Olivia Haigh Williams (born 26 July 1968) is a British actress who has appeared in British and American films and television.After studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for two years followed by three years at the Royal Shakespeare Company, her first significant role was as Jane Fairfax in the British television film Emma (1996), based on Jane Austen's novel. She made her film debut in 1997's The Postman, followed by Rushmore (1998) and The Sixth Sense (1999). Williams then appeared in several British films, including Lucky Break (2001), The Heart of Me (2002) and An Education (2009). In 2010, she won acclaim for her performance as Ruth Lang in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. Since 2017, she has played Emily Silk(s), on the television series Counterpart.
Williams had a seven-year relationship and then engagement to the actor Jonathan Cake which ended two weeks before their planned wedding. In 2003, she married the actor and playwright Rhashan Stone, with whom she has two daughters.After filming The Postman, she spent time in Bolivia studying spectacled bears in the rainforest.
Williams was born in North London. Both her parents are barristers. Williams was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead in north London, followed by Newnham College, Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in English literature. She then studied drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for two years and spent three years at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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A man refuses help from his daughter. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality.
Acclaimed filmmakers from around the world channel their creativity during COVID-19 isolation with this diverse, genre-spanning collection of short films.
When Boris and Olga arrive at the port of Dover with precious cargo, the border authorities, headed by the formidable Mrs. Pyke, uncover truths hidden – quite literally – within our protagonists.
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The story of a five star hotel in the middle of a world of war.
National Theatre Live: Mosquitoes
In 2008, as the Large Hadron Collider searches for the Higgs boson, tragedy throws two sisters together. The collision threatens them all with chaos. Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sister...
Victoria & Abdul
The young Indian clerk was befriended by Queen Victoria.
The White King
Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled trait...
Howard Silk is a lowly employee in a bureaucratic UN agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a ...
A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling across London to toast another 10 years of her parent's successful happy magica...
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A young family is in danger when they move to an isolated haunted house.
A man is living in a forest. His code of self-preservation is put to the test when he finds himself drawn to two strangers.
John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected the country from witches, boggarts, ghouls, and all manner of things that go bump in the night. John is look...
Maps to the Stars
There is an intense need for fame and validation for members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family who are chasing celebrity, one another and the ghosts of their pasts.
The mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, is set against the backdrop of the greatest secret race against time in the history of science. In a world where secrets a...
John "Breacher" Wharton is the leader of the task force. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done, until one-by-one, the team member...
Salting the Battlefield
David Hare looks at power, secrets and the British establishment at the end of his trilogy. With the net closing in, the former MI5 man knows his only chance of resolving his problems is to return hom...
Justin and the Knights of Valour
A heart-warming tale about friendship, honour, and courage, which sees a young boy become a man as he tries to become a knight.
The Last Days on Mars
A crew member of Tantalus Base believes he made an amazing discovery on the last day of the first manned mission to Mars. He went out on an unauthorized expedition to collect more samples after refusi...
Anna Karenina was trapped in a loveless marriage and had an affair with the Count Vronsky.
Hyde Park on Hudson
The story of the love affair between FDR and Margaret Stuckley was told during the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom were in upstate New York.
Now Is Good
A leukemia patient compiles a list of things she wants to do before she dies. She wants to lose her virginity.
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Since she was raised by an ex-CIA agent, her upbringing has been geared towards making her the perfect assassin. A father sent his daughter into the world on a mission and she fled across Europe. As s...
OK! TV is an early evening magazine programme, broadcast on Channel 5 as a brand extension of celebrity title OK! Magazine. It replaced the former magazine and discussion show Live from Studio Five on...
Out on parole after 8 years inside Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15 year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring Bill is de...
The case of the deaths of a mother and her daughter in the bathroom of their luxury home was divided between two people. Sally Thorne, a young working mother with a husband and two small children, is ...
A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.
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A recovering alcoholic and his best friend partner in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a distinct town...
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Ian Dury was one of the founding members of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s, despite being stricken with the disease at a young age.
The Ghost Writer
A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterio...
