Who is Olivia Cooke? Everything you need to know about the House of the Dragon star

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If you haven’t heard of Olivia Cooke yet, you’re in for a treat. This rising star has taken the world by storm with her captivating performance in HBO’s House of the Dragon. From her early roles to her breakout as Alicent Hightower, Cooke’s journey is as fascinating as it is impressive. So, who exactly is Olivia Cooke, and why is everyone talking about her? Let’s dive into the story of this talented actress who’s quickly becoming a household name.

Olivia Cooke
Olivia stars as Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon (Credit: Getty)

How old is Olivia Cooke?

Olivia Cooke is 30 years old. She was born on December 27, 1993, in Oldham, a town in Greater Manchester, England.

How old was Olivia Cooke when she started acting?

Olivia began acting when she was eight years old, partaking in an after-school program offered in her hometown. Her first major TV role was in Bates Motel, alongside Freddie Highmore. She starred in the show as Emma, Norman Bate’s best friend.

“I left home at 18 to shoot in Vancouver, then went back and forth between jobs in the US and home with Mum for the next four years,” Cooke told  Elle UK. “It was a lot to deal with as a child. Even though I had amazing experiences, it was incredibly lonely.”

Olivia is the first actor in her family, confirming to Interview that she didn’t come “from a family of actors.”

“No, I don’t. My dad’s an ex-policeman and my mum is a sales representative and they haven’t got the acting bug. Bless them.”

Olivia Cooke in House of the Dragon.
Olivia is best known for her role in HOTD. (Credit: HBO)

What else has Olivia Cooke been in?

After starring in Bates Motel between 2013 and 2017, Olivia has added a number of additional acting credits to her name. Whilst her most notable role may be Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon, she also appeared in Ready Player One, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl and Sounds of Metal.

Does Olivia Cooke have cystic fibrosis?

No, Olivia Cooke does not have Cystic Fibrosis. This misconception arose due to her long-standing role in Bates Motel as Emma Decody, a disabled 18-year-old with Cystic Fibrosis.

Olivia Cooke in Bates Hotel.
Olivia’s first TV role was as Emma in Bates Motel (Credit: Universal Television)

Who is Olivia Cooke’s partner?

Olivia has kept details of her private life firmly out of the public eye, refraining from making any comments on her personal life.

Although she was previously linked to Welsh actor Jacob Ifan in 2022, the two actors have never confirmed nor denied the rumours.

She previously dated her Pixie co-star Ben Hardy, with the couple splitting five months after their public debut. She was also linked to fellow co-stars Christopher Abbott and Alex Roe.

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