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Mischa Anne Marsden Barton (born 24 January 1986) is a Britishmarker-Americanmarker film, television, and stage actress, perhaps best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the Americanmarker television series The O.C.

When asked in interviews if she feels English or American, she states she feels English.

Early life

Mischa Barton was born in Londonmarker, Englandmarker, to an Irish mother, Nuala (née Quinn), a photographer, and an English father, Paul Marsden Barton, a foreign exchange broker. She has two sisters, younger Hania and elder Zoe, a barrister in London. Barton moved to New York Citymarker at the age of five and became a naturalised citizen of the United Statesmarker in Los Angelesmarker on 3 February 2006. Barton graduated from the Professional Children's School in Manhattanmarker in 2004, and took a summer short course called Acting Shakespeare at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in June and July 2006, at Sir Richard Attenborough's urging, after he directed her in Closing the Ring.


Barton began acting at the age of eight (as she said on The Friday Night Project), co-starring in the Off Broadway premiere of Slavs!, written by Tony Kushner. She appeared in several other Off Broadway productions, taking a lead role in James Lapine's Twelve Dreams at Lincoln Centermarker. She made her film debut in Lawn Dogs, which won awards at film festivals around the world. Since then, she has appeared in several films, such as The Sixth Sense, Notting Hill, St Trinians, and Closing the Ring. In St Trinians, she appeared as a former head girl of that school advising current senior pupils on fashion and style. Barton first appeared on television in 1996, as young Lily Montgomery in the soap opera All My Children, and in a modern re-make of Bonnie and Clyde. She guest-starred in eight episodes of the television series Once and Again as Jessie Sammler's (Evan Rachel Wood's) girlfriend, Katie Singer. Other television appearances include an episode of the Fox series Fastlane, James Blunt's music video "Goodbye My Lover", and Enrique Iglesias' music video "Addicted".

In August 2003, Fox premiered the television series The O.C., about affluent teenagers with stormy personal lives who reside in scenic Orange County, Californiamarker. The show became an overnight success due to its large fanbase, and resulted in Barton's fame being increased through her role as Marissa Cooper. Barton departed from the show in the third-season finale in May 2006. The O.C. dropped in ratings dramatically during its third and fourth seasons, and ended in early 2007.

In July 2006, Barton appeared on the British comedy variety show The Friday Night Project as a guest host. In 2007, Barton appeared in the film The Oh in Ohio, and again in Closing the Ring. She also appeared in the R-rated comedy film Virgin Territory with Hayden Christensen. Later in 2007, Barton was cast in the international film produced by the Russian band t.A.T.u., called You and I.

In 2008, Barton appeared on the popular show Gok's Fashion Fix on Channel 4. In the episode, Gok goes on an exclusive shopping trip in Paris with Mischa. She appeared in Assassination of a High School President, co-starring Bruce Willis, when the film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film was scheduled for a theatrical release in February 2009 but this was cancelled when the distributor, Yari filed for bankruptcy. The film received a TV premiere in Russiamarker on 14 May 2009. Sony will release the title in the US on DVD on 6 October 2009.

She also starred in the horror, Walled In which was released straight-to-DVD in March 2009. Her next horror project, Homecoming received a limited release in July 2009. Barton failed to attend the premiere of the psychological thriller due to a medical issue.

She also starred in Don't Fade Away, which is expected to be released in 2009. She began filming You an I, A t.A.T.u.-inspired film directed by Roland Joffé. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker in May 2008 although is expected to be released late in 2009 or early 2010.

In a December 2007 interview, she indicated that she would return to television for the right project; "It's not that I dislike doing television at all. It would be interesting having more creative control over where the storylines go or the characters. But for the right thing, of course."

In early 2009 she starred alongside Martin Sheen in Bhopal: Prayer for Rain a biopic of the Bhopal gas tragedymarker. The title is currently in post-production and expected to be released later in the year.

Barton was recently cast in The Science of Cool. She recently starred as one of the main characters on The Beautiful Life a new series on The CW. The series was subsequently cancelled on 25 September 2009 after televising 2 episodes.


