Olivia Hallinan

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Olivia Hallinan
Born (1985-01-20) 20 January 1985 (age 32)
Hounslow, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–-present

Olivia Hallinan (born 20 January 1985) is an English actress best known for her role as Laura Timmins in the BBC TV series Lark Rise to Candleford and also as Kim in the Channel 4 drama Sugar Rush. She also starred as Ellie in Girls in Love.


Hallinan is from Twickenham, west London, and is the second youngest of four sisters, including Clemency Hallinan of The Inbetweeners and The X Factor fame. Olivia Hallinan began training at her mother's Saturday drama school All Expressions in Teddington when she was 11, and then went on to professional acting.[1] After attending St Catherine's School in Twickenham, and Notting Hill & Ealing High School, in Ealing, Hallinan went on to study English and Drama at the University of Manchester.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Hallinan has appeared in over 100 productions since the age of seven. Her first professional role was playing alongside Cilla Black in a 1991 production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Since then, she has appeared in theatre, radio, film and on television shows including The Bill, Holby City, My Family, Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde and Granada TV's, Girls in Love. At the end of her first year at the University of Manchester, Hallinan appeared in the first of two series of the cult TV drama Sugar Rush for Channel 4, based on the Julie Burchill novel.[3][4] On 9 June 2007, Hallinan was a speaker at the Stonewall Gay Youth Conference, talking about playing a lesbian character in Sugar Rush.

While at Manchester, Hallinan was actively involved in student drama. In 2006, her final year of her degree, she starred in Nicola Schofield's new play, Wake Me Later. [5] That same year she played Emma in the Torchwood episode Out of Time, appeared in an episode of Trial and Retribution, and played a character in Radio 4's dramatisation of Marguerite Duras's erotic novel The Lover, broadcast between 3 and 7 September 2007. She starred as Laura Timmins in the BBC production Lark Rise to Candleford which first aired on Sunday 13 January 2008, appearing in all four series.[6] 2011 saw her film debut as she starred in the British film noir Jack Falls as Natasha.[citation needed]

In 2011 Hallinan starred in Precious Little Talent written by Ella Hickson and directed by James Dacre at Trafalgar Studios theatre in London's West End. In December 2011 Hallinan played the role of Justine in Lucinda Coxon's play "Herding Cats" at the Hampstead Theatre, London, a role she previously played at the Ustinov Studio, Bath in December 2010. In 2013, she starred as Marianne Dashwood in Helen Edmundson's BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.[7] In 2014 Hallinan appeared in Lotty's War (written by Giuliano Crispini and directed by Bruce Guthrie) at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, before touring the UK.[8][9]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Das sprechende Grab Poppi
Mole's Christmas Voice TV short
Just William Susie Chambers TV series
1995 The Adventures of Mole Voice TV movie
Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde Julia Jekyll/Voice of Harriet Hyde TV series (53 episodes: 1995-1998)
1999 Doomwatch: Winter Angel Jessica Tannahill TV movie
2000 Holby City Gina Turrell TV series (1 episode: "Moving On")
2001 Doctors Gemma Davies TV series (1 episode: "No Smoke Without Fire")
2003 Girls in Love Ellie Allard TV series (27 episodes: 2003-2005)
2005 Murder in Suburbia Lydia Blakeman TV series (1 episode: "Witches")
Sugar Rush Kim TV series (20 episodes: 2005-2006)
2006 My Family Holly TV series (1 episode: "Bliss for Idiots")
Torchwood Emma TV series (1 episode: "Out of Time")
2007 Trial & Retribution Charlotte Rodgers TV series (1 episode: "Mirror Image: Part 1")
Casualty Jade Dale TV series (1 episode: "Lie to Me")
2008 A Risk Worth Taking Josie Porter TV movie
Lark Rise to Candleford Laura Timmins TV series (40 episodes: 2008-2011)
2010 Moving On Ruth TV series (1 episode: "Rules of the Game")
Jack Falls Natasha
2011 Comedy Showcase: Chickens [10] Gwyneth TV episode (1 episode, aired 02/09/2011)
2012 The Paradise Mrs Jocelin Brookmire TV episode (1 episode, aired 02/10/2012)


  1. ^ Why life's a beach for Olivia, Manchester Evening News, 15 June 2006.
  2. ^ Student's lead role in lesbian TV drama, Manchester Evening News, 8 June 2005.
  3. ^ Sugar Rush Interview - Part 1, LoveGirls.co.uk; accessed 30 June 2016.
  4. ^ Sweet talk, Telegraph.co.uk, 4 June 2006.
  5. ^ Lesbian drama star joins Manchester play, PinkNews.co.uk, 14 June 2006.
  6. ^ Olivia Hallinan to play Laura Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford, BBC.co.uk, 17 December 2007
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/32/r4-sense-sun
  8. ^ Cheesman, Neil (11 August 2014). "LOTTY'S WAR Starring Olivia Hallinan, Mark Letheren and Adam Gillen". londontheatre1.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Shryhane, Geoffrey (8 October 2014). "THEATRE REVIEWS - Lotty's War". wigantoday.net. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Channel 4 Comedy Showcase: Chickens". Channel 4 press release. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 

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