Oliver Jackson-Cohen

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Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Jackson-Cohen in 2018
Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen

(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 37)
London, England
Alma materLycée Français Charles de Gaulle
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2002–present
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]

Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen (born 24 October 1986) is a British actor and model. He is best known for his role as Adrian Griffin in the 2020 adaptation of The Invisible Man and for his roles as Luke Crain and Peter Quint in the Netflix television programmes The Haunting of Hill House (2018) and The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) respectively. He also had a recurring role in the 2013 television series Dracula and recently starred in the miniseries Wilderness (2023)

Early life and education[edit]

Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen[2] was born on 24 October 1986[3][4] in Westminster, London.[5] His mother, Betty Jackson, is a fashion designer, and his father, David Cohen, was also his mother's business partner.[6] His mother is English and from a Protestant background. His father was from an Orthodox Jewish family that moved to France in the 1950s;[7] Jackson-Cohen has stated they were of Egyptian Jewish and Tunisian Jewish descent.[8]

Jackson-Cohen attended a French-language school in London, the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, and says he has a slight French accent.[9][10]

He attended the Youngblood Theatre Company during weekends, then began washing vases for a florist as a job to support himself financially between auditions.[11] He attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City due to not getting into drama school in London. His aim was to "do a foundational year and then reapply in London" but left after four months because he was offered a job.[12]


Jackson-Cohen landed a small role in the television series Hollyoaks when he was 15,[13] and he later appeared in the ITV series The Time of Your Life in 2007.[14] In 2008, he played Phillip White in the BBC adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford[14] and in the first episode of Bonekickers. He also played Marcus in the short film The Rooftopsmiths by Len Rowles with Natasha Freeman as Imogen and Philip Marden as Joel.[15] In 2010, he played Damon in the romantic comedy film Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.[16] and a hitman in the action 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.[17] Jackson-Cohen starred opposite Cynthia Nixon in the miniseries World Without End as Ralph.[18][19] He appears in Mr Selfridge with Jeremy Piven where he plays the role of Roddy Temple.[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 the same year, Jackson-Cohen was cast as Lucas in Emerald City, a television series that re-imagined the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.[31] The series premiered in 2017 and was cancelled after one season.[32][33] He then appeared in both seasons of the anthology web television series The Haunting.[34] Both seasons of the series, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, received strong critical praise.[35][36]

Jackson-Cohen next starred opposite Elisabeth Moss in the science fiction horror film The Invisible Man, portraying the titular role;[37] the film was released in 2020 to positive reviews.[38] He later stated that the press tour for the film was difficult because it began just three days after his father had died.[39]

In 2021, he appeared in the drama film The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.[40] In 2022, he co-starred in the romantic regency comedy Mr. Malcolm's List, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name.[41] In June 2021 it was announced that he would star in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Surface playing the character of James Ellis.[42] The series premiered on 29 July 2022 to mixed critical reviews, though Jackson-Cohen's performance generally received critical praise.[43] On 2 December 2022, the show was renewed for a second season.[44]

In June 2022, it was announced that Jackson-Cohen would star opposite Jenna Coleman in the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series Wilderness, a television adaptation of B.E. Jones's novel of the same name, which began filming summer 2022 in Canada, the UK and the US[45] and wrapped in October 2022.[46] In February 2023, Jackson-Cohen was announced as the lead in the upcoming feature film Jackdaw, written and directed by Jamie Childs. The film also stars his Wilderness costar Jenna Coleman, and was shot December 2022 through January 2023 in various locations across England's Northeast coast.[47] The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on 22 September, 2023.[48]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson-Cohen resides in London.[40] In 2017, he stated in an Instagram post that he had been formally diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from childhood sexual abuse.[49] His experiences informed his performance in The Haunting of Hill House: "I was diagnosed with PTSD a couple of years ago so all of that is in there with Luke - and it felt incredibly cathartic to be able to kind of put it all out there and be there."[50][51]

He was in a relationship for several years with Jessica De Gouw, his Dracula co-star.[52][53]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Rooftopsmiths Marcus Short film
2010 Going the Distance Damon
Faster Killer
2011 What's Your Number? Eddie Vogel
2012 Destinée Nick Short film
The Raven John Cantrell
2016 Despite the Falling Snow Misha
The Healer Alec Bailey
2019 Mr. Malcolm's List Lord Cassidy Short film
2020 The Invisible Man Adrian Griffin
2021 The Lost Daughter Toni
2022 Mr. Malcolm's List Lord Cassidy
2022 Emily William Weightman
2023 Jackdaw Jack Dawson


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Hollyoaks Jean-Pierre Guest role
2007 The Time of Your Life Marcus Episode #1.4
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Phillip White 8 episodes
Bonekickers Colm Episode: "Army of God"
2012 World Without End Ralph Fitzgerald 8 episodes
2013 Mr Selfridge Roderick 'Roddy' Temple 6 episodes
2013–2014 Dracula Jonathan Harker 10 episodes
2014 The Great Fire James, Duke of York 4 episodes
2015 The Secret River William Thornhill 2 episodes
Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
2017 Emerald City Roan / Lucas 10 episodes
Man in an Orange Shirt Michael Berryman 2 episodes
2018 The Haunting of Hill House Adult Luke Crain 10 episodes
2020 The Haunting of Bly Manor Peter Quint 5 episodes
2022–present Surface James Ellis Main role
2023 Wilderness Will Taylor Main role
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Prince William 4 episodes


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