Jane Austen’s beloved novel Persuasion comes to life on Netflix in the streaming service’s latest film adaptation. The movie stars Dakota Johnson, Henry Golding, and Cosmo Jarvis. Cosmo is an actor on the rise, and Persuasion is just the latest showcase of his raw talent.
So, who is Cosmo Jarvis? The 32-year-old actor has had notable roles in film prior to Persuasion. From his family background to his music career, HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things to know about Cosmo.
1. Cosmo plays Captain Frederick in Persuasion.
Captain Frederick Wentworth is one of Anne Elliot’s main love interests. He proposed to Anne when he had no money or prospects. He returns after 8 years away a self-made man and finds himself in a love triangle with Anne and Mr. William Elliot. The movie is being released on Netflix on July 15.
Prior to Persuasion, Cosmo had his breakout role in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth. He also earned critical acclaim for his performance in Calm With Horses.
2. Cosmo was born in New Jersey.
Cosmo was born in New Jersey but moved to England when he was just a baby. His mother is Armenian-American and his father is English. His parents split up when he was a kid. “There was always problems at home – always,” he told The Guardian. “It was more than a divorce. It went on for ages. Still going on, 10 years later. I guess they actually split when I was nine years old.”
3. Cosmo isn’t his first name.
The actor was born Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis. Despite being a rising name in Hollywood, Cosmo has a complicated relationship with fame. “I’m not against fame, I’m against society’s distribution and adoration of fame and how it suffers under that influence and how it can distract the youth in particular from realising their own potential. I just want to do the work. Fame is the remaining shell of a cracked nut,” he told Square Mile.
4. Cosmo is also a musician.
Cosmo released his first album, 19 Songs By Cosmo Jarvis, in 2006. He’s released 5 more albums since then. His official Spotify bio says that Cosmo has “earned a devoted following for his witty, often satiric tunes about the foibles of relationships and contemporary life, often rooted in personal experience, as well as his own self-produced videos and short subjects that have given his work a global online audience.”
5. Cosmo has been compared to Marlon Brando.
A profile piece from 2020 dubbed Cosmo “Britain’s new Brando.” When asked about the comparisons to Marlon Brando and Tom Hardy, Cosmo told Square Mile, “No, I don’t understand the comparisons. Nobody compares to those guys. The notion of comparison can imply many things when humans are the unit being compared.”