Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen
24 October 1986
Westminster, London, England
|Alma mater||Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle|
Malisa Theatre Academy
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
Jackson-Cohen was born in Westminster, London. His mother, Betty Jackson, is a fashion designer, and his father, David Cohen, is his mother's business partner. His mother is English, and from a Protestant background. His father is from an Egyptian Jewish family that moved to France in the 1950s; they were Orthodox Jews. Jackson-Cohen attended French school at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London and says he has a slight French accent.
On leaving school, Jackson-Cohen 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.
He also studied with Michael Luggio at the Malisa Theatre Academy. "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." 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."
He had a role in the television series Hollyoaks when he was 15, and he later appeared in the ITV series The Time of Your Life in 2007. In 2008, he played Phillip White in the BBC adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford 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. He played Damon in the 2010 film Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. 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. Jackson-Cohen stars opposite Cynthia Nixon in the miniseries World Without End as Ralph. He appears in Mr Selfridge with Jeremy Piven where he plays the role of Roddy Temple.
In 2013, Jackson-Cohen was cast as journalist Jonathan Harker in the NBC series Dracula. In 2014, he was cast as Misha in the film adaptation of Shamim Sarif's 2004 novel Despite the Falling Snow. In March 2014, Jackson-Cohen was cast as James, Duke of York in ITV's four-part period drama miniseries The Great Fire.
It was announced in July 2014 that he would 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. In 2015, Jackson-Cohen also starred in The Healer as Alec Bailey. In July 2015, Jackson-Cohen was cast in Emerald City as Lucas. In 2018, he starred as Luke Crain in the TV adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House.
|2008||The Rooftopsmiths||Marcus||Short film|
|2010||Going the Distance||Damon|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Eddie Vogel|
|2012||The Raven||John Cantrell|
|2016||Despite the Falling Snow||Misha|
|2016||The Healer||Alec Bailey|
|2007||The 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||The Great Fire||James, Duke of York||4 episodes|
|2015||The Secret River||William Thornhill||2 episodes|
|2017||Emerald City||Lucas||10 episodes|
|2017||Man in an Orange Shirt||Michael Berryman||2 episodes – BBC Two drama|
|2018||The Haunting of Hill House||Adult Luke Crain||Main Cast|
|2011||Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After||Prince William||4 episodes|
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