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Julie Dawn Cole
Cole in November 2017
(m. 1991; div. 2002)
Julie Dawn Cole (born 26 October 1957) is an English actress, singer, author, and psychotherapist who has been active for more than 40 years. She began as a child performer in what remains her best-remembered film, 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, playing Veruca Salt.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The film debuted in New York on 30 June 1971 and in London the following week, with Cole chosen to present a bouquet of flowers to Princess Margaret at the Royal Premiere. She and Willy Wonka's other pre-adolescent "leading lady," American Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), both had crushes on Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), also an American, and alternated days spending time with him while there were breaks in filming.
After Willy Wonka
Cole played trainee nurse Jo Longhurst on the British drama Angels, for two years. In the mid 1970s she appeared on episodes of the Dutch detective show Van Der Valk starring Barry Foster. In the second season of Poldark, in 1977, she played 15-year-old Rowella Chynoweth, seducing her sister's portly husband. Other credits include the Children's Film Foundation movie Paganini Strikes Again (1973), the comedy film That Lucky Touch (1975) starring Roger Moore, a 1982 episode of Tales of the Unexpected ("The Skeleton Key"), and the 1984 TV film of Camille, starring Greta Scacchi and Colin Firth. She featured as 'Robot 35' in the CBBC comedy Galloping Galaxies!.
She has a number of theatrical credits as well as pantomime and voice-over work. Cole has appeared on radio in BBC Radio 2 broadcasts of British panto, including the 26 December 1979 broadcast of Puss in Boots as "Princess Rosepetal",, as "Jill" in the 25 December 1981 broadcast of Mother Goose, and as "Alice" in the 27 December 1982 broadcast of Dick Whittington.
In 2002 Cole developed Centrestage, a children's acting drama school.
After qualifying in 1998 as a fitness instructor, she worked in the 2000s on various projects, including the 2005 ITV series Fat Families as fitness advisor to one of the title families. In 2006, she was seen on the soap opera Emmerdale.
In August 2010 Cole co-starred in an Edinburgh Fringe show entitled "Willy Wonka Revisited: The Veruca Salt Sessions", where she plays a semi-fictional version of herself discussing Veruca, life, and obsessive fans with her unseen therapist, while her co-star plays an Australian fan describing his obsession with Veruca to his unseen therapist.
Cole currently works as a psychotherapist.
Cole loves being asked about her two children. "Whenever Holly (her daughter) said or did anything brattish, I'd just go, 'Is there a problem, Veruca? Can I help you?' That always snapped her out of it. But I didn't call Barnaby (her son) anything because there was no need; he never gave me any such trouble."
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- And Mother Makes Three (TV series)
- Paganini Strikes Again (1973)
- That Lucky Touch (1975)
- Angels (TV series)
- Poldark (TV series)
- The Many Wives of Patrick (TV series)
- The Mill on the Floss (1978, TV)
- Grundy (TV series)
- Camille (1984)
- WYSIWYG (TV series)
- Married for Life (TV series)
- Emmerdale (TV series)
- Julie Dawn Cole. IMDb
- Guide, British Comedy. "Puss-In-Boots - Radio 2 Comedy - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide.
- Emmett, Chris (3 November 2011). Mother Goose. BBC Physical Audio. ASIN 1408469618.
- "Dick Whittington" – via Amazon.
- On The Cover: Julie Dawn Cole of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. celebrityparentsmag.com. 7 June 2011