Julie Dawn Cole (born 26 October 1957) is an English television, film and stage actress who has been active for some 40 years. She began as a child performer in what remains her best-remembered film, 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, playing the spoiled Veruca Salt. She has two children.A native of Guildford, Surrey, Julie Dawn Cole was twelve when she was cast in the iconic role during the project's pre-production phase in the first half of 1970 (she celebrated her 13th birthday eight weeks into the film's 11Â½-week filming schedule in Southern Germany's sprawling production complex, Bavaria Film Studios, on the day she performed her song "I Want It Now"). The film debuted in New York on 30 June 1971 and in London the following week, with Julie chosen to present a bouquet of flowers to Princess Margaret at the Royal Premiere. She and the film's other pre-adolescent "leading lady" American Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), both had crushes on Willy Wonka's Peter Ostrum, (Charlie Bucket) also an American and alternated days spending time with him while there were breaks in filming.