Is Portofino Hotel star Oliver Dench related to Dame Judi? Yes, find out how

Oliver Dench is one of the stars of BritBox’s exclusive new show Hotel Portofino, but is he related to Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi?

The series is set, as its name suggests, in the beautiful village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera.

And it’s a must for fans of period dramas like Downton Abbey and Bridgerton, as they’re set in the Roaring 20s. It’s the 1920s, by the way. Not now.

Oliver plays Lucien in Hotel Portofino (ITV Photos)

Read more: Hotel Portofino: What is it, where can I watch it and who is in the cast?

One of the breakout stars is Oliver Dench who plays Lucien Ainsworth in the drama.

But who is he exactly? And what else has he been in? Here’s everything we know about Oliver.

Is Oliver Dench related to Dame Judi Dench?

Oscar Dench is a British-born actor currently playing the role of Lucien in the BritBox-exclusive Portofino Hotel.

Before landing the role of Lucien, Oscar made a name for himself in the cult American science fiction series Pandora. He played a character called Xander Duvall, the love interest of the main girl, Jax. The show was canceled in 2020 after two seasons.

Oliver Dench as Lucian in Hotel Portofino
The show takes place on the Italian Riviera (Credit: ITV Photos)

Oliver obviously shares a surname with a very famous British actress. So, for anyone wondering if Oliver is related to Dame Judi Dench, the answer is yes, she’s his great-aunt. He’s a pretty awesome mentor to have.

He was born on September 9, 1992, which means he will celebrate his 30th birthday later this year.

In addition to Pandora, Oliver starred in Ride, a teen drama based in an equestrian boarding school. His character went by the extremely British nickname of Will Palmerston. The show centered on Katherine Bridges, known as Kit to her friends, who was forced to move to England. Sadly, Ride only lasted one series, but you can watch it on Prime Video.

What else has Oliver Dench been in?

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He made his acting debut in 2013 when he starred in a short film called One Night at the Aristo. According to IMDB, the plot revolves around a young man who is desperate to impress the girl across the hall. He attempts this by cutting off his own finger. We prefer pinks, to be honest.

For more pics of Oliver, you can follow him on Instagram here, although he’s not very active on the site.

His last post dates back to June 2021 and shows him lazy in a boat floating on the Adriatic Sea. The caption reads: “I’m on a boat in the Adriatic for #HotelPortofino.” It looks like very hard work.

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