Olivia d’Abo is a triple threat. In a field where career longevity is rare and versatility even rarer, she has seamlessly moved through theater, film, television, and music accomplishing success in all. Further, the British born actress continues to gain recognition with her ability to shift from comedy to drama with intelligence and grace.
On the film side she was recently seen as ‘Primrose Blackstone’, a feminist in the industrial revolution, in The Devil’s Violinist with Joely Richardson and Jared Harris, directed by Bernard Rose and ‘Luccia Rosso’, a luxury obsessed social climber who married the heir of a fashion empire, in Imperioso. Other recent work includes Sleeping Beauty in which she plays the evil Queen Tambria and Presumed Dead in Paradise in which she plays Patricia Ashland, a scheming stepmother trying to steal her daughter’s fortune, which just premiered on Life Time. She has just finished shooting the cute family film Robo Dog in which she plays Miranda Austin, a concerned mother, and comedy Unbelievable!!!
Recent TV work includes USA’s popular show Psych, pairing up with Vinnie Jones, as Dierdre, a street-wise criminal entrepreneur who pulls off heists and Elementary (CBS) playing Nigella Mason. d’Abo also starred in European TV series Jo playing ‘Madeleine Haynes’ opposite French Star Jean Reno.
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.
Other theatre works include 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 lead role of ‘Kath’. Due to popular demand she reprised her role in ‘Sloane’ last fall and won the 2012 Broadway World Award for her performance.
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…
Other theater credentials include Scenes from an Execution at the Mark Taper Form with Frank Langela and Juliet Stevenson, and the Los Angeles Theatre’s critically acclaimed musical, It’s A Girl.
Also in demand as a top voice-over artist, her recent work includes Justice League: Doom, an animated superhero film for Warner Brothers, directed by Andrea Romano, where she plays both a good girl and a bad girl in her portrayals of ‘Carol Ferris’ and ‘Star Sapphire’. She also voiced the lead in the recently released interactive book Anomaly.
In the animation world, she has been seen in 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.
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, as well as Jane in Disney’s animated series Tarzan, Marvel Comics movies The Avengers #1 and The Avengers #2, as well as ‘Tak’ in Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM.
In the music world, d’Abo has recently released her album, Not TV, produced by Patrick Leonard. On Inner Knott records and Eone distribution she released her indie 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 of a song she wrote, Broken and Alright, the end title song for Waking Madison, a film starring Elisabeth Shue, Taryn Manning and Imogen Poots. She has also recently had songs placed in indie films Face2Face and Relentless.
Olivia is probably most widely known for her role as the “favorite older sister” ‘Karen Arnold’ in the Emmy Award winning TV show The Wonder Years.
Other notable recurring TV credits include Law and Order: Criminal Intent 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’”. Other standout performances include her work in NBC’s Sci-Fi show Eureka as Jack Carter’s ex-wife ‘Abby Carter’, 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 Spin City, as the fiancée to Michael J. Fox’s character. d’Abo also guest starred on a famous episode of ABC’s Alias with Ethan Hawke and an episode of 3rd Rock From The Sun”.
Olivia is well known for her works in studio and independent films. The films Live Nude Girls and Kicking And Screaming are only two of her favorites. Other terrific films she appeared in include, Wayne’s World 2 with Dana Carvey and Mike Meyers, 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, Seven Girlfriends, Point of No Return, Spirit of ’76, Beyond The Stars, The Mission To Kill, Dream To Believe, and Bullies.
Next up, she will soon be seen in lead roles in several films soon to be released, including the drama Blue Weekend, the family film Robo Dog, the comedy Unbelievable and thriller Against Her Will in which she plays a villain. She has just finished filming When Duty Calls for Hallmark and family film The Christmas Eve Miracle.
Olivia is based in LA and also has a place in London. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, art and rollerblading.