Oliver Jackson-Cohen

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Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Born Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen[1]
(1986-10-24) October 24, 1986 (age 30)
Westminster, London, England, UK
Alma mater Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle
Malisa Theatre Academy
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2002–present
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Parent(s) Betty Jackson
David Cohen
Relatives Pascale Jackson-Cohen[3]

Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen (born 24 October 1986)[4] is an English actor and model.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jackson-Cohen was born in Westminster, London.[5] His mother, Betty Jackson, is an English 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[citation needed] 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] "I can safely say that I have never met anyone quite like Michael Luggio. His approach to acting and teaching is incredibly invigorating. He breaks all the barriers down, so you are left with the simplest and most honest performance possible. His classes are built around making the safest environment for his actors, in order for them to discover, learn and rid themselves of fear. It becomes a platform where anything is possible. Michael has helped me more than anyone I have ever met. He continues to bring it back to the craft and makes you feel safe and confident as you make your way out into the industry."[10] 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."[11]


He had a role in the television series Hollyoaks when he was 15,[12] and he later appeared in the ITV series The Time of Your Life in 2007.[13] In 2008, he played Phillip White in the BBC adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford[13] and in the first episode of Bonekickers. He also played Marcus in the short film The Rooftopsmiths by Helen Rowles with Natasha Freeman as Imogen and Philip Marden as Joel.[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 videos 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 journalist Jonathan Harker in the NBC series Dracula.[22][23][24] In 2014, Oliver Jackson-Cohen was cast as Misha in the film adaptation of Shamim Sarif's 2004 novel Despite the Falling Snow, starring opposite Sam Reid, Anthony Head, Charles Dance and Rebecca Ferguson.[25][26] In March 2014, Jackson-Cohen was cast as James, Duke of York in ITV's four-part period drama miniseries The Great Fire.[27]

It was announced in July 2014 that he will star opposite Sarah Snook in the 2015 ABC convict miniseries The Secret River, an adaptation of Kate Grenville's 2005 novel of the same name.[28][29] In 2015, Jackson-Cohen will also star in The Healer with Camilla Luddington, Jonathan Pryce and Jorge Garcia.[30] In July 2015, it was announced that Oliver Jackson-Cohen joined the cast of Emerald City starring with Adria Arjona, Ana Ularu, and Gerran Howell. Jackson-Cohen's role is Lucas that is described as handsome, mysterious and quick-witted.[31]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Rooftopsmiths, TheThe Rooftopsmiths Marcus Short film
2010 Going the Distance Damon
2010 Faster Killer
2011 What's Your Number? Eddie Vogel
2012 Destinée Nick Short film
2012 Raven, TheThe Raven John Cantrell
2016 Despite the Falling Snow Misha
2016 The Healer Alec In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Hollyoaks Jean-Pierre[32] Unknown episodes
2007 Time of Your Life, TheThe Time of Your Life Marcus Episode: #1.4"
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Phillip White 8 episodes
2008 Bonekickers Colm Episode: "Army of God"
2012 World Without End Ralph Fitzgerald 8 episodes
2013 Mr Selfridge Roderick 'Roddy' Temple 6 episodes
2013–14 Dracula Jonathan Harker 10 episodes
2014 Great Fire, TheThe Great Fire James, Duke of York 4 episodes
2015 Secret River, TheThe Secret River William Thornhill 2 episodes
2017 Emerald City Lucas 10 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Prince William 4 episodes


  1. ^ "JACKSON-COHEN, Oliver". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Oliver Jackson Cohen – Portfolio". Models 1. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/living/relationships/article126678.ece
  4. ^ Radish, Christina (25 October 2010). "Oliver Jackson-Cohen: Hot Brit Hunk in "Faster"". TeenHollywood.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Oliver Jackson-Cohen | World Without End". World-without-end.tv. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  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. ^ http://www.michaelluggio.com/#student-accomplishments
  11. ^ Walker, Esther (2008-01-06). "Close-up: Oliver Jackson Cohen, actor - Profiles - People". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  12. ^ Walker, Esther (January 6, 2008). "Close-up: Oliver Jackson Cohen, actor". London: The Independent. 
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "World premiere of The Rooftopsmiths". Sixth Form College, Farnborough. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (2010-08-19). "Going the Distance - Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 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". London: 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. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2011-11-17). "NBC's 'Dracula' Drama Finds its Van Helsing in Thomas Kretschmann". Hollywoodreporter.com. 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. ^ http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/boardwalk-empire-thesp-jack-huston-to-ignite-period-drama-great-fire-of-london-1201125170/
  28. ^ http://www.mediaday.com.au/sarah-snook-oliver-jackson-cohen-cast-abc-convict-miniseries-secret-river/
  29. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/07/cameras-roll-on-the-secret-river-miniseries.html
  30. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/camilla-luddington-jonathan-pryce-board-795358
  31. ^ http://deadline.com/2015/07/emerald-city-tarsem-director-oliver-jackson-cohen-ana-ularu-1201475686/
  32. ^ Paton, Maureen (26 June 2008). "In a taxi with… Oliver Jackson-Cohen". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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