House Of The Dragon: 10 Best Olivia Cooke Roles, According To IMDb | Pretty Reel

Now ready to star in Breeders produced by Adam McKay and to shine currently in House of the Dragon, Olivia Cooke continues to prove that her career is only gaining momentum. Over the past decade, Cooke has racked up a list of credits headed by some of Hollywood’s hottest names.

Whether as Spielberg’s bold heroine or as a distinctive protagonist of several festival hits, Cooke’s versatility has made her one of the most in-demand actresses in the world. Many of his roles scored impressively with IMDb users.

Little Fish (2020) – 6.8

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Set at the start of a pandemic that is causing memory loss, Little Fish follows the evolution of a relationship between veterinary technician Emma and photographer Jude. While initially the virus only affects the furthest parts of their lives, it hits closer to home when Jude begins to develop symptoms.

In this double-sided Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Cooke balances the playful chemistry of his character’s sweet relationship with the impending sadness that pervades his character’s life, creating an ironically memorable performance.

Life Itself (2018) – 6.8

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From the creator of This Is Us, Life Itself follows several generations of couples bound by a tragic event. Cooke’s character is a musician in the midst of tragedy who struggles to grapple with her family past.

One of the worst movies of 2018 according to Rotten Tomatoes reviews, mainstream audiences were far more receptive to the heightened drama, largely thanks to the compelling performances of Cooke and his co-stars Oscar Isaac, Mandy Patinkin, and Jean Smart.

Vanity Fair (2018) – 7.3

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Based on the 1848 novel of the same name, Vanity Fair tells the story of Becky Sharp, played by Cooke, a middle-class girl who tries to make her way into English high society by any means necessary.

In his first television headlining role, Cooke wowed critics, making a meal of his fiery character alongside acclaimed British character actors Simon Russell Beale, Martin Clunes and Monty Python legend Michael Palin.

Player One Loan (2018) – 7.4

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2018’s Ready Player One is set in a future where most people choose to live in a virtual reality simulation called OASIS to escape the deterioration of the real world. When ownership of the OASIS becomes the reward for winning a contest, a lonely orphan finds himself first in line to battle an evil corporation.

Cooke plays Art3mis, a gamer who helps orphan Parzival, played by Tye Sheridan in one of his best roles. Cooke and Sheridan’s subtle romantic chemistry grounds the CGI-filled epic, allowing their performances to shine against the backdrop of Spielberg’s spectacle.

Slow Horses (2022-) – 7.7

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Apple TV’s Slow Horses begins in present-day London, following a team of British agents who have been reassigned to a department where nothing is happening thanks to their career-ending duds . However, it’s not long after the arrival of Agent River Cartwright (Jack Lowden) that the team finds itself in trouble.

Cooke plays Sid Baker, an MI5 agent assigned to the team with more complex motivations than initially displayed. Thanks to Cooke’s deft performance, the ensemble thriller is able to fire on all cylinders, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.

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Rooted in the world of rock music, Sound Of Metal focuses on Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer who begins to lose his hearing. Eventually, Ruben ends up in a shelter for the deaf, where he struggles to come to terms with his situation.

Opposite Ahmed, Cooke plays Lou, Ruben’s girlfriend with her own issues who supports him throughout his journey. Thanks to several heartbreaking scenes in between, as well as compelling performances by deaf actors, Sound Of Metal was nominated for six Oscars.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – 7.7

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Indie drama, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl revolves around the friendship between Greg (Thomas Mann), an unpopular kid who likes to make parody movies, Earl (RJ Cyler), his colleague, and Rachel (Cooke), a girl cancer. Greg’s parents forced him to be friends.

The original film, which Redditors say is overlooked, was a critical success thanks to the natural camaraderie between its protagonists and won both the Grand Jury Prize and People’s Choice Award when it premiered at Sundance.

Modern Love (2019-) – 7.9

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An anthology series based on the New York Times essay column, Modern Love tells the stories of various relationships and connections. In her episode, “Hers Was A World Of One,” Cooke plays an expectant mother Karla, a homeless woman who gives her child up for adoption to a gay couple.

Tackling the topics of homelessness, motherhood and adoption, the romantic comedy shines in this episode thanks to the humorous friction between Cooke and her co-stars Andrew Scott and Brandon Kyle Goodman.

Motel Bates (2013-2017) – 8.1

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Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Bates Motel acts as a prequel, showing the unraveling of Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche throughout his teenage years. In her first series regular role, Cooke played Emma Decody, a smart girl with cystic fibrosis and Norman’s best friend.

Although different from Psycho in many ways, Bates Motel has moved closer to its source material with each season. Thanks in part to Cooke’s nuanced performance, reviews for the Bates Motel only got better as it progressed, resulting in a show that expanded on Psycho’s story but also stood out.

House of the Dragon (2022-) – 8.8

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A prequel to the mega-hit fantasy Game Of Thrones, House Of The Dragon comes close to the Targaryens 200 years before the time of their descendant Daenerys. Although the series primarily focuses on direct members of the Targaryen bloodline, Cooke plays the older version of Alicent Hightower, a court member close to the throne.

Although its predecessor ended on controversial and sour terms, reactions to House Of The Dragon’s first season have been mostly positive so far. Considering Cooke’s background, his take on the character should be his best performance yet.

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