Olivia d'Abo

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Olivia d'Abo
Olivia d'Abo 2010.jpg
d'Abo in July 2010
BornOlivia Jane d'Abo
(1969-01-22) 22 January 1969 (age 45)
Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter, voice artist
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Patrick Leonard (m. 2002–12)
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Olivia d'Abo
Olivia d'Abo 2010.jpg
d'Abo in July 2010
BornOlivia Jane d'Abo
(1969-01-22) 22 January 1969 (age 45)
Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter, voice artist
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Patrick Leonard (m. 2002–12)

Olivia Jane d'Abo (/ˈdɑːb/; born 22 January 1969)[1] is an English actress, singer-songwriter, and voice artist best known for portraying the rebellious teenage sister Karen Arnold in The Wonder Years and recurring villain Nicole Wallace in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Early life[edit]

Olivia d'Abo was born in London, England, the daughter of Maggie London, a model and actress, and Mike d'Abo, a singer and member of 1960s group Manfred Mann.[2] She has an older brother, as well as two half-brothers and one half-sister: elder brother Ben, younger half-brother Bruno, and younger sibling twins Ella and Louis (born July 2007) on her father's side. Olivia and Ben both attended high school in the U.S. at Los Feliz Hills School (formerly "The Apple School") in Los Angeles and Olivia attended Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima, California.[3]

She is the first cousin once removed of Maryam d'Abo, the actress best known for her performance as Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.


Acting career[edit]

D'Abo's film debut was in the supporting role of Princess Jehnna in Conan the Destroyer, released in June 1984.[4] Two months later, she appeared in the supporting role of the peasant girl Paloma in Bolero (1984).

From 1988, d'Abo was in the main cast of The Wonder Years in the first four seasons. Her character, Karen Arnold, was the hippie sister. In 1992, she guest starred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "True Q" as Amanda Rogers. As the recurring villain Nicole Wallace, she made five appearances over six years on television crime-drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. On the Sci-Fi Channel series Eureka, she has the recurring role of Abby Carter, the ex-wife of Sheriff Jack Carter.

She has had numerous supporting roles in television programmes and films, such as Spirit of '76 (1990), Greedy (1994), The Big Green, and The Twilight Zone (2002). On stage, she appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of The Odd Couple with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

In animation, she is the voices of Melanie Walker/Ten in Batman Beyond (1999–2000), Star Sapphire in Justice League (2001) and Morgaine le Fey in Justice League Unlimited (2004); Tak in Invader Zim (2001–02); Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan; Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008); Carol Ferris in Green Lantern: First Flight (2009); Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996); and Natalia Romanoff in Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Black Panther (both 2006).

In February 2013, d'Abo began filming for Project Fedora (working title), a video game that combines live-action footage with 3D graphics.[5]

Musical career[edit]

Olivia d'Abo is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.[6] She has composed and performed for various soundtracks. Her single "Broken" is from the movie Loving Annabelle.

Her debut album Not TV was released in July 2008.[7]

Other musical projects d'Abo has worked on include backing vocals for Julian Lennon's Help Yourself, an acoustic duet version of Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer, produced by Leonard, that appears on their This Left Feels Right hits CD,[3] and a duet with Seal "Broken". D'Abo also co-wrote the song "Love Comes from the Inside" for the Italian singer Laura Pausini, which was featured on Pausini's English language debut From the Inside.

Personal life[edit]

D'Abo was engaged to actor Thomas Jane from 1998 to 2001. They worked in several projects together, including The Velocity of Gary and Jonni Nitro, of which Jane directed the last two episodes. Olivia later married music producer and songwriter Patrick Leonard in August 2002. Leonard filed for divorce at Los Angeles County Superior Court in November 2012, citing irreconcilable differences, and revealing the couple had separated in August 2011. She has one child, Oliver William d'Abo, born 11 November 1995. D'Abo also wrote and performed the title theme to Jonni Nitro. She was formerly engaged to the singer Julian Lennon.[8]



1984Conan the DestroyerPrincess Jehnna
1986FlyingRobin Crew
1986Mission KillRebel Girl
1986BulliesBecky Cullen
1988Legend of Wolf Lodge, TheThe Legend of Wolf Lodge (aka Into The Fire)Liette
1989Beyond the StarsMara Simons
1989Another Chance
1990Spirit of '76, TheThe Spirit of '76Chanel-6
1993Point of No ReturnAngela
1993Bank RobberSelina
1993Wayne's World 2Betty Jo
1994Last Good Time, TheThe Last Good TimeCharlotte Zwicki
1994GreedyMolly Richardson
1994Clean SlateJudy
1994Pom PokoKoharu (voice)
1995Big Green, TheThe Big GreenMiss Anna Montgomery
1995Kicking and ScreamingJane
1995Live Nude GirlsChris
1998Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name), TheThe Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name)Veronica
1999Soccer Dog: The MovieElena
1999Texas Funeral, AA Texas FuneralCharlotte
1999Seven GirlfriendsHannah
2000Jonni NitroJonni Nitro
2000It Had to Be YouTracy Meltempi
2001Enemy, TheThe EnemySgt. Penny Johnson
2002Tarzan & JaneJane Porter (voice)
2003Animatrix, TheThe AnimatrixRox (voice)Segment: "Matriculated"
2006Ultimate AvengersBlack Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice)Video
2006Ultimate Avengers 2Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice)Video
2007Dante's InfernoBeatrice (voice)
2007Poor Kid's Guide to Success, AA Poor Kid's Guide to SuccessLisa Maerd
2008Awakening Fire, TheThe Awakening FireNarratorShort film
2009Green Lantern: First FlightCarol Ferris (voice)Video
2012Justice League: DoomStar Sapphire (voice)Video
2012Nuclear FamilyDr. Hughes
2013ImpiriosoLuccia Rosso
2013The Devil's ViolinistPrimrose Blackston

