Born in London, UK, actress Mischa Barton began her acting career on the stage, appearing in Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and in James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams at New York’s Lincoln Center. In 1996 she made her screen debut with a guest appearance on the American soap opera “All My Children”. Voice over work followed with the Nickelodeon cartoon series “KaBlam!”, as did her first major film role in 1997 was as the protagonist of Lawn Dogs, an acclaimed drama co-starring Sam Rockwell. Major box office pictures soon followed, including the romantic comedy Notting Hill and M. Night Shyamalan’s smash hit The Sixth Sense. Barton is best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series “The O.C.”, in which she starred from 2003–2006, and for which she received two Teen Choice Awards and a Prism Award nomination. The role catapulted Barton into mainstream fame, and Entertainment Weekly named her the ‘It Girl’ of 2003. She has since appeared in the comedy remake St Trinian’s, the Richard Attenborough-directed drama Closing the Ring (both in 2007) and in Assassination of a High School President in 2008. Following, Barton returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher-produced CW series “The Beautiful Life: TBL” in 2009, and in 2012 she returned to the stage, performing in the Irish production of Steel Magnolias.