Rachel Griffiths

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  • Birth Name: Rachel Anne Griffiths
  • Birth Place: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/04/1968, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor; director; screenwriter
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A versatile Aussie actress who's made her biggest impression stateside on the small screen, Griffiths first came to the attention of Australian audiences by starring as a spy trainee in the series Secrets. But her breakthrough role came in P.J. Hogan's hit 1994 comedy Muriel's Wedding, in which she played the awkward title character's feisty best friend. Griffiths' electric performance earned her an Australian Film Institute Award and effectively launched her feature-film career. Suddenly, Griffiths was an in-demand actress. She accepted a few choice roles, most notably as a farmer's lusty daughter in Michael Winterbottom's Jude, before she re-teamed with Hogan in 1997 to make her U.S. film debut in My Best Friend's Wedding, opposite Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. She continued to show her versatility, and notched an Oscar nomination in the process, by playing famed flautist Hilary du Pré in the biopic Hilary and Jackie, and Johnny Depp's unhappy mom in Blow (even though she is five years his junior in real life). In 2001, Griffiths signed on to the lauded HBO drama Six Feet Under to portray hyper-dysfunctional sex addict Brenda Chenowith. During the show's five-year run, she racked up two Emmy nods and a Golden Globe award, married artist Andrew Taylor, had two children (Banjo and Adelaide), and still found the time to appear in the occasional film. Although Six Feet Under ended in 2005, Griffiths wasn't away from the tube for long. The next year she became part of another dysfunctional TV family by joining the ensemble cast of ABC's Brothers & Sisters, which led to more Emmy and Golden Globe nods. Griffiths gave birth to her third child, Clementine, in 2009.Rachel Griffiths Fast Facts:
  • After being rejected by Australia's prestigious National Institute for Dramatic Arts, joined a traveling theater company called the Woolly Jumpers.
  • Made her big-screen debut with an acclaimed performance in the 1994 comedy Muriel's Wedding.
  • Went topless to protest the opening of an Australian casino in 1997. 
  • For her 2002 wedding to artist Andrew Taylor, asked guests to forgo gifts and instead make donations to the Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda, Australia.
  • Wrote and directed the short films Tulip (1998) and Roundabout (2002).
  • Series-regular roles include Brenda Chenowith on Six Feet Under and Sarah Whedon on Brothers & Sisters, both of which earned her Emmy and Golden Globe notices.
  • Rachel Griffiths Relationships:
  • Clementine Grace Taylor - Daughter
  • Andrew Taylor - Husband
  • Adelaide Rose Taylor - Daughter
  • Banjo Patrick Taylor - Son
  • Sam Griffiths - Brother
  • Ben Griffiths - Brother
  • Edward Griffiths - Father
  • Anna Griffiths - Mother
  • Rachel Griffiths Awards:
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Supporting Actress - Winner
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2002 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Short Fiction Film - Nominee
  • 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Winner
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1994 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Nominee
  • 2002 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Nominee
  • 2000 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • College:
  • Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1990)

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