Biography of WestWorld Star Talulah Riley
Talulah Riley is an English actress, writer, and director best known for her roles in “Nearly Famous,” “Westworld,” and “Pistol.” She is best known for her role as Annabelle Fritton in the British comedy “St Trinian’s” and its sequel “St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.” Riley has also appeared in films such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “White Frog,” “Submerged,” and “Father Christmas is Back.”
Early Childhood and Education
Talulah Riley was born on September 26, 1985 in Hertfordshire, England as Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn. She is the only child of Doug, the former director of the now-defunct National Crime Squad, and Una, the founder of security and public relations firms. Riley attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Berkhamsted School, and Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for girls for her education. She then went on to study natural sciences at the Open University.
Career in Television
Riley made her screen debut in an episode of the British mystery series “Poirot,” based on Agatha Christie’s character, in 2003. Three years later, she appeared in an episode of “Marple,” another Christie-related series. Riley made her television debut in 2007 as Lila Reed, a teen writer with a mentally ill mother, in the miniseries “Nearly Famous.” Her co-stars were Aaron Johnson, Tunji Kasim, Anna Brewster, and Jimi Mistry. Riley then appeared as Miss Evangelista in a couple of episodes of “Doctor Who.”
Riley’s most notable television role was as park host Angela on the dystopian science-fiction series “Westworld” from 2016 to 2018. She had a recurring role in the first season before joining the main cast in season two. Riley’s next major role was as fashion designer and punk icon Vivienne Westwood in the 2022 biographical drama miniseries “Pistol.” The series stars Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Christian Lees, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Sydney Chandler and is based on the rise of the English punk-rock band the Sex Pistols.
Riley made her film debut in Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice,” playing Mary, the middle of the Bennet sisters. Following that, in 2007, she starred as Annabelle Fritton in the comedy “St Trinian’s,” a continuation of a film series based on the work of English cartoonist Ronald Searle. Riley played the same character again in the 2009 sequel “St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.” She also appeared in Richard Curtis’ comedy “The Boat That Rocked,” starring Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh.
Riley appeared in the science-fiction action film “Inception” in 2010 as the blonde woman disguise used by Tom Hardy’s character. She co-starred with Robert Pattinson in the first installment of the direct-to-DVD anthology romance film “Love & Distrust” that same year. Riley later appeared in the comedy “The Dilemma” and as herself in the documentary “Revenge of the Electric Car.” She starred as the lesbian Ms. Lee in the 2012 dramedy “White Frog.” Following that, she appeared in the comedies “The Liability” and “In a World…,” followed by the Marvel Comics superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World,” in which she played an Asgardian nurse.
2nd Part of Film career
Riley wrote the screenplay for the 2015 comedy “Scottish Mussel,” which also marked her directorial debut, based on a story idea her father had. She also played Beth, a marine conservationist who falls for a pearl poacher played by Martin Compston, in the film. Riley also appeared in the 2015 comedy “The Bad Education Movie,” which was based on comedian and actor Jack Whitehall’s eponymous sitcom. Her next film was the survival thriller “Submerged,” which she co-starred in with Jonathan Bennett and Rosa Salazar in 2016.
Riley appeared in the 2018 thriller “The Last Witness,” alongside Alex Pettyfer, Robert Wickiewicz, and Michael Gambon. She played the wife of Vin Diesel’s protagonist in the superhero film “Bloodshot” two years later. Riley appeared in the comedy “Father Christmas is Back” in 2021 as one of four sisters who reunite during Christmas only to have their estranged father disrupt the festivities. Elizabeth Hurley, Nathalie Cox, and Naomi Frederick played the other sisters, while Kelsey Grammer played the father. John Cleese, Kris Marshall, and Caroline Quentin also appeared in the film.
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Other Forms of Media
Riley has also appeared on stage in productions of “The Philadelphia Story” and “Summer and Smoke.” She appeared on the cover of Esquire in the spring of 2010. Riley also wrote a novel called “Acts of Love,” which was published in 2016.
Riley began dating billionaire Elon Musk in 2008. In 2010, the couple married in Scotland. They eventually divorced in 2012 and remarried in 2013. Musk filed for divorce again not long after the second marriage, but the action was withdrawn. Riley eventually filed for divorce, which was finalized in late 2016. Riley began dating actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, with whom she appears in the miniseries “Pistol,” in the spring of 2022.