Everything to Know About "Persuasion" Leading Man Cosmo Jarvis

Cosmo Jarvis stars opposite Dakota Johnson in Netflix's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," which the streamer released on July 15. Jarvis plays Captain Frederick Wentworth, a naval captain who used to be romantically entangled with Anne Elliot (Johnson). When the movie picks up, Wentworth is back in town making Anne's life completely miserable. The other third of the movie's love triangle is Anne's distant cousin, played by Henry Golding.

Viewers might not be as familiar with Jarvis, whom the British press has compared a few times to Marlon Brando. His full name is Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis, and he's 32 years old. Way back in 2011, he talked to The Guardian about how he first got involved in acting. He told the outlet, "I didn't really know how one got into acting properly, because I was never connected, and I quit school really early. I thought, I might as well just start knocking."

"It was a slow burn from there. Years of nothing, and then eventually getting a few little jobs, TV jobs, and keep on chipping away," Jarvis explained. He also talked about his process as an actor, saying, "With film, you come in, you blow everything you've got, and it's a short amount of time. You're getting a good wage to do a creative craft, so you might as well just go all the way out."

In 2021, Jarvis spoke to Square Mile about how his parents fostered creativity in him as a child. He said, "Both my parents, though, had rabid appreciations for art, particularly music and film. I always liked making things, building things, etc. Beginning to explore those crafts like music and performance and creation served to keep me busy and escape from my reality."

The actor also told Square Mile that he's not interested in being extremely famous, saying, "It's a job. I just want to live and die quietly. I am an employee. Of what worth is fame when so many greater minds than mine, so many wiser, more honourable, more enlightening and enlightened, kind, forgiving, ingenuitive and braver men and women than me aren't anointed with it — in the way which people in my line of work who pretend to be different people seem to be?"

Read on for everything we know about Jarvis, including his leading role alongside Florence Pugh.

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He Is British but Was Born in New Jersey
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He Is British but Was Born in New Jersey

Jarvis was born in New Jersey but moved to England with his parents as a baby. He grew up in Devon.

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His Big Acting Break Was in "Lady Macbeth" With Florence Pugh
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His Big Acting Break Was in "Lady Macbeth" With Florence Pugh

Jarvis starred in 2016's "Lady Macbeth" alongside Florence Pugh. Jarvis played Sebastian, who has an affair with Pugh's character.

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He's a Musician
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He's a Musician

Jarvis released his first album, "19 Songs by Cosmo Jarvis," in 2006 and has released five more since, including "Is the World Strange or Am I Strange?," "Think Bigger," and "They Don't Build Hearts Like They Used To." He plays piano and guitar and has posted videos of his performances on his YouTube page.

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He Has Some Major Projects Coming Up
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He Has Some Major Projects Coming Up

This year, Jarvis also stars in the Irish thriller "It Is in Us All," which premiered at SXSW in March. He's also the lead in FX's upcoming "Shogun" series, a remake of the 1980s series.

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His Love Life Is a Mystery
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His Love Life Is a Mystery

Jarvis is extremely private and has no public-facing social media, besides his YouTube page. He's never shared anything about a significant other or romantic partner, so it's unclear if he's currently single.