Olivia’s filmography spans subjects as diverse as the Royal Family to the sensitive issues of rape, murder and prostitution. She started her career at ABC News in their London bureau before becoming a producer and reporter at TV-am. A Russian Studies graduate, Olivia joined the BBC to make the ground-breaking documentary series Comrades. She is a BAFTA Award winning documentary filmmaker – The Silent Twin: Without My Shadow, and the former editor of BBC television’s documentary strand, Inside Story. Other awards include RTS, Cable-Ace and the Grierson Award for Tongue-tied, her film about John Diamond’s journey through cancer.
While at the BBC, Olivia commissioned over a hundred single documentaries and was Executive Producer of numerous documentaries for BBC One, among them: HMS Brilliant; Making Babies; Law Women; The Cruise; The Shop; Fat Free; Animal police; The Builders; Jailbirds; HMS Splendid; Gulag; Burgled; Soldiers to be; Eyes of a child; Boss Women; Fergal Keane’s Forgotten Britain; Mountain Men; Through the Eyes of the Old and Through the Eyes of the Young. Olivia also spent a year on attachment to BBC Drama developing projects before being appointed Creative Director of BBC Documentaries, London, where she oversaw a raft of documentary programming. As a drama director, she made A Lump in My Throat, a TV drama starring Neil Pearson. She has also directed BBC One’s Holby City and numerous episodes of The Bill. She left the BBC in 2002 to become a freelance Producer/Director and writer and her producer/director credits since then include Prince Phillip at 90 for ITV1 and The Twins of the Twin Towers for BBC One to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Olivia joined Storyvault Films as a partner in January 2012 and has completed production on a two-part series, Inside Guinness World Records, and Me and My Guide Dog, both for ITV. Olivia is the author of two novels, Things your Mother Never Told You and Mrs Zhivago of Queen’s Park. She was educated at Sussex University and completed her Masters degree on a Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA.