Olivia Williams

Olivia Williams

Highest Rated: 98% The Father (2020)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Postman (1997)

Birthday: Jul 26, 1968

Birthplace: Camden Town, London, England, UK

British actress Olivia Williams essayed intelligent, often sensitive and occasionally no-nonsense women in features and on television on both sides of the Atlantic, including "Rushmore" (1998), "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Hanna" (2011), "Manhattan" (WGN America, 2014-16), and "Counterpart" (Starz, 2017-19). The daughter of lawyers, Olivia Haigh Williams was born July 26, 1968 in North London, England, and earned a degree in English literature from the University of Cambridge's Newnham College before shifting her focus to drama and training at both the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Williams remained with the RSC after graduation while also appearing in the occasional UK television production, most notably an ITV production of Jane Austen's "Emma" (1996) with Kate Beckinsale. The following year, she toured with Ian McKellen in a RSC production of "Richard the III," which brought her to the attention of actor Kevin Costner. He cast her as the female lead in his sprawling post-apocalypse drama "The Postman" (1997), which, though a sizable failure, led to more Stateside roles for Williams. She earned critical praise as a teacher wooed by both teenaged Jason Schwartzman and his mentor (Bill Murray) in Wes Anderson's "Rushmore," and her first blockbuster film in M. Night Shaymalan's "The Sixth Sense," which cast her as Bruce Willis's spouse. The success of these films led to steady work in both America and England throughout the 2000s, though the majority of these projects were arthouse films like "The Body" (2001), with Antonio Banderas, George Hickenlooper's "The Man from Elysian Fields" (2001) and the period drama "The Heart of Me" (2002), which earned Williams an Empire Award for Best Actress. She found greater success in character roles, beginning in 2009 with "An Education," which earned a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination for British Supporting Actress of the Year. Williams followed it with turns in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" (2010), which won her several leading film critics association awards and nominations; as the mother of a teenage assassin in "Hanna" (2011) and as Countess Vronskaya in "Anna Karenina" (2012), both for director Joe Wright; as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on the Hudson" (2012); and as the domineering mother of a child star in David Cronenberg's brutal satire "Maps to the Stars" (2014). She also worked steadily in American and UK television during this period, including starring turns as Jane Austen in "Miss Austen Regrets" (BBC, 2007) and the head of a mysterious agency in Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" (Fox, 2009-2010). In 2014, she was top-billed as a botanist working on the American atomic program in "Manhattan," and then played a brittle aristocrat in wartime England for the ITV series "Halcyon" (2017), and a spy married to two versions of J.K. Simmons in the alternate-reality series "Counterpart." When that series ran its course, Williams reunited with Wheedon for his HBO series "The Nevers" (2020-), about a group of Victorian women with extraordinary powers.

Highest rated movies

The Father
An Education
Rushmore
Jane Austen's Emma
The Sixth Sense
The Ghost Writer
Man Up
Peter Pan

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
98% 92% The Father Catherine (Character) $2.1M 2020
66% 68% Victoria & Abdul Lady Churchill (Character) $22.2M 2017
71% 59% The White King Sophia (Voice) - 2016
80% 69% Man Up Hilary (Character) - 2015
61% 44% Maps to the Stars Cristina Weiss (Character) $347.6K 2014
No Score Yet 66% Altar Meg Hamilton (Character) - 2014
12% 34% Seventh Son Mam Ward (Character) $17.2M 2014
No Score Yet 40% Sabotage Caroline Brentwood (Character) $10.5M 2014
13% 36% Justin and the Knights of Valor Queen (Voice) - 2013
18% 24% The Last Days on Mars Kim Aldrich (Character) $23.8K 2013
56% 64% Now Is Good Mother (Character) - 2012
37% 31% Hyde Park on Hudson Eleanor Roosevelt (Character) $6.4M 2012
63% 50% Anna Karenina Countess Vronsky (Character) $12.8M 2012
73% 61% Collaborator Emma Stiles (Character) - 2011
71% 66% Hanna Rachel (Character) $40.2M 2011
73% 66% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Betty (Character) - 2010
84% 70% The Ghost Writer Ruth Lang (Character) $15.5M 2010
93% 80% An Education Miss Stubbs (Character) $12.6M 2009
No Score Yet 70% Miss Austen Regrets Jane Austen (Character) - 2008
38% 51% Flashbacks of a Fool Grace Scot (Character) $1.0K 2008
56% No Score Yet Broken Lines Zoe (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Damage Michelle Cahill (Character) - 2007
57% 61% X-Men: The Last Stand Moira MacTaggart (Character) $234.4M 2006
No Score Yet 42% Tara Road Unknown (Character) - 2005
32% 29% Valiant Victoria (Voice) $19.5M 2005
60% 50% To Kill a King Lady Anne Fairfax (Character) - 2003
77% 74% Peter Pan Mrs. Darling (Character) $48.4M 2003
48% 61% The Heart of Me Madeleine Masters (Character) $196.1K 2002
65% 44% Below Claire (Character) $589.4K 2002
48% 48% Lucky Break Annabel (Character) $54.6K 2001
51% 54% The Man From Elysian Fields Andrea Allcott (Character) $1.4M 2001
13% 44% The Body Sharon Golban (Character) $33.6K 2001
No Score Yet 50% Dead Babies Unknown (Character) - 2001
58% 55% Born Romantic Eleanor (Character) $14.6K 2000
No Score Yet 43% Four Dogs Playing Poker Audrey (Character) - 2000
86% 90% The Sixth Sense Anna Crowe (Character) $293.5M 1999
90% 91% Rushmore Miss Rosemary Cross (Character) $17.1M 1998
8% 50% The Postman Abby (Character) $17.6M 1997
89% 73% Jane Austen's Emma Jane Fairfax (Character) - 1996

TV

Credit
48% 83% The Nevers Lavinia Bidlow (Character) 2021
100% 90% Counterpart Emily Burton Silk (Character) 2017-2019
60% 100% The Halcyon Lady Priscilla Hamilton (Character) 2017
91% 93% Manhattan Liza Winter (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Worricker on Masterpiece Belinda Kay (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Case Sensitive Unknown (Character) 2011-2012
71% 86% Dollhouse Adelle DeWitt (Character) 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Unknown (Character) 2008
100% 97% Spaced Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
67% 94% Friends Felicity (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jason and the Argonauts Unknown (Character)