Olivia Wilde is an American actress and filmmaker. Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City on March 10, 1984.

She played Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series House (2007–2012), and appeared in the films Tron: Legacy (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), and The Lazarus Effect (2015)

In 2017, Wilde made her Broadway debut, playing the role of Julia in 1984. In 2019, she directed her first film, the teen comedy Booksmart, for which she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Wilde's second feature, Don't Worry Darling, premieres on September 22, 2022.

She attended private school at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. and boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 2002

Wilde derived her surname from Irish author Oscar Wilde, and started using it while in high school to honor the writers in her family, many of whom used pen names.

She was accepted to Bard College, but deferred her enrollment three times in order to pursue acting.

She then studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.

Wilde's mother, Leslie Cockburn (née Redlich), is an American producer on 60 Minutes and journalist.

Her father, Andrew Cockburn, is also a journalist, and is a son of British novelist and journalist Claud Cockburn.