"Presumed Dead in Paradise"

Patricia Ashland


1985Not My KidMovie
1985Growing PainsWendyEpisode: "Superdad"
1986Growing PainsTerryEpisode: "Employee of the Month"
1987One Big FamilyJoy FairbanksEpisode: "Joy to the Hattons"
1987Really Weird TalesTippyMovie
1988Simon & SimonAllison Tyner / AngelEpisode: "Shadows"
1988Crash CourseMaria AbejaMovie
1988Tour of DutyLeslieEpisode: "Soldiers"
1988Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx ZooTerri AvilaEpisode: "Behind Closed Doors"
1988–93Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder YearsKaren ArnoldRegular role (84 episodes)
1991Legend of Prince Valiant, TheThe Legend of Prince ValiantVesta / Jasmine / Lady Ilene (voice)Episodes: "The Tree", "The Secret of Perilous Garde"
1992Midnight's ChildAnna BergmanMovie
1992Star Trek: The Next GenerationAmanda RogersEpisode: "True Q"
1993For Love and GloryEmily DoyleMovie
1995Single Guy, TheThe Single GuyDeliahEpisode: "Pilot"
1996Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the RealmSonya Blade (voice)Main role (13 episodes)
1997Dad's Week OffChericeMovie
1997Single Guy, TheThe Single GuyMarieEpisode: "Vegas Finale"
1998Adventures from the Book of VirtuesAnne Sullivan (voice)Episode: "Patience"
1998Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild ThornberrysJao (voice)Episode: "Only Child"
1998Fantasy IslandFlorence JenkinsEpisode: "Secret Self"
1999Party of FivePerry MarksEpisodes: "Fragile", "I'll Show You Mine", "Haunted"
1999Batman BeyondTen / Melanie Walker (voice)Episodes: "Dead Man's Hand", "Once Burned"
2000Batman BeyondTen / Melanie Walker (voice)Episode: "King's Ransom"
20003rd Rock from the SunAndreaEpisode: "Dick Solomon's Day Off"
2001Triangle, TheThe TriangleAllison Wright3 episodes
2001–03Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of TarzanJane Porter (voice)Regular role (35 episodes)
2002Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneShannonEpisodes: "The Lineman": Parts 1 & 2"
2002Invader ZimTak (voice)Episode: "TAK: The Hideous New Girl"
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentElizabeth Hitchens / Nicole WallaceEpisode: "Anti-Thesis"
2002Justice LeagueStar Stapphire / Morgaine le Fey / Model (voice)Recurring role; 6 episodes
2003AliasEmma WallaceEpisode: "Double Agent"
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentElizabeth Hitchens / Nicole WallaceEpisode: "A Person of Interest"
2004Law & Order: Criminal IntentElizabeth Hitchens / Nicole WallaceEpisode: "Great Barrier"
2004Justice League UnlimitedMorgaine le Fey (voice)Episode: "Kid Stuff"
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentNicole WallaceEpisode: "Grow"
2006Invader ZimTak's Computer / Ship (voice)2 episodes
2007EurekaDr. Abby CarterEpisodes: "Unpredictable", "Games People Play"
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentNicole WallaceEpisode: "Frame"
2008–09Star Wars: The Clone WarsLuminara Unduli (voice)Recurring role; 7 episodes
2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldElasti-Girl (voice)Episode: "The Last Patrol!"
2011Generator RexFive (voice)3 episodes
2011We Have Your HusbandOliviaMovie
2013JoMadeleine HaynesEpisode: "The Catacombes"
2013ElementaryNigella MasonEpisode: "The Marchioness"

Video games[edit]

1997Titanic ExplorerVarious
2005Medal of Honor: European AssaultManon du Champs
2005Neopets: The Darkest FaerieJerdana / Aisha Peasant
2009Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic HeroesLuminara Unduli[9]
2011Green Lantern: Rise of the ManhuntersQueen Aga'po
2014Lego Batman 3: Beyond GothamStar Sapphire


1990It's a GirlLinda BraggOdyssey Theatre
1993Scenes from an ExecutionSupportaMark Taper Forum
2005–06Odd Couple, TheThe Odd CoupleGwendolyn PigeonBrooks Atkinson Theatre
2010It's Just SexJoanTwo Roads Theatre
2010–11Cyrano de BergeracRoxaneRuskin Theatre
2011Entertaining Mr. SloaneKathThe Actor's Company


  1. ^ a. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837–1983 database on-line Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. Lists Olivia Jane d'Abo on the index of births registered in Jan–Mar. 1969.
    b. Olivia d'Abo Official Site Bio
  2. ^ Olivia d'Abo Biography at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ a b Olivia d'Abo - Biography at IMDB
  4. ^ Conan release info at IMDB
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2461342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  6. ^ Not TV album blurb at Inner Knot[dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/not-tv-mw0000791288
  8. ^ Nicole Lampert (5 November 2011). "John Lennon's son Julian fears Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney are trying to obliterate him from history | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  9. ^ Krome Studios (October 6, 2009). "Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes". LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent. 

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