Joe Cole (actor)

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Joe Cole
Born (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 30)
Kingston upon Thames, London, England, United Kingdom

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, and Reece in Green Room.


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.

Personal life[edit]

Cole has four younger brothers.[1] His brother Finn Cole is also an actor and co-stars alongside him in Peaky Blinders.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Bill Leo Cooper Episode: "Ricochet: Part 1"
Holby City Shaun Jackson 2 episodes
Stanley Park Lee TV movie
Assessment Michael Short film
2011 Come Fly with Me Jordan 2 episodes
Injustice Alan Stewart 4 episodes
2012 Skins Luke 2 episodes
Volume Sam Short film
Offender Tommy
Now Is Good Scott
The Thick of It Jack Episode: "Series 4 – Episode 5"
The Hour Trevor 3 episodes
2013 Playhouse Presents Stephen Episode: "Cargese"
2013–19 Peaky Blinders John Shelby Series regular
2014 A Long Way Down Chas
Slap Connor Short
The Falling Kenneth Lamont
Peterman Johnny
Callow & Sons Short film
2015 Pressure Jones
Green Room Reece
Secret in Their Eyes Marzin / Beckwith
2017 A Prayer Before Dawn Billy Moore BIFA Best Actor Winner
Eye on Juliet Gordon
Woodshock Nick
Thank You for Your Service Billy Waller
Black Mirror Frank Episode: "Hang the DJ"
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
2019 Pure Charlie 6 episodes


  1. ^ a b c "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.

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