Oliver achieved a first-class degree in English Literature at Durham University, where he took part in a wide variety of shows and was awarded full college colours for his contribution to the arts. A keen actor-musician (he plays guitar, piano and saxophone), Oliver has experience both as a musical director and performer across folk, jazz and gospel styles, and has directed a big band on tour to Amsterdam, doubling as lead singer and saxophonist. As a singer-songwriter, Oliver reached the national final of Music for Youth on the strength of one of his original songs. More recently, he was cast as a lead role in A Kiss for Cinderella with the National Youth Music Theatre.