Barton has been in many television commercials and print advertising campaigns. Barton has modeled for companies Calvin Klein, bebe stores, Aéropostale, Monsoon Accessorize, Dooney & Bourke, JC (Jeans and Clothes), European clothing line Morgan de Toi, Jaspal, and Neutrogena skincare products. She became the spokesperson for Keds Sneakers, substantially increasing their sales. In Australia, she appears in commercials for teen magazine Famous and was the guest of honour at retail giant David Jones Tahitian Summer Collection launch. She has also endorsed Chanel jewelry, appearing at a number of events for the brand. In a 2005 interview, she stated that she liked the Chanel brand because they produced a large number of clip-on earrings suitable for women who did not have pierced ears, as she did not at the time. In 2009, having had her ears pierced especially for her role in The Beautiful Life, she modelled jewelry for the company Inspired Creations, including pierced earrings and their Waxing Poetic range of charms.

In 2007, Barton also became a spokesperson for the SAFE (Skin Awareness for Everyone) campaign. In addition, she lent her name to the TRAID campaign (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) in association with Visa Swap. Barton was photographed in April 2007 for the Fall 2007/2008 advertising campaign for Italian clothing brand Iceberg, modeling with Nicolas Bemberg.

In July 2008, she created a 14 piece handbag collection for online retailer, Barton was reportedly very involved in the line which retails from £20 to £145. She told ASOS magazine that she first discovered the website through her sister.

In December 2008, Barton premiered her line of headbands released on the Stacy Lapidus line. The headbands cost from $90 to $200. She also has a handbag line for London-based Ri2k, which is sold in the United Kingdom and Australia only. In early 2009, she became the "new face" of Herbal Essences.

Personal life


Barton's previous boyfriends have included Cisco Adler, Taylor Locke, Jamie Dornan, Brett Simon, and Brandon Davis. In December 2008, there were reports that she was dating The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard. The reports were confirmed during the relationship by Pritchard; Barton only confirmed the relationship after the pair split in March 2009, writing on her blog: "I think Luke is a great guy, but the type better suited as a friend. We have a surprising amount of mutual friends in England and I don't regret our time together, I just couldn't keep it going."

Charitable affiliations

Barton is currently the spokesperson for "Climate Star", an organization that fights Global Warming through social and legislative activism.

Barton serves as an Entertainment Industry Foundation Ambassador teaming up with QVC to spread awareness and raise funds for women's cancer research through the Fashion Footwear Association of New York Shoes on Sale Initiative.

In 2006, Barton also became a spokesperson for the SAFE (Skin Awareness for Everyone) campaign and also lent her name to the TRAID campaign (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) in association with Visa Swap.

Barton is an ambassador for Save the Children and the "One Water" campaign which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and is on the board of the "Lupus Research Committee" in Los Angeles.

Legal troubles

Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, and driving without a valid license on December 27, 2007.She was stopped by the police during the early morning hours in West Hollywood, Californiamarker when she was seen "straddling the lanes and failing to signal for a turn". Police discovered during the traffic stop that Barton "was an unlicensed driver and was driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage". She was detained and released later the same morning from the West Hollywood Sheriff Station on US$10,000 bail.

On January 11, 2008, Barton called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest (KIIS FM) and took full responsibility for her actions:
"I was pulled over... just that.
Obviously, I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions in this case and I’m really disappointed in myself...
I don’t know what to say about it, except that I’m not perfect and I just don’t ever intend to do something this stupid again."

Barton was subsequently charged with two misdemeanors: driving without a valid license; and a DUI.


