Biography

Born in the U.S. but raised Down Under, Kidman began performing as a teen and was already well known in Australia when she came to Hollywood to costar with Tom Cruise in the 1990 racing flick Days of Thunder. Within months they were married, and the 23-year-old's profile grew. She took on a variety of roles in various film genres: thrillers (Malice), tearjerkers (My Life), historical epics (Far and Away, opposite her husband) and one blockbuster (Batman Forever). But it was her seductive turn as a wickedly aspiring newscaster in the 1995 black comedy To Die For that, for some, proved her true talent. Kidman worked steadily for the rest of the decade and collaborated once more with Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut. But in 2001 their 11-year marriage very publicly fell apart as her career heated up, with an Oscar-nominated role in the musical extravaganza Moulin Rouge and a critically lauded performance as a ghost-plagued mother in The Others. The next year Kidman donned a prosthetic nose and brown wig to play troubled British author Virginia Woolf in The Hours and won an Academy Award for her portrayal. While film roles continued to pour in, including missteps in the comedies Stepford Wives and Bewitched, Kidman became the face of Chanel No. 5 and also signed on for Nintendo DS advertisements in Europe. In June 2006, she walked down the aisle a second time, marrying country musician Keith Urban in their Aussie homeland, and gave birth to a daughter in July of 2008. That same year, Kidman and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrman found box-office success once again with the epic romance Australia. Off-screen, Kidman dedicates her time to family, UNICEF Australia as a Goodwill Ambassador and writing short stories.

Fast Facts

  • Made her stage debut as a lamb in her school's Nativity play.
  • Was 5'9" at the age of 13.
  • Dropped out of high school to care for her mother.
  • After starring in The Blue Room in London, made her Broadway debut in the show when it transferred to New York in 1998.
  • Although left-handed, taught herself to write right-handed for her role in The Hours (2002).
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January of 2003.
  • Became the celebrity spokeswoman for Chanel No. 5 in 2003 and starred in a very expensive ad for the fragrance directed by Moulin Rouge auteur, Baz Luhrmann.
  • Was originally cast as the lead in 2008's The Reader but had to give up what proved to be an Oscar-winning role for Kate Winslet, due to her pregnancy. Kidman was on hand to present the Oscar to Winslet at the Academy Awards.
  • Well-received vocals in Moulin Rouge led to more singing projects, including a 2001 duet with Robbie Williams and performances in Happy Feet (2006) and Nine (2009).

Awards

  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Bodil Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Goya Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1996, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2008, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2003, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner
  • 1989, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2016, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1987, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Mini-Series: Winner
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2001, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Tom Burlinson — Ex-significant Other
  • Lenny Kravitz — Ex-significant Other
  • Faith Margaret Kidman Urban — Daughter
  • Grace Murdoch — Godchild
  • Sunday Rose Kidman Urban — Daughter
  • Antonia Kidman Hawley — Sister
  • Keith Urban — Husband
  • Chloe Murdoch — Godchild
  • Janelle Kidman — Mother
  • Tom Cruise — Ex-husband
  • Antony Kidman — Father
  • Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise — Daughter
  • Connor Anthony Kidman Cruise — Son
  • Marcus Graham — Ex-significant Other

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Details

  • Birth Name: Nicole Mary Kidman
  • Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Birthday: June 20, 1967, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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