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Jenny aspires to attend Oxford University despite her sheltered upbringing. When David, a charming but much older suitor, drives into her life in a shiny automobile, Jenny gets a taste of adult life.
A member of an underground group of individuals who have been wiped clean of their identities so they can be imprinted with any number of different identities. The "Actives" are hired by the wealthy, ...
Miss Austen Regrets
An unmarried woman on the verge of her fortieth birthday reflects on her past suitors and the choices she once made while attempting to help her marriage minded niece choose between a number of potent...
Flashbacks of a Fool
An aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, is observed by his personal assistant, Ophelia. The death of his childhood best friend, Boots, takes the movie to a sea-side town in 1970s Britain.
A man is having an affair with a waitress.
The world at their feet is set in affluent, contemporary, south-side Dublin. Emma's 21st birthday party at the family home should be a night to remember as her father is a successful property tycoon, ...
X-Men: The Last Stand
When a cure is found for the disease, the X-men and Brotherhood are formed.
Krakatoa: The Last Days
A historical drama documentary depicting the eruption of Krakatoa volcano in 1883. The volcano was located in the Sunda strait in Indonesia and its eruption resulted in tsunami, rains of coals and ash...
The pigeon wants to become a hero. He went to London when he heard that the Royal Homing Pigeon Service was hiring. He met a pigeon named Bugsy who helped him sign up for the war because he cheated in...
Two grieving women, one a Dublin mom whose husband reveals he's in love with a woman already pregnant, and the other a Connecticut Yankee who's son has died, swap houses for a couple months. Colm, a l...
The Hotel In Amsterdam
Six London friends, whose lives and work are overshadowed by a demanding film producer, flee the country for a weekend to escape his clutches. Having managed to escape for a rare weekend away from the...
Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures
There is a film about Agatha Christie's disappearance.
Wendy Darling regales her brothers with tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook while they sleep. When Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit ...
To Kill a King
The relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell was discussed.
The Heart of Me
The drama was set in 1930s London with two sisters, Madeleine married to Rickie, and Dinah fell in love with him. There will be repercussions from the affair between Rickie and Dinah.
During World War II, the submarine USS Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission in the dark. The shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted...
The Man from Elysian Fields
A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful w...
An ancient skeleton is in a rich man's tomb. The cause of death was determined by the colour of the wrist and leg bones. There is a gold coin with the marks of Pontius Pilate and faint markings around...
Half-way through his 12-year prison sentence for an incompetent armed robbery, Jimmy Hands gets a lucky break: he's transferred to a prison from which he can probably escape. A musical was staged in a...
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Four Dogs Playing Poker
A group of friends and first-timers steal a statuette from a black market art dealer with the help of their mentor Felix. If the remaining four don't find $1 million within a week, the dealer will kil...
In modern-day London, three men (Craig Ferguson, Jimi Mistry and David Morrissey) and three women (Olivia Williams, Jane Horrocks and Catherine McCormack) fall in and out of love and back again, to th...
A group of college kids get together for a weekend of partying and end up in a murder plot. English students and their American friends don't pay much attention to murders and acts of terrorism around...
Jason and the Argonauts
The myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece was the inspiration for the movie. At a young age, he witnessed the murder of his father at the hands of his uncle. When he returned home to claim his rightful ...
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In a way that is realistic and down to earth, the lives of common 20 somethings are examined. Two young adults are trying to make ends meet. They are thrown together in a common pursuit of tenancy, wh...
The Sixth Sense
Cole Sear is an eight year old boy who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem after he learns that he ...
When a beautiful first- grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max asked the father of two of his sc...
There are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow, and only scattered survivors across what was once the United States. There is an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespear...
She has a strict sense of propriety. She ends up grieving because she insists on dating a less assertive friend. Through the words of Mr. The example of a woman. Knightley is a fictional character. Em...
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The mis adventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.
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The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Between August 1987 and October 2000 there was a British television series called The Ruth Rendell mysteries.
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Van der Valk
Van der Valk is a British television series that was produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. It starred Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" van der Valk. Ba...
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