Having finished growing up in Sussex, Oliver trained at the prestigious East 15 Acting School where he once spent 2 weeks living as an 11 year old boy in Ireland in 1916. On day six he contracted simulated polio which led to his leg being in a calliper for the rest of the experience. The calliper was taken off when the project ended with the protestant Landowner being overthrown. He was also locked in a storage cupboard wearing just his pants while pretending to be a 17th Century Chaldean. He’s still not sure what a Chaldean is. Needless to say, Oliver’s time at East 15 led to him being the well rounded, versatile actor he is today.
Theatre credits include Newbury Yarns, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan (Watermill Theatre) Betty Blue Eyes (UK Tour) The Hired Man (Leicester Curve/Colchester Mercury) Pinocchio (Pants on Fire) The Winter’s Tale (Old Vic Tunnels) Darker Shores (Hampstead Theatre) and many more that he’s slightly less proud of.
In comedy Oliver is the host of fringe veterans turned Radio 1 podcasters BattleActs! He also perfoms solo as his alter-ego Baron Fingolfin, taking his debut show The Stranger to the Edinburgh fringe in 2016. Baron Fingolfin placed third at the 2015 Musical Comedy Awards. He has written for BBC3 (Jenny Bede: AAA), performed in record-breaking comedy satirical show NewsRevue and is also possibly the first person to be naked on Radio 4, dancing with Arthur Smith.
As a musician Oliver regularly works with the West End’s Austentatious (also on BBC Radio 4). He has played for Cariad and Paul: A Two Player (Improvised) Adventure, The Bear Pack, Second City and the legendary 50 Hour Improvathon (Wiltons Music Hall) among numerous others. He has recorded with Rachael and The Red Socks, Matthew Halsall and has composed music for short films.
In 2017 Oliver joined comedy string quartet supergroup Bowjangles and has toured internationally with the award winning Excalibow. The audiobook album of the show is out in 2019.