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OLIVIA WILLIAMS earned a degree in English at Cambridge University before studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, she toured with Richard III starring Ian McKellen, a production which brought her to the US and the attention of Kevin Costner who chose her for his film The Postman in which she made her feature debut.
Since then Williams has appeared in Sundance co-founder Paul Rachman's Four Dogs Playing Poker, Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break, Born Romantic, The Body opposite Antonio Banderas, The Man From Elysian Fields, and The Heart of Me opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany, for which she was named Best Actress at the 2003 British Independent Film Awards.
Best known to international audiences for her starring roles in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense and Wes Anderson's Rushmore, Olivia Williams continues to demonstrate her versatility with a range of projects across film, television and theatre. She appears in nineteen episodes of Dollhouse, the television series from Buffy director Joss Whedon and opposite Paul Bettany in the 2008 feature Broken Lines. Williams most recently appeared in the 2009 releases An Education and the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, with Andy Serkis and Ray Winstone.
Williams starred alongside Tim Roth, Dougray Scott and Rupert Everett in To Kill A King; as Mrs Darling in PJ Hogan's Peter Pan (2003), and in Tara Road, based on the Maeve Binchy bestseller. In addition, her voice was heard as 'Victoria' in the popular animated film Valiant. In 2008 Williams starred together with Daniel Craig in Baillie Walsh's Flashbacks of a Fool.
On stage, Williams appeared with Tom Hollander at the Donmar Warehouse in John Osborne's Hotel in Amsterdam (2003) and starred in The Changeling at the Barbican Theatre and on tour. Williams received excellent reviews for her performance as Kitty in The National Theatre's 2008 production of Happy Now?
On television, Williams recently starred in the title role in the BBC biographical drama Miss Austen Regrets, based on the life and letters of Jane Austen. She previously starred in the title role in the BBC drama Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004) and docu-drama Krakatoa: The Last Days.
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