Fast Facts

  • Raised in a devout Roman Catholic household, along with four siblings. Her father is a nuclear physicist ; her mother is a pianist.
  • Born in England, but grew up in Australia after moving there at age 2.
  • After college, spent a year in Japan, teaching English, modeling and traveling.
  • Attended Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts at the same time as Hugh Jackman. 
  • First received attention in the Australian films Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) and Kiss or Kill (1997).
  • Was cast in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) after Steven Spielberg saw her performance as Fanny Price in the 1999 film adaptation of Mansfield Park.
  • First role after the birth of her son Luka was as T.S. Eliot's troubled first wife in a 2006 London revival of play Tom & Viv.

Awards

  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1995, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actress: Winner
  • 2011, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actress: Nominee
  • 1996, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actress: Nominee
  • 1997, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Relationships

  • Gerald Lepkowski — Significant Other
  • Luka — Son

College

  • Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (BA in literature); Edith Cowan University, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (1992)

Details

  • Birth Place: Wantage, Oxfordshire, England
  • Birthday: June 12, 1967, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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