Born 26 September 1985, Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn is an English actress, model and author. She was born to Doug Milburn, a one time head of the National Security Squad and screenwriter, and Una Riley, who is well known for her security firm and PR company.
Talulah has appeared in many films such as “Pride & Prejudice”, “The Boat That Rocked”, “St Trinian’s”, “Inception”, and “St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold”.
It is a given that a lot of times, celebs are famous not for the reasons they particularly would have preferred. The public pries into the personal lives of public figures so much that their actual talent and quality takes a backseat. Such can be said for the acting career of Talulah Riley, whose love life has enjoyed more attention than her craft.
More than her acting career, Talulah is more widely known for her dramatic relationship with technology giant and billionaire Elon Musk. The two were married twice before finally going separate ways. You can say that her career has been slightly overshadowed by her involvement with Elon Musk, and unfairly so. She has proven her talent in several mediums like stage, television, and film and has managed to keep feeding her craft despite her tumultuous personal life. We take a closer look at her life as a whole in this article, touching on every aspect of it as we look to paint a more representative picture of who the actress is. First, here are ten interesting facts about Talulah Riley.
10 facts about Talulah Riley
- Talulah Riley was born on 26 September 1985 in Hertford, England.
- She was named by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Art) as one of the Brits to Watch in 2011.
- Her debut film role came in the 2005 film “Pride and Prejudice”, a Joe Wright adaption of Jane Austen’s famed novel of the same name.
- In 2019, she won Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film at the Garden State Film Festival for her role in The Last Witness.
- She started her writing career in 2016 with the novel Acts of Love. She is also the author of The Quickening.
- Talulah and ex-husband Elon Musk got married twice. They first married in 2010 and parted ways in 2012. They then tried again in 2013, only to get divorced again in 2016.
- In 2015, she was nominated for an Audience Award for her performance in the film Scottish Mussel.
- Talulah has an obsession with death after seeing a friend of hers die when she was 18 and has been unable to get over it.
- She has a checklist of things that she would like to do in movies. One of them is to get possessed and die on a deathbed with a ghostly pallor.
- As of the latest update, she is estimated to be worth a total of $25 million.
Early life and education
Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn was born in 1985 to Una Riley and Doug Milburn. She was the only child of her parents and grew up in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England.
Her father, Doug Milburn, is a screenwriter with several notable scripts under his belt. He has written many episodes for famous television shows such as “Silent Witness”, “Prime Suspect” and “The Bill”. He was head of the National Security Squad before delving into screenwriting.
Riley’s mother, Una Riley, is also a notable personality in her field. She is the founder of two companies, a security firm and a PR company.
Riley attended the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and Berkhamsted Collegiate School. She then proceeded to the Cheltenham Ladies College. Additionally, she attended the Open University while already pursuing acting in London.
Career (Talulah Riley movies and TV shows)
Talulah Riley’s career spans almost two decades. In that time, she has grown from taking small roles in TV series and films to more significant ones. BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Art) named her one of the British actors to watch out for in 2011. It can be argued that she hasn’t quite broken out of that “prospective star” status, but that takes nothing away from her achievements as an actor.
Riley’s on-screen career started at the early age of 18, in 2003. She began with a small role in the screen adaption of Agatha Christie’s work on famous detective agent “Poirot”. She also appeared in one of the episodes of the TV series “Five Little Pigs”.
Talulah got her first breakthrough in 2005 with a role in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”. She played the role of Mary Bennet, one of the sisters of the protagonist. Her display in the film caught the eyes of filmmakers and so began her upward trajectory in the industry.
In the years that followed, she appeared in minor roles in films and TV shows like “Marple”, “Friends Forever”, and “Phoo Action”. She joined the St. Trinian’s franchise in 2007, starring as Annabelle Fritton. Riley appeared in the same role in the sequel “St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold”.
In the 2007 TV series “Nearly Famous”, she played a significant role as Lila Reed. In 2009, she was the lead actress in the short film “The Summer House”. The film was critically acclaimed and got many award nominations. She has appeared in other notable works like the 2017 film “The Last Witness”, where she played the role of Jeanette Mitchell.
