Olivia Jane Cockburn was born on March 10, 1984 to Leslie and Andrew Cockburn in New York City. Her father was a journalist and her mother was also a producer and journalist. She has an elder sister; Chloe Cockburn.
Ever since she was two-years-old, she wanted to become an actress. The family lived in Vermont for a brief period of time and young Wilde attended Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C.
In 1995, she appeared in her debut short film as ‘Magdalene’ in ‘Meeting Magdalene’.
She later attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, from where she graduated, in 2002.
She also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting, in Dublin, Ireland for a brief period of time.
Her acting career took off as ‘Jewel Goldman’ in the American television series, ‘Skin’ – where she appeared in 6 episodes. Her acting skills got her noticed and she was cast in ‘The O.C.’, which was a hit American drama series, as ‘Alex Kelly’, in 2004.
She made her motion picture debut as ‘Kellie’ in the American hit film, ‘The Girl Next Door’ in 2004. The next year, she appeared in ‘Conversations with Other Women’ in a small role as a bridesmaid.
In 2006, she appeared in three films; ‘Alpha Dog’, ‘Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas’ and ‘Turistas’. The next year, she was seen in ‘The Death and Life of Bobby Z’.
In 2007, she was back on television in ‘The Black Donnellys’ and in a major role as ‘Dr. Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley’ in one of her longest television series, ‘House’, in which she appeared in a total of 81 episodes.
From 2008 to 2012, she was cast in the films, ‘Fix’, ‘Year One’, ‘The Ballad of G.I. Joe’, ‘The Next Three Days’, ‘Tron: Legacy’, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, ‘The Change-Up’, ‘In Time’ and ‘Butter’. She was also seen in the television series, ‘Tron: Uprising’, ‘Half the Sky’ and lent her voice for ‘Robot Chicken’.
Apart from ‘Butter’, she starred in a number of other films in 2012 including, ‘Deadfall’, ‘People Like Us’, ‘The Words’ and ‘The Longest Week’, which made the year an extremely busy one for the actress.
As of 2013, she was seen in an episode of the comedy series, ‘The Annoying Orange’ and was also cast in an episode of ‘American Dad!’
Juggling between her television assignments and her film projects, she also starred in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’,‘Drinking Buddies’, ‘Rush’ and ‘Third Person’, in 2013.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS
One of her major works till date is her role as ‘Sarah Witt’ in ‘Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas’, which released in 2006. Although the movie was a small budget one, Wilde was recognized for her acting abilities and comic timing. She was lauded by critics for her performance and she even won two prestigious awards for her acting.
She won the ‘Best Actress’ award at ‘The Comedy Festival’ for ‘Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas’, in 2006.
In 2006, she won the ‘Rising Star Award’ at the ‘Vail Film Festival’ for ‘Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas’, once again.
In 2010, she was voted as PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity’.