Talulah Riley

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Talulah Riley
Riley on the set of St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, 27 August 2009
Born Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn[1]
(1985-09-26) 26 September 1985 (age 28)
Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Elon Musk (m. 2010)

Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn (born 26 September 1985) is an English actress whose films include Pride and Prejudice, St Trinian's, The Boat That Rocked and St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

Riley was featured on the March 2010 cover of Esquire.[2][3]

Acting career[edit]


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 the role of Lila, a young, lovestruck writer, in the short-lived E4 series, Nearly Famous (2007).


Riley made her stage debut with Kevin Spacey 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]


In 2010, Riley appeared as a blonde, actually a disguise, in Inception, with Leonardo DiCaprio, written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Also in 2010, The Summer House was released, which starred Riley in the lead role with Robert Pattinson supporting. 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] According to their official website, she was recently (2011) cast in the film Quentin Lee's White Frog.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Talulah Riley-Milburn was born in Hertfordshire, the only child of Una Riley, founder of a security systems company and a PR company,[9] and Doug Milburn, formerly head of the National Crime Squad. Her father now works as a screen writer and has written episodes of Silent Witness, Prime Suspect and The Bill. She attended Cheltenham Ladies College, Berkhamsted Collegiate School and Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. While acting in London, Riley studied mathematics, physics and economics at the Open University.[10]

In 2010 Riley married billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors at Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland.[11] In January 2012, it was reported that the couple was seeking a divorce.[12] She settled for $4.2 million out of Elon Musk's reported $2 billion net worth at the time.[13] However, in a 60 Minutes interview on 30 March 2014 with CBS journalist Scott Pelley, Riley and Musk stated that they had reconciled and were living together again, along with Musk's five children from his first marriage with Justine Musk.[14]


Year Format Title Role Notes
2003 TV film Poirot: Five Little Pigs Young Angela Warren
2005 Film Pride & Prejudice Mary Bennet
2006 TV film Marple: The Moving Finger Megan Hunter
2007 Film St Trinian's Annabelle Fritton
Short film Friends Forever Grace National Film and Television School
TV series Nearly Famous Lila Reed Six part series
Film (announced) Wilder Carro Only a trailer was made[15]
2008 TV film Phoo Action Lady Elenor Rigsby Pilot - the planned six part series was cancelled [16]
TV series Doctor Who Miss Evangelista Series Four, Ep8 "Silence in the Library", Ep9 "Forest of the Dead"
TV pilot (not broadcast) The Gemma Factor Nell Pilot[17] - replaced by Hannah Kew in the series broadcast in 2010
2009 Film The Boat That Rocked Marianne Film retitled "Pirate Radio" in North America.
Short film The Summer House Jane First shown at Cannes Short Film Corner
Film St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Annabelle Fritton
2010 Film Inception Blonde woman in bar
Video Love & Distrust Jane Compilation of short films includes "The Summer House"
2011 Film The Dilemma Concept Car Spokesmodel
Documentary Film Revenge of the Electric Car Herself
2012 Film The Knot Alexandra UK release 5 October 2012
Film White Frog Ms. Lee Premiere 8 March 2012
Film Transmission TBA In Development
2013 Film The Liability The Girl UK release 17 May 2013
Film In a World... Pippa US release 9 August 2013
Film Thor: The Dark World Nurse UK release 30 October 2013
2014 Film Submerged Jessie Shooting started 21 October 2013


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ Singh, Anita (3 February 2010). "Talulah Riley: the world's sexiest quantum physicist?". The Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Girls on top: The next generation of British actresses". The Independent. 24 July 2009. 
  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. ^ 01:34 pm (26 July 2011). "White Frog | Official Website". Whitefrogthemovie.tumblr.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Talulah Riley: how to marry a billionaire". London Evening Standard. 26 November 2010. 
  10. ^ http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/17/actress-talulah-riley-shares-her-obsession-with-mortality-and-life-with-a-billionaire-3763292/
  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. ^ Foreman, Liza (24 May 2007). "Make my day. Make my film". Times Online. 
  16. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (17 November 2008). "BBC3 drops new drama Phoo Action". guardian.co.uk. 
  17. ^ Coates, Brian (9 July 2008). "Lights, camera, rain... BBC film crew comes to Calderdale to shoot comedy drama". Halifax Today. 

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