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House of the Dragon star Olivia Cooke, 30, says she «got rid of her Northern accent to succeed as an actress» because she felt «less intelligent» than her middle-class counterparts.


House Of The Dragon star Olivia Cooke has revealed she ditched her Northern accent to succeed as an actress.

Olivia, 30, whose mother was a sales representative and father a policeman, said her working-class roots in Oldham made her feel less intelligent than middle-class actors.

She had a chip on her shoulder, but when she gave up her accent, she felt really sad.

She said: ‘I give voice when I talk to someone with a different upbringing. I’m proud of where I come from, but it was a source of embarrassment because I didn’t feel as intelligent as others.

“I talk to my therapist about it and I try not to, but I have a chip on my shoulder about being working class.

House Of The Dragon star Olivia Cooke (pictured) has revealed she ditched her Northern accent to succeed as an actress.

Olivia, 30, whose mother was a sales representative and father a policeman, said her working-class roots in Oldham made her feel less intelligent than middle-class actors.

Olivia, 30, whose mother was a sales representative and father a policeman, said her working-class roots in Oldham made her feel less intelligent than middle-class actors.

Olivia played Becky Sharp in ITV’s adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair before winning the role of Alicent Hightower in Game of Thrones spin-off House Of The Dragon.

She told The Times that acting is becoming increasingly difficult for people from less affluent backgrounds.

She said: “It’s a really exclusive industry. It’s not fair, the arts are not funded in public schools. But a drama class is not just about getting into the industry – it can help children grow in confidence and feel accepted.”

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Olivia is the grandmother in HBO’s House Of The Dragon, but the actors who play her sons, Ewan Mitchell and Tom Glynn-Carney, are 27 and 29, respectively.

Olivia said her casting may reflect how difficult it can be for older actresses to get roles. She said: ‘If they can make dragons I could look younger and then older.

“I’m grateful for the role, but I just turned 30 and I’m playing a grandmother. Seeing women age on screen is really restrained.”

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