Olivia Williams

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

71% The White King Actor 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul Baroness Churchill $21.7M 2017
80% Man Up Actor $0.9M 2015
61% Maps to the Stars Cristina Weiss $0.4M 2015
11% Seventh Son Mr. Bradley $15M 2015
No Score Yet Altar Meg Hamilton 2014
21% 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
63% 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
88% Jane Austen's Emma Miss Jane Fairfax 1996

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% Counterpart
2017
Emily Burton Silk
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
60% The Halcyon
2016-2017
  • 2017
91% Manhattan
2014-2015
Liza Winter
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Jane Austen Jane Fairfax Belinda Kay
  • 2014
  • 2008
  • 1997
92% Terriers
2010
Miriam
  • 2010
72% Dollhouse
2009-2010
Adelle Adelle DeWitt
  • 2010
  • 2009

QUOTES FROM Olivia Williams CHARACTERS

Caroline Brentwood
Ahh, help me up!
Breacher
Well, we found him...
Rosemary Cross
Although, I will say... that Edward has more spark and character, and imagination in one fingernail than Herman Blume has in his entire body.
Rosemary Cross
Although, I will say that Edward has more spark, character, and imagination in one fingernail than Herman Blume has in his entire body.
Max Fischer
One dead fingernail.
Rosemary Cross
Right. .. One dead fingernail.
Rosemary Cross
Right. One dead fingernail.
Rachel
I love the countryside. The city stifles me. Emotionally. Creatively. Spiritually. Places like this bring us closer to god.
Hanna
God?
Rachel
Well, not in any monotheistic sense. Buddha, Krishna, the 'God Within'. Whatever you believe in. What do you believe in, Hanna?
Rachel
Well, not in any monotheistic sense. Buddha, Krishna, the "God Within". Whatever you believe in. What do you believe in, Hanna?
Lt. Brice
Try not to fraternize with the men. They can be a little... strange.
Claire Page
Strange, as in superstitious?
Lt. Brice
As in "strange."
Lt. Brice
As in 'strange.'
Claire Page
[last lines] You say whatever you have to say, Ensign. I'll always believe you were brought back here for a reason.
Ruth Lang
I see you've taken out the Lang family tree [from the memoirs]. Adam's very proud of the Langs.
The Ghost
You know, if you want a family tree, go to a garden center.
Sebastian
So Hanna, is your mum and Dad still together?
Hanna
My mother is dead.
Sophie
[to Sebastian] Nice one, Dad.
Sebastian
I'm sorry to hear that. I lost my mum when I was very young, so...
Hanna
It's all right. It happened a long time ago.
Rachel
Hanna, what did your mum die of?
Hanna
Three bullets.
Rosemary Cross
Has it ever crossed your mind that you're far too young for me?
Max Fischer
It crossed my mind that you might consider that a possibility, yeah.
Rachel
What did your mother die of?
Hanna
Three bullets.
Hanna
Promise not to follow me.
Hanna
Promise not to follow me?
Sophie
I Promise
Sophie
I promise.
Rachel
Hanna!
Rachel
What did your mother die of Hanna?
Hanna
Three bullets.
Miss Stubbs
You seem to be old and wise.
Jenny
I feel old. But not very wise.
Ruth Lang
If we meet any terrorists, I'll text you.