Who is Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s girlfriend? The actor plays Peter Quint in Netflix’s The Haunting Of Bly Manor, where he stars alongside Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton. Here’s all you need to know about star of the show, Oliver Jackson Cohen.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who plays Peter Quint in The Haunting Of Bly Manor, describes the show as quite a different experience from the first series, The Haunting of Hill House. In the show people can’t leave the manor house, which he agrees will have a particular resonance at the moment.
So who is Oliver Jackson-Cohen and what’s his background?
Background and Upbringing
Unlike the unsettling childhood of his character Luke in The Haunting Of Hill House, Jackson-Cohen had more than a hint of glamour in his upbringing.
He was born in London to designer Betty Jackson and her business partner David Cohen. The Cohens are an Egyptian Jewish family who left for France in the 1950s. As a teenager, Cohen spent time backstage at his mother’s fashion shows, with Kate Moss among the stars he mingled with behind the scenes.
He attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London, although he left the college to focus on his acting career.
Who is Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s girlfriend?
Jackson-Cohen is engaged to Dracula (TV series) co-star Jessica De Gouw. The couple met on set and have been together since 2013.
Australian De Gouw is also well known for her roles in Arrow and as Eliza in Underground. She won an Equity Ensemble award for her role in Riot (2018). More recently, she played Lucy Lindsay Hogg in The Crown.
She happens to be a GBBO fan, having wryly commented: “Katie McGrath got me hooked on the Great British Bake Off. It’s ruining my life.”
Jackson-Cohen has appeared in a mix of genres, including sci-fi and suspense – although comedy might have been a missed calling.
His mother’s best friend was comedy legend Jennifer Saunders and Jackson-Cohen recollects spending time on the set of Absolutely Fabulous.
He said: “As soon as I got on the set, Dawn (French) said: ‘Where are our biscuits and coffee, young Ollie?’” He said the experience helped build his interest in acting.
Early roles include a waiter in Channel 4 teen series Hollyoaks.
Since then his acting credits have included Faster, Going The Distance and this year’s The Invisible Man.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen in the Haunting series
Jackson-Cohen has spoken of wanting to ensure Luke was a well-rounded, three-dimensional character.
Speaking of the character’s opioid addiction, he told Hollywood Reporter he carried out research for the role but avoided stereotypical characterisations.
He said: “Luke’s whole life is built on this idea there’s a constant threat. He’s never ever felt safe. So I thought it would be sort of one-dimensional if I focused on the addiction part.”
This approach is apparent in director Mike Flanagan’s work on the series, with Jackson-Cohen telling Backstage he thinks the new series is as much about love and family as ghosts.
He said the new series was a “very different experience” for viewers, albeit with similar themes. He describes it as more traditional yet idiosyncratic in tone.
He said: “It’s a very different story. It’s sort of a homage to Henry James and The Turn Of The Screw and a couple other of his ghost stories.”
Writing in the early 1900s, James attempted to avoid a stereotypical depiction of ghosts, embedding them into everyday reality. If made in this spirit, The Haunting Of Bly Manor promises to be another vivid and unusual series.
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