. From March to June 2013 Olly starred as Peter Pan in the West End play Peter and Alice acting alongside Ben Whishaw and Judi Dench. Olly also had a supporting role in the final series of Skins playing character Cassie's stalker in the two-part episode "Skins Pure", which aired July 2013.
Alexander plays one of the main characters in the 2014 musical feature film God Help the Girl, where he also sings and plays guitar. The film was written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian, as part of the God Help the Girl project.
His band, Years & Years formed in 2010 with Olly joining the band as lead vocalist after guitarist Mikey heard him singing in the shower and reckoned he had "a good voice". Olly's voice has been commented on by journalists for its unique tone with their music being described as "Nina Simone...crooning a melodic lullaby to the folktronic lovechild of Beach House and Terry Riley".
Their debut single proper "Traps" achieved support from Radio 1 and Radio 6, as well as many online publications such as The Guardian and The Fader. "Traps" also features on Kitsuné Maison's 15th compilation.
The band released their second single "Real" on Kitsuné and iTunes in February 2014 and the music video featured an appearance from Olly's Peter and Alice co-star, Ben Whishaw, and former Misfits actor, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. They are playing a few select shows in the UK as well as festival Les Inrocks in Paris, supporting Swim Deep.
|2009||Bright Star||Tom Keats|
|2009||Enter the Void||Victor|
|2010||Gulliver's Travels||Prince August|
|2010||The Dish & the Spoon||Boy|
|2012||Great Expectations||Herbert Pocket|
|2014||God Help The Girl||James|
|2014||The Riot Club||Toby Maitland|
|2009||Inspector Lewis||Hayden Wishart||"Allegory of Love"|
|2013||Skins||Jakob||"Skins Pure" (series 7)|
|2014||Penny Dreadful||Fenton||"Resurrection" & "Demimonde"|
|September/October 2010||The Aliens||Bush Theatre London||Ralf Little & Mackenzie Crook|
|March–June 2013||Peter and Alice||Noël Coward Theatre||Judi Dench & Ben Whishaw|
|March-April 2014||Mercury Fur||Old Red Lion Theatre|