Olivia d'Abo

Olivia d'Abo

d'Abo in July 2010
Born Olivia Jane d'Abo
(1969-01-22) 22 January 1969
Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, voice artist
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Patrick Leonard (m. 2002; div. 2012)
Children 1
Website www.oliviadabo.net

Olivia Jane d'Abo (/ˈdɑːb/; born 22 January 1969)[1] is an English-born American actress, singer and songwriter. She is known for her role as Karen Arnold, Kevin Arnold's rebellious teenage hippie sister on The Wonder Years (1988–93), and recurring villain Nicole Wallace in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Early life

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 d'Abo attended Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima, California.

She is the first cousin once removed of her father's cousin Maryam d'Abo,[3] the actress best known for her performance as Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights. Olivia and Maryam bought a house together in Los Angeles when Olivia was 19.[4]


Acting career

D'Abo's film debut was the supporting role of Princess Jehnna in Conan the Destroyer, released in June 1984. Two months later, she appeared in the supporting role of the peasant girl Paloma in Bolero (1984). D'Abo held the contract role of Karen Arnold on the ABC television series The Wonder Years for the show's first four seasons, from 1988 to 1993. In 1992, she guest starred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "True Q" as Amanda Rogers.

D'Abo made five appearances recurring villain Nicole Wallace on the NBC police procedural Law & Order: Criminal Intent between 2002 and 2008. She reprised the character in the 2013 episode "The Catacombes" of the French crime series Jo, a show created by René Balcer, who also created Criminal Intent.

D'Abo played Abby Carter, the ex-wife of Sheriff Jack Carter, in two 2007 episodes of the Sci-Fi Channel series Eureka. She has had numerous supporting roles in other television programmes and films, such as The Spirit of '76 (1990), Greedy (1994), The Big Green (1995), 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, D'Abo 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 (2001–2002); 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.

Music career

D'Abo is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.[5] 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.[6]

D'Abo also performed backing vocals for Julian Lennon's Help Yourself, and a duet with Seal's "Broken". She also co-wrote the song "Love Comes from the Inside" with Italian singer Laura Pausini, which was featured on Pausini's English language debut From the Inside.

Podcast Appearances

In October 2015, d'Abo started a weekly podcast called "Every Friday with Dan and Olivia" co-hosting the show with Dan Miles of the Friends of Dan Music Podcast.

D'Abo appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on July 8, 2016.

