Talulah Riley

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Talulah Riley
Born (1985-09-26) 26 September 1985 (age 35)
Hertford, England, U.K.
Years active2000–present
(m. 2010; div. 2012)

(m. 2013; div. 2016)

Talulah Jane Riley[1] (born 26 September 1985) is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Pride & Prejudice, St Trinian's, The Boat That Rocked, St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, and Inception. Riley portrayed Angela on the HBO science-fiction Western television series Westworld.

Early life[edit]

Riley grew up in Hempstead in Hertfordshire,[2] the only child of Una Riley, founder of a security systems company and a PR company,[3] 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 for a degree in Natural Sciences at the Open University.[4]



Riley's television credits include episodes of Poirot (2003), Marple (2006), Doctor Who (2008's "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead"). She played Lila, a love-struck writer, in the short-lived E4 series Nearly Famous (2007).[5] She played Angela in the first two seasons of the television series Westworld.[6]


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 by critic Rachel Read as being "delightful".[7]


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. She also played Mary Bennet in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, acted in the role of Marianne in 2009's The Boat That Rocked, and starred in the 2007 film St Trinian's and its 2009 sequel St Trinian's: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.[8][9][10] She also appeared in White Frog.[11]


Her debut novel, Acts of Love, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in August 2016.[12][13]


She was featured on the March 2010 cover of Esquire.[14][15]

In 2011, she was named a "Brit to Watch" by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Riley began dating billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and in 2010 they married at Dornoch Cathedral.[17][18] In January 2012, Musk announced that he had ended his four-year relationship with Riley,[19][20] and sought a divorce by March 2012.[19][21]

In July 2013, however, Musk and Riley remarried. In a 60 Minutes interview in 2014, the couple stated that they had reconciled and were living together again, along with Musk's five children from his first marriage to writer Justine Musk.[22]

On 31 December 2014, the Associated Press reported that Musk had filed for divorce; however, the action was withdrawn.[23][24] It was reported that Riley had been living separately from Musk for six months and filed for a second divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on 21 March 2016.[17] The divorce was finalized in October 2016.[25]


Talulah Riley film work
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mary Bennet
2007 St Trinian's Annabelle Fritton
2007 Friends Forever Grace Short film
2007 Wilder Carro[26]
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 Eames's Blonde Woman disguise
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 Asgardian Nurse
2015 Scottish Mussel Beth Also writer and director
2015 The Bad Education Movie Phoebe
2016 Submerged Jessie
2018 The Last Witness Jeanette Mitchell
2020 Bloodshot Gina DeCarlo
Talulah Riley television work
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 Main role; 6 episodes
2008 Phoo Action Lady Elenor Rigsby Cancelled before broadcast[27]
2008 Doctor Who Miss Evangelista Episodes: "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead"
2008 The Gemma Factor Nell Scenes not broadcast[28]
2016–2018 Westworld Angela Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); 12 episodes[29]


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005; Ancestry.com; accessed 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ Talulah Riley: 'Fifty Shades inspired me to create a sexually conniving female character' Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  3. ^ "Talulah Riley: how to marry a billionaire". London Evening Standard. 26 November 2010. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011.
  4. ^ Lesley O'Toole (17 May 2013). "Actress Talulah Riley shares her obsession with mortality and life with a billionaire". Metro.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (23 March 2017). "'Westworld': Talulah Riley Promoted To Series Regular For Season 2 On HBO". Deadline. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Angela played by Talulah Riley". HBO. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ Read, Rachel (27 September 2006). "Summer and Smoke @ Nottingham Playhouse". BBC Nottingham.
  8. ^ Brodie, Anne (26 July 2010). "Talulah Riley - The Summer House/Inception". Monsters and Critics.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Palacios, Kim (23 July 2010). "Robert Pattinson's short film "The Summer House" dominates iTunes". Hollywood News.
  10. ^ "Pattinson's Summer House is an iTunes Smash" (Press release). Shorts International. 23 July 2010.
  11. ^ "White Frog – Official Website". Whitefrogthemovie.tumblr.com. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  12. ^ Acts of Love. 25 April 2019.
  13. ^ Hosie, Rachel (19 August 2016). "Talulah Riley: 'Fifty Shades inspired me to create a sexually conniving female character'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  14. ^ Singh, Anita (3 February 2010). "Talulah Riley: the world's sexiest quantum physicist?". The Telegraph.
  15. ^ "Girls on top: The next generation of British actresses". The Independent. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  16. ^ "42 Brits to Watch announced" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Actor Talulah Riley files to divorce billionaire Elon Musk, again". The Guardian. Associated Press. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016. The pair first married in 2010 and divorced in 2012. They remarried 18 months later.
  18. ^ Boyle, Alan (18 January 2012). "SpaceX's millionaire founder tweets about marital split". NBCNews.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  19. ^ a b Elliott, Hannah (3 March 2012). "At Home With Elon Musk: The (Soon-to-Be) Bachelor Billionaire". Forbes. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  20. ^ Lai, Jennifer (19 January 2012). "Elon Musk Divorce: Announces Split From Talulah Riley On Twitter". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  21. ^ Troup, Rose (22 August 2012). "SpaceX founder Elon Musk pays wife $4 million in divorce settlement". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  22. ^ Pelley, Scott (30 March 2014). "Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk's industrial empire". CBS News. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  23. ^ "Elon Musk, actress wife split again". news.yahoo.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Elon Musk, actress wife split again". 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  25. ^ "Elon Musk and Talulah Riley reach divorce settlement". TV3 (Ireland). 21 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  26. ^ Foreman, Liza (24 May 2007). "Make my day. Make my film". Times Online.
  27. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (17 November 2008). "BBC3 drops new drama Phoo Action". guardian.co.uk.
  28. ^ Coates, Brian (9 July 2008). "Lights, camera, rain... BBC film crew comes to Calderdale to shoot comedy drama". Halifax Today.
  29. ^ "HBO's Westworld Creators Talk AI, Sentience, And Surveillance". Fast Company. Retrieved 3 October 2016.

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