Talulah Riley

Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn[2] (born 26 September 1985) is an English actress and writer. She has appeared in films, including Pride & Prejudice (2005), St Trinian's (2007) and its sequel St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), The Boat That Rocked (2009), and Inception (2010). Riley portrayed Angela on the HBO science-fiction Western television series Westworld (2016–2018) and Vivienne Westwood in the FX miniseries Pistol (2022).

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Talulah Riley[1]

(1985-09-26) 26 September 1985 (age 37)
Alma materOpen University
(m. 2010; div. 2012)

(m. 2013; div. 2016)

Early life and educationEdit

Riley grew up in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire,[3] the only child of Una Riley, founder of a security systems company and a public relations company,[4] and Doug Milburn, formerly head of the National Crime Squad. As of October 2021, her father works as a screenwriter[citation needed] and has written episodes of Silent Witness, Prime Suspect and The Bill. Riley was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College, independent Berkhamsted Collegiate School, and Haberdashers' Girls' School. While acting in London, she studied for a degree in Natural Sciences at the Open University.[5]



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).[6] She played Angela in the first two seasons of the television series Westworld.[7]


Riley made her stage debut in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic in 2005. Her performance in a 2006 revival Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke was described by critic Rachel Read as being "delightful".[8]


Riley 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.[9][10]

Riley appeared as a disguise used by Tom Hardy's character in Inception (2010). Also in 2010, Love and Distrust was released direct-to-video, featuring five unique short films; the first of these was The Summer House, in which Riley was co-lead, opposite Robert Pattinson. Available as a standalone download, The Summer House was the number one film on iTunes worldwide on its first day of release, holding that position for several days.[11] She also appeared in White Frog.[12]

Between 2009 and 2015, Riley developed an idea and story by her father into a screenplay, then ultimately directed (after being unable to hire another director to helm the project)[13] and starred in the resulting feature film Scottish Mussel.


Her debut novel, Acts of Love, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in August 2016.[14][15]

In June 2022, Riley released her second novel, The Quickening, also published by Hodder & Soughton.


She was featured on the March 2010 cover of Esquire.[16][17]

In the year 2011, she was named a "Brit to Watch" by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, Riley began dating Elon Musk; they married in 2010 at Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland.[19][20] In January 2012, Musk ended their relationship,[21][22] and sought a divorce in March 2012.[21][23]

In July 2013, Musk and Riley remarried.[24] In a 60 Minutes interview in 2014, the couple stated that they had reconciled and were living together again, along with Musk's five remaining children from his first marriage to writer Justine Musk.[25] On 31 December 2014, Musk filed for divorce a second time although he later withdrew the action.[26][27] After living separately for six months, Riley filed for a second divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on 21 March 2016.[19] The divorce was finalised in October 2016.[28]

Since July 2022, it has been reported that Riley is dating actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster after meeting while working together on Pistol.[29]

During Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter in October 2022, text exchanges between Musk and Riley were released where she pleaded with him to buy Twitter, asking "Please do something to fight woke-ism. I will do anything to help! xx" [30]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mary Bennet
2007 St Trinian's Annabelle Fritton
2007 Friends Forever Grace Short film
2007 Wilder Carro [31]
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
2021 Father Christmas Is Back Vicky Christmas
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Young Angela Warren Episode: "Five Little Pigs"
2006 Agatha Christie's 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[32]
2008 Doctor Who Miss Evangelista Episodes: "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead"
2008 The Gemma Factor Nell Scenes not broadcast[33]
2016–2018 Westworld Angela Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); 12 episodes[34]
2022 Pistol Vivienne Westwood Main role; miniseries
2022 The Elon Musk Show Herself Three-part docuseries


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  30. ^ "Elon Musk's ex-wife is reportedly the mysterious phone contact 'TJ' who texted him about fighting 'woke-ism' at Twitter, and called the banning of a conservative satire site 'crazy'". Business Insider. 4 October 2022. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
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