Olivia d'Abo

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Olivia d'Abo
Olivia d'Abo 2010.jpg
Olivia d'Abo in July 2010
Olivia Jane d'Abo

(1969-01-22) 22 January 1969 (age 50)
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter
Years active1984–present
Patrick Leonard
(m. 2002; div. 2012)

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

Early life and education[edit]

D'Abo was born on 22 January 1969 in London, England, the daughter of Maggie London, an English model and actress primarily active in the 1960s, and Mike d'Abo, an English singer and member of 1960s musical 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 United States 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 years old.[4]


Acting career[edit]

D'Abo's film debut was the supporting role of Princess Jehnna in Conan the Destroyer, released on 29 June 1984. Two months later, she appeared in the supporting role of Paloma the peasant girl in Bolero (1984). She performed a nude scene in Bolero (filmed in April 1983)[5][unreliable source] at age 14, standing in a tub while bathed by Bo Derek.

D'Abo held the contract role as Karen Arnold in the ABC comedy-drama series The Wonder Years for the show's first four seasons, from 1988 to 1991, with two guest star appearances in the show's final two seasons. In 1992, she guest starred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled "True Q" as Amanda Rogers.

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

In 2007, D'Abo played Abby Carter, the ex-wife of Sheriff Jack Carter, in the Sci-Fi Channel series Eureka for two episodes. She has had numerous supporting roles in other television series 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 theatrical production of The Odd Couple alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

In animation, D'Abo is the voices of Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996); 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); and Natalia Romanoff in Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the 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[edit]

D'Abo is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.[6] 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.[7]

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 album From the Inside.

Podcast appearances[edit]

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.[citation needed]

On 8 July 2016, d'Abo appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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, the last two episodes of which Jane directed. 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, revealing the couple had separated in August 2011. She has one child, born in 1995. D'Abo also wrote and performed the title theme to Jonni Nitro. She was formerly engaged to singer Julian Lennon.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Conan the Destroyer Princess Jehnna
Bolero Paloma
1986 Flying Robin Crew
Mission Kill Rebel Girl
Bullies Becky Cullen
1988 Into the Fire Liette
1989 Beyond the Stars Mara Simons
Another Chance
1990 The Spirit of '76 Chanel-6
1993 Point of No Return Angela
Bank Robber Selina
Wayne's World 2 Betty Jo
1994 The Last Good Time Charlotte Zwicki
Greedy Molly Richardson
Clean Slate Judy
Pom Poko Koharu (voice) English Dub
Asterix Conquers America Additional Voices English Dub
1995 The Big Green Miss Anna Montgomery
Kicking and Screaming Jane
Live Nude Girls Chris
1997 Hacks Lynn
1998 The Velocity of Gary * * (Not His Real Name) Veronica
1999 Soccer Dog: The Movie Elena
A Texas Funeral Charlotte
Seven Girlfriends Hannah
2000 Jonni Nitro Jonni Nitro
It Had to Be You Tracy Meltempi
2001 The Enemy Sgt. Penny Johnson
2002 Tarzan & Jane Jane Porter (voice) Direct-to-video
2003 The Animatrix Rox (voice) Segment: "Matriculated"
2006 Ultimate Avengers Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) (voice) Direct-to-video
Ultimate Avengers 2
2007 Dante's Inferno Beatrice (voice)
A Poor Kid's Guide to Success Lisa Maerd
2008 The Awakening Fire Narrator Short film
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Carol Ferris (voice) Direct-to-video
2012 Justice League: Doom Star Sapphire (voice)
Nuclear Family Dr. Hughes
2013 Impirioso Luccia Rosso
The Devil's Violinist Primrose Blackston
2014 Presumed Dead in Paradise Patricia Ashland
Sleeping Beauty Queen Tambria
2015 Stolen from the Suburbs Milena
Robo-Dog Miranda Austin
Unbelievable!!!!! Female Larrisha
A Christmas Eve Miracle Sharron Holden
2016 Blue Weekend Lisa Crawford
2019 Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Tak's Ship (voice) Netflix original film


