Olivia Hallinan

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Olivia Hallinan
BornOlivia Hallinan
(1985-01-20) 20 January 1985 (age 29)
Hounslow, England
Years active1994–-Present
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Olivia Hallinan
BornOlivia Hallinan
(1985-01-20) 20 January 1985 (age 29)
Hounslow, England
Years active1994–-Present

Olivia Hallinan (born 20 January 1985) is an English actress best known for her role as Laura Timmins in the BBC TV series Lark Rise to Candleford and also as Kim in the critically acclaimed Sugar Rush. She also starred as Ellie in Girls in Love.


Hallinan is from Twickenham, west London, and is the second youngest of four sisters, including Clemency Hallinan of The Inbetweeners fame. Hallinan began training at her mother's Saturday Drama School All Expressions in Teddington when she was 11, and then went on to professional acting.[1] After attending St Catherine's School in Twickenham, and Notting Hill & Ealing High School, in Ealing, Hallinan went on to study English and Drama at the University of Manchester.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Hallinan has appeared in over 100 productions since the age of seven. Her first professional role was playing alongside Cilla Black in a 1991 production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Since then, she has appeared in theatre, radio, film and on television shows including The Bill, Holby City, My Family, Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde and Granada TV's, Girls in Love.

At the end of her first year at the University of Manchester, Hallinan appeared in the first of two series of the cult TV drama Sugar Rush for Channel 4, based on the Julie Burchill novel.[3][4] On 9 June 2007, Hallinan was a speaker at the Stonewall Gay Youth Conference, talking about playing a lesbian character in Sugar Rush.

While at Manchester, Hallinan was actively involved in student drama. In 2006, her final year of her degree, she starred in a new play, Wake Me Later Nicola Schofield's[5] In the same year she played Emma in the Torchwood episode Out of Time, appeared in an episode of Trial and Retribution, and played a character in Radio 4's dramatisation of Marguerite Duras's erotic novel The Lover, broadcast between 3 and 7 September 2007.

She starred as Laura Timmins in the BBC production Lark Rise to Candleford which first aired on Sunday 13 January 2008, appearing in all four series.[6] 2011 saw her film debut as she starred in the British film noir Jack Falls as Natasha.

In 2011 Hallinan starred in Precious Little Talent written by Ella Hickson and directed by James Dacre at Trafalgar Studios theatre in London's West End.

In December 2011 Hallinan played the role of Justine in Lucinda Coxon's play "Herding Cats" at the Hampstead Theatre, London, a role she previously played at the Ustinov Studio, Bath in December 2010.


1994Das sprechende GrabPoppi
Mole's ChristmasVoiceTV short
Just WilliamSusie ChambersTV series
1995The Adventures of MoleVoiceTV movie
Julia Jekyll and Harriet HydeJulia Jekyll/Voice of Harriet HydeTV series (53 episodes: 1995-1998)
1999Doomwatch: Winter AngelJessica TannahillTV movie
2000Holby CityGina TurrellTV series (1 episode: "Moving On")
2001DoctorsGemma DaviesTV series (1 episode: "No Smoke Without Fire")
2003Girls in LoveEllie AllardTV series (27 episodes: 2003-2005)
2005Murder in SuburbiaLydia BlakemanTV series (1 episode: "Witches")
Sugar RushKimTV series (20 episodes: 2005-2006)
2006My FamilyHollyTV series (1 episode: "Bliss for Idiots")
TorchwoodEmmaTV series (1 episode: "Out of Time")
2007Trial & RetributionCharlotte RodgersTV series (1 episode: "Mirror Image: Part 1")
CasualtyJade DaleTV series (1 episode: "Lie to Me")
2008A Risk Worth TakingJosie PorterTV movie
Lark Rise to CandlefordLaura TimminsTV series (40 episodes: 2008-2011)
2010Moving OnRuthTV series (1 episode: "Rules of the Game")
Jack FallsNatasha
2011Comedy Showcase: Chickens [7]GwynethTV episode (1 episode, aired 02/09/2011)
2012The ParadiseMrs Jocelin BrookmireTV episode (1 episode, aired 02/10/2012)


  1. ^ Why life's a beach for Olivia Manchester Evening News -15 June 2006
  2. ^ Student's lead role in lesbian TV drama Manchester Evening News - 8 June 2005
  3. ^ Sugar Rush Interview - Part 1 LoveGirls.co.uk
  4. ^ Sweet talk Telegraph - 4 June 2006
  5. ^ Lesbian drama star joins Manchester play PinkNews.co.uk - 14-June-2006
  6. ^ Olivia Hallinan plays Laura Timmins BBC Press Office: Lark Rise To Candleford - 17 December 2007
  7. ^ "Channel 4 Comedy Showcase: Chickens". Channel 4 press release. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 

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