Olivia Cooke Biography

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Born: December 27, 1993


Date of Birth: December 27, 1993

Olivia Cooke was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. She studied ballet and gymnastics before discovering her passion for acting at the age of eight. From there on she began training in the drama program at Oldham Theatre. She was cast in numerous commercials and appeared in the One Direction video Autumn Term.

Upon graduating from the Oldham Theatre School, Olivia won the supporting role of Meg Demoys in the British drama series Blackout (2012). Later that year she appeared in the British horror mini-series The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012), as Nancy Linnet.

Olivia's breakout role was appearing alongside Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga in the American TV series Bates Motel (2013), a prequel to the film Psycho (1960). In it, she played Emma Decody, a teenage girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who has a crush on Freddie's character, Norman Bates. Bates Motel was Olivia’s first American role and her first American audition.

Bates Motel gave Olivia the exposure she needed stateside and as a result she began getting work in feature films. Her first role following Bates Motel was alongside Brenton Thwaites in the sci-fi thriller The Signal (2014), which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Despite her success, Olivia was hoping to continue her studies and auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Although she made it to the final round of auditions, in the end, she didn’t get accepted into the school. However, the same day she received her rejection letter, she was cast in the horror film The Quiet Ones (2014). Olivia stars opposite Jared Harris and Sam Claflin.

Olivia continues her run in the horror genre in the film Ouija (2014) and recently finished playing a young woman with cancer in the drama Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2015), for which she shaved her head.


Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2015)
The Quiet Ones(2014)
The Signal(2014)
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