Olivia d’Abo is a multi-faceted British-American film and voice actress, as well as a songwriter and singer. She is best known for her role in the ABC dramedy, The Wonder Years where she starred as Karen Arnold from 1988 to 1993. She can also be remembered for her apt portrayal of Nicole Wallace, the villain in the long-running series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Beyond acting, Olivia has been doing a great job as a musician; she released her first musical album titled Not TV in July 2008. The singer has collaborated with several artists including Seal, Julian Lennon, and Laura Pausini, to mention a few. She has also released several singles and equally performed for various soundtracks. Learn more about the actress/musician in the ensuing paragraphs.
Family Background and Early Life
The actress was born as Olivia Jane d’Abo on the 22nd day of January 1969 and her birth took place in London, England. Her mother, Maggie London worked is an actress and model while her father, Mike d’Abo is a songwriter and singer.
Although she spent her early years in London, her family moved to the United States when she very young. There, she completed her basic education at Los Feliz Hills School located in Los Angeles. Later on, she graduated from Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima neighbourhood of California.
After she left school, Olivia d’Abo quickly landed her first film role in the 1984 sword and adventure film, Conan the Destroyer. There, she portrayed the character of Princess Jehnna alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Later in the same year, she also played a supporting role in the romantic drama film, Bolero alongside Bo Derek.
The following year, she made her TV debut, playing a minor role in the 1985 CBS drama film, Not My Kid. She also starred as Wendy in a few episodes of Growing Pains in the same year. She came into the limelight in 1988 through her portrayal of Karen Arnold in the coming-of-age drama series, The Wonder Years.
The highlight of her other notable movies includes but not limited to Beyond the Stars (1989), Point of No Return (1993), Live Nude Girls (1995), Jonni Nitro (2000), The Devil’s Violinist (2013), Sleeping Beauty (2014), A Christmas Eve Miracle (2015), and Blue Weekend (2016), etc.
On television, she has appeared in several TV series, some of which include The Single Guy (1995 – 97), 3rd Rock from the Sun (2000), Alias (2003), Eureka (2007), Nuclear Family (2012), Psych (2014), Inspired to Kill (2016), and The Wrong Son (2018), etc.
Additionally, she has played voice roles in animated series such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Legend of Tarzan, Batman Beyond, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, and Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, among others.
Family: Siblings, Spouse, and Children
Olivia d’Abo came from a lineage of entertainers. Born to an actress mother and singer father, Olivia is also the first cousin of the English actress, Maryam d’Abo. Maryam is famous for portraying the character of Kara Milvoy in the James Bond movie The Living Daylights (1987). Meanwhile, Olivia isn’t the only child of her parents, she has four other siblings – an older brother named Ben and three half-siblings – Ella, Louis, and Bruno. There is no much information about her siblings; however, we know that they are all successful in their respective careers.
A peek at her personal life shows that the actress has been active in the love game. She has been engaged many times but finally made it down the aisle with Patrick Leonard. Patrick is an American songwriter and music producer, best known for his longtime collaborations with Madonna. Some of his works include Who’s That Girl (1987) and I’m Breathless (1990). The couple got hitched in 2002 and after ten years, they went their separate ways in 2012. They cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce.
Prior to her marriage with Patrick, Olivia d’Abo was previously in a relationship with Thomas Jane, an American actor, and film director. Their relationship lasted from 1998 to 2001. She also dated singer Julian Lennon and the duo was engaged at some point before their relationship hit the rocks.
Additionally, the actress has a son whose name is given as Oliver William. However, there is no much information regarding her son. The much we know is that he was born in 1995.
Details of Her Net Worth
Olivia d’Abo has been enjoying a blossoming acting career, all thanks to her wonderful skills. She has equally made huge wealth from her acting and music careers and is currently living a life of luxury. Amazingly, since the inception of her career, the actress has been able to accumulate a total net worth of $3 million, which is not bad at all. She made her wealth from her acting and music careers as well as other business endeavours. Looking at her current pace, there is no doubt her net worth figure will increase in the near future.