Joe Cole (actor)

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Joe Cole
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Born (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 34)
Alma materNational Youth Theatre
Years active2010–present
RelativesFinn Cole (brother)

Joseph Michael Cole (born 28 November 1988) is an English actor from Kingston, London. Some of his most notable roles include: Luke in Skins, Tommy in Offender, John Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Marzin and Beckwith in Secret in Their Eyes, Reece in Green Room, Billy Moore in A Prayer Before Dawn, Frank in the Black Mirror episode "Hang the DJ", Sean Wallace in Gangs of London and Iver Iversen in Against the Ice.


Cole's acting career began when he was accepted into the National Youth Theatre.[1] He obtained his first roles in a one-night show in the West End,[2] on The Bill and Holby City, and then in roles on stage at the Bush Theatre's sell-out School Season.[3] Cole has also penned a comedy series with Matt Lucas.[1] He starred as John Shelby in the British historical crime drama Peaky Blinders. He also played a part in a season 4 episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, earning a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor.

For his role as Billy Moore in A Prayer Before Dawn, Cole won Best Actor at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cole grew up in Kingston upon Thames in London,[1] and attended Hollyfield Secondary School in Surbiton.[5] The oldest of five boys, Cole's younger brother Finn Cole is also an actor and co-starred alongside him in Peaky Blinders.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Assessment Michael Short film
2012 Volume Sam Short film
Offender Tommy
Now Is Good Scott
2014 A Long Way Down Chas
Slap Connor Short film
The Falling Kenneth Lamont
Peterman Johnny
Callow & Sons Short film
2015 Green Room Reece
Pressure Jones
Secret in Their Eyes Marzin / Beckwith
2017 Eye on Juliet Gordon Tiantian Award for Best Actor
Woodshock Nick
Thank You for Your Service Billy Waller
2018 A Prayer Before Dawn Billy Moore British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2019 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Ed
2020 One of these Days Kyle Parson
2022 Against the Ice Iver Iversen
TBA The Actor Nick Post-production[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Bill Leo Cooper 1 episode
Holby City Shaun Jackson 2 episodes
Stanley Park Lee Television film
2011 Come Fly with Me Jordan 2 episodes
Injustice Alan Stewart 4 episodes
2012 Skins Luke 2 episodes
The Thick of It Jack 1 episode
The Hour Trevor 3 episodes
2013 Playhouse Presents Stephen 1 episode
2013–2017 Peaky Blinders John Shelby Main role, 20 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Frank Episode: "Hang the DJ"
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Leading Actor
2019 Pure Charlie Main role, 6 episodes
2020–present Gangs of London Sean Wallace Main role, 16 episodes
2022 The Ipcress File Harry Palmer Miniseries, 6 episodes
TBA A Small Light Jan Gies Upcoming miniseries


  1. ^ a b c d "Playing A Blinder: Joe Cole Interviewed". Clash. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Joe Cole". Interview. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ "THE KNOWLEDGE". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  4. ^ Pulver, Andrew (3 December 2018). "The Favourite conquers British independent film awards with record 10 wins". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Alumni - The Hollyfield School". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Joe Cole - B-Side Management". B-Side Management. Retrieved 30 January 2023.

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