Born in Northampton, he studied both classical ballet and contemporary at the Rambert Ballet School.
After graduating in 1996, he joined CAPAB (since renamed the Cape Town City Ballet Company).
He became a principal before returning to England in 1999 to join Northern Ballet Theatre (now Northern Ballet) as Principal.
Before leaving he married South African principal ballerina Desiré Samaai in Paarl, Cape Town.
Ollivier joined the Alberta Ballet Company as a Principal dancer in 2007.
Ollivier was a strong partner, fine actor and a dancer of extraordinary physical and emotional intensity