Dollhouse Cast | Olivia Williams as Adelle Dewitt
The Nevers Cast | Olivia Williams as Lavinia Bidlow
Olivia was born in Camden Town, London into a family of lawyers. She studied at South Hampstead High School and went on to Cambridge University’s Newnham College where she graduated with a degree in English Literature. Olivia studied drama for two years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company where she spent three years.
Olivia first appeared on our screens as a guest star in Van Der Valk in 1992, but made her breakthrough appearance as Jane Fairfax in the 1996 TV movie, Emma, based on Jane Austen’s novel. She went on to appear in alongside Kevin Costner in The Postman and Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense. Olivia landed guest spots on shows such as Friends and Spaced and appeared in several movies and TV movies, including Miss Austen Regrets, An Education and Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll before landing the role of Adelle Dewitt in Dollhouse.
Since Dollhouse ended she has continued to work tirelessly, in TV and film, including a guest spot in Tim Minear’s short-lived series, Terriers, regular roles in Case Sensitive, Manhatten, The Halcyon and Counterpart and movies such as Anna Karenina and Seventh Son, as well as appearing in several theatre productions.
Olivia has returned to the Whedon’s World family, joining the cast of The Nevers as Lavinia Bidlow.
When not acting, Olivia has occasionally written travel reports for “The Independent Traveler” section of the Independent on Sunday, and spent some time in Bolivia studying bears in the rainforest.