Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

Born: February 16, 1989
Age: 35
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
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Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), she was nominated for numerous awards including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She is the younger sister of actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.


Early life

Olsen was born in Sherman Oaks, California, the daughter of Jarnette "Jarnie", a personal manager, and David "Dave" Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker. She is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became famous as TV and movie stars at an early age.

Her oldest brother is named Trent Olsen, and she has two younger half-siblings as well. In 1996, Olsen's parents were divorced. The Olsens have Norwegian ancestry on their father's side and English ancestry on their mother's side.

As a child, Olsen received ballet and singing lessons. She began acting at a very young age, with appearances in her sisters' films. Before the age of eleven, Olsen had small roles in How the West Was Fun and the straight-to-video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley. Having appeared in her sisters' videos, when she was in the fourth grade, Olsen began to go on auditions for other projects.

She attended Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California from kindergarten through grade 12. After graduation, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009, Olsen spent a semester studying in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the MATS program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.


Olsen began acting when she was four years of age and co-starred in six of Mary-Kate and Ashley's productions; she also auditioned for the film Spy Kids. She almost quit acting in 2004 due to the media frenzy surrounding Mary-Kate's eating disorder.

Olsen's breakout role came in 2011, when she appeared in the film Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film, along with Olsen's performance, received critical acclaim. Olsen was nominated for and won numerous critics awards for her portrayal of the titular character Martha, a girl suffering from delusions and paranoia after fleeing her life in a cult and returning to her family. She next appeared in the horror film remake Silent House, in which she played the role of Sarah. The film received mixed reviews, although Olsen's performance was once again praised. Olsen also appeared in the music video "The Queen" by Carlotta. Olsen filmed the movie Red Lights during mid-2011, and it was released in the U.S. on July 13, 2012. She starred in Josh Radnor's film Liberal Arts, which was released on January 22, 2012. She and Dakota Fanning starred in Very Good Girls, a 2013 release.

In January 2013, Olsen was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She co-starred in the 2013 American remake of the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy; she played Marie, a young social worker who developed a relationship with the protagonist, played by Josh Brolin. She played Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife and the author of the Beat Generation memoir "You'll Be Okay", in Kill Your Darlings.

In 2014, Olsen starred in Legendary's Godzilla a reboot, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Olsen joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe by playing the character of Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the 2015 sequel to The Avengers. She first appeared as the character in a mid-credits scene of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, again alongside her Godzilla co-star Taylor-Johnson, who portrayed her brother Quicksilver. She reprised her role as the Scarlet Witch in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron and the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.

In September 2014, it was announced that Olsen would portray Audrey Williams, Hank Williams' wife, manager, and duet partner in the upcoming 2015 biopic I Saw the Light directed by Marc Abraham and starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.

In January 2016, it was announced that Olsen would team up with her Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Jeremy Renner in Taylor Sheridan's directorial feature film debut, Wind River.

Personal life

Olsen attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theater Company and graduated in March 2013 after six years of intermittent study. Her sisters' clothing line "Elizabeth and James" was named after her and her older brother.

Olsen started dating fellow actor Boyd Holbrook in September 2012 after meeting him on the film Very Good Girls. In March 2014, the couple became engaged but they split and called off their engagement in January 2015.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Our First Video Herself
1993 Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special Herself
1994 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of Thorn Mansion Herself
1994 How the West Was Fun Girl in car Cameo
1995 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Mystery Cruise Herself
1995 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Christmas Caper Herself
1996 The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the U.S. Space Camp Mission Herself
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha Lead Role
2011 Silent House Sarah
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Zoe
2012 Red Lights Sally Owen
2012 Liberal Arts Zibby
2013 Kill Your Darlings Edie Parker
2013 Very Good Girls Gerry
2013 Oldboy Marie Sebastian
2013 In Secret Thérèse Raquin
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Uncredited post-credits cameo
2014 Godzilla Elle Brody
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2016 I Saw the Light Audrey Williams
2016 Captain America: Civil War Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
2017 Wind River

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Martha Marcy May Marlene Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award Won
Ghent International Film Festival Special Mention Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Breakout Star Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Breakthrough Actress Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
2013 British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award N/A Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Leading Actress Silent House Won
2015 Deauville American Film Festival Hollywood Rising Star Award I Saw the Light Won

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