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Also Known As: Olivia Haigh Williams Died:
Born: July 26, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actress

Biography CLOSE THE FULL 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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Seventh Son, The (2013)
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 Anna Karenina (2012)
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 Collaborator (2011)
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 Hanna (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London
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Toured the U.S in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," starring Ian McKellen
1996:
Played Jane Fairfax in the British TV adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma"
1997:
Made feature film debut opposite Kevin Costner in "The Postman"
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"
1999:
Cast as Bruce Willis' wife in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense"
2001:
Co-starred in British comedy "Lucky Break"
2001:
Played the trophy wife of a successful older novelist in "The Man From Elysian Fields"; screened at Cannes
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"
2006:
Played small role as Dr. Moira MacTaggert in "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2008:
Portrayed British author Jane Austen in BBC drama "Miss Austen Regrets"
2009:
Cast as Adelle DeWitt in Joss Whedon's short-lived Fox series "Dollhouse"
2009:
Played Carey Mulligan┬┐s teacher in "An Education"
2010:
Played Pierce Brosnan's wife in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"
2011:
Made West End debut, playing the sister to Matthew Fox in Neil LaBute┬┐s "In a Forest, Dark and Deep"
2012:
Cast opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"
2012:
Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Bill Murray's Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson"
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -

Notes

"When your agent says you're going on tape for Kevin Costner, it's a bit of a joke. I thought, I'm not wasting money on a cab for this, I'm going to cycle. It was raining, so I had mud on my face, and [when I got there], the secretary in the office is reading Kevin Costner's lines, and I did a terrible Southern accent. Because the situation was very funny, I was laughing quite a bit." --Olivia Williams in Entertainment Weekly, November 21, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jonathan Cake. Actor. Were engaged; separated c. 1998.
companion:
Peter McCalmack. Novelist. Canadian.

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