Olivia Wilde





New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Olivia Jane Cockburn




Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn (pronounced "coburn") on March 10, 1984 in New York City. Although she grew up in Washington D.C., she spent her summers in Ireland and studied in the renowned Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She is the daughter of journalist parents Andrew and Leslie Cockburn and the granddaughter of writer James Helvick. Olivia attended Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, and was nearly kicked out "like seven times". After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles. She got an internship job as a casting director for the movie The Girl Next Door. She was given a small role in the movie starring Elisha Cuthbert. Olivia also appeared in the films Alpha Dog and Turistas. On television, Olivia has had regular roles in the short-lived shows Skins and The Black Donnellys. The performance she is probably most known for is playing Alex Kelly, who had a bisexual relationship with Mischa Barton's character Marissa in The O.C. in 2004. In 2007, another big break came her way when she was cast in the new team of interns in the FOX medical drama House. Olivia married Tao Ruspoli, a documentary filmmaker, photographer and flamenco guitar player on June 7, 2003. They reside in Venice, Los Angeles, California.