Olivia Wilde is an Irish American actress, model, producer, director, activist and socialite most notably known for her role on the popular TV series House. Wilde’s parents and several of her family members were prominent on the social scene, with her paternal Scottish ancestors being upper-class and living in several places at the height of the British Empire.
Olivia Wilde’s Estimated Net Worth As Of 2018: $12 Million
Let’s take a look at Wilde’s accomplishments in her career thus far.
Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City on March 10, 1984. Wilde grew up in Georgetown in Washington D.C. During the summer months, she’d spend her time in Ardmore, County Waterford, and a fishing village in Ireland. Wilde’s family also had a house in Guilford, Vermont. Wilde’s mother is Leslie Cockburn, an American bred 60 Minutes producer and journalist. Her father, Andrew Cockburn, is also a journalist who was born in London to an upper-class British family and was raised in Ireland. Wilde has an older sister, Chloe Cockburn, a civil rights attorney based in New York City, and a younger brother, Charlie.
Due to Wilde’s parents being journalists her parents were prominent in the Washington D.C. social scene. She attended private school at Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., and a boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts where she graduated in 2002. When Wilde began her entertainment career professionally she went by Olivia Wilde, deriving from Irish author Oscar Wilde, paying homage to her heritage and family members who also were writers.
Wilde was accepted to Bard College but deferred her enrollment three times to pursue acting and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland instead.
2003 – 2007
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Wilde made her acting debut as Jewel Goldman on the FOX television series, Skin from 2003 to 2004. Her next role was a recurring one where she played Alex Kelly on the teen-drama series The O.C. from 2004 until 2005. Wilde’s resume quickly began to expand and she appeared in several films including The Girl Next Door in 2004, Conversations with Other Women in 2005, Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas and Turistas and Alpha Dog in 2006.
In 2007, she appeared in the off-Broadway theatre production of Beauty on the Vine, playing three different characters. She was also in The Death and Life of Bobby Z in 2007 and the short-lived NBC drama series, The Black Donnellys that same year.
2007 – 2012
In September 2007, Wilde joined the cast of the FOX series, House. She played Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley. In 2009 Wilde appeared in the comedy Year One as Princess Inanna. She starred in Disney’s Tron: Legacy a year later playing Quorra.
In August 2011, Wilde announced that she was leaving House to further pursue her film career. Later that year Wilde starred in Cowboys & Aliens, the comedy The Change-Up, In Time and On the Inside and Butter.
In 2011, Wilde also became a global brand ambassador for the cosmetic company, Revlon, where she was featured in several commercials. Wilde made her directing and screenwriting debut with the film Free Hugs that same year as well.
In May 2012, Wilde and her character, Dr. Hadley, returned for the series finale of House for two episodes.
In 2012 she starred in five films: People Like Us, Third Person, The Words, Deadfall and Her.
2013 – 2016
In 2013, Wilde wrote an article called the, “Do’s and Don’ts of Turning 30,” for Glamour Magazine. She starred in and executive produced Drinking Buddies, had a supporting role in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and starred in the biographical drama Rush.
Wilde starred in Better Living Through Chemistry and The Longest Week in 2014.
In 2015, she was the brand ambassador for an H&M campaign. She starred in the thriller The Lazarus Effect and also starred in and produced the drama Meadowland. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April. She also starred in Love the Coopers in 2015.
In 2016, Wilde switched gears a bit, directing a music video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That year Wilde starred in HBO’s drama series, Vinyl.
2017 – Present
In 2017, Wilde made her Broadway debut playing Julia in 1984. It opened at the Hudson Theatre in New York City on June 22 and ran until October 8, 2017.
In May of that year, Wilde became chief brand activist of True Botanicals, a cosmetics & skincare company, which sells non-toxic products.
Wilde is set to star in the films, Life Itself and A Vigilante both in post-production and set to be released in 2018.