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From March to June of 2011, OLIVIA WILLIAMS will be starring opposite Matthew 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 the ensemble.

After completing her university studies, she spent two years at the Bristol Old 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 Sense.

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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