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Polio Water Diane Short film
1997 Lawn Dogs Devon Stockard
1999 Pups Rocky
Notting Hill 12-Year-Old Actress
The Sixth Sense Kyra Collins
2000 Paranoid Theresa Straight-to-DVD
Skipped Parts Maurey Pierce
Frankie and Hazel Francesca 'Frankie' Humphries
2001 Lost and Delirious Mary 'Mouse' Bedford
Tart Grace Bailey
2002 Octane Natasha 'Nat' Wilson
2005 Julie Johnson Lisa Johnson
2006 The Oh in Ohio Kristen Taylor
2007 Closing the Ring Young Ethel Ann
You and I Lana Starkova Post-production
Virgin Territory Pampinea Straight-to-DVD
2009 Walled In Sam Walczak Straight-to-DVD
Homecoming Shelby Limited US theatrical release
St. Trinian's JJ French Limited US theatrical release
Assassination of a High School President Francesca Fachini Straight-to-DVD
Don't Fade Away Kat Post-production
Bhopal: Prayer for Rain Eva Post-production
2010 The Science of Cool Jane In production

Year Film Role Notes
1995 All My Children Lily Benton Montgomery#2 1 episode
1996 New York Crossing Drummond
1996-97 'Kablam! Betty Ann Bongo 16 episodes
2000 Frankie & Hazel Francesca 'Frankie' Humphries TV movie
2001-02 Once and Again Katie Singer 8 episodes
2002 A Ring of Endless Light Vicky Austin TV movie
2003 Fastlane Simone Collins 1 episode
2003–2006 The O.C. Marissa Cooper Seasons 1 - 3
2009 The Beautiful Life Sonja Stone 2 episodes aired. 4 episodes unaired due to cancellation.

Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Addicted Love interest Enrique Iglesias video
2005 Goodbye My Lover Girlfriend James Blunt video


Year Production Role Notes
1995 Slavs! Vodya Tony Kushner play
Twelve Dreams Emma
1996 Where The Truth Lies Cinda
1997 One Flea Spare Morse

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Television programme Result
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Breakout TV Star — Female The O.C.
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress — Drama/Action Adventure The O.C.
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Drama The O.C.
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Chemistry with Ben McKenzie The O.C.
2006 Teen Choice Award TV — Choice Actress The O.C.
2007 Prism Award Performance in a Drama Series Episode The O.C.


  1. Oh, Inverted World official website
  2. Mischa Barton official website
  3. Mischa Barton Biography (1986-)
  4. An in-depth look at your favourite celebrity personalities -, HELLO!
  5. Mischa Barton: Growing pains The Independent. 18 December 2007
  6. 'The O.C.' Cancelled Due to Poor Ratings.
  7. Assassination of a High School President Arrives on DVD in October Retrieved August 8, 2009
  8. Mischa Barton cast in The Science of Cool teen film Mischa News. 28 February 2009
  9. Mischa Barton opts for "A Beautiful Life" Reuters. 13 March 2009
  10. Pilot News: Mischa Barton Lands "Bitchy" Beautiful Role TV Guide. 13 March 2009
  11. First fall TV casualty: ‘The Beautiful Life’ MSNBC. 25 September 2009
  12. Keds sales increase
  13. Showbiz Tonight transcript, July 27, 2005,
  14. » Blog Archive » Mischa Barton fronts Iceberg’s fall 2008 ad campaign
  15. » Blog Archive » Mischa Barton’s handbag line for ASOS unveiled
  16. Mischa Barton Launches Headband Line 22 December 2008
  17. Mischa Barton Confirms She Is The New Face Of Herbal Essences January 2009
  18. Mischa Barton, Guitarist Boyfriend Split
  19. Revealed: Mischa Barton's secret romance with director of her new film
  20. - Mischa Barton Dating Luke Pritchard
  21. Mischa Barton's Official Website - Clearing The Air Again
  22. Mischa Barton's Official Website - Clearing The Air On Dating Rumours
  23. Mischa Splits from Rocker Boyfriend, March 9, 2009
  24. In Step With...Mischa Barton | PARADE Magazine
  25. Mischa Barton Joins QVC, the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
  26. Mischa Barton’s ‘Safe Sun’ Message | Celebrity Brands :: Fashion, Beauty, Cosmetics, Lifestyle
  27. Mischa Barton TRAID
  29. Mischa: I'm 100% Responsible for DUI
  30. Mischa Barton charged with drunk driving

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