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Olivia Williams



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% The White King
  • Actor
2016
81% Man Up
  • Actor
2015
61% Maps to the Stars
  • Cristina Weiss
2015
13% Seventh Son
  • Mr. Bradley
2015
No Score Yet Altar
  • Meg Hamilton
2014
20% Sabotage
  • Caroline Brentwood
2014
20% The Last Days On Mars
  • Kim Aldrich
2013
8% Justin and the Knights of Valour
  • Actor
2013
37% Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Eleanor
2012
63% Anna Karenina
  • Countess Vronsky
2012
75% Collaborator
  • Emma Stiles
2012
58% Now Is Good
  • Mother
2012
71% Hanna
  • Rachel
2011
100% Wild Bill
  • Kelly
2011
76% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Betty
2010
83% The Ghost Writer
  • Ruth Lang
2010
94% An Education
  • Miss Stubbs
2009
38% Flashbacks of a Fool
  • Grace Scot
2008
No Score Yet Miss Austen Regrets
  • Jane Austen
2008
43% Broken Lines
  • Zoe
2008
No Score Yet Krakatoa: The Last Days (Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Agatha Christie - A Life In Pictures
  • Actor
2006
31% Valiant
  • Victoria
2005
No Score Yet Tara Road
  • Ria
2005
No Score Yet Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures
  • Actor
2004
77% Peter Pan
  • Mrs. Darling
2003
50% The Heart of Me
  • Madeleine
2003
No Score Yet To Kill a King
  • Lady Anne Fairfax
2003
63% Below
  • Claire Paige
2002
48% Lucky Break
  • Annabel
2002
51% The Man from Elysian Fields
  • Andrea Allcott
2001
58% A Knight's Tale
  • Phillipa Chaucer (uncredited)
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
40% Jason and the Argonauts
  • Hera
2000
85% The Sixth Sense
  • Anna Crowe
1999
No Score Yet Rushmore Beer Tasting
  • Actor
1999
89% Rushmore
  • Miss Rosemary Cross
1998
9% The Postman
  • Abby
1997
No Score Yet Jane Austen's 'Emma'
  • Miss Jane Fairfax
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
94% Terriers
2010
  • Miriam
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Jane Austen Jane Fairfax Belinda Kay
91% Manhattan
2014-2015
  • Liza Winter
53% Dollhouse
2009-2010
  • Adelle Adelle DeWitt

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