Fast Facts

  • Father is a vicar in the Church of England and mother is a professional musician and music teacher.
  • At university, was once kicked out of a cathedral for rehearsing pagan rituals for a production of The Wicker Man.
  • Cofounder of Dog Ate Cake, a theater company dedicated to farce and previously undiscovered Victorian comedy.
  • Starred in The Pillars of the Earth, based on the Ken Follett best seller; the author admits that the fictional Kingsbridge Cathedral was inspired by England's Salisbury Cathedral, where Oakes' father is canon.
  • Did not use a stunt man for his thrown-off-a-bridge death scene in The Borgias.


  • Sarah Mudd — Sister
  • Jeremy Oakes — Father
  • Fiona Brockhurst — Mother


  • University of Manchester, Manchester, England (BA in English and Drama, 2005); Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol, England (2007)


  • Birth Name: Rowan David Oakes
  • Birth Place: Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
  • Birthday: October 14, 1983, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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