Olivia Williams

Actress
While it was not surprising to see Royal Shakespeare Company player Olivia Williams in screen productions based on the works and life of Jane Austen, it was a pleasant surprise that the actress was able to avoid the ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1968 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (40)

Man Up 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Manhattan 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Maps to the Stars 2015 (Movie)

Christina Weiss (Actor)

Seventh Son 2015 (Movie)

Mam (Actor)

Altar 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broken Lines 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sabotage 2014 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 (Movie)

Queen (Voice)

The Last Days on Mars 2013 (Movie)

Kim Aldrich (Actor)

Anna Karenina 2012 (Movie)

Countess Vronsky (Actor)

Hyde Park On Hudson 2012 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Now is Good 2012 (Movie)

Tessa's mother (Actor)

Hanna 2011 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Collaborator 2010 (Movie)

Emma Stiles (Actor)

Dollhouse 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 2010 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Terriers 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Writer 2010 (Movie)

Ruth Lang (Actor)

An Education 2009 (Movie)

Miss Stubbs (Actor)

Flashbacks of a Fool 2008 (Movie)

Grace Scot (Actor)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

Ria (Actor)

Peter Pan 2003 (Movie)

Mrs Darling (Actor)

The Heart of Me 2003 (Movie)

Madeleine Masters (Actor)

To Kill a King 2003 (Movie)

Lady Anne (Actor)

Below 2002 (Movie)

Claire Page (Actor)

Lucky Break 2002 (Movie)

Annabel Sweep (Actor)

The Man From Elysian Fields 2002 (Movie)

Andrea Allcott (Actor)

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

The Body 2001 (Movie)

Sharon Golban (Actor)

Dead Babies 2000 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Jason and the Argonauts (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Dogs Playing Poker 1999 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

Anna Crowe (Actor)

Friends 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

Miss Cross (Actor)

Jane Austen's Emma 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Postman 1997 (Movie)

Abby (Actor)

Brotherly Love: The Trevor Ferrell Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mannequin 1987 (Movie)

Woman in Boardroom (Actor)

Miss Austen Regrets (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

While it was not surprising to see Royal Shakespeare Company player Olivia Williams in screen productions based on the works and life of Jane Austen, it was a pleasant surprise that the actress was able to avoid the costume drama typecasting of so many of her classically trained British peers. She was perhaps a bit too often cast as quietly suffering stiff-upper lippers, but able to carry off the "sensitive beauty" with humor, strength or wilting melodrama as called for. Williams worked in Hollywood as a supporting player in big budget studio films like "The Sixth Sense" (1999), but also split her time between American and British independent films. She showcased an accessibility and wicked wit in comedies like "Rushmore" (1998) and "Lucky Break" (2001) and uncommon depth in "The Heart of Me" (2002), proving an adept supporting player whose luminous beauty was backed by a fierce intellectualism.

Relationships

Jonathan Cake Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged Split 1998

Peter McCalmack

Companion
No longer together

Rhashan Stone Actor

Husband
Married Nov. 2, 2003

Esmé Stone

Daughter
Born April 6, 2004; father, Rhashan Stone

Roxana Stone

Daughter
Born April 7, 2007; father, Rhashan Stone

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England
Graduated from the women-only Newnham College

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"

2012

Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Bill Murray's Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson"

2011

Made West End debut, playing the sister to Matthew Fox in Neil LaBute’s "In a Forest, Dark and Deep"

2010

Played Pierce Brosnan's wife in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"

2009

Played Carey Mulligan’s teacher in "An Education"

2009

Cast as Adelle DeWitt in Joss Whedon's short-lived Fox series "Dollhouse"

2008

Portrayed British author Jane Austen in BBC drama "Miss Austen Regrets"

2006

Played small role as Dr. Moira MacTaggert in "X-Men: The Last Stand"

2003

Co-starred with Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany in British drama "The Heart of Me"

2003

Portrayed Mrs. Darling in P.J. Hogan's live-action adaptation of "Peter Pan"

2001

Played the trophy wife of a successful older novelist in "The Man From Elysian Fields"; screened at Cannes

2001

Co-starred in British comedy "Lucky Break"

1999

Cast as Bruce Willis' wife in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense"

1998

Cast as a first grade teacher who becomes the object of affection for a high school student and a wealthy married man in Wes Anderson's "Rushmore"

1997

Made feature film debut opposite Kevin Costner in "The Postman"

1996

Played Jane Fairfax in the British TV adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma"

Worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London

Toured the U.S in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," starring Ian McKellen

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