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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.

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



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 lifeEdit

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"
2013–17 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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