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also known as Olivia Jane Cockburn

actor

Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an actress and fashion model.

Background

Her mother is American, her father is British. Born in the U.S., she has both Irish and American citizenship.

Education

She attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., as well as Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 2002. She also studied acting in Dublin.

Career

Wilde began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of television and film productions, including her roles in the dramas The O.C., The Black Donnellys, and House, and had starring roles in films Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, and In Time.

Wilde has appeared in the films The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly, although she originally auditioned for the role of Marissa Cooper. She has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for "Stolen", and the French Kicks music video for "So Far We Are". She was strongly considered to play Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 21st James Bond film, Casino Royale, but Eva Green eventually won the role. In 2008, Wilde was honored alongside Jesse Eisenberg with the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award.

In 2009, Wilde was ranked No.1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100.

In 2007, Wilde was a part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived NBC mid-season drama The Black Donnellys. Her character, Jenny Reilly, was the lone principal female character in the series following the lives of an Irish-American family tied to organized crime in New York City. Also in 2007, Wilde appeared in the play Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller, playing three different characters.

Achievements

  • Actor: (television series) Skin, 2003—04, The OC, 2004—05, The Black Donnellys, 2007, House, 2007—; (films) The Girl Next Door, 2004, Conversations with Other Women, 2005, Alpha Dog, 2006, Camjackers, 2006, Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas, 2006 (Film Discovery Film award for Best Actress, United States Comedy Arts Festival, 2006), Turistas, 2006, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, 2007, Fix, 2008, Year One, 2009, TRON: Legacy, 2010

Politics

Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti, and the ACLU of Southern California. Previously, Wilde was a supporter of the youth voter organization, 18 in '08. She serves on their advisory council and appeared in a public service announcement that debuted June 30, 2008. In 2008, Wilde campaigned with actors Justin Long and her former House castmate Kal Penn for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.

She also appeared in the MoveOn.org mock-PSA "supporting" the right of the healthcare insurance industry.

Wilde was commended by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers' union, for supporting the Fair Foods campaign.

Connections

father:
Andrew

mother:
Leslie

sister:
Chloe

Brother:
Charlie

grandfather:
Claud Cockburn - journalist

uncle:
Alexander Cockburn

uncle:
Patrick Cockburn

Ex-husband:
Tao Ruspoli - United States

boyfriend:
Jason Sudeikis

aunt:
Sarah Caudwell

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