Aside from her film and TV appearances, Talulah Riley has also worked on stage productions in London. Her first work on stage came in 2005 in “The Philadelphia Story” at the Old Vic theatre in London. Riley also worked in the stage adaption of Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” in 2006.
Arguably her biggest film to date is Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, where she shared the screen with Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. The critically acclaimed 2010 science fiction follows the story of a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He gets the chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. Riley appeared in a small role as a woman, credited as “Blonde”, whom Eames (Tom Hardy) disguises himself as in a dream.
Riley liked the role and explained why to Interview magazine, “I get to wear a nice dress, pick up men in bars, and shove them in elevators. It was good to do something adultish. Usually, I play 15-year-old English schoolgirls.”
“Westworld” is an American science fiction Western and dystopian television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, based on the 1973 film of the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton. Riley bagged a repeat role in the hit TV series, as Angela, a host who welcomes visitors to the into the world of robots.
The show was a runaway hit and Riley appeared in six of the ten episodes aired in season one. She also reprised her role in the second season. It has received numerous accolades, winning 9 Primetime Emmy Awards out of 54 nominations.
The most publicised aspect of Riley’s personal life has been her relationship with Tech entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk. The relationship, which endured several dramas, inadvertently made her personal life a subject of controversy.
Elon Musk wiki
Elon is an entrepreneur and business magnate. He is the founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer at SpaceX; early-stage investor, CEO, and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI.
He is one of the world’s richest people and was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, to Maye Musk, a model and dietician, and Errol Musk, a South African electromechanical engineer, pilot, sailor, consultant, and property developer.
Musk moved to California in 1995 to attend Stanford University but decided to pursue a business career instead. He then co-founded the web software company Zip2 with his younger brother, Kimbal. In 1999, the startup was acquired by Compaq for $307 million. Musk also co-founded online bank X.com that same year. The company merged with Confinity in 2000 to form PayPal, and eBay bought it in 2002 for $1.5 billion.
He founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company in 2002. In 2008, four years after joining Tesla Motors as chairman and product architect, he became CEO of the electric vehicle manufacturer.
Talulah Riley Elon Musk
Riley and Elon Musk had quite an eventful relationship. The couple got married twice; once in 2010 and at another time in 2013 after reconciling their first separation.
They first met in 2008 at London’s West End club, Whisky Mist, in Mayfair. Musk was still dealing with his divorce from his first wife at the time. Riley and Elon eventually got married in 2010 after about two years of dating. The marriage lasted only two years, and Musk filed for divorce in 2012, leading to a split. Interestingly, they reconciled in 2013 and got married again. Riley and Musk lived together with his five kids from his first marriage.
Elon Musk divorce
In 2014, barely a year after their second marriage, the couple split again. Musk filed for divorce in December 2014, and although he withdrew it later, their relationship was beyond salvaging. Riley filed for divorce a little over a year later, in March of 2016.
As at the time of her filing, they had been living apart for six months. The alimony was set at 16 million US dollars in cash including, a considerable amount of assets, as indicated in the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement.
Not much is known about her life after her separation from Musk. If she is in a relationship, she has kept it very private.
Talulah Riley nude
Talulah got almost fully undressed in her role in the 2007 film “St. Trinian’s”, and she was 22 at the time. She also appeared in hot bikini wears in the 2015 films “Submerged” and “Scottish Mussel”. A few scenes in the series “Westworld” also show her in just lingerie. In her role as Gina DeCarlo alongside Vin Diesel in the 2020 film “Bloodshot”, Riley appears half-dressed in a sex scene.
As of the latest update on her life, Riley is estimated to have a net worth total of $25 million. A bulk of her net worth is from the settlement she received after her divorce from Elon Musk. She has also likely made a fortune from her 18-year acting career.
Talulah, at just age 35, has gone a long way as an actor and has a long way to go still. With the dramatic or controversial part of her life now long behind her, there is no limit to how far she can go. She only needs to pick the correct projects, and her profile will gradually pick up the boost it needs. The future is bright for Talulah, and we are rooting for her.
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