Oliver Kieran-Jones is a noted film & television actor and drama coach with extensive experience on the London stage.
Oliver left drama school early after winning the role of Octavius Caesar in the highly lauded production of ‘Julius Caesar’ opposite Ralph Fiennes and Simon Russell Beale in London’s West End and on a world tour. He remained for 5 years in the West End and subsequently with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford. Highlights of which include playing leading roles opposite Kevin Spacey in ‘Richard II’, Dame Diana Rigg and Jemma Redgrave in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and Pete Postlethwaite in ‘The Tempest’. He was also directed by Fiona Shaw in ‘Riders to the Sea’ at the ENO and starred in the acclaimed production of ‘The Fairy Queen’ which premiered at The Royal Festival Hall before transferring to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been fortunate to work alongside legendary directors such as Trevor Nunn, Peter Stein, Jonathan Kent, Deborah Warner, Fiona Shaw and Philip Franks and is indebted to their teaching.
Oliver has extensive credits in television and film on both sides of the Atlantic. A selection of which include Foyles War, Spooks, Judge John Deed, Midsummer Murders, Holby Blue, Casualty and 80 Minutes. In the states he has recurred in Glee on Fox opposite Chris Colfer and Lea Michele, Break a Hip opposite Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer and plays the regular role of Andrew Lesley in Episodes on Showtime opposite Matt Le Blanc for which he has just completed Season Four. He is currently starring in Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family.
Oliver trained on a scholarship at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) on the 3 year acting course – the British equivalent to Juilliard, New York. In the States he has worked alongside many of LA’s leading coaches – Margie Haber, Nancy Banks, Cameron Watson, Martha Gehmann and Lesley Khan. He also counts Larry Moss, Ivanna Chubbuck and Uta Hagen as influences.
Oliver has taught master classes in Shakespeare and Screen Acting at LAMDA (where he trained) and was also the resident acting coach for the London revival of ‘Rent’ starring Luke Evans and Siobhan Donaghy. Oliver regularly privately coaches actors in LA represented by all of the major agencies including Paradigm, ICM, Untitled, UTA and Brillstein. He is also a guest lecturer at the London School of Dramatic Art and an associate artist and teacher at The Carney Academy of Performing Arts.