Olivia believes that the 1998 film Rushmore has had the strongest impact on her acting career.
If Olivia could have any skill implanted into her brain, it would be patience, and the Dalai Lama's personality.
Olivia is a huge fan of the band, ABBA.
Olivia developed her love for horse riding during the filming of The Postman.
Olivia got the role of the female lead in the film, The Postman, because actor Kevin Costner was encaptivated by her smile.
Olivia took hallucinogenic drugs, specifically LSD, to help her with her portrayal of Mrs. Darling in the film, Peter Pan.
Olivia is a huge fan of Bach's Sonatas for cello and harpsichord.
Olivia has stated that she would never knowingly work for anyone involved with the dealing of arms third world slave labour.
Olivia says the nicest person she has ever worked with is actor Bill Murray.
Olivia insists on bicycling to and from the set of her television shows and films.
Olivia went to Bolivia to study bears in the rainforest after she wrapped up The Postman (1997).
Olivia's parents and older sister are all lawyers.
Olivia practices Bikram yoga.
Olivia has written travel reports for "The Independent Traveller", a Sunday segment of UK's The Independent.
Olivia has worked with British actor Paul Bettany on several projects including A Knight's Tale, The Heart of Me, and Dead Babies.
Olivia is 5'8½" (1.74m) tall.
Olivia won the 2003 British Independent Film Best Actress Award for her role in The Heart of Me (2002).
Only two weeks after her second child Roxana was born, Olivia read for an audiobook of Jane Austen's "Persuasion".
One of Olivia's favorite drinks is a combination of carrot and orange juice.
Olivia attended high school at South Hampstead High School in London, England. Helena Bonham Carter was her schoolmate. Since then, Olivia has worked with Helena in the film The Heart of Me.
Olivia married actor Rhashan Stone at the Soho members' club Century in 2003. Their first child Esme Ruby was born in 2004. Roxana, their second child, was born in April 2007.
Before she became a TV and movie actress, Olivia performed for the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and South Bank's Royal National Theatre.
Olivia: The thing that I absolutely love that I don't get to do very often is comedy. But it's tough when you have a reputation for, and have been told I'm actually quite good at, scary posh people.
Olivia: (on moving from the stage to the big screen) It was utterly surreal. It was like being kidnapped by aliens in many ways.
Olivia (on speaking in an English accent in the show, "Dollhouse"): Something about English accents lends itself to sinister organisations.
Olivia: I have managed to earn money doing what I love. Most people have to earn money then do what they love if there's any time left over. In that sense I feel like an immoral success story.
Olivia: The rehearsal process for stage is hugely rewarding, and the extraordinary high of three hours' concentrated performance culminating in applause and a large drink is very addictive. Film acting is more zen; you take pleasure in the three-minute take in which you feel your feet may have just left the ground rather than the space travel of theatre.
Olivia: (comparing herself to her character in "The Heart of Me") There is quite a bit of Madeleine in me, in that I'm impatient with people who refuse to behave in a way that's appropriate to the situation. I think that people who behave histrionically when they shouldn't should learn to restrain themselves.
Olivia: I didn't know box office was a thing you could possess but I don't have it. I go up for lovely roles and people with this nebulous thing called box office get them so there isn't much I can do about that unless you know where I can get some box-office myself!
Olivia: When the Hollywood thing happened, I thought at some point I'd get to the front of the queue: "Yes, hello, I'd like to play that role." But you don't. You just join a different queue.
Olivia: I don't feel under pressure to work because I love what I do and I wanted to do the projects that came my way.
Olivia: (from a diary article written in May 2006, on missing her daughter) The way I miss my daughter Esmé is to worry about her. It is not a pleasurable longing. It contorts my body and scrambles my brain, makes me stop breathing, clench my jaw and my fists, it makes me frown, and makes me blind and deaf, in fact entirely without sensory perception.
Olivia: There's this absurd situation on a movie set where your trailer's here and the set is here and the lunch tent is here, and you're not allowed to get yourself from these three places.
Olivia: (on instantly knowing that husband Rhashan was the one for her) (When we first met) he began a sentence, 'Would you like to...', and I accepted the invitation before he got to the verb.
Olivia: I'll be damned if anyone tells me whether I can or can't breast-feed. Perhaps it's the 'don't f**k with me' look on my face, but I've breast-fed in a John Lewis department store, on an aeroplane and on the steps of a building in Harley Street (London).
Olivia: Family holidays and weekends are really brightly coloured memories, full of my mother and father, rather than our nannies and au pairs.
Olivia: There was a brief period - very, very brief, don't make me sound deluded - when the people in front of me were Julia Roberts or Cate Blanchett, people of vast stature, both in terms of box office and beauty. And the jobs went to them. Yes, I was in their f***ing queue, but they were still in front of me!
Olivia: With The Postman, I thought, "This is beyond weird, it's inconceivable. I became an actress to do Shakespeare on stage, and I'm going to make a huge multi-million-dollar movie, so I'm just going to do what I'm told and enjoy myself."
Olivia: It seemed a patently ridiculous career choice; I just didn't think I was going to be able to support myself by acting. So I said, I'm going to give it until I'm 30.