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Not My Kid Student Television film; uncredited role[citation needed]
1985–86 Growing Pains Terry / Wendy Episodes: "Superdad!" and "Employee of the Month"
1987 One Big Family Joy Fairbanks Episode: "Joy to the Hattons"
Really Weird Tales Tippy Television film; segment: "All's Well that Ends Strange"
1988 Simon & Simon Allison Tyner / Angel Episode: "Shadows"
Crash Course Maria Abeja Television film
Tour of Duty Leslie Episode: "Soldiers"
The Bronx Zoo Terri Avila Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
1988–93 The Wonder Years Karen Arnold Main role
1991 The Legend of Prince Valiant Vesta / Jasmine / Lady Ilene (voice) Episodes: "The Tree" and "The Secret of Perilous Garde"
1992 Midnight's Child Anna Bergman Television film
Star Trek: The Next Generation Amanda Rogers Episode: "True Q"
1993 For Love and Glory Emily Doyle Television film
1995–97 The Single Guy Marie Blake / Deliah 22 episodes
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Sonya Blade (voice) Main role; 13 episodes
1997 Dad's Week Off Cherice Television film
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Anne Sullivan (voice) Episode: "Patience"
The Wild Thornberrys Jao (voice) Episode: "Only Child"
Fantasy Island Florence Jenkins Episode: "Secret Self"
1999 Party of Five Perry Marks Episodes: "Fragile", "I'll Show You Mine" and "Haunted"
1999–00 Batman Beyond Ten / Melanie Walker (voice) 3 episodes
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Andrea Episode: "Dick Solomon's Day Off"
2001 The Triangle Allison Wright 3 episodes
2001–03 The Legend of Tarzan Jane Porter Main voice role; 35 episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone Shannon Episodes: "The Lineman": Parts 1 & 2"
2002–03 Invader Zim Tak (voice) 3 episodes
2002-08 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Elizabeth Hitchens / Nicole Wallace 5 episodes
2002 Justice League Star Stapphire / Morgaine le Fey / Model (voice) Recurring voice role; 6 episodes
2003 Alias Emma Wallace Episode: "Double Agent"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Morgaine le Fey (voice) Episode: "Kid Stuff"
2007 Eureka Dr. Abby Carter Episodes: "Unpredictable" and "Games People Play"
2008–09 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Luminara Unduli (voice) Recurring voice role; 7 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Elasti-Girl (voice) Episode: "The Last Patrol!"
2011 Generator Rex Five (voice) 3 episodes
We Have Your Husband Olivia Television film
2012 Nuclear Family Doctor Hughes
2013 Jo Madeleine Haynes Episode: "The Catacombes"
Elementary Nigella Mason Episode: "The Marchioness"
2014 Psych Dierdre Episode: "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire"
Presumed Dead in Paradise Patricia Ashland Television film
2015 When Duty Calls Commander Kathryn Chapman
2016 Inspired to Kill Charlie
2018 The Wrong Son Sarah

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Titanic Explorer Various
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault Manon du Champ
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Jerdana / Aisha Peasant
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes Luminara Unduli [9]
2011 Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Queen Aga'po
2014 Elder Scrolls Online Additional voices
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Star Sapphire
2015 Infinite Crisis Gaslight Catwoman [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 The 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". Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007 – via ancestry.co.uk.[dead link] 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's Bio". Archived from the original on 22 August 2006.
  2. ^ "Olivia d'Abo Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ @OliviadAbo (21 December 2015). "@Martytude yes ! She's my beautiful cousin ;)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  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 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Bolero (1984) - Box office / business". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Not TV album blurb at Inner Knot". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ Stafford, Charity. "Not TV - Olivia d'Abo - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Krome Studios (6 October 2009). Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes. LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent.
  10. ^ Turbine. Infinite Crisis. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voice Over Talent.

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