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Oliver Cotton


Oliver Cotton was born in London.

As an actor he has worked extensively at The Royal National Theatre playing leading roles in many productions including The Royal Hunt Of The Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Peter Brook’s Oedipus, In His Own Write, Hamlet, Tamburlaine, No Mans Land, The Passion, Despatches, Half Life, The World Turned Upside Down, Julius Caeser, The Madras House, The Man With A Flower In His Mouth, Tales from The Vienna Woods, The Crucible, Piano, Troilus and Cressida, Money, Summerfolk, The Villain’s Opera, Life x 3.

At the Royal Court Theatre London he has appeared in many productions including The Local Stigmatic, The Duchess of Malfi, Man is Man, The Tutor by Brecht, Lear, Bingo and Piano Forte. He was a founder member of Joint Stock appearing in their inaugural production The Speakers by Heathcote Williams.

At The Royal Shakespeare Company he has played leading roles in Granville Barkers The Marrying of Ann Leete, Henry V1, Edward 1V, Richard 111, The Plain Dealer, Some Americans Abroad by Richard Nelson, Brand by Ibsen (West End transfer)

In the West End he has starred in The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, Children of A Lesser God by Mark Medoff, Benefactors by Michael Frayn, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza (RNT transfer), and Brand by Henrick Ibsen. He played King Lear at the Southwark Playhouse and Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Globe’s all-male production of Twelfth Night. At the Old Vic, under the directorship of Kevin Spacey, he has appeared as Seth Lord in The Philadelphia Story, as Northumberland in Richard 11 by Shakespeare and as Dr Finache in A Flea in Her Ear. At Shakespeare’s Globe he played Henry IV in Henry IV by Shakespeare. At Chichester he has appeared as Jim Casy in The Grapes Of Wrath in 2009 and as Arturo Santaniello in The Syndicate.

His numerous TV appearances have included The Borgias (Cesare Borgia), David Copperfield, The Year of The French, The Party, Room at the Bottom, Redemption, Poirot, The Camomile Lawn, Westbeach, Sharpe’s Battle, Rhodes, All Quiet on the Preston Front, Innocents, Judge John Deed, Inspector Lynley, Waking The Dead, Murder Investigation Team, Beastly Games, Margaret, Money, Ripper Street, Penny Dreadful.

His Films include Here We go Round The Mulberry Bush, The Day Christ Died, Oliver Twist, Firefox, The Sicilian, Eleni, Hiding Out, Christopher Columbus, Son of the Pink Panther, The Innocent Sleep, Phoenix Blue, The Opium War, Beowulf, Baby Blue, The Dancer Upstairs, Shanghai Knights, Bone Hunter, Rain Dogs, Colour Me Kubrick, Pope Joan, The Dark Knight Rises, The Family.

Oliver also plays classical guitar and writes for both stage and screen.

For the stage his writing includes: The Enoch Show, Scrabble, Wet Weather Cover, Daytona and Dessert. His TV and film scripts include: A Touch of Frost, Diamond Geezer, Trace, The Intruder, Singing For Stalin, Sofa, Peeping Through and The English Game.

Last updated: Jul 2019