Olivia d’Abo is a triple threat. In a field where career longevity is rare and versatility even rarer, this performer has seamlessly moved through theater, film, television, and music without a scratch. Further, the British born actress continues to gain recognition with her ability to shift from comedy to drama with intelligence and grace.
She made her Broadway debut playing 'Gwendolyn Pigeon' in New York in the sold out run of Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane’s 'The Odd Couple" and appeared in the West Coast version with Jason Alexander and Martin Short at the Veteran Theatre.
d'Abo has just finished a variety of projects. Starting with Stan Zimmerman’s prestigious theatre production of Joe Orton’s classic, "Entertaining Mr. Sloane“ at the Actors Company Theatre. It received rave reviews and ovation award recognition, with d’Abo playing the role of ‘Kath’ alongside Ian Buchanan, Emrhys Cooper and Robin Gammell. Due to popular demand she’s set to star in "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" again this fall.
LA Weekly - Most remarkable is Olivia D'Abo, who discards her natural beauty in favor of frowziness as Kath, a 40-ish woman desperate for affection, especially from 20-year-old Sloane. D'Abo provides the necessary humor but which comes tightly woven into a fully developed character…
She’s recently shot the upcoming post apocalyptic action thriller film and TV mini series “Nuclear Family” for Michael Eisner’s multi media studio VUGURU Inc. Directed by Kyle Rankin. d’Abo plays the role of ‘Doctor Hughes’ a committed military scientist who deals with contaminated prisoners in the film’s hazmat camp. The film stars Sharon Laurence, Danielle Harris, Corin Nemek and Ray Wise. d’Abo can also be seen portraying the role of ‘Olivia‘, Teri polo’s bohemian ex-patriot, best friend, in Lifetime’s suspenseful drama “We Have Your Husband”, which premiered on October 17, 2012. The film also stars Esai Morales, Nicolas Gonzales and is directed by Eric Bross.
She’s also just finished "Justice League: Doom", a movie for Warner Brothers animation, directed by Andrea Romano, where she plays both a good girl and a bad girl in her portrayal of 'Carol Ferris' and 'Star Saphire'. She can be seen once again in the most recently aired "Law And Order: Criminal Intent" episode, ”The Closer”, directed by Michael Smith, as the infamous and villainous 'Nicole Wallace', who returns in flash backs to torture Goren in his therapy sessions. In this critically acclaimed yet controversial role, d’Abo has been able to demonstrate the true breadth of her acting ability in a character she describes as "wonderfully written with some pretty dark twists".
d’Abo’s other recent television credits in reccurring roles are on NBC’S Sci Fi show "Eureka" as Jack Carter’s ex wife 'Abby Carter'. In animation as the role of ‘Five‘ on Nickelodeon’s animated show “Generator Rex” and as 'Jedi Luminara Unduli' in the animated series ”Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, created by George Lucas.
d’Abo most recently was featured as the voice of 'Beatrice', in the Electronic Arts animated film “Dante’s Inferno”. Other voice-over credits include the animated film, “Green Lantern: First Flight” opposite Christopher Meloni and Victor Garber. Her voice can also be heard as 'Black Widow/Natalia Romanoff' in the animation films “The Ultimate Avengers” and “The Ultimate Avengers II”. d’Abo can be heard as 'Jane' in Disney’s animated series “Tarzan”, as well as 'Tak', in Nickelodeon’s “Invader ZIM”.
In her music world d'Abo has recently released her album, "NOT TV", produced by Patrick Leonard, through Inner Knott Records and Eone Distribution, with her featured indie music video, “Revolution”. The album consists of 10 narrative Pop songs d’Abo wrote on piano and guitar, which are both reflective and introspective in theme. She’s about to release her much anticipated duet single with Seal, a song she wrote called “Broken” and “Alright”, the end title song for the upcoming release of “Waking Madison” a film starring Elisabeth Shue, Taryn Manning and Imogen Poots.
Olivia is probably most widely known for her role as the favorite older sister 'Karen Arnold' in the Emmy Award winning television show "The Wonder Years".
Other notable recurring television credits include “The Single Guy” with Jonathan Silverman, Fox’s “Party of Five” in a role of a college student who has a lesbian affair with Neve Campbell’s character, and as the fiancé to Michael J. Fox’s character in "Spin City". d’Abo also guest starred on a famous episode of ABC’s “Alias” with Ethan Hawke and on an episode of “3rd Rock From The Sun”.
d’Abo is also known for her work in independent film. The films “Live Nude Girls,” and “Kicking And Screaming” are some of her favorites. Other terrific films she appeared in include, “Wayne’s World 2” with Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, “Greedy” with Michael J. Fox, “The Last Good Time”, “Conan The Destroyer”, "The Velocity of Gary", “The Big Green", “A Texas Funeral”, “It Had to Be You,” “7 Girlfriends”, “Point of No Return”, “Spirit of 76”, “Beyond The Stars”, “Mission Kill”, “A Dream To Believe”, and “Bullies”.
Other theater credits include “Scenes From An Execution” at the Mark Taper Forum with Frank Langella and Juliet Stevenson, and the Los Angeles Theatre’s critically acclaimed musical, “It’s a Girl.” Most recently she has been seen in the the role of 'Joan' in the smash comedy “It’s Just Sex“ and in the role of 'Roxanne' in Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Rae Allen in 2011. Olivia recently won the Broadway World Award for Best Actress for "Entertaining Mr. Sloane”.