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Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen (born 24 October 1986)[3] is an English actor and model.[2]

Oliver Jackson-Cohen
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Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen[1]

(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 32)
Westminster, London, England
Alma materLycée Français Charles de Gaulle
Malisa Theatre Academy
OccupationActor, model
Years active2002–present
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Parent(s)Betty Jackson
David Cohen


Early lifeEdit

Jackson-Cohen was born in Westminster, London.[4] 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.[5] Jackson-Cohen attended French school at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London[citation needed] and says he has a slight French accent.[6][7]

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.[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, he was cast as Misha in the film adaptation of Shamim Sarif's 2004 novel Despite the Falling Snow.[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 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.[28][29] In 2015, Jackson-Cohen also starred in The Healer as Alec Bailey.[30] In July 2015, Jackson-Cohen was cast in Emerald City as Lucas.[31] In 2018, he starred as Luke Crain in the TV adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The 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 The Raven John Cantrell
2016 Despite the Falling Snow Misha
2016 The Healer Alec Bailey
2020 The Invisible Man The Invisible Man Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Hollyoaks Jean-Pierre[32] Unknown episodes
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 Roan / 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
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Prince William 4 episodes


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  5. ^ Simmons, Eva (14 July 2004). "Betty Jackson" (PDF). National Life Stories (interview transcript). An Oral History of British Fashion. London, U.K.: British Library. C1046/10.
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  21. ^ "Press releases | Mr Selfridge". ITV Press Centre. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  22. ^ "Oliver Jackson-Cohen cast as Jonathan Harker on NBC's 'Dracula' | House of Vampires". Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  23. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (17 November 2011). "NBC's 'Dracula' Drama Finds its Van Helsing in Thomas Kretschmann". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  24. ^ "'Dracula' NBC TV show official trailer released". 13 May 2013. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
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  27. ^ Barraclough, Leo (4 March 2014). "'Boardwalk Empire' Thesp Jack Huston to Ignite Period Drama 'Great Fire of London'". Variety.
  28. ^ "Sarah Snook, Oliver Jackson-Cohen cast in ABC convict miniseries, The Secret River". 27 June 2014.
  29. ^ "Cameras roll on The Secret River miniseries". 1 July 2014.
  30. ^ "Camilla Luddington, Jonathan Pryce Board Rom-Com 'The Healer'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  31. ^ Hipes, Patrick (14 July 2015). "Emerald City Series: Tarsem Singh To Direct All 10 Episodes, Three More Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood.
  32. ^ Paton, Maureen (26 June 2008). "In a taxi with… Oliver Jackson-Cohen". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 August 2013.

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