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Christina Cole

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Christina Cole
Cole in September 2010
Born (1981-05-08) 8 May 1981 (age 38)
London, England
Alma materOxford School of Drama
OccupationActress
Years active2002–present

Christina Cole (born 8 May 1981) is an English actress known for portraying Cassie Hughes in the Sky One supernatural television series Hex.

Early life

Born in London,[1] Cole is the eldest of three siblings. She has a younger sister, Cassandra, and a brother, Dominic. Her mother is a telecentre manager and her father is a driving instructor.[2] Cole trained at the Oxford School of Drama,[1] graduating in 2002.[3]

Career

Cole won the role of Clarissa Payne in What a Girl Wants (2003), while still at drama school. She graduated early to begin filming.[1] She was then cast as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.[1]

Cole's first lead role was that of Cassie Hughes in Hex. She portrayed Cassie for the whole of the first season and the first three episodes of the second. Upon her departure, the character was killed off.[4] Co-star Jemima Rooper has stated that the reason for Cole's exit from the series was that she wanted to move on.[5]

After leaving Hex, Cole went on to appear as Blanche Ingram in the critically acclaimed BBC television serial Jane Eyre and guest starred as Lilith in the Doctor Who episode "The Shakespeare Code". She provided an audio commentary for the episode on the DVD release of the series' third series alongside David Tennant.[6]

Other roles include a small part in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), as the receptionist at the Ocean Club Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, and Diana Mann in the pilot episode of Cane, Cole's first appearance on American television. She has also appeared as Mel on the ITV sitcom Sold,[7] as Jenny Walker in The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007), and as Charlotte Warren in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008).

Cole once again played alongside Jemima Rooper as Caroline Bingley in Lost in Austen.[8]

In 2009, Cole played Dr. Sarah King in Poirot: Appointment with Death.[9] In 2009, Cole was cast in the lead role for a failed pilot prepared for Fox[10] about a brilliant surgeon who endures adult-onset schizophrenia.[11] That same year she also appeared in the films Surviving Evil and Doghouse.

In 2012, Cole appeared in a music video for Cheyenne Jackson's "Before You".

Since 2015, Cole has portrayed Dr. Paula Agard on a recurring basis in the USA Network series Suits, and appeared in an episode of the NBC series The Blacklist. The same year she also portrayed Mrs Sprot in the BBC's Partners in Crime series, in two episodes adapting Agatha Christie's N or M?.

In 2016, Cole opened at the Playhouse Theatre as Stevie in the world premiere of Matthew Perry's play The End of Longing.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 What a Girl Wants Clarissa Payne
2006 Casino Royale Ocean Club Receptionist
2007 The Deaths of Ian Stone Jenny Walker
2008 Surviving Evil Phoebe Drake
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Charlotte Warren
2009 Doghouse Candy
2011 Blitz WPC
2013 Mutual Friends Beatrice
2015 Jupiter Ascending Gemma Chatterjee

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Project Lizzie Television film
2003 Foyle's War Susan Davies Episode: "Among the Few"
2003 All About Me Sarah 2 episodes
2004 He Knew He Was Right Nora Rowley 4 episodes
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple Lettice Protheroe Episode: "The Murder at the Vicarage"
2004–05 Hex Cassie Hughes Lead role, 9 episodes
2005 A Most Mysterious Murder Rose Harsent Television film
2006 Jane Eyre Blanche Ingram 4 episodes
2007 Doctor Who Lilith Episode: "The Shakespeare Code"
2007 Sea of Souls Rebecca Muir 2 episodes
2007 Cane Diana Mann Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Sold Mel 6 episodes
2007 Comedy Showcase: Ladies and Gentlemen Elizabeth Television film
2008 Lost in Austen Caroline Bingley 4 episodes
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Sarah King Episode: "Appointment with Death"
2009 Maggie Hill Maggie Hill Unsold TV pilot
2009 Emma Mrs Elton 2 episodes
2010 Human Target Princess Victoria of Wales Episode: "Victoria"
2010 Midsomer Murders Sarah Sharp Episode: "The Silent Land"
2011 CHAOS Adele Ferrer Main role, 13 episodes
2011 Breakout Kings Lilah Tompkins Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
2011 Lewis Claire Gansa Episode: "The Mind Has Mountains"
2013 Silent Witness Janice Masters 2 episodes
2014 The Assets Louisa 8 episodes
2014 Rosemary's Baby Julie 2 episodes
2016–2018 Suits Dr. Paula Agard Recurring role
2015 Partners in Crime Mrs. Sprot 3 episodes ("N or M?" Parts 1,2 and 3)
2015 New Tricks Carmen Creswell Episode: "The Russian Cousin"
2015 The Blacklist Alice Episode: "The Djinn"
2017 SS-GB Mrs. Sheenan Recurring role
2017–present The Indian Detective Robyn "Bob" Gerner Main role

Theatre

  • Romeo and Juliet, Theatr Clwyd, October 2002 to November 2002 (playing Juliet)[12]
  • The Tempest, Pegasus Theatre, February 2003 (role unknown)[13]
  • The Lightning Play, Almeida Theatre, November 2006 to January 2007 (playing Tabby Morris)[14]
  • The End of Longing, Playhouse Theatre, February 2016 to May 2016 (playing Stevie)[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Demetriou, Danielle. "Unknown to star with Darcy". Evening Standard. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  2. ^ He Knew He Was Right Press Pack BBC Press Office. 2004-03-30
  3. ^ "Foyle's War "Among The Few" Publicity Release". Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  4. ^ Virginia Heffernan (1 July 2007). "Witchy Girls on a Mission: The Dark Side of Cliques". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Hew Factor". Northern Echo. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  6. ^ Doctor Who – The Complete Third Series (2007)
  7. ^ The Stage / News / ITV launches estate agents-based comedy
  8. ^ ITV | Period Drama | Lost in Austen Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "ITV: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment With Death". A2MediaGroup. 24 May 2008. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (26 February 2009). "Christina Cole set to star in Fox drama pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. p. 6. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  11. ^ Shows A-Z – maggie hill on fox | TheFutonCritic.com
  12. ^ Romeo and Juliet, Directory of Performance Listings | Arts Archive
  13. ^ "The Tempest, Directory of Performance Listings | Arts Archive". Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  14. ^ The Stage / Reviews / The Lightning Play
  15. ^ The Guardian / Reviews / The End of Longing
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