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Olivia Jane Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn, "co-burn"; March 10, 1984) is an Americanmarker actress. She began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of film and television parts, including roles on the series The O.C. and The Black Donnellys. She currently portrays Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley in the TV drama House.

Early life

Wilde was born in New York Citymarker on March 10, 1984 as Olivia Jane Cockburn. Her mother, Leslie Cockburn (née Corkhill Redlich), is a 60 Minutes producer and journalist, and her London-born father, Andrew Cockburn, is an Irish journalist, as are her paternal uncles Alexander and Patrick, all of whom are contributors to the political website Her half-aunt was the late writer Sarah Caudwell. Her paternal grandfather was the novelist/journalist Claud Cockburn. Wilde has said that as a result of her family background, she has a "strong journalistic streak", being "really critical and analytical". Both her parents were prominent in the Washington social scene, hosting dinner parties. Her mother once recounted a story of a young Wilde eavesdropping one night on a conversation between Richard Holbrooke and Mick Jagger until Mick noticed her and shooed Olivia to bed. She has wanted to become an actress since the age of two. For a short time, Olivia's family had a house in Guilford, Vermontmarker, USA. Wilde attended Georgetown Day Schoolmarker in Washington, D.C.marker, as well as Phillips Academymarker in Andover, Massachusettsmarker, and subsequently moved to Dublinmarker, Ireland, where she attended The Gaiety School of Acting. She initially began working as a casting assistant.


Wilde has appeared in the films The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly, although she originally auditioned for the role of Marissa Cooper. She has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for "Stolen", and the French Kicks music video for "So Far We Are". She was strongly considered to play Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 21st Bond film Casino Royale; Eva Green eventually won the role.

As of 2009, Wilde is ranked #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100. She was also ranked #95 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2006. She was one of the key models in Abercrombie & Fitch's "Rising Stars" campaign in summer of 2004.

In 2007, Wilde was a part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived NBC midseason drama The Black Donnellys. Her character, Jenny Reilly, was the lone principal female character in the series following the lives of an Irish-American family tied to organized crime in New York City. Also in 2007, Wilde appeared in the play Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller, playing three different characters.

Wilde joined the cast of the Fox medical drama House in autumn 2007, playing a young doctor, Dr. Remy Hadley, nicknamed Thirteen, who works closely with Dr. House. Wilde told Star magazine how she sometimes takes cues from her character even when she's not working, saying, "I'm now convinced that I'm a doctor. I mean, if someone says they have a pain, I'm like, 'Well, that's your spleen.'"

During the episode, "The Tyrant", upon hearing about Foreman's recent firing of Wilde's character, House sarcastically teased, "My condolences. Although, it's not like she's the hottest woman in the world." This is a self-reflexive, pop-culture joke nodding to her real-life No. 1 ranking in Maxim's Top 100.

The New York Observer has described Wilde as having a "throaty voice" and the "wide, teal-eyed charisma of Hollywood in the days of yore". She has cited Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn as acting inspirations, and also admires playwright Eve Ensler and director and actor Woody Allen.

She won the 2006 US Comedy Arts Festival Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Actress for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006) and in 2008 at the Teen Choice Awards she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star Female for House M.D. and won the Rising Star Award at the Vail Film Festival.

On October 7, 2008, Wilde appeared in a video on showing how much she enjoys registering early for the 2008 Presidential election, titled "Olivia Wilde Does It Early."

Wilde appeared alongside Jack Black and Michael Cera in the 2009 comedy Year One.

Personal life

Wilde in 2005

Wilde has dual citizenship between the United Statesmarker and Irelandmarker. She derived her stage name "Wilde" from author Oscar Wilde.

She married Italian-American documentary filmmaker, photographer, flamenco guitar player, and Italian prince Tao Ruspoli on June 7, 2003, in Washingtonmarker, Rappahannock County, Virginiamarker; they eloped, marrying on a school bus with only a pair of witnesses. They currently live and work in Venice, Los Angeles, Californiamarker. Wilde is a vegetarian.


Wilde is a supporter of youth voter organization, 18 in '08. She serves on their advisory council and appeared in a public service announcement that debuted June 30, 2008. In the fall of 2008, Wilde campaigned with actors Justin Long and Kal Penn for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.

She appeared in the mock-PSA "supporting" the right of the healthcare insurance industry to maintain their high profits.


Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Girl Next Door Kellie
2005 Conversations with Other Women Bridesmaid
2006 Alpha Dog Angela Holden
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Sarah Witt
Turistas Bea
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Elizabeth
2008 Fix Bella
2009 Year One Princess Inanna
In NorthWood Mia In post-production
2010 Tron Legacy Quorra Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Skin Jewel Goldman Main role (2003–2004)
2004 The O.C. Alex Kelly Supporting role (2004–2005)
2007 The Black Donnellys Jenny Reilly Main role (2007)
House Remy "Thirteen" Hadley Main role (2007–present)


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