Olivia Williams

Highest Rated: 100% Wild Bill (2011)
Lowest Rated: 9% The Postman (1997)
Birthday: Jul 26, 1968
Birthplace: Camden Town, London, England, UK
A struggling stage actress when she was cast in the Kevin Costner epic The Postman (1997), British actress Olivia Williams survived the film's meltdown with her reputation relatively intact. The daughter of lawyers, Williams earned a degree in English at Cambridge University before studying acting for two years with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her training led to several stage roles, as well as to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London. A four-month tour of Richard III featuring Ian McKellen brought Williams to the United States, and, following a supporting role in the made-for-TV adaptation of Emma (1997), she again found herself stateside to work on The Postman. Fortunately for Williams, she rebounded from The Postman with her role as Miss Cross, the fought-over love interest of a precocious 15-year-old and an embittered millionaire in the acclaimed comedy Rushmore (1998). She could be seen the next year starring opposite Bruce Willis in the enormously successful supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense. She continued to work steadily in films such as Born Romantic, The Man from Elysian Fields, A Knight's Tale, and Peter Pan. She was excellent in An Education as a sympathetic teacher, appeared in short-lived Joss Whedon series Dollhouse, and starred in Roman Polanski's politically-tinged thriller The Ghost Writer. In 2011 she had a main role in the action film Hanna and appeared as Countess Vronsky in Joe Wright's 2012 adaptation of the classic Anna Karenina.


Highest Rated Movies



71% The White King Actor 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul Baroness Churchill $21.7M 2017
80% Man Up Actor $0.9M 2015
62% Maps to the Stars Cristina Weiss $0.4M 2015
11% Seventh Son Mr. Bradley $15M 2015
No Score Yet Altar Meg Hamilton 2014
20% Sabotage Caroline Brentwood $8.2M 2014
18% The Last Days On Mars Kim Aldrich 2013
13% Justin and the Knights of Valour Actor 2013
37% Hyde Park on Hudson Eleanor $6.4M 2012
62% Anna Karenina Countess Vronsky $12.9M 2012
73% Collaborator Emma Stiles 2012
56% Now Is Good Mother 2012
71% Hanna Rachel $40.3M 2011
100% Wild Bill Kelly 2011
78% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Betty 2010
84% The Ghost Writer Ruth Lang $11.1M 2010
94% An Education Miss Stubbs $12.6M 2009
38% Flashbacks of a Fool Grace Scot 2008
No Score Yet Miss Austen Regrets Jane Austen 2008
56% Broken Lines Zoe 2008
No Score Yet Krakatoa: The Last Days (Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction) Actor 2006
32% Valiant Victoria $19.4M 2005
No Score Yet Tara Road Ria 2005
No Score Yet Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures Young Agatha 2004
76% Peter Pan Mrs. Darling $48.5M 2003
48% The Heart of Me Madeleine 2003
60% To Kill a King Lady Anne Fairfax 2003
64% Below Claire Paige 2002
48% Lucky Break Annabel 2002
58% A Knight's Tale Phillipa Chaucer (uncredited) $55.1M 2001
58% Born Romantic Eleanor 2001
13% The Body Sharon Golban 2001
No Score Yet Mood Swingers Diana 2001
No Score Yet Four Dogs Playing Poker Audrey 2000
33% Jason and the Argonauts Hera 2000
86% The Sixth Sense Anna Crowe 1999
89% Rushmore Miss Rosemary Cross 1998
9% The Postman Abby 1997
No Score Yet Jane Austen's Emma Miss Jane Fairfax 1996


100% Counterpart
Emily Burton Silk
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
60% The Halcyon
  • 2017
91% Manhattan
Liza Winter
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Jane Austen Jane Fairfax Belinda Kay
  • 2014
  • 2008
  • 1997
92% Terriers
  • 2010
48% Dollhouse
Adelle Adelle DeWitt
  • 2010
  • 2009