Talulah Riley was raised as an only child who grew up to become an actress, writer, and entrepreneur. She has appeared in several movies and TV series and later married billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk, albeit now divorced. For her age, Talulah Riley is what one would call a successful woman; making her the subject of millions of online searches. Why not? When you’re a queen in your own world and then fate made you exchange vows with a king, you sure own the spotlight.
Why it wouldn’t be out of place to conclude that Riley’s relationship with Musk who is arguably one of the most popular technology entrepreneurs in the world added to her fame, it would be outrageous to suggest that the relationship is the bedrock of her popularity. There is no way that’s true as Riley had established herself in the movie industry before she met the billionaire.
Talulah Riley Has Been Acting Professionally Since 2003
She was born in Hertfordshire, England on September 26, 1985, to Doug Milburn and Una Riley. Her mother, Una Riley, founded a Security Systems and PR Company while her father worked as the head of the National Crime Squad. However, he had a big career switch and now works as a screenwriter. Some of his works include episodes for TV series like The Bill, Prime Suspect, and Silent Witness.
My mother (who is partially sighted) listens to really loud music and paints pictures while she does her laundry. pic.twitter.com/hqSF8V8DyZ
— Talulah Riley (@TalulahRiley) June 10, 2014
As an only child, Riley was raised in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. She attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, and Berkhamsted Collegiate School. She then went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences at the Open University. Around that time, Riley began taking acting roles while in London.
Riley has traced her passion for acting back to her early years. According to her, she loved storybooks and wanted to live the stories, desperately. As far as we can tell, she has been a professional actress since 2003, when she played Young Angela Warren in an episode of Poirot.
Her Acting Exploits Spans The Stage, Television, and Big Screen
It was in 2005 that the actress made her stage debut at The Old Vic, featuring in a production of the 1939 comic play, The Philadelphia Story. The following year, she pulled off a remarkable performance in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1948 play, Summer and Smoke. It earned her a lot of attention that facilitated her landing of various roles in years to come.
On television, she played Megan Hunter in an episode of Marple in 2006 and then a major role as Lila Reed in 2007’s Nearly Famous. In 2008, the actress was seen in Phoo Action, Doctor Who, and The Gemma Factor. Her most recent television role had her play Angela in Westworld which lasted from 2016 to 2018.
— Talulah Riley (@TalulahRiley) November 8, 2014
She has had more roles in movies. Most recently, she portrayed Gina DeCarlo in 2020’s Bloodshot and 2018’s The Last Witness. Her debut film role was as Mary Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. And over the years, her popular movie projects has grown to include St Trinian’s, The Boat That Rocked, St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, Inception, Love & Distrust, and The Dilemma. There are also White Frog, The Liability, In a World…, Thor: The Dark World, and Submerged.
She Is Also a Bit of a Model and an Author
Away from the screens, Riley has been featured in several magazines, including the March 2010 cover of Esquire. This is hardly a surprise as she maintains an incredible physique; the kind you would normally expect from an ace actress who also doubles as a model. She stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters) and weighs 57 kg. Her bust-waist-hips measure 35-24-34 inches.
Sometime in August 2016, the actress published her first novel titled Acts of Love. It revolves around a journalist who makes a career from exposing high-profile men, the book reportedly took her three years to finish.
Talulah Riley has garnered a net worth of over $18 million, per The Times UK. Although she’s earned so much as an actress, a larger chunk of her net worth has come from her split from her billionaire ex-husband, Elon Musk. Following her first divorce, Talulah received $4.2 Million in divorce settlements. The second divorce from Musk, however, landed her a fortune of $16 million in the settlement.
Talulah Riley Met Elon Musk At a Bar In 2008
Talulah Riley first met the business magnate in 2008. As the story goes, the billionaire was in London on a business trip with a SpaceX investor. In a bar with the investor, the technology entrepreneur saw the actress and was immediately taken to her.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX had just parted ways with his first wife Justine Musk; they were married from 2000 to 2008. However, that didn’t stop him from going after Riley for according to him, he can’t be happy if he’s not in love.
What followed was two years of whirlwind romance which led them to tie the knot in 2010. The lavish wedding held at Dornoch Cathedral and was attended by close friends and family. Riley was just 22 at the time.
However, things went awry when, in January 2012, Elon Musk announced that he had ended his two-year marriage with Riley. Two months after the first announcement, Musk was already seeking a divorce.
The Reason Behind Their First Divorce
Talulah Riley’s first marriage to the billionaire lasted from 2010 to 2012. The Tesla man related after the separation that he had fallen out of love with the actress.
He explained that they took some time apart for several months to see if it would rekindle their affection for each other but the move failed. Adding that he still loves her but no longer in love with her, Elon proclaimed that it had been “an amazing four years” for him.
Second Marriage and Eventual Separation from Musk
— Talulah Riley (@TalulahRiley) March 31, 2014
Barely a year and a half after their divorce, Riley and Musk reignited their passion, reconciled, and got married again. The two lived together with Musk’s five children from his first marriage to Justine Musk.
However, on the New Year’s eve of 2015, news broke that Musk had again filed for divorce; even though it was later withdrawn.
In an effort to make things work, the couple lived separately for six months. As fate would have it, it was really time for them to move on; so Talulah Riley filed for divorce in March 2016 at a Los Angeles Superior Court. It was finalized in October that same year. In all, the actress’s second marriage was to her first husband and it lasted from 2013 to 2016.
While the actress is yet to remarry, Elon has had a stable relationship with Claire Elise Boucher, a Canadian singer professionally known as Grimes, since 2018.