Personal life

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. She 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, born in 1995. D'Abo also wrote and performed the title theme to Jonni Nitro. She was formerly engaged to the singer Julian Lennon.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Conan the Destroyer Princess Jehnna
1984 Bolero Paloma
1986 Flying Robin Crew
1986 Mission Kill Rebel Girl
1986 Bullies Becky Cullen
1988 Into the Fire Liette
1989 Beyond the Stars Mara Simons
1989 Another Chance
1990 Spirit of '76, TheThe Spirit of '76 Chanel-6
1993 Point of No Return Angela
1993 Bank Robber Selina
1993 Wayne's World 2 Betty Jo
1994 Last Good Time, TheThe Last Good Time Charlotte Zwicki
1994 Greedy Molly Richardson
1994 Clean Slate Judy
1994 Pom Poko Koharu (voice)
1995 Big Green, TheThe Big Green Miss Anna Montgomery
1995 Kicking and Screaming Jane
1995 Live Nude Girls Chris
1997 Hacks Lynn
1998 Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name), TheThe Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name) Veronica
1999 Soccer Dog: The Movie Elena
1999 Texas Funeral, AA Texas Funeral Charlotte
1999 Seven Girlfriends Hannah
2000 Jonni Nitro Jonni Nitro
2000 It Had to Be You Tracy Meltempi
2001 Enemy, TheThe Enemy Sgt. Penny Johnson
2002 Tarzan & Jane Jane Porter (voice)
2003 Animatrix, TheThe Animatrix Rox (voice) Segment: "Matriculated"
2006 Ultimate Avengers Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Ultimate Avengers 2 Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice) Direct-to-video
2007 Dante's Inferno Beatrice (voice)
2007 Poor Kid's Guide to Success, AA Poor Kid's Guide to Success Lisa Maerd
2008 Awakening Fire, TheThe Awakening Fire Narrator Short film
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Carol Ferris (voice) Direct-to-video
2012 Justice League: Doom Star Sapphire (voice) Direct-to-video
2012 Nuclear Family Dr. Hughes
2013 Impirioso Luccia Rosso
2013 The Devil's Violinist Primrose Blackston
2014 Presumed Dead in Paradise Patricia Ashland
2014 Sleeping Beauty Queen Tambria
2015 Stolen from the Suburbs Milena
2015 Robo-Dog Miranda Austin
2015 Unbelievable!!!!! Female Larrisha Post-production
2015 A Christmas Eve Miracle Sharron Holden Post-production
2016 Blue Weekend Lisa Crawford Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Not My Kid Television film; uncredited role
1985 Growing Pains Wendy Episode: "Superdad"
1986 Growing Pains Terry Episode: "Employee of the Month"
1987 One Big Family Joy Fairbanks Episode: "Joy to the Hattons"
1987 Really Weird Tales Tippy Television film; segment: "All's Well that Ends Strange"
1988 Simon & Simon Allison Tyner / Angel Episode: "Shadows"
1988 Crash Course Maria Abeja Television film
1988 Tour of Duty Leslie Episode: "Soldiers"
1988 Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx Zoo Terri Avila Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
1988–93 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Karen Arnold Regular role (84 episodes)
1991 Legend of Prince Valiant, TheThe Legend of Prince Valiant Vesta / Jasmine / Lady Ilene (voice) Episodes: "The Tree", "The Secret of Perilous Garde"
1992 Midnight's Child Anna Bergman Television film
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Amanda Rogers Episode: "True Q"
1993 For Love and Glory Emily Doyle Television film
1995 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Deliah Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Sonya Blade (voice) Main role (13 episodes)
1997 Dad's Week Off Cherice Television film
1997 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Marie Episode: "Vegas Finale"
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Anne Sullivan (voice) Episode: "Patience"
1998 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Jao (voice) Episode: "Only Child"
1998 Fantasy Island Florence Jenkins Episode: "Secret Self"
1999 Party of Five Perry Marks Episodes: "Fragile", "I'll Show You Mine", "Haunted"
1999 Batman Beyond Ten / Melanie Walker (voice) Episodes: "Dead Man's Hand", "Once Burned"
2000 Batman Beyond Ten / Melanie Walker (voice) Episode: "King's Ransom"
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Andrea Episode: "Dick Solomon's Day Off"
2001 Triangle, TheThe Triangle Allison Wright 3 episodes
2001–03 Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan Jane Porter (voice) Regular role (35 episodes)
2002 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Shannon Episodes: "The Lineman": Parts 1 & 2"
2002 Invader Zim Tak (voice) Episode: "TAK: The Hideous New Girl"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace Episode: "Anti-Thesis"
2002 Justice League Star Stapphire / Morgaine le Fey / Model (voice) Recurring role; 6 episodes
2003 Alias Emma Wallace Episode: "Double Agent"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace Episode: "A Person of Interest"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace Episode: "Great Barrier"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Morgaine le Fey (voice) Episode: "Kid Stuff"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nicole Wallace Episode: "Grow"
2006 Invader Zim Tak's Computer / Ship (voice) 2 episodes
2007 Eureka Dr. Abby Carter Episodes: "Unpredictable", "Games People Play"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nicole Wallace Episode: "Frame"
2008–09 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Luminara Unduli (voice) Recurring role; 7 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Elasti-Girl (voice) Episode: "The Last Patrol!"
2011 Generator Rex Five (voice) 3 episodes
2011 We Have Your Husband Olivia Television film
2012 Nuclear Family Doctor Hughes Television film
2013 Jo Madeleine Haynes Episode: "The Catacombes"
2013 Elementary Nigella Mason Episode: "The Marchioness"
2014 Psych Dierdre Episode: "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire"
2014 Presumed Dead in Paradise Patricia Ashland Television film
2015 When Duty Calls Commander Kathryn Chapman Television film
2016 Inspired to Kill Charlie Television film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Titanic Explorer Various
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault Manon du Champs
2005 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Jerdana / Aisha Peasant
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes Luminara Unduli [8]
2011 Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Queen Aga'po
2014 Elder Scrolls Online Additional voices
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Star Sapphire
2015 Infinite Crisis Gaslight Catwoman [9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 It's a Girl Linda Bragg Odyssey Theatre
1993 Scenes from an Execution Supporta Mark Taper Forum
2005–06 Odd Couple, TheThe Odd Couple Gwendolyn Pigeon Brooks Atkinson Theatre
2010 It's Just Sex Joan Two Roads Theatre
2010–11 Cyrano de Bergerac Roxane Ruskin Theatre
2011 Entertaining Mr. Sloane Kath The 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. d'Abo, Olivia (21 December 2015). "Olivia d'Abo confirms she is the cousin of Maryam d'Abo (Dec 21, 2015)". Twitter. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  4. Sanz, Cynthia; Sheff, Vicki (21 May 1990). "D'abo, Teen Rebel of Wonder Years, Handles Fame and a Romance with Julian Lennon Just Like a Grown-Up". People. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  5. Not TV album blurb at Inner Knot Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Stafford, Charity. "Not TV - Olivia d'Abo - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  7. Lampert, Nicole (5 November 2011). "John Lennon's son Julian fears Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney are trying to obliterate him from history | Mail Online". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  8. Krome Studios (6 October 2009). Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes. LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent.
  9. Turbine, Inc. Infinite Crisis. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voice Over Talent.
  10. "Infinite Crisis Credits".

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