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Overview (2)

Born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary School and studied drama at Oldham Sixth Form College, leaving before the end of her A-levels to star in Blackout.

At a young age, Cooke practised ballet and gymnastics. She started acting when she was 8 years old at an after-school drama programme in her hometown, called the Oldham Theatre Workshop. For years, Cooke performed only as part of the ensemble, until she was 17, when she starred as Maria in Oldham Sixth Form College's production of West Side Story. Soon after, Cooke landed her first and last leading role for the Oldham Theatre, in Prom: The Musical, a remake of Cinderella.

When she was 14, Cooke secured her first local talent agent in Manchester, who placed her in a number of commercials. In 2012, she appeared in the One Direction "Autumn Term" Tour Video as a student getting a piggyback ride on Harry Styles. During her audition for this bit part, Cooke entertained the producers by performing a split.

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Trivia (7)

Her agent discouraged her from enrolling in drama school because she was already getting acting work, but she was keen on applying to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She made it to the final round of auditions, but was not accepted.
Cooke supported the Save The Children campaign by appearing in Bulgari advertisements in 2014.
She explained that she does not have a Twitter account: "I think it's best for me not to have it because my first thought is never my best; my first reaction is never my best reaction".
She played two roles where she was nearly sick & dying around the same time period. She was struggling with Cystic Fibrosis as Emma Decody in Bates Motel (2013-2017) and battling Leukaemia as Rachel in Me, Earl & the Dying girl (2015).
She auditioned for roles in the British soap operas Emmerdale and Hollyoaks but was turned down by both.
Lives in New York City.
Was considered for the role of Kayla in Tom and Jerry (2021).

Personal Quotes (5)

My dad's [a retired] policeman, and my mum is a sales representative, and they haven't got the acting bug. Bless them.
If I love the character, then that's all that matters to me. It doesn't really matter what genre it is.
I did ballet and gymnastics, and then I started acting when I was eight--just doing amateur theater at a place called Oldham Theatre Workshop in my hometown.
My first big role was when I was 17 and I got the part playing Maria in "West Side Story" in my school production.
I used to care more about my appearance, but after being in The Quiet Ones (2014) and seeing how grotesque I can be, I don't have any dignity anymore.

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