Know about Olivia Cooke from ‘House of the Dragon’

Know about Olivia Cooke from ‘House of the Dragon’
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  • Olivia Cooke is an actress from the United Kingdom
  • She rose to prominence for her role as Alicent Hightower on HBO Max’s original series House of the Dragon
  • She comes from a family with no background in acting

You’ve probably heard of Olivia Cooke if you’ve watched HBO Max’s original series “House of the Dragon.”

The 28-year-old British actress has been playing Alicent Hightower in the prequel to the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones,” which concluded in 2019.

Alicent, the wife of King Viserys and the daughter of the hand of King Otto Hightower. Similarly, Princess Rhaenyra used to be best friends with Alicent.

Many are interested in learning more about Olivia Cooke since she was cast as one of the new House of the Dragon stars. Here it goes!

Olivia Cooke is a self-made actress

Olivia Cooke is a British actress whose family background is non-actors
(Source: IG) Olivia Cooke is a British actress whose family background is non-actors

Olivia Cooke was born to British parents on December 27, 1993. She hails from Oldham, England. Similarly, her full name is Olivia Kate Cooke.

She comes from a family with no background in acting. Her father, John Cooke is an ex-policeman whereas her mother, Lindsay Wilde is a sales representative. Cooke began acting at the age of eight at the Oldman Theatre Workshop, an after-school drama program in her hometown.

Similarly, she studied drama at Oldham Sixth Form College.

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Her Debut on Television

Olivia got her first major television role in the British drama series Blackout in 2012. She is portrayed as the daughter of Christopher Eccleston’s character.

Following the series, she was cast in another film, The Secret of Cickley Hall, as a young teacher at a tyrannical orphanage in the 1940s. Cooke later starred in “The Quiet Ones,” a 2014 British horror movie.

Before appearing on television, she worked in the theatre, where she landed her first and only leading role for the Oldham Theatre Workshop in Prom: The Musical, a remake of Cinderella.

Cooke contrasted theater and television, saying that she preferred television because she found stage acting sometimes required exaggerated gestures.

Her Hollywood Debut

She landed her first American role as Emma Decody on the hit A&E series “Bates Motel”. Cooke was offered the role of Emma three weeks later following the submission of an audition tape.

Olivia Cooke is portraying a character who is opposed to her personal beliefs
Olivia Cooke is portraying a character who is opposed to her personal beliefs (Source: IG)

Emma is still one of Cooke’s most prominent roles to this day. She then went on to star in the 2014 horror movie “Ouija.” Cooke moved on to another significant role after “Ouija,” playing Rachel in the highly regarded movie “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.”

Cooke even shaved her head for the role of Rachel, a quirky and endearing girl with leukemia. She also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 film “Ready Player One” and the 2018 miniseries “Vanity Fair.”

What does she think of her role in House of the Dragon?

In House of the Dragon, Cooke found a lot of intrigue in portraying a character who is opposed to her personal beliefs.

“I’m such a staunch feminist,”

Cooke told Vogue that Alicent is essentially a willing pawn in the patriarchal game when the series begins, which puts the character squarely at odds with the actor’s own political beliefs.

She illustrated, adding,

and to play someone who—to put it mildly—believes in tradition and has been molded and groomed by her father to be a pawn in his political ambitions was really interesting.

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Is Olivia Cooke dating anyone in 2022?

Olivia Cooke is playing one of the leading role in House Of The Dragon
Olivia Cooke is playing one of the leading roles in House Of The Dragon (Source: IG)

The relationship status of Olivia Cooke currently seems to be single. She prefers to keep a low profile when it comes to her personal life.

As of now, she hasn’t introduced anyone as her boyfriend or love partner. Talking about her past affair, Cooke previously dated Christopher Abbott for a couple of years before the duo called it quits in 2020.

Similarly, it is reported Cooke earlier hooked up with Ben Hardy and Alex Roe.

What is the Net Worth of Olivia Cooke in 2022?

Olivia has amassed a handsome amount of wealth through her successful career as an English actress.

She found prominence in the acting field after she starred in the 2013 drama thriller TV series, Bates Motel as she appeared as Emma DeCody in that series. As of 2022, Olivia has an estimated net worth of around $4 million.

Her salary and other income are still under review.

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