Talulah Riley

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Talulah Riley
Born Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn
(1985-09-26) 26 September 1985 (age 29)
Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn[1] (born 26 September 1985), known professionally as Talulah Riley, is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Pride and Prejudice, St Trinian's, The Boat That Rocked, St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, and Inception.

Early life[edit]

Riley was born in Hertfordshire, the only child of Una Riley, founder of a security systems company and a PR company,[2] and Doug Milburn, formerly head of the National Crime Squad. Her father now works as a screenwriter and has written episodes of Silent Witness, Prime Suspect, and The Bill. Riley attended Cheltenham Ladies College, Berkhamsted Collegiate School, and Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. While acting in London, she studied mathematics, physics, and economics at the Open University.[3]



Riley's television credits include episodes of Poirot (2003), Marple (2006), and Doctor Who (2008's "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead"). She also played Lila, a lovestruck writer, in the short-lived E4 series Nearly Famous (2007).[citation needed]


Riley made her stage debut in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic in 2005. Her performance in a 2006 revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke was described as "delightful".[4]


Riley appeared as a disguise used by Tom Hardy's character in Inception (2010). Also in 2010, The Summer House was released, which starred Riley in the lead role. By the end of the first day of release, it was the number one film on iTunes worldwide and dominated that position for several days.[5][6][7] She was also cast in the film White Frog.[8]


She was featured on the March 2010 cover of Esquire.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Riley married billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk at Dornoch Cathedral.[11] In 2012, it was reported that they were seeking a divorce.[12] She settled for $4.2 million out of Musk's reported $2 billion net worth at the time.[13] However, in a 60 Minutes interview in 2014, they stated that they had reconciled and were living together again, along with Musk's five children from his first marriage to writer Justine Musk.[14] On December 31, 2014, the Associated Press reported that Musk had filed for divorce again.[15] In the December 31, 2014 split and pending divorce Musk agreed to give her $16 million in cash and assets.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mary Bennet
2007 St Trinian's Annabelle Fritton
2007 Friends Forever Grace Short film
2007 Wilder Carro[17]
2009 The Boat That Rocked Marianne
2009 The Summer House Jane Short film
2009 St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Annabelle Fritton
2010 Inception Blonde Woman
2010 Love & Distrust Jane Archive footage of The Summer House
2011 The Dilemma Concept Car Spokesmodel
2011 Revenge of the Electric Car Herself Documentary
2012 The Knot Alexandra
2012 White Frog Ms. Lee
2012 Transmission TBA
2013 The Liability The Girl
2013 In a World... Pippa
2013 Thor: The Dark World Sigyn
2014 Submerged Jessie


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Poirot Young Angela Warren Episode: "Five Little Pigs"
2006 Marple Megan Hunter Episode: "The Moving Finger"
2007 Nearly Famous Lila Reed 6 episodes
2008 Phoo Action Lady Elenor Rigsby Cancelled before broadcast[18]
2008 Doctor Who Miss Evangelista Episodes: "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead"
2008 The Gemma Factor Nell Scenes not broadcast[19]


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Talulah Riley: how to marry a billionaire". London Evening Standard. 26 November 2010. 
  3. ^ http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/17/actress-talulah-riley-shares-her-obsession-with-mortality-and-life-with-a-billionaire-3763292/
  4. ^ Read, Rachel (27 September 2006). "Summer and Smoke @ Nottingham Playhouse". BBC Nottingham. 
  5. ^ Brodie, Anne (26 July 2010). "Talulah Riley - The Summer House/Inception". Monsters and Critics. 
  6. ^ Palacios, Kim (23 July 2010). "Robert Pattinson's short film "The Summer House" dominates iTunes". Hollywood News. 
  7. ^ "Pattinson's Summer House is an iTunes Smash" (Press release). Shorts International. 23 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "White Frog | Official Website". Whitefrogthemovie.tumblr.com. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Singh, Anita (3 February 2010). "Talulah Riley: the world's sexiest quantum physicist?". The Telegraph. 
  10. ^ "Girls on top: The next generation of British actresses". The Independent. 24 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News (18 January 2012). "SpaceX's millionaire founder tweets about marital split". NBC News.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "At Home With Elon Musk: The (Soon-to-Be) Bachelor Billionaire". Forbes. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Troup, Rose (22 August 2012). "SpaceX founder Elon Musk pays wife $4 million in divorce settlement". Telegraph. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk's industrial empire". 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Elon Musk, actress wife split again". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Elon Musk, actress wife split again". 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Foreman, Liza (24 May 2007). "Make my day. Make my film". Times Online. 
  18. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (17 November 2008). "BBC3 drops new drama Phoo Action". guardian.co.uk. 
  19. ^ Coates, Brian (9 July 2008). "Lights, camera, rain... BBC film crew comes to Calderdale to shoot comedy drama". Halifax Today. 

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