Seen in: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996)
Portrayed by: Phina Oruche
Role: She has a friends-with-benefits relationship with Buffy's watcher, Rupert Giles.
Verdict: Fail. Fail, fail, fail, fail, FAIL.
Mind you, the problem with Olivia is more of a gender thing than a skintone thing. Her character basically flies in from Britain once every few episodes and rolls around the sack with Giles. She's not fleshed out; we don't even know her last name. She has maybe 10-15 lines combined from all the episodes she was on Buffy, and after reassuring the audience that Giles is a man capable of bedding a very attractive woman, she fades to the background so that the characters who actually matter can take over.
I'm amused that a show like Buffy, with all its chatter about girl power and all that jazz, would even scribble such a role for a woman. She's little more than a bed-warmer. I have a feeling that since both actor Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) and Phina are both from Britain, he put in a word for her or something and landed her the gig.
Olivia appears as part of Giles's dream sequence at the very end of Season 4. She's once again in the background, uttering a line or two in the whole episode, pushing an empty stroller, and then later weeping while pregnant. During the audio commentary, Joss Whedon - who wrote and directed the episode - explains that a part of Giles wants to settle down with Olivia, and that he feels pressured to make a decision. I had to raise my eyebrow on that one; Giles and Olivia just barely have "the talk", and she doesn't have enough screen time or dialogue to convince us that she actually matters to the writers...or the fans...or even the haters. And in the dream, when she's pregnant and crying, Giles offhandedly remarks, "Don't push me around. You know I have a great deal to do."
Also in that episode, the divine visage of Phina is marred by garish blue eye shadow and clown red lipstick - WRONG.