From March to June of 2011, OLIVIA WILLIAMS will be starring
Fox in the world premiere of the play In a Forest, Dark and Deep, written and
directed by Neil LaBute, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.
She has played notable roles in a number of memorable movies. The most
recent of these were Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, opposite Ewan
McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, for which she was named Best Supporting Actress
by the National Society of Film Critics and the London Critics' Circle Film
Awards; and Lone Scherfig's An Education, opposite Carey Mulligan. The latter
film earned Ms. Williams a London Critics' Circle Film Award nomination as well
as a shared Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from
After completing her university studies, she spent two years at the Bristol
Vic Theatre School before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company for three
years. In 1997, Ms. Williams was chosen by director Kevin Costner to star
opposite him in the drama The Postman. Subsequently, she played opposite Bill
Murray and Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson's acclaimed Rushmore; and
appeared as Bruce Willis' wife in M. Night Shyamalan's blockbuster The Sixth
She has since appeared in a number of U.K. independent films, including
Thaddeus O'Sullivan's The Heart of Me, for which she was honored with the
British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Actress; Peter Cattaneo's Lucky
Break, for which she was an Empire Award nominee; and Mat Whitecross' Sex &
Drugs & Rock & Roll, opposite Andy Serkis.
Among her other movies are George Hickenlooper's The Man from Elysian
Fields; P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan; and the upcoming Longfellow, starring opposite
writer/director Martin Donovan.
On television, Ms. Williams has portrayed celebrated authors Jane Austen and
Agatha Christie, respectively, in the telefilms Miss Austen Regrets (directed by
Jeremy Lovering) and Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (directed by Richard
Curson Smith); starred on the cult favorite series Dollhouse; and guest-starred
on such shows as Friends, Terriers, and Beck. The latter marked the first of her
multiple on-screen teamings with fellow Hanna actor Jason Flemyng.
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